Frequently asked questions
What is electrolysis?
Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal. Using state-of-the-art technology, a minute amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.
The term electrolysis is used to describe all methods of permanent hair removal. The electrolysis modality was the first method used to remove hair permanently back in 1875. The term electrolysis branded the process of permanent hair removal.
What is the consultation like?
At your initial Electrolysis Consultation, a thorough health history will be taken to fully understand any issues that could be related to excessive hair growth. Factors such as previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, the quality and structure of hair present, medication, and stress all influence hair production and will help determine your personal treatment program.
Your free consultation includes an explanation of the hair growth cycle and how electrolysis works, and a demonstration treatment on a few hairs. A 15 minute session is reserved for you if you wish to begin your treatments immediately following your consultation.
What does electrolysis feel like?
It is common to feel a warming or a slight tingling sensation as the hair is being treated. Certain areas of the body have more nerve bundles and will therefore be more sensitive. Most clients are comfortable during their session with no anesthetic. However, there are a variety of topical numbing creams available today to help reduce any discomfort you may experience during your treatment.
Why should I choose electrolysis over other hair removal methods?
Electrolysis is the only true permanent hair removal method and the only permanent treatment recognized by the FDA and the American Medical Association.
Do electrologists follow appropriate infection control procedures?
The American Electrology Association has written Standards for Infection Control following the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Treatment sessions can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour depending on the area being treated.
Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
How should I choose an electrologist?
The American Electrology Association has established specific standards for the profession including a national board certification credential, Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE). This designation indicates that the electrologist has successfully passed comprehensive national testing. Once awarded the CPE credential, the electrologist must fulfill continuing education requirements or be retested in order to maintain the prestigious CPE status.