The information provided is intended to serve you in the capacity of making the best educated decision in the course of treatment for yourself.
Q: If my mom and grandmother had hair on their face, does that mean I will too?
A: There is a strong likelihood that you would be pre-disposed genetically due to race or ethnicity. For others, it is temporary hormonal changes that come with; pregnancy, menopause, endocrine imbalances (endocrine disorders must be treated by a physician in order for electrolysis to be effective) or brought on by one of hundreds of medications that list “excessive hair growth” as a side effect.
Q: Is electrolysis safe? And can you treat any part of the body?
A: The FDA has rendered electrolysis safe and effective for all skin and hair types. Each treatment is customized to each individual. A new, prepackaged, sterilized probe is used for every treatment. Sterilization processes for all other instruments are followed in accordance with the Center for Disease Control guidelines. And for those who are afflicted with one of the following conditions, require a doctors approval prior to treatment:
- heart condition/pacemaker
- prescription use of blood thinning medications
- any illness or treatment which results in a compromised immune system
An electrologist is able to treat most areas of the body, the most common for women is the face/neck area, followed by under arms, bikini, hands and feet. For the men, the most commonly treated areas are the neck, ears, back and upper arms. Exceptions areas are: all mucous membranes; the inside of nostril or ear canal and eyelids. There are a few DO NOT TREAT situations that are observed regarding break outs of the following contagions; Herpes- types I, II and III, chicken pox, impetigo and poison ivy as examples.
Q: How many treatments will I need before I see results?
A: The number of treatments differs from one person to the next based on the reason for the hair growth, the location of the hair, prior removal methods and the amount of hair to be removed. It takes a series of treatments to have permanency based on a hairs growth cycle. Although I may not be able to tell you exactly how many treatments or how long it will take – I can assure you- that with your commitment to a recommended treatment plan, each treatment will bring you closer to the goal of permanent hair removal in the area being treated.
Q: Are the treatments painful?
A: While everyone’s pain threshold is different, so are the factors that influence the treatment sensation (caffeine, stress, illness, etc)- most clients describe it as “mild discomfort– like plucking or waxing”. For the super sensitive, there are topical anesthetics that can be applied prior to treatment that reduce sensitivity. Treatments are not “one size fits all”, they are individually personalized for your unique situation using a variety of parameter adjustments to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Q: Is electrolysis covered by insurance?
A: Sadly, no. According to the medical community, excess hair has no serious, adverse affect on general health. It is, therefore, considered cosmetic.
Q: I first considered laser, because I'm sick of always tweezing and waxing, but was told I am not a good "candidate" based on my hair color (blonde), what makes electrolysis different?
A: FIRST : STOP TWEEZING AND WAXING!
Tweezing distorts follicles and waxing stimulates more hair growth by removing vellus ( translucent peach fuzz) hair- both of these temporary methods create a stronger, more coarse hair-thus making it more difficult to treat. Until you've decided what's best for you, try shaving or dipilitories, which reduces the hair to just at or below skin level. Electrolysis is different in the way that a skilled practitioner (electrologist) treats each follicle individually, precisely targeting the dermal papilla and destroying hair germinating cells with electricity using one of the methods noted previously. LASER is an acronym for- Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation. Laser targets pigmentation ( dark hair) using a light emitting instrument in "block" type application to the top layer of skin- penetrating multiple layers of the skin and has not been proven effective on blonde, red or gray hair or very pigmented skin.