Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis kills off individual hair from the root by passing an electric current through the hair so that it does not grow again. It is the only permanent hair removal method that is certified and approved by the United States’ Food and Drug authority (FDA). The procedure destroys the hair follicle by the use of a very fine needle-shaped electrode or metal probe in which an electric current is passed through. There are three types of electrolysis methods available: galvanic, blend and thermolysis. In galvanic electrolysis hair removal, an electro-chemical current produces some lye. This lye then dissolves the part of the skin which causes hair to grow. In blend electrolysis hair removal, an electro-chemical reaction is produced more quickly by a combination of galvanic and thermolysis. This also produces lye which proves to be more effective as it has been heated intensely, this means the lye can then get into the entire follicle. In thermolysis, a heat current is produced by a radio wave. The current is passed through a needle and into the hair follicle for a period of 1 to 3 seconds. Electrolysis can remove hair anywhere in the body except for hair inside the nose, ears and in moles.
Electrolysis obtains the best permanent results compared to other hair removal methods. Additionally, electrolysis can target any types of hair unlike laser hair removal. This means that people who may not be able to undergo laser treatments, can still manage to get permanent hair reduction by using the electrolysis method. It also has the best results compared to other techniques which are available.
However, there are also disadvantages to electrolysis hair removal. It would take multiple sessions of electrolysis to get best results as our hair grows in different stages. Hair growth has three different stages namely growing, resting and shedding, so different people may require more or less sessions depending on their hair and skin type as well as the stage of hair growth. There are also instances where changes in body hormones activates hair follicles that were dormant before, therefore these follicles may well require more electrolysis sessions. For example, an upper lip electrolysis treatment could require 4 hours to 10 hours of total sessions. Furthermore, if hair has been previously waxed or tweezed, hair follicles can become bent or misshapen which makes it harder for the needle to reach the root of the hair follicle. Skin can also discolor and scar because of the procedure. Also, electrolysis would require multiple sessions for permanent results ranging from fifteen to thirty sessions for every area. Each session can cost up to £20 per 15 minute session and it can be very costly once accumulated. And since each hair follicle is individually treated, the procedure can be quite painful, expect it to hurt! Electrolysis is a treatment which should only be performed by a licensed professional. Electrolysis should not be performed in people with pacemakers or pregnant women.
Electrolysis is a great method of permanent hair removal. However, it requires commitment in the person’s part as it will take multiple sessions, with a relatively large amount of pain. It can be very troublesome to visit the clinic weekly; however, these efforts will be worth it for smooth and hairless skin.