Electrolysis is a permanent method of hair removal. It involves the insertion of a very fine probe that slips into each hair follicle without breaking the skin. This is done one hair at a time to destroy the root of the hair. The process of destroying each hair follicle only takes a few seconds.
There are three types of electrolysis called blend, thermolysis, and galvanic. At Silhouette, our electrologist Kelly does the blend method. Transgender Friendly.
Areas commonly treated include: facial areas (upper lip, chin, sides of the face, low hair line, eyebrow shaping, and between the brows), neck, arms, underarms, between the breasts, around the nipples, legs, thighs, bikini line, abdomen, back and shoulders, and fingers and toes.
If you are wanting to treat a large area such as arms/legs/bikini, then laser hair reduction may be a more time and cost effective option. Please ask about a free laser consultation for large areas to see if you are a good candidate.
Hair removal for areas including the inside of the nostril, the ears, and eyelids are not usually treated with Electrolysis.
Electrolysis is not generally painful although there may be some slight discomfort. A short feeling of heat and/or a pinch is common and only lasts for a short amount of time. Slight redness during and after the appointment is normal. Products such as Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel can help reduce redness.
Hair growth cycles through different stages: growing (anagen), resting (catagen), and shedding(telogen). Electrolysis is effective when hair is in its growing (anagen) phase. The hairs in a given body area are in different stages at different times; therefore, multiple treatments are needed to catch all of the hairs as they enter the right phase.
The amount of treatments needed will vary greatly from individual to individual due to differences in genetics, hormones, hair density etc. Your electrologist can give you a better estimate of how many sessions to expect during the initial consultation. Sessions usually range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.