Thursday, August 12, 2010

Electrolysis Hair Removal in NYC FAQ

What is electrolysis hair removal in NYC anyway?
Electrolysis treatment refers to the destruction of hair roots with an electric current. Three types of electrolysis hair removal are:

  • Galvanic Electrolysis
    • A DC current passing through the needle causes a chemical reaction in the hair follicle which produces sodium hydroxide, also know as lye, which destroys the hair follicle.

  • Thermolysis Electrolysis
    • An AC current passing through the needle causes vibration in the water molecules surrounding the hair follicle which produces heat. (Similar to the principle behind a microwave oven.) The heat damages the hair follicle. This method is much faster but less reliable than galvanic electrolysis treatment. Thermolysis is also known as 'short-wave radio frequency diathermy'.

  • Blend Electrolysis
    • This method tries to combine the benefits of the galvanic and thermolysis methods by passing an AC and a DC current through the needle at the same time. It is much quicker than the galvanic method.

How does electrolysis hair removal work?
Very fine metal probes are inserted into the hair follicle. A small electric current is then applied which destroys the hair root. Each hair has to be treated individually. (See item above for description of various electrolysis treatment methods.)

How much does electrolysis treatment cost?
Usually there is a rate per hour. Get an estimate of how many hours are required for your particular problem and then multiply it by the rate per hour. A cheap hourly rate does not necessarily mean lower cost if the electrolysis procedure takes longer than it should!

Is electrolysis painful?
This depends on the individual's level of sensitivity. Some describe the discomfort from electrolysis treatment as being similar to using tweezers. Others complain of excessive pain during electrolysis treatment. A qualified electrologist will be able to suggest methods for minimizing the discomfort.

How long does electrolysis take?
The time needed for electrolysis hair removal varies greatly from person to person. Factors such as the size of the area to be treated, the curvature of the hair follicle, the level of skin sensitivity, hormonal balance and heredity all have an effect.

What is the effect of electrolysis hair removal on the skin?
If the electrolysis treatment is performed by a fully qualified electrologist, the tissue surrounding the hair follicle should not be damaged. Electrolysis treatment should therefore be safe when performed at a reputable clinic by trained personnel.

Temporary side effects from electrolysis treatment may include some redness and swelling, dryness and scabs.

How long do the results last?
  • Electrolysis is often viewed as a permanent hair removal method. Once the hair root is destroyed, the hair will not grow back.
  • There are exceptions however. In some cases hair does regrow in places after electrolysis and clients need to return once or twice a year for a cleanup.
  • Hair can continue to grow in the underarms, pubic area and around the nipples during a woman's reproductive years.

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