Electrolysis is currently the only hair removal method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. There are a few different types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis, and blend. Each one is safe and effective on all hair and skin types.
The first type, Galvanic, is the original modality of electrolysis and it uses long wavelengths. When the current enters the follicle, it interacts with your body’s moisture and salt to create lye. The lye is what destroys the cells in the hair follicle and stops the hair from growing completely. The second type of electrolysis is thermolysis. Thermolysis uses a shorter wavelength and creates heat, which is what destroys the cells that grow hair. The third option, “blend”, is a combination of both the galvanic and thermolysis. This method uses the galvanic at the start of the treatment and ends with a small amount of the thermolysis.
All three methods have a specific type of hair that they work best for. During your consultation, your technician in training will review each option and determine which one will be right for you to give the best results.
How Should I Prep For My Electrolysis Appointment?
Your hair should be between 1/8 and 1/4 inch long (typically 2-3 days of growth) when you come in for your electrolysis treatment. This length allows us to test the hair during the treatment to ensure the hair has had an optimal treatment. Prior to your appointment, try to avoid caffeine and drink a lot of water. Caffeine can enhance sensitivity and cause your treatment to be more uncomfortable. Hydrated skin responds better to treatments and can help your experience be improved.
What Should I Expect After My Treatment?
Home care is vital for positive results. When you leave, your skin may be slightly red which is normal. It is important that you DO NOT touch the area with your hands and that you clean the area with an astringent 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days. Swimming, using a hot tub, or Jacuzzi use for 24-48 hours is also not recommended as they tend to have bacteria in the water and can irritate the treated skin. Also, apply the aftercare cream from your electrologist every morning and night and be sure to keep the treated area out of sun. If the area is too difficult to keep shaded, it is recommended to apply sun block with a minimum of SPF 15 to avoid hyperpigmentation (dark spots)/hypopigmentation (light spots) on the treated area. If possible, avoid makeup for 24 hours. However you may use mineral or medicated makeup immediately after treatment. To avoid scarring, make sure you DO NOT scratch or pick at any of your treatment areas, including eschars (honey-colored scabs).
If you are having your underarms treated, do not use any deodorant for 48 hours. Instead, use astringent, natural deodorant, or vinegar mixture as alternatives. Finally, DO NOT TWEEZE OR WAX as this will reverse the effects of your treatments. You may shave or trim with scissors.
After your treatment, it is very important that you keep the treated area clean and free of bacteria to avoid infection and inflammation.