Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

1. What is Electrolysis and how does it work to permanently remove hair?

Electrolysis is the process of permanent hair removal using a solid probe device. A fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle where a small amount of current is introduced. When a sufficient amount of current has been applied to an active hair follicle that follicle will be permanently destroyed.

2. How long does it take to permanently remove hair?

The time that it takes to permanently clear an area of hair can vary from person to person. A variety of factors can cause the onset of unwanted hair. For example, pregnancy, certain medications, menopause, and various health conditions can cause unwanted hair on the face and body. All of these factors, along with the density of the hair and previous methods of hair removal, will affect the total treatment time. Therefore, this question is best answered in person when the factors giving rise to the unwanted hair can be determined and discussed. During this discussion, an appropriate treatment schedule will also be determined in order to most effectively treat the hair.

3. How do the growth cycles of hair affect Electrolysis treatments?

Hair goes through different cycles of growth leading eventually to being shed. Once a hair has been shed the hair follicle can remain dormant for a few weeks to a number of months until it begins to produce hair again. Electrolysis can only be performed on hair that is visable on the surface of the skin. Therefore, the dormant follicles cannot be destroyed until they become active again and can be treated with electrolysis. In the same way, hair that has been treated with Electrolysis yet has not sufficiently been destroyed will need to grow back in before it can be treated again. The time that it takes to grow back in can vary and it is also dependent on the area of the body being treated.

4. When is the best time to treat a hair follicle in order to destroy it?

The best time to perform Electrolysis on the hair follicle, in order to permanently destroy it, is in it's "active" stage. For example, the hair that grows in approximately 4-10 weeks following an Electrolysis treatment, as well as, hair that grows in right after the shedding process takes place is considered to be in the active growing stage. The hair will remain in the active growing stage for some weeks before the follicle begins to shrink and the hair prepares to shed. It is during this time that the optimal damage can be done to the follicle, by way of electrolysis, in order to result in permenent hair removal. For this reason, it is important to schedule regular treatments to ensure that the hair is being treated while in its active phase.

5. Can Electrolysis permanently remove blonde hair?

Yes. Electrolysis is used to remove all hair, regardless of its color.

6. Can Electrolysis be performed on darker skin?

Yes. Electrolysis can be safely and successfully performed on all skin types.

7. How will my skin react to Electrolysis treatments?

Immediately following a treatment you will experience redness and swelling in the treated area. That redness and swelling usually subsides within an hour or two. The next day you may have some tenderness in the area or you could have a few whiteheads or pin point scabs that may form. The whiteheads can form due to bacteria that gets into the follicle after treatment. Therefore, it is very important to keep the treated area clean and follow the after-care suggestions I give to you. The tiny pin point scabs that may occur are a natural response by the body and should be left alone to heal. There will be no long lasting signs following Electrolysis treatments as long as the scabs are allowed to heal the skin without being picked or removed prematurely.

8. Does Electrolysis hurt?

Every person responds to the sensations generated by electrolysis differently. For some people, electrolysis feels like a mild tingling sensation while others may experience stinging or heat. The area on the body being treated has a lot to do with the amount of sensation that any one person will feel. Fortunately, there are a number of topical creams available that can help to dull the sensations of the treatment. More information regarding these creams can be gained during your complimentary consultation.

9. What about laser hair removal?

Many manufacturers of lasers like to claim that their devices produce Electrolysis like results, i.e. permanent hair removal. While some lasers might produce a reduction in hair, Electrolysis is considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be the only permanent method of hair removal. Furthermore, Electrolysis has been documented over a century for it's safe, effective, and permanent results. Laser on the other hand, has not had the benefit of having over a century of it's long-term effects on the health of the skin studied and documented. For more information on lasers go to: U.S. Food and Drug Administration.