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Electrolysis–treatment for unwanted hair


Linda Newman, RN

Linda Newman, R.N.

Registered Nurse, Licensed Electrologist and Certified Professional Electrologist. Linda has been providing professional electrolysis at Dr. Raab's practice for 23 years. Ms. Newman is a member of EAI (Electrologist Association of Illinois) and AEA (American Electrology Association)

Is Electrolysis Safe?

Electrolysis is a time tested, safe and effective means to achieve permanent hair removal. Electrolysis has been performed for over 137 years, and today, licensed electrologists utilize the most up-to-date, effective methods of sterilization, disinfection and antisepsis as well as adhere to strict medical guidelines, training and certification requirements.

Is Electrolysis Permanent?

Electrolysis is the only hair removal procedure that is truly permanent. There is no other hair removal method as safe, effective and permanent for all skin types and hair colors as electrolysis.

Why consider Electrolysis?

Dealing with unwanted hair using other temporary methods is costly and tedious. Choosing the permanence of electrolysis can free you from this routine. With electrolysis you can experience the benefit of self confidence and improved physical appearance, without the embarrassment of unwanted hair.

How does Electrolysis work?

During electrolysis, a small metal probe is inserted into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electrical current is delivered to the probe, thus destroying the hair root.

There are three modalities of electrolysis:

  1. Galvanic (direct current) electrolysis destroys the hair by chemical action.
  2. Thermolysis (high frequency) electrolysis destroys the hair root via heat.
  3. Blend electrolysis uses a combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis methods.

Your electrologist determines the modality best suited for you.

Are no-needle or electronic tweezing effective methods of hair removal?
There is no reputable scientific evidence to support these methods as any more effective than ordinary "tweezing."

Do home methods of electrolysis work?

Proper electrolysis technique requires significant training for hand-eye coordination, and is often performed under special light and magnification. In most cases, home treatment methods are not worth the effort and expense.

How does laser hair removal compare with electrolysis?

Laser hair removal has been available since the 1990's. In the hands of trained technicians, laser hair removal is safe, however as compared to electrolysis, the laser method has the following deficiencies:

Is Electrolysis Painful?

Whether there is discomfort during electrolyis varies from person to person, the treatment modality and other factors. Most people describe the sensation to a 'slight heat", "tingling" or "stinging" sensation. Electrologists are skilled to work within the comfort tolerance of their patients.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Electrolysis can be performed upon almost any area of the body. Common areas for women include eyebrows, hairline, upper lip, lower lip and chin, neck, breasts, legs, abdomen, under arms, bikini line as well as other areas. Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beard line, between eyebrows, ear rims, back, and chest. Electrolysis provides a helpful solution for treating ingrown hairs that frequently cause irritation in the beard area.

How long does it take to achieve permanent results with Electrolysis?

Electrolysis requires a series of treatments over a period of time. The length of the course of treatment varies from person to person depending upon a number of factors, including density and coarseness of the hair, the total area to be treated and consistency of the treatments. Other factors include the cause of the hair growth as well as past temporary methods used for hair removal. Treatment sessions will be more frequent in the beginning. The result will be permanent, hair-free skin.


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