Electrolysis is a good alternative to laser hair removal. It is especially useful for people with light skin and grey hair.

Hair is desirable only when it grows in the right places. When it does not we look for treatments to be rid of the unwanted hair. Growth of unwanted hair has been linked to both hereditary factors and hormonal imbalances - such as when hair grows around a woman's upper lip or chin.

The electrolytic method of removal of unwanted hair is nearly a century old and works on most of the body parts, including the face, the thighs, the abdomen, the breasts and the legs.

The two methods of electrolysis

There are two methods of conducting electrolysis - the galvanic and the thermolytic. In the galvanic method the hair follicle is destroyed chemically. It is an old method for removal of unwanted hair, but requires several treatments. In the thermolytic method the hair follicle is destroyed using heat. But regardless of which method is employed for removal of unwanted hair it is important to consult a well-trained professional.

How electrolysis works

The electrolytic treatment uses short-wave radio frequency to destroy the hair's growth center through devices called epilators. The unwanted hair strands are removed by inserting a fine probe into the hair follicle on the skin surface.

While this process may be slightly painful, it is a good alternative to the laser hair removal treatment. In the electrolytic method of permanent removal of unwanted hair a needle directs electrical or radio energy into the hair follicle, destroying it.

Electrolysis is thus unlike shaving, which is not a permanent solution. In electrolysis hair is removed over several sessions, their number varying from person to person. Most clients show up once a week or at least every other week. A session can last from 15 minutes up to an hour. At the end of the treatment you would have said goodbye to all the unwanted hair on your body!

Side effects

For all its advantages the electrolytic method for removal of unwanted hair has some side effects as well. The treatment is both expensive and time consuming, and mostly used to remove unwanted hair on the upper lip, the underarms and the eyebrows. Post-treatment blues include dry skin, scabs, inflammation and scarring. And if the instruments are not thoroughly sterilized there is also a chance of infection. Make sure, then, to get a qualified electrologist to treat you.


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