Electrology has existed for over 100 years! An ophthalmologist named Charles E. Michel in 1875 invented this technique. By using galvanic current, he was able to solve the problem of ingrown eyelashes, which caused severe irritations.
Today, the three different methods used in Electrology are Galvanic or Electrolysis, Thermolysis, and Blend. Electrolysis uses an electric current to create a chemical decomposition of the salt waters in the hair follicle. Thermolysis is an oscillating current that produces heat in the hair follicle, and causes coagulation of the meiotic cells that cause the hair growth. The third method, Blend, combines both Electrolysis and Thermolysis. These methods can be effective for permanent hair removal. Your Electrologist will determine the most effective method for your hair removal.
The Permanent Choice (3 Methods)
An electrolysis treatment involves the insertion of a sterile probe, equivalent in size to the strand of hair, into the hair follicle opening to the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is the part of the follicle containing blood and nerves that feeds the growing hair. If the papilla and the regenerative cells surrounding the hair are destroyed, the hair will die. When the probe is in place, the application of a low-level electrical current destroys the papilla and the surrounding cells, loosening the hair from the follicle. After the hair has been loosened, it is epilated from the follicle.
Some hairs will be permanently eliminated with only one treatment; however, other hairs will require several treatments. Electrolysis involves a series of treatments over a period of time. The number of treatments depends on the hair's coarseness, the cause of the excess hairs, and many other factors, such as tweezing, waxing, and/or hormonal or glandular imbalances. However, once the derma papilla is destroyed, the hair will not grow back.
Electrology Q & A
What are the risks of Electrolysis?
Under normal conditions, no harmful effects exist. By following the post-op instructions carefully, patients will prevent any potential harmful effects.
Does Electrolysis treatment hurt?
The sensation felt is less than that of tweezing. Most patients are very relaxed during treatments. After the probe is inserted in the hair follicle, a low-level electrical current destroys the papilla and the surrounding cells, loosening the hair from the follicle. Because a network of nerve endings surrounds each hair follicle, the patient feels a tingling sensation from the procedure. This sensation lasts a second. Because some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which will help to make the treatment comfortable. After a treatment session, the treated area will be red for about a half hour. This inflammation will vary from person to person; the more sensitive the skin, the longer it will last.
What areas can be treated?
Most areas of the body can be treated. Some areas may need physician approval. Some of the most commonly treated areas are the face, bikini area, underarms, legs, forearms, feet, toes, buttocks, ears, and backs. Both men and women can be treated.
Is Electrology safe?
Electrology is safe and effective if it is done correctly. Always ask your Electrologist about what his/her credentials are. Be sure that they have been properly trained. Do not be afraid to ask what sterilizations procedures have been taken.
Should I do anything to the area before a treatment?
The hairs that need to be treated should be approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inches long, or as soon as the hair is visible. The area should be clean and free of make-up before treatments. By taking an analgesic before the treatment and avoiding caffeine, most patients feel more comfortable during the treatment. Eutectic Mixture of Local Anesthetic (EMLA) is a topical anesthetic used in procedures like electrolysis. Properly applied before a treatment, it reduces discomfort. A prescription is needed and can be obtained by calling your physician.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments depends on the size and density of the hair, the presence of unknown numbers of tweezed and dormant follicles, and hormone changes due to puberty.
How should I choose an Electrologist?
Many people look in the Yellow Pages of local directories to find an Electrologist or on the Internet. Many states regulate the practice of Electrology and require a practitioner to hold a valid license; however, regulations vary from state to state. Make sure the Electrologist you choose has proper credentials.
Electrology For You
Society places great significance on appearance, and many women feel this social pressure when excess hair growth appears. Many women feel that the appearance of hair growth is abnormal; however, researchers report that most women experience excess hair growth during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Unfortunately, many women still define their own femininity and sensuality through this hair problem.
Electrolysis is the permanent choice for women with hair problems. In fact, some of the most commonly treated areas are the face, breasts, bikini area, underarms, legs, feet, toes, back, and forearms. Electrolysis can be undertaken at any time during a woman's life, except on the breasts during pregnancy when the areola and nipple are changing due to milk production.
Electrolysis involves a series of treatments over a period of time. The number of treatments depends on the hair's coarseness, the cause of the excess hairs, and many other factors, such as tweezing, waxing, and/or hormonal or glandular imbalances. However, once the derma papilla is destroyed, the hair will not grow back.
Recently, many men are being referred to Electrolysists for their hair problems. Ingrown hairs are common with the constant daily shaving by men. Permanently removing problematic hair is the answer. In addition, many men have Electrolysis for the shaping of their beards, mustaches, or eyebrows, and/or the removal of unwanted hair in their ears, or on their arms, necks, or backs.
Electrolysis involves a series of treatments over a period of time. The number of treatments depends on the hair's coarseness, the cause of the excess hair, and many other factors, but once the derma papilla is destroyed, the hair will not grow back.
Both girls and boys go through many changes during their teens, and puberty is one of those major changes. During puberty, girls' adrenal glands or ovaries produce hormones, sometimes causing the development of facial and chest hair. These changes can affect girls' feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.
If needed, most Electrologists suggest beginning treatments at least a year after girls begin their menses. Waiting allows girls' bodies to complete the cycle of hormonal change. In addition, it is always wise to consult a physician while undergoing Electrolysis. Anthisi will work hand-in-hand with your doctor to remove your unwanted hair.
For Dark-Skinned Individuals
Dark-skinned or olive-colored skinned individuals have melanin-rich skin and usually have curly or coarse hair. Many dark- or olive-colored individuals, who have hair problems, experience different facets to trying to remove unwanted hairs. Before receiving Electrology, some patients may have experienced from tweezing or waxing hyperpigmentation or the darkening of the skin, pseudogolliculitis or ingrown hairs, and/or keloids or raised-hard scars. After consecutive treatments, these hair problems subside and eventually hair growth does not return. However, care and precision must be taken due to the sensitivity of these types of skin.
Transgenders can use the three hair removal methods used for women if they are undergoing hormone treatment. It is important to remember that the technique for permanent removal is based on the idea that the relative androgen and estrogen levels in the person being treated is female. Anthisi and your doctor can work together with you through your transgender transition.
For Hormonal Imbalance
Most women experience excess hair growth during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause; therefore, any hair growth that does not occur during these periods may point to hormonal imbalance. Unfortunately, this diagnosis is difficult to make, and your physician or endocrinologist should be helping you to understand your physical needs. Your doctor or endocrinologist should consider many factors in your diagnosis. The first two areas to consider are the quality of the hair, and the irregularity or lack of the menstrual cycle. In addition, doctors must examine you for glandular or hormonal disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, pineal and pancreas glands, or of the ovaries. Androgenital Syndrome, Cushings Syndrome, Archard-Thiers Syndrome, Stein Leventhal Syndrome, and Acromegaly are syndromes also to be checked for. Hormonal Imbalance is a serious medical condition that should not be taken lightly. Your physician can point you in the right direction while you are seeing your Electrologist.
Electrolysis vs. Temporary Hair Removal
Laser vs. Electrology:
Laser assisted hair removal is a temporary method of hair removal. Laser promoters may tell you otherwise we advise to turn to non biases professional for the facts. Additionally, laser hair removal is fairly new and has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health. This is why Anthisi will not provide this service to it's customers.
Waxing or Threading vs. Electrology:
Waxing and threading will remove all of the visible hair, but can result in skin problems including ingrown hair. To keep your skin clear, waxing must be done frequently forever.
Tweezing vs. Electrology:
Tweezing is easy and inexpensive. However hair can become coarser from the repeated tweezing and skin problems can occur such as ingrown hair.
Depilatories vs. Electrology:
Depilatories will remove the hair by dissolving it with a chemical. This can result in a chemical burning of the skin.
Electrology is The Permanent Choice
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