Electrolysis, permanent hair removal.

The Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair.

I did choose to have the procedure done and it hurt. Electrolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin. The hair is then removed harmlessly with tweezers. So if tweezing hurts you, so will electrolysis.

Personally, I found the whole process to be very time consuming. If you just have a small area that you would like to have hair removed from this may be an option. Or if you feel as though you have a lot of time to devote to hair removal electrolysis may work for you. But I could not keep up with all the appointments. The hair removal was so slow and it took a long time to see results so I quit. I know I am impatient. I am considering going back now that my expectations are a little more in line.

Great things about electrolysis.

Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen, breasts, and legs. There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used.

What do I need to know to choose an electrolysis?

Electrologists have undergone training to professionally administer the electrolysis procedure. As there are needles involved, things like cleanliness and training are very important. Choosing an electrologists that is not properly trained can mean extra sessions, cost and unnecessary discomfort. Here are a few tips to help take out the guess work:

  • Check for a certificate of training. Look for a certificate from an accredited electrology school.
  • Ask for referrals. One of the best ways to find any good service is to ask friends and family for recommendation. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
  • Go for the consultation. Many places will give you a free consultation. They should cover things like: how the procedure will feel; an estimate on the number of visits you will likely need; the cost of each visit (this will vary from place to place, and it is best to call around); the length of each session; how long they have been in business; and the number of clients they have treated.
  • Make sure they use the right technique. Make sure the practitioner uses needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis, but in reality they use electronic tweezers or photoepilators. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.