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Did you know that electrolysis is permanent hair removal for your hairline, underarms, sideburns, stomach, earlobes, bikini line, cheeks, thighs, eyebrows, legs, upper lip, feet/toes, chin, neckline, back, shoulders, arms, chest, hands and/or your breasts?


This chart explains how electrolysis physically works.

There are three FDA approved modalities for permanent hair removal: electrolysis, thermolysis, and the blend. All three modalities may be collectively referred to as electrolysis. To remove hair using the short wave method of electrolysis, a fine sterile probe is inserted alongside the hair shaft and down to the base of the follicle. By activating a foot pedal, the electrologist releases a burst of heat through the needle that quickly causes electrocoagulation or destruction of the tissue.

This low-level current causes the destruction of the papilla (source of nourishment of a growing hair), the hair germ cells, and the hair follicle itself. At this point, the hair has loosened enough for it to be efficiently removed. This process also prevents the regeneration of future hair.


While electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal, it is important to understand that it does not become permanent after just one treatment. You will require regular and consistent treatments over a period of time. The length of your treatment time depends on the amount of hair, its coarseness, the cause of growth, previous manipulations of the hair, and various other factors. Once the dermal papilla is eliminated, the hair will no longer grow.


Most electrologists encounter three primary obstacles in the removal of hair. These obstacles typically dictate the length of time necessary to eradicate the problem.


1. The Three Stages of Hair Growth (Anagen, Catagen, & Telogen)

Hair is continuously shedding and replacing itself. For any given hair, only 80% of it is visible. The remaining 20% is constantly emerging and regenerating. These growing hairs require treatment as they surface.

2. Distorted Hair Follicles

When distortion occurs, the follicle may be twisted, curved, bent, or spiraled rather than straight. Distorted hair follicles are usually the result of waxing, shaving, and tweezing-but they may also be found naturally in black and pubic hair. Since our probes are straight, they may not be able to reach the base of the follicle to destroy the papilla. Several treatments may be required to straighten the follicle and complete the process.

3. Regrowth

Regrowth is a treated hair that manages to grow back. The electrologist cannot observe below the epidermis; therefore, regrowth depends entirely on the electrologist's sense of touch. On dark or coarse hair, the papilla may be too large and too deeply rooted to completely destroy in one treatment. For these hairs, a lower intensity heat is used, and the papilla is broken down carefully over a series of treatments. Although this process extends the treatment time, it is necessary for your protection and comfort. The amount of regrowth can vary from 20% to 80%. Regrowth does not occur until approximately 8 to 10 weeks after your initial treatment. Regrowth is generally lighter in color, smaller in diameter, and more sparsely located than the original hair.

Due to these obstacles and other possible complications of hair growth, permanent hair removal of a given area may take anywhere from several months to a full year. However, most of our patients agree that the time and money are well spent.

Laser versus Electrolysis

Stipulated by the FDA, electrolysis is the only recognized method of permenent hair removal. Laser hair removal on the other hand, is termed hair reduction. Laser hair removal targets the pigment of the hair; If the hair color and skin tone are too similar, the laser can no longer determine its target. Electrolysis can treat all hair regardless of texture and color.

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...what to do and when.

Before Treatment Care

Please have the hair that needs to be treated to be at least 1/8" in length. This is necessary so we can determine the direction and angle of the hair. If your hair is too long or too short, the hair removal process will be slower. For best results, try to let the area grow for at least 24 to 48 hours before your first treatment. It is also important to note that when you begin electrology treatments, you must stop using all temporary methods of hair removal.

If you find that you are sensitive to our electrology treatments, there are three countermeasures you may want to consider:

  1. Do Not Drink Caffeinated Beverages before treatments.

  2. Take two Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen an hour before you are due to be treated.

  3. Schedule appointments before or after the onset of your period.


After-Treatment Care

After an electrolysis session, the area that was treated may be temporarily red. In most cases, this redness will disappear within an hour or two. Some individuals have more sensitive skin and may display slight puffiness as well.

The formation of tiny scabs on the treated area is also common. These crusts (scabs) rarely occur on the face, as they are more apt to occur in body treatments. This is simply nature's way of protecting the healing follicles. Do not pick or rub them off; they will fall off naturally. Once the scabs are gone, your skin will be as clear and soft as it was before the treatments.


If any unexpected complications arise, get in touch with me immediately.

Home Care

  • To Reduce Redness or Swelling, Apply Ice for Several Minutes

  • Blot the Area Lightly with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, Witch Hazel, or Sea Breeze

  • Apply a Medicated, Oil-Free Cream (A, D, & E Cream or First Aid Cream)

  • If Any Small Whiteheads Appear after Your Treatment, Blot the Area with Hydrogen Peroxide and Apply a Medicated Cream

  • Keep the Area Clean (That Means No Makeup for Several Days)

  • Use Epsom Salts When Additional Healing Is Required

  • Do Not Scratch or Squeeze the Treated Area

  • Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure for Three Days


The American Electrology Association, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, has developed national infection control standards for the sterilization of all electrology instruments that may have parenteral contact. Our team not only adheres to these standards, but we have also chosen to use pre-sterilized and disposable probes. Any questions about the sterilization process should be directed to Stacey Easton.

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