Electrology, a technique used for the destruction of unwanted hair follicles, has been in use since 1875. The treatment is delivered through a single, sterile probe / needle that is gently inserted into the hair follicle. You will not feel the insertion. When the probe reaches the end of the follicle where the hair root meets the dermal papilla (blood source to the hair follicle), a small amount of heat is emitted (which feels like a tingle). This heat dehydrates the bulb and basically cauterizes the junction between the hair root and the papilla; without a blood source the follicle dies.
People have different levels of sensitivity and will respond differently. The majority of people undergoing treatment for the first time are pleasantly surprised by how little discomfort is involved. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced any discomfort to a mere tingling.
Since many factors influence hair growth, you will need to return for several visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person.
It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. Improvement usually is observed within a few months.
All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as re-growth from previously treated follicles.
Since its beginning, Electrolysis has been shown to be an extremely safe procedure. Like many minor procedures in medicine, Electrolysis does have a short healing phase during which there may be some transient redness or swelling, which usually disappears within a few hours. Your electrologist will advise you regarding what can be expected during the healing phase.
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormonal levels. Also, certain medications, temporary methods of hair removal and some illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Even normal physiologic changes and stress influence the hair growth for each individual.
Usually, hair growth is desirable. But when the hair is on the wrong part of your body - a woman's upper lip or chin, the hands or arms - you may want to consider electrolysis.
Using laser light, unwanted hair can be removed easily and virtually painlessly. The heat energy of the laser passes through the skin's surface to the hair follicles. The follicles are where hair growth begins, and the laser damages the follicle, inhibiting new growth.
Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for unwanted hair for both men and women, though the most common areas of treatment differ by gender, age, and skin type.
The best candidates for laser facial and body hair removal will often be people with darker hair and lighter skin. This is because less of the laser's energy is absorbed by the skin, leaving the darker pigment of the hair follicle to receive the majority of the laser's strength.
The pigment in the hair follicle is the target of the laser. For this reason, white and gray hair, which contain no pigment, are not effectively treated by laser.
Laser hair removal is safe and effective. Though risks associated with laser hair removal do exist, complications arising from treatment are rare. Most common side effects, such as the lightening or darkening of the skin, are normally temporary.
Though laser hair removal does not ensure that hair will never re-grow in the problem area, it does provide permanent hair reduction and an extended period of relief from unwanted hair in the treatment area. Results will vary, but typically, hair removal lasts from several months to several years. Repeated treatments can enhance results, allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal for much longer.
Whereas laser hair removal is performed to treat a large area of the body at one time, electrolysis is performed on individual hair follicles. In electrolysis, a needle is used to penetrate each follicle and deliver a blast of electric or radio wave energy to destroy the follicle and prevent future hair growth.
Electrolysis provides an effective alternative to individuals with darker skin and lighter hair who may not benefit as greatly from laser hair removal. Other differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis can also influence with treatment is best suited to individual needs. A specialist can provide specific information on pricing, expected results, and other factors so potential patients can understand their options.
Virtually any area of the body can be treated, but the most common laser hair removal areas include the arms, legs, face, neck, back, chest, feet, armpits, and bikini area.