Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Everyone at some stage becomes concerned about unwanted hair on their face or body that they want removed. Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Everyone at some stage becomes concerned about unwanted hair on their face or body that they want removed. Electrolysis is a treatment that can be done quickly to remove those hairs which can possibly involve pain along the way, depending on the tolerance of the person.
At your first appointment, you will have an initial free consultation to discuss your needs, requirements and treatment plan. This will also give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. The procedure involves inserting a sterilized metal filament into the hair follicle to the depth of the dermal papilla (the base of the hair follicle). A blend current will then be delivered to the papilla; either severely damaging or killing the papilla. Each hair is treated individually and then removed immediately.
The sensitivity of the skin, condition, strength and location of the hair determine the treatment plan. Depending on the area of skin to be treated and whether the hairs are concentrated to a small area, will affect the amount of time between treatments.
However these are not the only things you should look into. People with low pain threshold should be given consideration as well. As a result, the latest trend for this procedure is the use of numbing cream for electrolysis. The highly recommended cream for this procedure is Dr. Numb.
- You must work as close to your pain threshold as possible for themost effective treatment.
- Get as comfortable as possible during the treatment.
- Find the time of day that works best for you. Early or late, awakeor tired, everyone is different.
- Eliminate as much stress as possible on the day of the appointment.
- Your diet can affect your sensitivity. Avoid stimulants likecaffeine, chocolate or sugar on the day of your appointment.
- Avoid sun exposure 48 hours prior to your treatment to avoiddilation of the blood vessels.
- Female clients may find that they are more sensitive during orright before their menstrual cycle and may want to avoid makingappointments during that time.
- Drink plenty of water the day before, the day of and the day afterthe treatment. Dehydrated follicles are more difficult to treat. Hydrationwill also help your skin heal more quickly.
- Some find a meal just before treatment helps reduce discomfort.
- Many clients find that taking their favorite pain reliever 30minutes prior to their appointment makes their treatment more comfortable.
- There are many topical creams that are available either with orwithout a prescription. EMLA (by prescription) and LMX (non-prescription)are the most popular. EMLA should be applied an hour before treatment. Youshould apply generously and cover with a piece of saran wrap. Use medicaltape to keep in place. Hose or bike shorts over the bikini area will helpkeep saran in place and warm the area. Heat will activate the numbing creameven more.
- Pain or the fear of pain should not keep you from getting hairpermanently removed if you really want it.
- Following your treatment, do not touch or scratch the area treated!Bacteria are on everything and by touching your skin you are transferringbacteria from doorknobs, etc. to the treated area. This will cause abreakout (whiteheads).
- Do not wash or wear make-up over the treated area for 24 hours.Even washing with soap will cause irritation and possible infection.Translucent powder is permissible.
- Avoid perfume or alcohol-based products. They will dry out yourskin. You can wipe the area with witch hazel, if needed.
- Apply Bacitracin, Polysporin, Neosporin or another antibacterialointment or cream to the treated area the night after your treatment. Thiswill help your skin heal even faster, especially facial areas. Apply withQ-tips or clean hands. If your skin is still irritated on the second day,apply a Hydrocortisone cream (Cortisone, Cortaid, anything with 1%hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate). It is anti-inflammatory andwill reduce redness and swelling. Also works on pimples!
- Avoid excessive sweating if having work done below the neck. Sweatcan cause bacteria to enter into the open follicles and cause minorinfection. Exercise before your electrolysis appointment instead ofafterward.
- Avoid the sun for the next 72 hours to avoid the formation of brownpigment spots. Your skin defends against UV rays by producing pigment,which will deflect some of the harmful rays. If your skin is injured ortraumatized it can over-produce pigment in those areas. This can result inhyper-pigmentation. ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN.
- Do not swim in a chlorinated pool for the first 48 hours followingtreatment.
- If small scabs appear, do not scratch them away. This can causescarring. Allow them to fall off naturally. This is nature¹s way ofhealing the follicle that we have treated. (the scabs are lymph fluid thathas drained out the follicle and dried up) Keeping the area moisturizedwill often curtail the formation of scabs. If discomfort should occur inclosely treated areas apply an Epsom salt compress: Add 1 tsp. Epsom Saltto 1/2 cup warm water, mix and soak up with a washcloth. Lay washclothover treated area for 10 minutes and repeat until discomfort subsides.
- If you are prevented from coming in as soon as you would like foryour next treatment, DO NOT TWEEZE! The offending hair can be clipped offwith small scissors, shaved, bleached or you can use a depilatory such asNair.
Remember: Some re-growth is to be expected. If you will return when the first re-growth occurs, the roots are shorter and weaker and therefore can be treated more effectively. And when you return to your Electrologist, make sure you have a Dr. Numb on hand.