Did you know that electrolysis was invented more than 100 years ago? So is! This method of permanent hair removal was discovered in the late nineteenth century to pluck the eyelashes that grow inward. And after so many years, today is still an excellent option to get rid of the hairs that you do not like.
When you have uncomfortable hairs, which embarrass you, it is most likely that you become almost an expert in waxing and you know almost all the homemade methods … from the more traditional ones like the razor blade, the wax and depilatory creams, to some options a little more modern like the machines that pull the hair down by the roots.
But when those hairs grow faster than you want and they’re making you a slave to hair removal, you’re probably wondering what the permanent hair removal methods will be like? Laser hair removal and electrolysis hair removal are two frequently used options for permanent hair removal. Here we tell you what the second is about.
Electrolysis hair removal was discovered in 1875 and has been used for more than 100 years to make uncomfortable and unsightly hairs disappear from the body. The objective of this method is to destroy the root of each hair so that it does not grow back.
How does it work? By means of electric shocks. First a small needle is inserted in the hole of each hair until it reaches the follicle, which is where the hair root is and where it begins to grow. An electric pulse of very low intensity is sent through the needle to destroy the root. Then, the remaining hair is removed with tweezers.
Unlike some homemade methods in which several hairs are plucked at the same time, hair removal by hair electrolysis is done by hair, because it is the only way to act on the root. This is why it is ideal to cover small groups of hairs such as the armpits, the bikini area, the upper lip, the eyebrows, the chin, the stomach area, the nipples and the groin.
It hurt? Many believe so, but it really is not a painful procedure. It is likely to bother you a bit, but with the advances in technology, the new methods are getting softer. And if you feel a lot of discomfort, especially in more sensitive areas such as the armpits or bikini area, you can ask to apply a local anesthetic (applied to the skin).
Is it final? So far the hair removal by electrolysis has proven to be quite effective, causing the root of the hair to die permanently and for the same reason that it does not grow back. But you should not confuse definitive with immediate, because it is not. And that’s why several electrolysis sessions must be done so you can have definitive results.
This is due to two main reasons. First of all, not all hairs grow at the same time, and each week you can have new hair. Secondly, this treatment does not destroy the root and hair immediately, but weakens them slowly, until they are eliminated. That is why it is important to attend all the sessions that they indicate, until you make sure that all the roots of all the hairs have disappeared. After that, you can trust that the treatment will be definitive.
How many sessions are needed? It all depends on your type of skin, the type of hair you have and the hair removal methods you have had before.
Does it have side effects? Very few. It is normal for the skin to look a little red and swollen after the treatment, but only a few days.
However, you should be careful when your skin is very sensitive or if you have scarring problems, as it can cause hives, keloids (a type of abnormal scarring) or changes in the color of your skin. In those cases, consult with the professional who will treat you, to assess if you may have problems or to have a test in another part of the body before starting treatment.
When is not recommended? To make you electrolysis, you must have already passed puberty. Hair is not advisable for hair that is inside the nose or ears, nor for those that grow on moles. And it is not recommended when you have diabetes or coagulation problems.
If you are a slave to hair removal, electrolysis can be your release. But … do not leave it to anyone. Always look for a professional team (ideally a dermatologist), to treat your skin with the same love with which you would treat it, but even more important, to have the necessary knowledge.