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Q:  What is electrolysis?

A: Electrolysis is the killing of the papilla (the living organ that grows the hair at the base of the follicle).  By inserting a fine stainless steel probe, a short burst of a.c. shortwave current makes the water molecules bump into each other.  This causes friction & then heat permanently damages the papilla.  It's gradual but permanent hair removal.

Q: Should I be clean shaven before electrolysis treatment?

A: Nope!  You need just 2-3 days of growth. If it's the face, you can leave a patch like a silver dollar to grow for 2-3 days & then shave the rest. I need to grab the hair with the tweezers & insert a probe along the direction your hair is growing.

Q: Is electrolysis painful?

A: It's less painful than regular tweezing.  The probe (the same width as the hair) is inserted down the existing follicle.  It's not puncturing the skin.  You will feel a quick & slight heat sensation & then the hair is released.  Many electrologists use older & slower transistor machines that deliver the pulse in tenths of a second to a full second duration.  I use the Apilus Senior II,  which has a computer microchip that delivers the pulse in hundreths of a second.  This is so much faster! With an older & slower machine, it's like waving your finger through a flame slowly compared to very fast.  My treatments are much more comfortable.

Q: How long does it take to permanently have the hair removed with electrolysis so it's permanently smooth?

A: Electrolysis is gradual but permanent since the same hair follicle takes 8-12 weeks to regrow.  That means in 6 months of once a week treatments, each hair has been damaged twice. There is much, much less hair & it takes longer to regrow new hair.  You're coming back less often. On the face, 70% of the hairs are visible & 30% of the hairs are dormant. But on the body, 30% of the hairs are visible growing and 70% are dorment. A good way to think of it:  You have 100 hairs in an area.  You treat them once & then 50 grow back.  Then again 25 regrows & are more spread out.

Q: Does electrolysis leave permanent scarring on my skin?

A: "Thermolysis" electrolysis is the safest, least painful & quickest modality.  I use it because it kills by heat and does not leave any permanent scarring when done correctly as I do. It's important to wait 7 days in between treating the same area--this allows the skin time to heal completely.  "Blend" uses a d.c. current which reacts with existing salt & moisture to create sodiumhydroxide or lye. The lye damages the papilla by chemical decomposition so there is a risk of pitting whenever your working with lye.  With Thermolysis, it's common to have redness which goes away after 1-2 hours.  There may be some scabbing but these fall off in 1-2 weeks.

Q: Do you do electrolysis hair removal for men below the belt?

A: Yes! I am one of the few people that does. Many men have very strong, scratching hair in the genital area they want to have removed from the scrotum and penis shaft. There is a very high skill level required for this;  it requires very delicate hand eye coordination.

Q: Do you do electrolysis hair removal for women below the belt?

A: Yes! I am one of the few people that does. I remove hair completely from the entire bikini area--labia majora, the inside, as well as anus hairs--to leave you completely smooth permanently. A very high skill level is required for this because it requires delicate hand-eye coordination.

 

Have a question for me? Just call (212) 633-1503 or email: shelly@affordablepermanentelectrolysis.com

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