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Basic treatment methods

Thermolysis - Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to high frequency, diathermy, or short-wave. It is used to create heat which destroys the hair follicle. Most often one sterile probe is used. It is generally the fastest form of electro-epilation.

 

The Blend (also referred to as Dual Modality) - Both of the above currents are used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle. Most often, a single sterile probe is used for this procedure. This is comparable in time to electrolysis both being slower than thermolysis.

 

Softouch will determine which method will work best for your hair and skin type.

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- Christina R.

Electrolysis FAQ's

Does it hurt?

It depends! It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings.

 

The sensation you might experience is assurance that destructive activity is taking place.

The degree depends on many reasons including where one is having treatment since some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. If you have ever waxed or plucked, you'll find electrolysis to be surprisingly comfortable.

 

Some clients have described the sensation as a pinch, a mosquito bite, a quick snap, or building warmth. Some clients choose to take an OTC analgesic such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Advil 30 - 45 minutes before treatment and report that it makes the treatment more comfortable. I will work within your personal comfort level. We have topical anesthetics available, free of charge, as well.

Where can I have treatment? Who will you treat?

Just about anywhere! Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. Common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, ears, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, fingers, hands, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back, and chest. We are happy to offer services to men, women and teens. G/L/B/T/TS/TG clients are welcome.

Why should I choose electrology over other hair removal methods?

If you want permanent hair removal, electrology is the only way to achieve this goal.

Why do you need to see my drivers license?

The most important reason, we care enough to establish your real identity. As we are taking your personal and health information, the HIPPA regulations also require we verify your identity. A positive identification of you with your picture and name (like a valid photo ID shows) protects you and us from liability.

 

We also need to be sure you are over 18 and can legally agree to treatment.

Is it really permanent? How long does it last?

Electrolysis is not an overnight sensation. It requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency. The number of treatments necessary is dependent on the area being treated. It also varies depending on the client. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications, and stress all influence the treatment program for each individual.

 

In most cases it takes between 12 and 18 months to have absolute permanence. For best results in the shortest time frame, it is important to adhere to the treatment schedule. Remember, I want to eliminate your hair problem, not manage it. Though it sounds long, your amount of treatment time or frequency with which you visit tapers off. It is impossible to generalize when it comes to treatment time. It is necessary to examine the individual's hair pattern, and knowing what removal methods you have tried, as well as the potential cause of the hair growth.

 

If you would like to know more precisely what your treatment schedule would look like, we encourage you to call for a free consultation and find out exactly what you will need to do to get great results.

Why do I have to come in so often? Does it make a difference if I let it all "grow in" and then come in?

Yes it makes a difference! It is important to follow your individual treatment schedule to get the fastest results. Hair is most effectively treated in the earliest growth stages. In these stages the hair is smaller and finer, which makes it easier to eliminate all the germinative cells in one treatment. When the hair is short, it means we can utilize less current making it a more comfortable treatment for you. If you can make the time commitment you can be assured the best results in the shortest time frame.

What will my skin look like afterwards? Will everyone know I've "been in"?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and / or swelling which usually disappears within a few minutes to a few hours. Though not desirable small white dots or tiny red dots may occur. On body work a pinpoint film or crust may develop. Ideally, by the next day no one should be able to tell you have had treatment.

 

It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If this does occur, the client is advised to not pick them off. Be sure and tell your electrologist about any skin reactions, so they can work with you to minimize their occurrence.

What do you mean my hair is "resting" under my skin?

Hairs start as an empty hair follicle and then grow in to a fully mature hair. At some point, it separates from its blood supply, ascends toward the surface of the skin and fall out. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant or resting stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period. However, the replacement hair usually appear within 8 to 16 months.

Is Electrolysis safe?

It is absolutely safe. Our office follows the American Electrology Association (AEA) Standards for Infection control which ensure electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety, and supersede the Wisconsin State standards. Unlike other practices, we utilize only sealed pre-sterlized disposable probes for all treatments. We NEVER re-process and re-use probes! We always utilize fresh, latex-free medical grade disposable gloves for each treatment.

Can you remove hair from moles?

Yes we can. Your electrologist may require a note (on a prescription pad is fine) from your healthcare provider stating it is a typical hairy nevus (mole with a hair) and safe to treat. The potential side effect of treating a benign nevus with electrolysis is a flattening of the mole to the skin surface and lightening of the color. If you love your beauty mark to be prominent and dark this may not be the method for you.

Can you work on my tattoo?

Yes. Electrology has never been a problem for tattoos. In fact, it is one of the few hair removal methods that doesn't affect the design.

You can trust our certified and licensed electrologist.

 

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