What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a hair removal method that destroys the hair follicle, thereby removing unwanted hair in the body. A hair thin metal probe is inserted into the hair follicle then a small amount of electrical energy is discharged to damage the hair growth tissue. This technique was practiced in the 1800s when physicians discovered that an electrified needle can damage the hair follicle. By the 20th century, electrolysis was developed and promoted which then resulted to the formation of several organizations of electrologists.

The Benefits of Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the primary recourse of beauty conscious men and women who want to eliminate those unwanted hair. As electrolysis is being studied, it was proven to be a safe hair removal method for most areas of the body such as: eyebrows, bridge of nose, upper and lower lip, chin, cheeks, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, thighs, abdomen, breasts, legs and bikini line.

Risks and Side Effects

According to the American Electrology Association, it’s common for the skin to develop localized redness and swelling as temporary result after electrolysis treatments. Besides skin discoloration, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health also warns infection as a result of the use of unsterilized needles. Moreover, incorrect medical approach can also lead to scarring of the patient’s skin. One can at least minimize the risks by consulting a certified professional electrologist (CPE) to perform the treatment. In some countries though, this procedure is not strictly regulated hence sparking apprehension of some aspiring clients. Although a topical anesthetic is applied, there are still several factors that affect the level of pain, including patient’s pain tolerance, sensitivity of the area that hair is to be removed and quantity of hair to be removed.

Cost of Electrolysis

Most often, the price for electrolysis treatment depends on the length or duration of the procedure which typically ranges from $45 to $100 per hour. In addition, it takes several visits to totally remove all of the unwanted hair. The numbers of session vary per person depending upon some essential contributing factors such as the thickness of the hair and the quantity of hair to be removed. Apparently, the cost is a little of a burden to the pocket, but electrolysis will definitely save you the long-term cost of the other methods of hair removal such as scheduled waxing and razors for shaving.

Electrolysis is an option if you are bothered by those unwanted hair in your body. However, because treatment involves input of electric energy that can be harmful to the body, you must be certain that the procedure is only done by a licensed or a professional electrologist. Moreover, electrolysis is not cheap therefore you must foremost determine your financial capacity before you undergo the procedure.

 

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