Electrolysis hair removal is an effective and safe method of hair removal. It works by sending a tiny electric current through the hair follicle, which destroys the hair root and prevents the regrowth of hair in that particular place. The number of sessions required to achieve lasting hair reduction depends on factors such as skin sensitivity and hair coarseness, hair type, and the area being treated. It can also be used to remove white hair, hair that is not well suited to laser hair removal as well as fine hair on the face or body.
A needle is inserted into the follicle and a current is applied, which destroys the cells that produce new hairs. This method can be used on any area of the body, but it is most commonly used on the face, bikini line, and underarms.
It can take several sessions to achieve desired results, and touch-up treatments may be necessary as new hair growth occurs. Electrolysis hair removal is a suitable treatment option for those individuals with random hairs that cannot be treated by laser due to them being white or very blonde. It is the only form of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA and it has been in use since 1875.
During electrolysis, an electric current is used to permanently destroy the growth centre of the unwanted hair follicle. In other words, during electrolysis, a very small needle is inserted into each hair follicle, and then a low-level electrical current is sent through that needle to permanently disable the growth centre of the hair follicle Individuals who are most suited for electrolysis are those who have all types of hairs, and may have randomly distributed hairs in areas such as on the face (upper lip, chin), breasts, abdomen, and underarm area.
Candidates for this procedure should also have realistic expectations about their results because although some patients will see some change from just one treatment session, others may need more due to certain factors such as skin type, amount of hairs treated, and extent of damage caused to each follicle during each session.
In addition, electrolysis can also be used for vein removal. The process involves using a tiny needle that emits an electric current cauterising the tiny blood vessel just beneath the skin surface, known as capillaries. It is most commonly used for the removal of small, superficial veins and capillaries from areas on the face or legs.
During electrolysis, a fine needle with an electric current is inserted into the vein/capillary. The current cauterises the vein or capillary, resulting in it becoming closed off. The cauterised vein/capillaries are then absorbed by the body’s natural healing process. Electrolysis is a safe and effective form of treatment for removing unwanted veins and capillaries with minimal to no scarring. Depending on the size and number of veins to be removed, the procedure can take anywhere from one session to several sessions. It is important to note that electrolysis is not suitable for removing larger veins or capillaries, as it can be unsafe. Therefore, a through consultation and assessment of the area is required prior to treatment.
Aftercare for electrolysis vein removal includes keeping the treated area clean, dry, and free from infection. Additionally, it is advised to avoid strenuous exercise, saunas and steam rooms, heavily chlorinated swimming pools, and excessive sun exposure for up to 24-48 hours after the treatment Overall, electrolysis can be a safe and effective way of removing veins/capillaries and hairs with minimal to no scarring or downtime. However, it is important to follow the aftercare advice of your practitioner will ensure that you have the best outcome possible