What is electrolysis and how does it work?
Electrolysis is the process of permanently removing hair by treating it with either a high frequency electrical pulse, a low voltage electrical current, or both. It is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal.
Your state licensed Electrologist inserts a sterile thin metal probe, similar in size to the hair being treated, into the follicle of the hair to be eliminated. They then transmit a high frequency pulse via the probe into the base of the follicle. This pulse destroys the root tissue surrounding the root of the hair, and the hair is then effortlessly removed.
The Electrolysis Process
We treat hair growth on all areas of the body. Our only limitation is our ability to access the area to be treated. We welcome physician referrals for removal of unwanted hair from the most intimate areas of the body. We specialize in this type of work, we look forward to the challenge, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy our successful elimination of hair from those more delicate areas. If you have further questions give us a call, we’re always happy to address your questions and concerns.
The temporary methods of hair removal include waxing, tweezing, threading, epilating, shaving, and depilatories. All these methods provide some measure of short-term hair removal, however none will stop the hair from returning. At best you will see a few weeks of relief and then the hair is back.
The semi-permanent hair reduction methods, Laser and Intense Light Pulse (IPL), are capable of destroying the root of the hair, however they aren’t certified by the FDA as a permanent solution, and you can anticipate some measure of re-growth. For further information please refer to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/consumer/laserfacts.html. These methods also tend to miss hair past a certain depth in the skin, and are ineffective against lighter hair colors (blond, red, white, etc), and darker skin colors. When applicable we will recommend initially clearing the area with laser or IPL, and then following up with electrolysis to complete the hair elimination process.
None of the above methods are as safe, effective or as permanent as Electrolysis. Because each hair is treated individually, regardless of your skin or hair color, it will work for everyone, and at the completion of treatment your skin will look as though the hair was never there.
It is difficult to define the exact number of sessions you will required, how long those sessions will be, or overall how long the entire process will take. We are all unique, with our own skin type, hair growth patterns and hair growth cycles.
During your consultation we will discuss these variables and provide you with an estimate of the length of each session, and how long the entire process will take. After a few sessions we will be able to further refine that estimate as we observe your hair growth rate, and growth cycle.
Once we’ve determined these variables the key to achieving successful results will be your commitment to keeping to the treatment plan. The majority of those who stick to a treatment plan generally clear their area of concern within 12 to 18 months. The first few months will require more attention and commitment, but after a while you’ll start to see results and will need to come in less and less and the sessions will become shorter and shorter until the area is permanently cleared.
Hair grows in a cyclic pattern of 12-16 weeks. In order to achieve maximum results in the shortest amount of time we need to treat hairs when they are in the beginning phase of the growth cycle “New growth”. If you miss appointments, this allows the hair to grow into the transitory, and dormant growth phases. When we treat transitory and dormant hair, we’re unable to achieve a 100% kill rate. This is due to our inability to fully treat the root area of the hair. This means we will be less successful and the overall treatment plan will take longer.
During the treatment process we remove all hairs we encounter, which will include a mixture of new, transitory, and dormant hair. When we treat transitory and dormant hair, or a new hair which is excessively large, we’re unable to achieve a 100% destruction of the root, and usually average between 70-80%. This is due to our inability to fully treat the root area of the hair. After we achieve the complete clearing of an area we know all hair that grows in this area is either new growth, or new regrowth. New growth hair will usually be of the same size and type as previously observed hairs. Regrowth hair will usually be finer and weaker, and is the result of those undertreated follicles.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as completely painless electrolysis. It is normal to feel a slight heat, stinging or tingling sensation. This is because the hair root tissue being targeted for destruction has a network of nerve endings associated with it. The amount of discomfort you experience during a session will be dependent upon several factors. These include your personal tolerance level, the settings being used by the Electrologist, and how well hydrated you are.
Because different areas of the body are more sensitive than others, your Electrologist will make adjustments during the treatment process to make you as comfortable as possible. During your consultation we will discuss ways to reduce your level of discomfort, and additional pain management options.
We warmly welcome members of the transgendered community and specialize in their unique needs. You will have a difficult time finding a more transgender friendly and supportive business than Oasis. Hair removal is an important step in both the transition and surgery preparation processes. We understand just how important this is for a transgender woman or man’s quality of life, and with that in mind we work together with our transgender clients to help them through the process as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
In most cases we recommend waiting until after puberty to begin treatment, however we have treated clients as young as 13, who were experiencing excessive hair growth. We do require consent of a parent or legal guardian.