Facts About Electrolysis
- Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years
ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be
treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen,
breasts, and legs.
- There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the
skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for
a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches,
no harsh chemicals are used.
How Do I Choose an Electrologist?
Electrologists are people who have undergone training to professionally
administer the electrolysis procedure. If you are considering undergoing
electrolysis, it is very important that you do your research before committing
to an appointment. The wrong decision can mean extra sessions and cost and
unnecessary discomfort. By following the guidelines listed below, you can take
comfort in knowing that you will be making an educated and informed decision
when choosing an electrologist.
- Know their qualifications. Many states require that electrologists be
licensed or certified within the state in order to practice electrolysis. If
you live in those states, be sure the practitioner's
certificate is current and fully on display. For states that do not regulate
electrolysis, look for electrologists who have a certification from an
accredited electrology school.
- Ask around. One of the best ways to find any good service is to ask friends
and family for recommendations. If you know anybody who has undergone
electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
- Get a consultation. Many places will give you a free consultation. During
the consultation, be sure that any and all of your questions about the
procedure are answered. Some of the questions you can ask include: how the
procedure will feel; an estimate on the number of visits you will likely need;
the cost of each visit (this will vary from place to place, and it is best to
call around); the length of each session; how long they have been in business;
and the number of clients they have treated.
- Make sure they use the right technique. Make sure the practitioner uses
needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some
places may advertise electrolysis, but in reality they use electronic tweezers
or photoepilators. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.
- Use common sense. When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the
place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or
probes? Ask to meet to person who will be performing the electrolysis for you.
Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not personally
comfortable with somebody, do not go to him or her. Personal comfort is
essential to knowing you have made the right decision in choosing an
WebMD Medical Reference
SOURCES:Last Editorial Review: 6/12/2012
FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."
TeensHealth: "Hair Removal."
MedicineNet.com: "Electrolysis for Unwanted Hair Removal."
Reviewed by Michael J. Wheatley, MD, on June 12, 2012
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