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Electrolysis is a FDA-approved method of permanently removing individual hairs from the face or body. At The Laser Lounge Spa, we make this technology available to our clients with unwanted white, gray, red or blonde hairs that cannot be removed by any type of laser system due to their minimal color (pigmentation).
Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin. The hair is then removed with tweezers. Electrolysis is safe on all ages, including those whose are pregnant. All probes are one-use disposable, gloves are always worn, and all tweezers are placed in an electric sterilizer to ensure strict safety precautions.
HOW MANY ELECTROLYSIS TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Since many factors influence hair growth, you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week, as necessary. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed.
Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. It is not advised to tweeze hair in-between sessions. We recommend simply trimming the hair with scissors.
Most people can undergo electrolysis with minimal discomfort. However, a topical numbing cream is available for $10.
After electrolysis, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling, which usually disappears within a few hours. It is recommended not to wear makeup on the treated areas for 24 hours. Use only tepid water (no soap) or alcohol to cleanse, and do not apply foundation or makeup to the area for 24 hours. You should also avoid the urge to touch your face, as this could spread bacteria, and cause infection of the treated area.
Apply cortisone, triple antibiotic cream, Bacitracin or vitamin E with a Q-tip to speed healing. If you go out in the sun, use sunscreen with a 30 SPF. Occasionally, small whiteheads or a few tiny scabs may occur. Scabs can be part of the normal healing process, and will not cause any permanent damage if they are not picked off. Whiteheads usually are indicative of bacteria entering the follicle after treatment. Using the Bacitracin, triple antibiotics, cortisone or Vitamin E will discourage scabs and whiteheads from forming. Remember to keep the area as clean as possible for the next 24 hours.
WHAT CAUSES EXCESS HAIR?
According to current medical science, excessive hair growth is primarily caused by three factors: Normal Systemic Changes, Heredity and Glandular Disturbances. Normal Systemic Changes can be caused by puberty, pregnancy, menopause and hysterectomy. Puberty stimulates change in both the body and hair-growth patterns. Common pattern changes include an increase in hair follicle activity, and an overall darkening/thickening of the hair shaft. The diminished hormonal levels in a woman’s body following menopause and/or a hysterectomy can promote new hair growth on the face and body.
Glandular Disturbances originate in the endocrine system, which is responsible for our physical development. Certain medications, such as male hormones, birth control pills, and even pregnancy can disrupt the delicate endocrine balance and produce unwanted hair. Hereditary Hirsutism, excessive and abnormal growth of hair, is found in all nationalities, some more than others. Electrolysis can permanently solve this problem regardless of nationality or the amount of hair. However, many cases of “excessive” hair growth are actually normal in relation to the physiological changes the client may be going through, just as it is normal for many men to go bald. Most instances of baldness are caused by heredity, and are considered normal.
It is worth noting that stress (both emotional and physical) can stimulate the adrenal glands to initiate a hormonal reaction that can cause finer hairs to become more coarse and noticeable. Increased blood supply can also stimulate hair to grow thicker and darker. Waxing and tweezing can cause an increase in blood supply in many clients, while others experience reduction of hair growth.
WHAT IS A NORMAL HAIR GROWTH CYCLE?
All hair, regardless of the area of the body, has a different growth cycle. Eyelashes and eyebrows, for instance, grow for about four months, and then are shed. The life span of a human scalp hair is from two to four years.
After the hair is sloughed off, the follicle becomes dormant for a period varying from a few weeks to several months, and then begins once again to produce hair. Since only visible hair can be treated, the initial treatment period for any given area is four months. Much of the perceived “re-growth” that occurs during treatment is really hair emerging from dormancy. Once this hair becomes visible, it can be treated for the first time.
Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
Specific results not guaranteed. Results can vary