Electrolysis is the oldest and most effective method of permanent hair removal available. Unlike laser which is considered permanent hair reduction, electrolysis is FDA-approved as permanent hair removal, safe and effective for all skin types and hair colors.
Electrolysis is available on most areas of the face and body, including eyebrows, chin, upper lip, neck, back, chest, shoulders, abdomen, underarms, breasts, bikini area, legs, and arms.
A professional electrologist inserts a very fine probe (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells.
Hairs have differing cycles of growth, many of which are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The follicle produces the hair from the blood supply, and discards it eventually through shedding.
The process of growth, rest, and replacement are known as the hair growth cycle. Since individual hairs are in different phases of the cycle at any given time, multiple treatments may be required to remove unwanted hair.
There is no way to predict how many treatments each individual will need. The total treatment time varies greatly depending on a number of factors that include: hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medications, stress, and most importantly, commitment to a regular program of electrolysis.
The frequency and length of your appointments depends on the size of the area being cleared and the progress of your treatment. In general, treatments on a particular area are longest and most frequent at the beginning. Treatment length and frequency then tapers off as fewer and fewer hairs remain to be treated.