What is Electrolysis?

Why Electrolysis?

Body hair growing in unwanted places can be embarrassing. Excess hair growth can be caused by a variety of factors, heredity is one. Also, normal changes within the body such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can cause an overabundance of hair growth. Malfunctions in the endocrine system, which regulates hormones, can also trigger the appearance of excess hair. Even medications such as birth control, cortisone, and some high blood pressure prescriptions can cause hair growth. Finally, emotional and physical stress can stimulate a hormonal reaction that can cause fine body hair to become more coarse and noticeable.  There are several choices one has in removing this hair, but each come with their challenges.  More common choices include plucking or waxing.  Plucking is not only painful, but it is also ineffective for larger areas and areas where the hair is difficult to see.  Waxing is another option, still painful but it does offer greater coverage of hair removal than plucking; however, some skin irritation can occur from the process.  With both of these methods the hopes are that over time, enough damage to the follicle will prevent regrowth of the hair; however, this isn’t always the case.  For persistent areas where you would like unwanted hair removed, electrolysis offers a safer, long-term solution.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Electrolysis is the only proven method of removing unwanted hair permanently. During electrolysis, a fine sterile probe, the same size as the hair, is inserted into the opening of the hair follicle. A low level electrical current is applied that will destroy the hair root, which contains the blood and nerves that feed the growing hair. This hair is then removed. This feels like a pin prick because it is impossible to destroy hair growth without sensation.  Although this method still offers some discomfort in the process, it’s overall a safer approach to hair removal as it requires less procedures that the more common approaches and has a proven track record.  There is also Laser hair removal options; however, the laser has not been approved by the FDA as a permanent method of hair removal, just as a method of hair reduction.

More than one treatment is needed in order to fully remove the hair in a particular area. This is because all hairs have a differing cycle of growth activity. Therefore, not all hairs are visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The reappearance of hair in the area is not re-growth of treated hairs, but rather growth of hairs that have not yet been treated. The number of treatments necessary varies with each individual based on a variety of factors.

For women, hair removal can be done on the hairline, eyebrows, ear, top of the nose, cheeks, sideburn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands, feet, toes, and fingers. However, hair cannot be permanently removed from moles. Although electrolysis has never been proven harmful during pregnancy it is recommended that you seek the advice of your physician.

Areas of concern for men include hairline, eyebrows, beard, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose, toes and fingers. Ingrown hairs can also be problematic and cause constant irritation. Electrolysis can help in this area as well.

If you would like to learn more about how electrolysis could benefit you and your quest for removal of hair from a particular area of your body, contact us for a FREE Consultation!  Vitality Unlimited Spa is experienced in treating both Men and Women for hair removal.  Call for your FREE Consultation today! 314-968-1808.

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