FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Number of Treatments?
Electrolysis does require more than one treatment. As each hair follicle is treated individually, there are several factors which determine how many treatments are needed. How large is the area to be treated is; the amount of hair in the area; which temporary methods of removal were used prior to the treatments; pain tolerance; the condition of the skin before and after the treatments. Most areas can be fully completed within 12 months. Taking into consideration that the hair grows in a cycle, you need to allow one full year to remove any hairs that still need to grow ( classified as dormant hairs )
Cause for unwanted hair
Everyone comes into the world with a pre established pattern for hair growth; this pattern is inherited from our parents. however, there are many other factors that contribute to unwanted hair growth.
Hormone Stimulation - Changes in hair growth can be classified as systemic. this means that they have been brought about by a change in the chemical structure in the endocrine system. Normal systemic changes occur during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause. They may also be caused by defective glands, disease, infection, tumors, and dietary deficiencies. Hair growth patterns can even be affected by medication and emotional stress ( in such cases a physician or endocrinologist should be consulted).
Topical Causes - Wherever there is irritation, there is and increase in the blood supply to the surface on the skin. when the blood supply reaches hair follicles it will accelerate hair growth because blood is the main source of nourishment to the hair follicle. tweezing, waxing, and shaving are all the forms of irritation and therefore, are not only temporary methods but can actually promote increased or even excessive hair growth in an area.
How electrolysis works
the electrologist slides the needle into the hair follicle right along side the hair shaft. A minimum amount of electrical current is then applied which thermally releases the hair follicle by cauterizing the dermal papilla. ( a separate organ attached to the base of the hair follicle containing a blood supply and other elements essential for hair growth of hair). the client should not feel a tug or pull of his or her hair during the removal. instead, a slight sting at the moment of cauterization is experienced.
Standard electrolysis involves the use of an un-insulted needle. An un-insulated needle will discharge electricity at any point along its length, resulting in a reduction of current which impairs its ability to completely destroys the dermal papilla. This adversely affects surrounding skin by potentially exposing it to an unnecessary amount of heat. In the early 1980’s the electrolysis process was enhanced through the introduction of a device called the insulated needle. the insulted needle is mechanically superior and more effective than any other probe used for electrolysis. One advantage is that it has a bulbous tip rather than a pointed one. This type of tip facilitates entry directly into the follicle, this increasing accuracy. Structurally, the probe is technically superior, as well. it is filled with silicone or teflon which results in a high concentration of heat precisely and solely where it is required. With this technology, ninety-five percent of hairs treated are destroyed the first time.
Areas of Treatment
Almost all areas of the face and body can be treated, treatments are not performed on the inside of the nose or too close to the eyes.
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