WHAT IS ELECTROLYSIS?
Temporary hair removal methods (i.e. shaving, waxing,threading and tweezing) require a lifetime of maintenance, and can lead to the development of ingrown hairs, skin discoloration/irritation, and rapid hair regrowth. While they might initially seem inexpensive, the cost-effectiveness of these methods decreases significantly over time, as their continuous upkeep requirements become increasingly inconvenient.
Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal, and it is the only technique that actually prevents future regrowth of the hair, rather than simply removing it temporarily.
It is a safe and effective option for all hair and skin colors and types, and can be administered anywhere on the body where there is unwanted hair.
Medical electrolysis devices are designed to destroy the cells responsible for hair growth with either heat energy (thermolysis), chemical energy (galvanic electrolysis), or a combination of both (“the blend method”). While all three methods are effective, the particular technique employed during your electrolysis treatment will depend upon the location of the treatment site(s) and your hair texture and skin condition.
Electrolysis is a highly technical procedure that can only be performed by a professionally certified electrologist such as Melissa Steele, owner of Winter Park Lash Studio, WinterPark, Florida. In addition to being a Certified Medical Electrologist (CME) and a Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE), Melissa is a member of the Society for Medical Hair Removal (SCHMR) and has undergone the extensive training necessary to safely perform all three of the aforementioned modalities of electrolysis. During your initial consultation, Melissa will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is optimally suited to safely address your hair removal needs.
Your electrolysis procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes (for a follow-up appointment) to an hour (for larger treatment sites). During your treatment, Melissa will insert a very fine needle into the hair follicle opening, before directing a very mild electrical current at the follicle to destroy the hair growth cells.
Although most clients experience little discomfort during the electrolysis process, some areas of the body are much less sensitive than others, and individual pain tolerances vary significantly among patients. You can expect to feel a momentary pinch or sensation of warmth as the current is applied, and immediately after treatment you may notice slight redness or tenderness, which should subside within a few hours.
For the first 24 hours following your electrolysis procedure, you will be advised to avoid activities that could inflame the hair follicles (i.e. sun exposure/tanning, make-up application, or excessive sweating).
Because individual hairs are in different phases of the hair growth cycle at any given time, multiple treatments may be required to permanently remove undesirable hair.
The timing of your follow-up appointments will depend upon a number of factors, such as: your unique hair structure and hair growth cycles, previous hair removal experiences, genetics, hormonal shifts, stress level, and medications, all of which can impact the rate of hair growth. Most clients are able to achieve complete cessation of hair growth within 18 months.
CONTACT WINTER PARK LASH STUDIO
If you are frustrated with temporary, painful hair removal methods and would like to learn more about electrolysis as an effective solution for the permanent removal of unwanted hair, please contact Winter Park Lash Studio today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your first electrolysis appointment with Melissa.