Here you can find answers to some of the most common questions Barbara is asked. If you have a question that isn't covered here, feel free to call Barbara at any of the numbers listed on the Home page and Locations page.
Electrolysis is service designed to permanently remove hair, by inserting a very fine, sterilized probe, into an already existing hair follicle and then introducing an electrical current. The electrical current produces heat which is delivered to the papilla at the base of the follicle and surrounding cells. The hair and cells are detached from the follicle wall and then removed with a tweezer. As there are several cycles in each follicle, a series of treatments are needed to destroy the unwanted hair.
Hormonal activity, the amount of hair in the area, the specific area being treated, and previous methods of temporary hair removal used all play a part in determining the length of time needed to achieve permanency. Once the hair is removed, it will take approximately 3-4 weeks for the hair to re-grow from the same hair follicle. When the hair grows back, the process is repeated. The hairs become finer and finer, and fewer hairs grow back with each treatment, until the follicle no longer produces any hair. This process of elimination is how electrolysis becomes permanent. The area of the body becomes smooth skin and appears as though it never had any hair once the series of treatments are completed. The methods of electrolysis used today are thermolysis which is a short wave modality, galvanic which is seldom used today, and the blend, which is a combination of thermolysis and the galvanic modality. Barbara has been trained in all three methods.
Laser removes hair by penetrating light to the base of the hair follicle and converting the light to heat. The heat damages the follicle and destroys the cells so the hair cannot re-grow. Laser is a great option for large areas of the body that have dark, dense hair. It reduces the hair significantly after four to six treatments, but the area needs to be followed up with electrolysis to remove the remaining hairs as the laser is not effective on light or white hair.
Electrolysis sessions run in 15 min increments. The amount of hair to be removed will determine the duration of the sessions needed. For an example, if you have a considerable amount of hair to be removed from your upper lip and chin, you may need to start with a 30 minute session for a few weeks. After the areas have been cleared, the growth habit slows down. Therefore, the 30 minute session may be cut down to 15 minutes. Lessening the cost of treatments. Again, the hormonal activity, the amount of hair in the specific area, the location of the hair and previous methods of hair removal also play a part in the length of time it takes to achieve permanency and will directly affect the cost.
Some people find some discomfort, but most tolerate it. Some areas of the body and face are more sensitive than others. Barbara tries to work with settings that are tolerable, while still getting results. There are numbing creams available that can be applied to the area before the treatments.
The hairs must be long enough for the electrologist to grasp with a tweezer. The more hair present on the day of the treatment, the better a visual estimate as to how long the treatment will take to achieve permanency, as well as an estimated cost.
Although it is generally not advisable, sometimes it may be necessary when the area being treated cannot be cleared during the first few treatments. Cutting the hair is recommended in those cases. Once the area is free from hair by regular electrolysis treatments, temporary hair removal is not recommended and usually not necessary.
Yes. Unless there is an underlying condition not diagnosed and being treated, electrolysis is a process that has been proven to be very effective in permanent hair removal.
Most side effects following the treatment usually consist of a mild redness that disappears within a couple of hours. On an occasion, due to sensitivity of the skin, or the length of treatment, a client may experience sensitivity post-treatment for a longer period of time. It is important to avoid touching and keep the area clean to prevent small small pimple-like lesions. Scarring is extremely rare. Many clients have electrolysis treatments before going to work or during their lunch hours and do not suffer any side effects.
The most popular areas of the body for women are: hairline, sideburns, eyebrows, nose, upper lip, lower lip, cheeks, chin, neck, chest/breasts, abdomen, underarms, arms/hands, bikini area, legs, and feet. The most common areas of the body for men are: hairline, eyebrows, beard, ears, neck, cheeks, arms, knuckles, and shoulders.