Frequently Asked Questions
Where can electrolysis be done?
Electrolysis can be done anywhere, except for deep in the ear canal or past approximately 2 cm within the nose:
- face (upper lip, chin, eyebrows, sides, nose, etc,)
- bikini line
- fingers and toes
Is electrolysis permanent?
Yes. The FDA and AMA recognize electrolysis as the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Once the blood supply of the hair has been destroyed at the root hair will no longer grow from that hair follicle. Thus, it is permanent but is a process over time NOT something that occurs immediately.
Does electrolysis hurt?
This is a difficult question as pain is subjective and is depending on individual tolerance levels and determination for the removal of the hair. Some clients do not find electrolysis uncomfortable, however, others do. If sensitivity is an issue there are options.
What if I find electrolysis uncomfortable?
If you find electrolysis uncomfortable, there are topical anaesthetics available that can numb the skin considerably eliminating much of the discomfort. EMLA is one of the most commonly used topical anaesthetics by clients at Alternative Electrolysis Clinics. It is available at most pharmacies. Please discuss this option with me prior to purchasing and applying it before treatment.
How long do treatments usually take?
Treatments take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour typically. The length of a treatment depends on how much hair you want cleared, your tolerance level, and schedule. At Alternative Electrolysis Clinic an essential part of your treatment is that it is customized to YOUR needs.
How many hairs can you clear in 15 min to 1 hour?
This is a nearly impossible question to answer. I will always clear as much hair as possible, but refuse to sacrifice the effectiveness of any treatment by rushing. How many hairs I can remove depends on the type of hair, area being treated and your tolerance level. I prefer for people to focus on the end result of permanent hair removal, and remember that at times, this may require some patience.
What will I look like after the treatment?
This depends on the person, and varies depending on your skin type, the length of treatment, type of hair, and how well you follow your after care instructions. Redness and some swelling are typical reactions, but often are gone within a few hours. Sometimes for exceptionally course hairs a very small scab may form. Healing is seldom a problem for clients, and if it is changes can be made in your treatment program. Communication is essential between the electrologist and the client to ensure treatment satisfaction!
Will there be re-growth? How long will I require electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a process, and the number of treatments and amount of re-growth depends on several factors. This is an important question to discuss during your consultation as it varies from client to client. Some important factors that dictate the length of time are: age, skin tolerance, hair type, health, regularity of appointments, previous hair removal methods, and how well you follow your after care instructions.
How often should I come for appointments?
This is dependent on three main things: your expectations, budget, and schedule. I will make specific recommendations to suit your expectations/goals. However, if your budget, schedule, or expectations do not coincide it is essential that you adjust them so they do. This will ensure that you remain enthusiastic about the effectiveness of electrolysis and your treatments!