Electrolysis/thermolysis hair removal

Although laser treatments can be said to offer "permanent hair reduction," electrolysis/thermolysis has been proven to permanently remove hair, follicle by follicle.

Electrolysis/Thermolysis treatments are a form of electrical epilation where a needle is inserted into the hair follicle and literally applies a zap of electrical current to the area. When professionally performed, electrolysis results are comparable to those of laser hair removal, and may offer even more permanent results for people who are otherwise not a candidate for laser hair removal (i.e. people with extremely dark skin, or someone who has red, blonde or gray hair).


What is Electrolysis/Thermolysis hair removal?

Electrolysis/Thermolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin. The hair is then removed with tweezers.


When Electrolysis/Thermolysis hair removal is recommended?

We recommend Electrolysis/Thermolysis for laser resistant hairs or patients not suitable for laser hair removal. White, grey, blond and red hairs are not responsive to lasers or light hair removal technologies that depend on the dye in the hair for its effect. In those cases and other cases were we see no results from laser, we recommend the electrolysis/ thermolysis permanent destruction of the hair follicles for a guaranteed permanent results.


How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?

The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return every other week. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.


Myths About Electrolysis

Electrolysis is painful. The truth is, electrolysis usually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic may be used in some cases.

The electric tweezer method is permanent. The truth is, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair. In fact, some states prohibit those who use the electric tweezer -- which can also be purchased for consumer use -- from claiming it provides permanent hair removal.

Temporary methods of hair removal can be better. Chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) are often used to remove body hair. These products contain irritating chemicals, and can be time-consuming and messy. Likewise, bleaches contain harsh chemicals and do little to disguise dark hair. They may also discolor the skin. Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. A hot wax is applied to the skin and removed once it has dried over the hair. The hair is stripped off when the wax is removed. Waxing can be painful and costly. Home waxing kits are available, but they can be difficult to use and messy. There are electrical electrolysis devices available for home use that try to copy the devices used by professionals. These devices are often unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.


What are the possible side effects?

There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used.


How Do I Choose an Electrologist?

Electrologists are people who have undergone training to professionally administer the electrolysis procedure. If you are considering undergoing electrolysis, it is very important that you do your research before committing to an appointment. The wrong decision can mean extra sessions and cost and unnecessary discomfort.

ELITE is a certified medical center with a professionally trained and certified electrologists and laser technicians. ELITE is equipped with the latest up-to-date devices for hair removal that covers all skin and hair types. ELITE services are performed under Dr ELMUSA directions and supervision. 


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