Does it hurt?This is the most common fear of anyone thinking of going through this process. The degree of sensation felt by clients varies from person to person. It will feel like a quick sting or a quick "heat". It will probably feel no stronger than if you tweezed the hair, and perhaps less intense.
Everyone perceives and handles pain a little differently. Different parts of the body may also be more sensitive than others. Depth and coarseness of the hair, how close it is to the midline of the body, your skin's moisture content, and personal sensitivity to pain will affect the sensation. Adjustments are made to tailor each individuals treatment to their tolerance, while still successfully treating the hair follicle.
Is it really permanent?Absolutely! Electrolysis is still the only PERMANENT method to remove unwanted hair. Other medical devices have been granted the right to claim "permanent reduction." This would mean that if 20 percent of the hair did not grow back, then it has been permanently reduced. The FDA has not granted any other technology the right to say "PERMANENT." Electrolysis is also the only method that the American Medical Association recognizes as permanent.
How long will it take?Electrolysis generally takes 10-14 months of time. Treatment schedules vary greatly from person to person. Factors such as hair growth cycles, previous methods of hair removal, heredity, hormones, stress and even medications can influence treatment schedules. It is very important to stick with your individual treatment schedule for optimum results in the shortest time frame.
What will I look like after treatment?Some redness is normal afterwards, however, this varies greatly from person to person. Redness may last from 20 minutes to 24 hours, although 20-30 minutes is average.
How am I charged for treatments?All treatments are based on time. The average appointment time for a face treatment is 1/2 hour. If you have just a few hairs, such is often found on the chin or corners of the lip, a 15 minute treatment would suffice. Bikini line and underarm treatments are either 1/2 hour or 45 minute sessions.
Do you use disposable needles?These days, office sterilization is not sufficient to guarantee that no transmission of disease will occur. Anything which is inserted below the skin should be brand new and presented in a sterile package. My office uses single use, disposable needles.
What areas do people get hair removed from?Most places can safely be worked on: Facial hair, including eyebrows, sideburn area, cheeks, lip, chin, and neck. Also underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, fingers and toes. Hair removed from a mole must have a doctors note on file.
Do men get electrolysis?Absolutely! Some men want the hair on the front or back of their neck removed to give them a cleaner appearance. They may want the hair on their back removed, or the outer part of their ears.
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