Electrolysis

electrolysis tips

 

possible causes for excessive hair growth

 Genetics, hormone levels, medications, temporary hair removal methods (i.e. waxing, tweezing, threading, etc.), and illnesses. It is also common for women to have unwanted hair growth during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. 

 

contraindications

Signs of skin infection or trauma, Hair growth in moles, Pregnancy, Diabetes,  Immunosuppression disorders, Medical implants such as pacemakers, defibrillators, or artificial joints. 

 

how does electrolysis work?

Electrolysis is performed by the insertion of a fine pre-sterilized, disposable probe into the hair follicle that passes an alternating current (thermolysis RF) through tissue which causes a chemical reaction to occur at the electrode tip, resulting in tissue damage and destruction of the hair follicle and enclosed dermal papilla (base of the hair follicle).When the dermal papilla is completely de-activated, no further hair growth can occur. 

 

standards

All equipment is cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized before each treatment. Sterilized, unopened probes are shown to the client prior to the start of the service for each individual session so there is never any chance of cross contamination.

 

what does the sensation feel like?

The sensation of electrolysis may be described as “quick warmth” or a “slight sting”. Please be mindful that the sensation may vary depending on the service area as some areas may be more sensitive than others.  Women may also feel more sensitive to the sensation around the time of menses. Numbing cream is available to soothe the area prior to the treatment. Taking your favorite pain reliever 30 minutes before an appointment can also lessen the sensation of treatment.

 

what are the side effects

It is normal to experience  slight redness and/or swelling , however these symptoms typically resolve within a few hours post treatment. Post treatment it is imperative to keep the treated area clean as bacteria may seep into open pores and cause irritation. Avoid vigorous activities and the use of makeup for 24 hours.

 

how many treatments will i need?

Each person may vary as to the number of treatments required. Many factors such as the amount of hair in the treatment area, the sensitivity of the skin, medication and hormone balance, previous methods of hair removal, may determine the number of sessions.

Its recommend to start with weekly or biweekly treatments lasting 30min to an hour.  As different cycles of hair growth die off, you may move to less frequent treatments for touch-ups. To be completely hair free can take 18mo-2+ years (depending on how much hair you have). Slowly the hair growth may begin to minimize, however please understand that multiple treatments will be required.

 

pre treatment tips

Always arrive to your appointment in good hygiene. If you have any health conditions that impact your skin, heart, blood or hair growth you should always consult your physician first.

Drink plenty of water

Exfoliate the skin at least 2x on a weekly basis to avoid dead skin cell buildup

Do not shave or wax (hair removal) for at least 3-4 weeks as the hair will need to be fully grown out prior to performing the service.

Do not wear makeup to the appointment.

Discontinue the use of chemical exfoliating ingredients such as retinols, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc

Limit sun exposure to reduce irritation 

Do not consume coffee, alcohol, chocolates (sugary products) the day of your service as this can dehydrate the skin and act as a stimulant.

 

 

 

what to expect post treatment

It is normal for the skin to be slightly red and swollen after electrolysis treatments. These conditions usually disappear in an hour or two but may last longer. It’s important to avoid any activity that would subject the treated skin to irritating conditions while it is in the healing stage. The following post treatment care should be followed for the first 24 to 48 hours depending on the area treated. Small bumps, soreness and redness are all temporary reactions to the treatment and are perfectly normal especially after an initial appointment.  These reactions should disappear over the following one to two days but if they do not please contact your therapist for advice.

 

post treatment instructions

Follow these steps for optimum healing:

Keep your skin clean by gently applying an antiseptic, such as Witch Hazel, 2-3 times per day; more frequently if dirt or perspiration are an issue.

An antibiotic cream (such as Neosporin) or aloe gel may be helpful, especially prior to working out or other vigorous activity.

Applying ice pack or cold compress to the area immediately after treatment can increase comfort.

Avoid tanning, tanning beds and direct sun exposure for 48 hours after treatment.

Make sure the treatment area is covered with an SPF 30+ daily.

If you use makeup, reserve a fresh hypo-allergenic formula for use after treatment so you do not cross contaminate the treatment area.

Avoid touching the treated area with your hands. Wash hands frequently.

Avoid rubbing the treated area vigorously. Avoid manual exfoliation (scrubs, loofahs) for 48 hours post treatment.

Avoid using heavy creams or any type of topical acid (fruit acids, glycolic, salicylic, etc.) or similar product for 48 hours after treatment and use caution prior to treatment.

Avoid submerging the treated area in hot tubs or river or lake swimming for 48 hours post treatment.

 Report any skin reactions immediately to your clinician and make a note to discuss at your next visit.

If any reaction occurs which appears related to your electrolysis treatment, contact us for further care instructions.