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Electrolysis: What is it?

By gentletouch93934006, Sep 25 2018 08:38PM

Electrolysis is a procedure during which unwanted hair can be permanently removed. It works via the insertion of a very fine needle by one of our trained electrologists into the targeted hair follicle. The needle then delivers a very small amount of electrical current that destroys the follicle thereby preventing hair growth.

How Electrolysis Works

The destruction of hair follicles during an electrolysis treatment can occur in one of three ways: Galvanic electrolysis, Thermolysis, or the Blend.

Galvanic Electrolysis - Uses Direct Current (DC) electricity introduced through the needle, causing a chemical reaction that destroys the follicle.

Thermolysis - Using Alternating Current (AC), heat is generated within the follicle that dries it up and destroys it. Thermolysis can be applied via higher intensities to allow for less time with the needle in the follicle, or at lower intensities with a longer timing - whichever you prefer.

The Blend - As you can probably guess, this is a combination of Galvanic Electrolysis and Thermolysis.

Does Electrolysis Hurt?

Everyone has a different pain threshold, so whether something hurts or not is pretty subjective. Most clients report feeling a warming sensation or a small pinch during the procedure. Generally speaking, electrolysis is not an overly-painful experience and most clients report little, if any, discomfort.

How Long Does Electrolysis Take?

The amount of time it takes to treat an area will depend on the size of that area and the density of the hair follicles. Some areas can be treated quickly and easily in as little as 15 minutes while others may take up to an hour to complete.

Does Electrolysis Require More Than One Treatment?

Electrolysis takes more than one treatment to completely and permanently remove any unwanted hair. The number of treatments it takes varies from person to person based on their genetics, hair growth cycles, the quantity and quality of the hair, and even hormone function.

If you have additional questions regarding electrolysis in the Grand Rapids area, please feel free to give us a call at 661-447-9393 or stop by to set up an appointment now!

Dec 27 2018 04:00AM by Kairi Gainsborough

Thanks for explaining that most patients only feel a warmth or a pinching feeling when getting electrolysis. I've been wanting to try it on my legs ever since I first heard about it, but I have a low pain tolerance. Knowing that it doesn't hurt, I think I should try to find a facility near me that offers electrolysis.

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