top of page

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Electrolysis?

Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal. Using state-of-the-art technology, a small amount of electricity is gently applied to the base of the hair follicle. This process destroys the hair growth tissue. Therefore, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

The term electrolysis is used to describe all methods of permanent hair removal. The electrolysis modality was the first method used to remove hair permanently back in 1875. The term electrolysis branded the process of permanent hair removal.

An electrologist inserts a very fine needle into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft (keep in mind how tiny hairs are). A small amount of current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells.

Medical electrolysis devices destroy the hair growth cells with chemical or heat energy. All modalities equally destroy hair growth cells that causes hair growth. The modality used is the preference of the professional electrologist.

There are three modalities used today that fall under the heading of electrolysis:

  1. Galvanic or electrolysis is a chemical process. It charges the moisture (H2O) and salt (NaCl) naturally found in the follicle, causing a chemical reaction. Sodium hydroxide (lye) is produced. The lye destroys the hair follicle by chemical decomposition.

  2. Thermolysis or short-wave produces heat. When this modality is used it heats and destroys the hair growth cells in the follicle. This modality can be utilized in two ways: (1) flash method of thermolysis uses high intensity current for less time in the follicle (2) the current is used at lower intensity and longer timing.

  3. The blend method combines galvanic current with thermolysis current. Thermolysis heats up the chemical reaction in the follicle destroying hair growth cells.


Why should I choose Electrolysis over other temporary methods such as laser or waxing?

Unlike other hair removal options, professionally performed electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair, permanently, with unsurpassed results.  Moreover, it does so for the largest variety of skin and hair types.

Laser promoters compare laser to electrolysis although laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary method. It has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient’s skin and health.

Waxing, threading and tweezing are alike. However, ingrown hairs and discoloration may result. Additionally, they may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and Shaving can cause an irritation to the skin while the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use and are found to be inconvenient.

Electrolysis works on most areas of the body, excluding the nose canal and ear canal, to give you smooth, sleek, healthy looking skin.


Is it painful?

Electrolysis is a procedure comparable to laser therapy (although electrolysis differs in that it is a method of permanent hair removal). The level of pain or discomfort people experience differs. Factors include the individual’s overall sensitivity, the sensitivity of the area being treated, and the amount of hair growing in that area. Generally any discomfort that is felt during the procedure fades quickly. The area can also be treated with numbing cream prior to the procedure, which can make a substantial difference to more sensitive areas.


How many treatments are required to achieve permanency?

The number of treatments necessary varies with each client. Treatment sessions can range from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area being treated.

Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan provided by your Electrologist to achieve optimum results.


Can men get Electrolysis?

Everyone can benefit from Electrolysis!

The most common areas for men are the neck(for in-growns), hairline, chest, and back. You may also receive Electrolysis on other areas of the body excluding the nose canal and ear canal.


How much will treatments cost?

Electrolysis costs depend on a lot of factors including: how much hair needs to be removed, the size of area being treated, and where you get your services performed.

For best results, follow your Electrologist's recommendations in scheduling appointments. For areas that have been waxed or tweezed, treatments will be more frequent than for areas that have been shaved.


Does Electrolysis leave any permanent side effects on the skin?

Not when administered by skilled technicians. It's safe for even the most delicate skin types.

Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness, which varies with each individual, but this will last only for a short time. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. Your electrologist will provide you with post treatment instructions and the personal attention you need. You are assured of the best care from a skilled hair removal professional.


Will I see regrowth after my Electrolysis treatment?

This isn't uncommon. In some cases more treatments to each follicle may be necessary to achieve permanency. The coarser the hair, the deeper the hair. Hair that is treated and re-grows is thinner and more fragile.

For more information regarding Electrolysis, visit these resources below.

bottom of page