What is electrolysis?
What do the treatments involve?
What is the patients role?
What should one look for in an electrologist?
Electrolysis is the only medically approved procedure for PERMANENT hair removal and should not be confused with "immediate" hair removal methods such as waxing, tweezing, threading and laser which are NOT permanent. Electrolysis is performed for cosmetic as well as medical purposes. Back to Top
A very fine probe is inserted into each hair follicle (a natural skin opening) and a brief application of current is then applied causing destruction of the hair root. Some minor redness and/or swelling may occur after treatment, but usually disappears within an hour. There are three methods that can be used: GALVANIC (DC - creates chemical action), THERMOLYSIS (AC or flash - causes heat action) and BLEND (combination of galvanic and thermolysis). These are all effective and medically approved as safe methods for hair removal, however Thermolysis is the preferred method. Back to Top
Consistency in maintaining a prescribed course of treatment scheduling will significantly influence progress. Since each person is different, so will the number of treatments that may be needed. The amount and time length of treatments are based on hair density, coarseness of hair, skin conditions, etc. As treatment progresses and hair growth decreases, sessions become less frequent and shorter in duration. Following the recommended treatment schedule results in the best results. Back to Top
There are two certifications for New York State: Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) of the American Electrology Association (AEA)and the Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE) of the Society of Clinical and Medical Hair Removal (SCMHR). The Electrologist should have at least one of these certifications. Electrology involves labor intensive, intricate procedures requiring professional judgment and must be performed in a sanitary environment by a Board Certified Electrologist. Back to Top