The American Electrology Association (AEA), with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed National Infection Control Standards that include sterilization of all electrology instruments which may have parenteral contact. Sterilized, single-use needles are recommended. The Standards are consistent with Standard Precautions safety which includes hand washing and use of a fresh pair of disposable gloves for each treatment. Your electrologist will thoroughly discuss this important issue with you.
The number of treatments necessary varies with each person. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress may influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest period of time.
Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs, as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase, will be treated and may or may not be visible at the same time as finer regrowth hairs.
All hairs have differing cycles of growth activity and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, hair follicles go into a dormant phase. This period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time however, replacement hairs usually appear within three to twelve months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.
While electrolysis is a very comfortable procedure, it is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without any sensation. This is because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation which may be felt is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. Adjustments can be made which will help to make the treatment remain comfortable.
When electrolysis is performed by a competent electrologist using up-to-date equipment and current techniques, there should be no visible skin damage. Immediately following treatment there may be slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours.
Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms, underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and chest. The inside of the ears and nose should not be treated.
Although electrolysis has never been proven harmful to pregnant women, it is suggested the advice of your physician be sought before treatment.
Electrolysis is considered a very cost-effective method of hair removal. The overall cost is tied to each individual's recommended treatment schedule. Your Electrologist will discuss with you the optimim program to achieve the results you desire.
Treatment time can vary from 15 minutes to an hour or more. This depends on previous hair removal methods, the area of the treatment, and the amount of hair you wish to remove.