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This is a collection of frequently asked questions about electrolysis,
the process, and the effects. If you have any questions, please
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What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis refers to the destruction of hair roots with an electric current. Three types of electrolysis are: 1) Galvanic, 2) Thermolysis and 3) Blend.

How does it work?
Very fine metal probes are inserted into the hair follicle. A small electric current is then applied which destroys the hair root. Each hair has to be treated individually. (See item above for description of various electrolysis methods.)

Is it painful?
This depends on the individual's level of sensitivity. Some describe the discomfort as being similar to using tweezers. Others complain of excessive pain during the treatment. A qualified electrologist will be able to suggest methods for minimizing the discomfort.

How long does the treatment take?
This varies greatly from person to person. Factors such as the size of the area to be treated, the curvature of the hair follicle, the level of skin sensitivity, hormonal balance and heredity all have an effect..

What is the effect on the skin?
If the procedure is performed by a fully qualified electrologist, the tissue surrounding the hair follicle should not be damaged. It should therefore be safe when performed at a reputable clinic by trained personnel.
Obvious precautions such as the electrologist wearing gloves and the use of disposable, pre-sterilized needles also minimize the risk of infection.
Temporary side effects may include some redness and swelling, dryness and scabs.
If the procedure is not carried out by professionals, there is the risk of permanent skin damage resulting in a scarring or pitting of the skin.

How long does it last?
Electrolysis is often viewed as a permanent hair removal method. Once the hair root is destroyed, the hair will not grow back. There are exceptions however. In some cases hair does regrow in places and clients need to return once or twice a year for a cleanup. Hair can continue to grow in the underarms, pubic area and around the nipples during a woman's reproductive years