by Carol Aalund
Myth #1 : Electrolysis is an ancient, outdated technology that no one believes in or uses anymore.
Truth: Electrolysis has been proven safe and effective for 136 years and is still the gold standard in PERMANENT hair removal, according to the FDA and AMA. Epilators today are state-of-the-art and extremely efficient. There are many, many men, women and teens who enjoy the freedom of unwanted hair obtained with electrolysis.
Myth #2 : I’ve heard that the procedure utilizes needles that puncture the skin and leave scarring.
Truth: Very tiny, flexible probes, also called filaments, are used (.001” to .005” in diameter – about the same width as a human hair). The hair follicle is an existing opening in the skin like a pocket and the probe is slipped in easily next to the hair. Most people feel nothing at all with insertion. The skin is not punctured and there is no bleeding. Electrologists today are required by the state to be highly trained. They must attend an accredited school and sit for a state board exam to obtain licensure, and today’s equipment is very high-tech. Because of this the risk of scarring with treatment is not an issue.
Myth #3 : I’ve been told the pain is unbearable. Is that true?
Truth: No. While it is not possible to destroy hair growth tissue without at least some sensation, treatment is quite comfortable. Most people, if they feel much at all, will describe it as feeling something like a mosquito bite or a gradually building heat. Some people find that a short appointment (15 min.) is sufficient for their particular comfort level, while other people sleep through an hour or more of treatment.
Myth #4 : I’ve been told that if you choose electrolysis that you will be going forever, or that it really is not permanent.
Truth: Electrolysis requires a series of treatments due to the hair growth cycle. It is not an overnight sensation, but because it is permanent it is well worth the time spent in treatment. If someone who has had electrolysis tells you that they did not achieve permanence it is because they did not complete their course of treatment as outlined by their electrologist for their particular situation.
Myth #5 : Is it true that it is more expensive than other hair removal methods?
Truth: No, it is very affordable. Also, money is saved because it does not require life-long touch-ups due to the fact that it is the only permanent option available today. Cost varies with each person depending on how dense their unwanted hair is and how big an area they want treated. An electrologist can give you an idea of how much it will cost you by assessing your particular situation at a consultation.
Myth #6 : Home electrolysis kits purchased over the internet are as effective and will save me a lot of money if I can treat myself.
Truth: Home electrolysis kits are a scam. They do not have enough electric current to destroy hair growth tissue.
Myth #7: I’ve heard that laser and electrolysis are basically the same thing. Is that true? If not, how does electrolysis permanently keep the hair from growing back?
Truth: No, they are not the same. With electrolysis, a small burst of electrical current cauterizes the blood supply, which is what nourishes a growing hair. Also, the current dessicates the follicle and coagulates the tissue inside of it. This includes the germinative cells that line the follicle wall and produce a new hair. Over the course of 2 to 3 days after treatment, the follicle seals up and is no longer capable of producing hair. Because of this, electrolysis works on any hair color and with any color of skin. Laser light only targets the melanin (color producing cells) in a hair follicle.
This article was written by Carol Aalund, a walking testimonial and owner of Clear 4 Life Electrolysis, P.C. After successfully eliminating her own unwanted hair, she decided to change careers and help others by becoming a registered electrologist. To find out more about electrolysis and how you can get rid of your unwanted hair for good, call Carol at (815) 266-1405.