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Everything You Need to Know About Electrolysis Hair Removal

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Are you tired of shaving, only to feel prickly again by the end of the day? The average woman spends around 72 days of her lifetime shaving just her legs. Yes, just her legs. What about waxing? Armpits? Brazilians? Let’s face it, at-home hair removal is time-consuming and just plain irritating. It carries the risks of razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, nicks, cuts, and skin irritation. If you’re one of the countless women who hate shaving, there may be a solution for you: electrolysis hair removal is an FDA-approved solution for those who hate the constant battle of shaving.

At the Wall Plastic Surgery Center in Shreveport, we offer freedom and confidence in the form of permanent hair removal and reduction services. These services come with many benefits, the first being gaining more time for yourself. Unlike shaving, which only lasts a few days at most, permanent hair removal and reduction services take less time overall and give you the freedom from shaving you’ve always wanted. If you’re interested in permanent hair loss or hair reduction solutions, please schedule an appointment with us today. Call 318-221-1629, or fill out our online intake form via our website.

What Is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Electrolysis is basically a way to remove individual hairs from the body. A fine probe is inserted into your hair follicle. Then, the probe uses either chemical or heat energy to destroy the growth ability of the hair follicle. Finally, the leftover hair is removed with tweezers.

This method is highly effective for most areas of the body. These areas include the eyebrows, face, thighs, legs, and abdomen.

What Are the Side Effects of Electrolysis Hair Removal?

For those with no health issues, electrolysis generally poses no side effects or risks. During the actual treatment, many people feel mild pain from the flow of electricity. After the treatment, you will likely see redness or swelling at or around the treated area. It will feel tender, so we recommend that you avoid touching the area or applying pressure. The sensitivity and swelling shouldn’t last long, typically dissipating within a few hours.

Below, we list the other, less common risks that come with electrolysis.

  • Scarring
  • Keloid scars
  • Changes in skin tone

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments you will need to achieve your desired results depends on a number of factors. We recommend consulting with your doctor about this in order to determine a realistic timeline for your treatment. In general, people undergo several electrolysis visits. However, the total number of sessions varies depending on each person. Most of our clients like to return either once a week or every other week as they need treatment. Once your full treatment regimen is complete, the treated hair will be gone permanently. The great thing about electrolysis is that the treatments only last between 15 minutes to an hour. This, of course, depends on your hair’s thickness and density.

How Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Work?

Basically, electrolysis kills the reproductive hair cell. This ensures that the treated hair does not grow back. Your electrologist uses a fine needle to insert into the hair follicle. The needle then delivers an electric current to the hair follicle, destroying the root of the hair. This electricity prevents the follicle from regenerating, thus preventing future hair growth. Electrologists perform this process on each follicle.

Over multiple sessions, the electrolysis gradually eliminates the hair follicle’s ability to regrow. Any person of any skin and hair color may undergo electrolysis. This makes electrolysis a better option for a wider range of people than laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works best when there is a large amount of contrast between the skin color and hair color. Electrolysis works on all types of patients, except in special cases. Certain medications or hormones may cause hair growth even with electrolysis treatment.

How Painful Is It?

Compared to laser hair removal, electrolysis hair removal is slightly more painful. This is because of the nature of the procedure. It removes individual hairs instead of multiple at once, thus causing more discomfort. Even though it does not generally cause permanent side effects, it sometimes causes reddening or tenderness of the treated area. Many people describe the sensation as comparable to a mosquito bite. In a more general sense, it feels like stinging or pricking of the skin. Keep in mind that every person has different experiences with electrolysis, so some experience more discomfort than others. In some cases, your electrologist will apply a topical numbing cream in order to reduce any pain you might feel.

How Does It Compare to Laser Hair Removal?

Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis completely stops hair growth. Laser hair removal simply thins out and slows hair growth over the course of multiple sessions. Additionally, laser hair removal is generally recommended for patients with significant contrast between the color of their skin and hair. This means that only those with light skin and very dark hair will see the best results. Electrolysis, however, works for patients of all skin types and hair types.

In terms of sessions and cost, electrolysis is likely the cheaper option. Even though it usually requires more sessions, those sessions are notably cheaper than laser hair removal. However, most patients state that electrolysis is a more painful process than laser hair removal. Also, electrolysis sessions generally last longer than laser sessions.

If you need further advice about which treatment is best for you, our team will work closely with you to find a solution. Everybody is unique, and their treatments must reflect that. Depending on your expected results, your doctor will recommend the safest treatment method for you. 

Call the Wall Plastic Surgery Center Today

If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, or using harsh chemicals to get rid of stubborn hair, we have a solution for you. Electrolysis hair removal is a great option for anyone looking to gain a little extra time in their day by not having to shave. As a fully FDA-approved, permanent hair removal solution, we stand behind the efficacy of electrolysis. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our providers and develop a customized plan for your beauty goals, contact the Wall Plastic Surgery Center today. Call 318-221-1629 or fill out our online intake form.