An electrologist is a person trained in electrolysis, a method of permanent hair removal. An electric current is delivered to individual hair follicles by a very thin needle probe, which disrupts the hair matrix cells and prevents future hair growth. Contrary to popular belief, electrolysis is not painful, although it may sting slightly.Choosing a qualified electrologist will ensure that your electrolysis treatments are as effective and comfortable as possible.
Ask for referrals
You might ask friends or family members who have undergone electrolysis for referrals. Did they feel like the practitioner was experienced, and were they satisfied with the results of the treatment? Personal recommendations are often the best way to find a good electrologist.
Your physician may be able to refer you to a competent electrologist. You can also find electrologists in the yellow pages, through an internet search of your area, or various advertising media. Remember that electrologists are also salesmen with a lot of expensive equipment and office space to make payments on, so take your time to choose carefully.
Schedule a consultation
Request a consultation with the electrologist before the treatment begins. Many will offer free consultations. Find out which method of hair removal they use. Needle electrolysis is the only method of hair removal which is approved by the FDA to claim permanent results. Some practitioners use tweezers or photoepilators which do not remove hair permanently, despite their claims.
Verify certification and training
Know the qualifications of the electrologist that you choose. Many states require that they be licensed or certified. If your state does not have these requirements, make sure that the person you choose has a certificate from an accredited electrolysis school. The current, dated license or certificate should be displayed in the office.
Ask to meet the practitioner who will be treating you. Does she/he have a professional demeanor? Does the facility look clean? Is the staff clean and courteous? How long has the facility been in operation, and how many patients have they treated? Are proper hand washing procedures followed, and are disposable gloves used and instruments properly sterilized? Be sure any questions that you have are answered to your satisfaction before beginning electrolysis treatment.
Ask how long each session is and approximately how many sessions will be required.Electrolysis can be expensive, with most practitioners charging by the minute. Some will chargein 15 minute increments, or longer, and the cost will be less per minute. You may be able to pay for a block of sessions ahead of time and save money.
The probe is not inserted into the skin, only into the hair follicle, and you should not feel any pricking or pinching until the current is applied. If you do feel pain before the current, your electrologist is not properly trained or skilled. You may feel the hair come loose from the skin but it should not feel as if it were being plucked out. The sting should be no more painful than a mosquito bite, and your electrologist can make adjustments to make the procedure more comfortable for you. People have differing reactions to pain, and if you are particularly sensitive to pain ask the electrologist about pain relief.
Your electrologist should give you information on how to take care of the skin after treatment to reduce possible inflammation and irritation. If you adhere to the treatment schedule recommended by your electrologist, you should see permanent results in 12 to 18 months.
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