Excess or unwanted hair growth can be a big cosmetic problem for men and women alike. Electrolysis is an increasingly popular procedure that can result in permanent hair removal. The procedure is largely performed on small areas where hair growth is unwanted, such as underarms and the bikini area but can be done on any area of the body. There are a variety of ways to remove or hide unwanted hair, from bleaches and creams to shaving. Many people considering electrolysis are surprised to find that there are several methods of electrolysis. Keep reading to learn about different types of electrolysis. What you need to know.
Thermolysis is a method of electrolysis that uses an alternating current to heat hair follicles and destroy them. Thermolysis delivers a faster current than other types of electrolysis. This means a larger area can be treated in the same amount of time at each session. However, it is also not as effective as other methods of electrolysis. Thermolysis currents do not go as far into the hair follicle. The same hair will often need to be treated several times before it is permanently disabled. This method is very tedious in terms of the time involved and also has the small possibility of skin damage. The thermolysis method of electrolysis is used mostly for fine hairs and has varied to less than desirable effects on the possibility of skin damage. The thermolysis method of electrolysis is used mostly for fine hairs and has varied to less than desirable effects on coarse hairs.
Galvanic electrolysis has been performed for over one hundred years, making it the method with the longest track record of resulting in permanent hair loss. Compared to other types of electrolysis, galvanic electrolysis yields the best results over time. When performed properly and by an experienced electrologist, galvanic electrolysis has an over 90% success rate in permanent hair loss.
Yet this form of electrolysis also has its drawbacks. Galvanic electrolysis is performed by inserting a tiny needle into each and every hair follicle in the area in question one follicle at a time, making this a very tedious procedure. Once the needle is inserted into the hair follicle, a small current of electricity is released. The recipient of the procedure will hold a small metal rod that completes the electrical current through the body. As the electrical current hits the hair follicle, it meets with the body’s natural salt and water to cause a reaction that produces lye. The lye then destroys small amounts of tissue in the hair follicle that hinder future hair growth.
When galvanic electrolysis is not performed properly, it can cause infection, skin damage, and partial or full re-growth of hair. So only an experienced and reputable electrologist should perform this procedure. While many people do achieve permanent hair loss with galvanic electrolysis, there are a few people who are not affected by this procedure or who only receive partial hair loss.
The blend method is a combination of the thermolysis method and the galvanic method. The blend method destroys hair follicles by using heat and chemicals at the same time. The downside of the blend method is that it is much more complicated than the other methods, making it imperative that you get the procedure done only from a qualified and experienced practitioner. The blend method works equally well on both coarse and fine hairs, making it suitable for permanent hair removal on smaller areas across the body.
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method that the FDA classifies as permanent. It does require a certain amount of skill to learn how to do it correctly without causing skin damage. For this reason, I would recommend having this procedure professionally done.
All methods of electrolysis require several sessions to achieve permanent hair removal. .
Over the decades, new technology has made this procedure far less painful than it was in the past. However, many people still feel mild pain and discomfort during the procedure. The pain is usually at a tolerable level that can be diminished with over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen. In addition, the length of time it takes to perform this procedure is also rather costly when compared to simply waxing, bleaching, or shaving unwanted hair. Yet the convenience of not having to worry about unwanted hair growth in the future draws people to this procedure.
Strongly consider the blend method of electrolysis as it combines the best attributes of both the thermolysis and galvanic methods. When searching for a practitioner to perform the procedure, verify references and experience to avoid any possible damage to your skin. After you’ve done your homework on the types of procedures and locating a skilled practitioner, you can enjoy many carefree days to come without worry of bothersome or unwanted hair!
Have you ever considered having electrolysis?
Let me know in the comments below.