Are you bothered by unwanted hair on your body? Have you been itching to remove it, but you are unsure as to what method to use? Do you want to be “fur-less” at last?
Girls love it when they experience a good hair day. But what do you do when you absolutely want to have a “no-hair day” instead?
Unwanted hair could seriously be burdensome, especially when it’s on parts of your body that are easily visible like the hands, arms, or legs, let alone the face!
Fortunately, there is a permanent hair removal solution that can save you from agonizing over undesirable hair. You can choose to undergo an electrolysis hair removal treatment and say goodbye to unwanted hair for good.
Electrolysis is a technique used to remove unwanted hair on any part of the body such as the eyebrows, upper lip area, face, back, bikini area, arms, or legs. Heat from an epilator device is used to blast the source of growth of hair. This causes existing hair to fall out and prevents hair from growing back.
If you are looking for ways to permanently get rid of unsightly hair on your face or body, then electrolysis would be your best bet. Here are some of the most common questions about this method, along with helpful answers:
1. Is it safe?
Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal technique that is backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. Laser is only confirmed to be reduction.
As with any treatment, there are risks involved, such as infection from unsterile needles. Improper technique can also cause scarring. The key is to make sure that you go to a reputable permanent hair removal center that has the correct equipment, never re-uses needles, and has a certified electrologist to perform that treatment.
2. Is it painful?
This will depend on your own level of pain tolerance, how well hydrated and moisturized your skin is, as well as the type of equipment used. Generally, pain and swelling go away within a few hours. There might be some slight redness, red dots or pimples from skin irritation, but it normally goes away after a few days.
These days, modern technology and equipment have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling sensation. If you experience extreme discomfort, you should let your therapist know so you may be given a topical anesthetic such as ice.
Using the most advanced equipment can help the treatment become less painful. At the same time, some providers set up a spa-like environment complete with aromatherapy, calming music, and fine herbal teas to keep you comfortable, relaxed, and pampered during treatments.
Lastly, at centers that have the latest, fastest, and most complete machines, if you don’t have any pre-conditions, radiofrequency is used at the end of the treatment. Radiofrequency is part of any specialized high-end facial whereby any bacteria is killed, the pores are closed, and the skin is pushed to re-create collagen, so it becomes more elastic, and heals quickly. Because of this, the skin is generally younger-looking than before starting electrolysis!
3. How many treatments will I need?
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments but this will also vary from person to person. It will also depend on how large the area is or how many areas in the body need hair removal. It is best to schedule a consultation so you can discuss the program with your skin and hair removal specialist.
The treatment takes 15 minutes to a few hours, depending on the area, but once the series of treatments are complete, the hair is gone forever. You can choose to do several sessions in a day or to spread it across a week.
4. How is electrolysis better than other hair removal methods?
Some of the most common hair removal methods use depilatories. These come in the form of gels, aerosols, creams, or lotions. These formulations are usually highly alkaline or, in some cases, highly acidic. High alkalinity can strip your skin of its natural fats or lipids and can leave your skin open to microbes and infection. Too much acid also causes your skin to become greasy, irritated, sensitive, and sometimes discolored.
In addition, reports to the FDA regarding use of these depilatories and other cosmetic hair removers include blisters, burns, itchy rashes, or skin peeling.
These are just temporary hair removal methods. Electrolysis offers you a permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted hair.
Laser is also not permanent. It is a reduction, and it uses radiation, the effects of which on people are still being determined. Electrolysis only uses heat, which is more gentle, and it has more than 100 years of proof that it safe.
5. How do I choose an electrologist?
An electrologist is a person who is certified and trained to perform electrolysis for at least 3 months. A laser therapist or beautician who trained in electrolysis for only a few days is not well-trained. Only a certified electrologist that has undergone extensive training should be the one to perform your treatment.
Ideally, it is best to ask for referrals from trusted friends or family members who have undergone electrolysis. Google reviews are also useful to check out. They will be able to give you a more personal review of their own experience with the procedure, the electrologist(s), and the center.
You should also take time to go for a consultation. During this time, ask about the practitioner’s qualifications, knowledge of different types of electrolysis, continuous training, etc.
Do your research as well to learn more about the procedure.
Fly Away Hair
Electrolysis can permanently rid you of unwanted hair through a series of treatment sessions. It is recommended that you go for a preliminary consultation so you will know exactly what the treatment entails. It will give you information on the procedure, the costs involved, and the schedule, should you decide to go through with it.
If you’re determined to bid unwanted hair goodbye, then electrolysis can be the key to a smoother, hair-free you.
Mariela Marcantetti is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Furless with centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company offers the latest and only FDA-confirmed treatment to provide permanent removal results to unwanted hair. Mariela is deeply committed to responsible corporate practices and has an active role in her staff’s professional and personal advancement within the electrolysis field and beyond.