Electrolysis Hair Removal - St. Paul
How Electrolysis Works- Permanent Hair Removal
An electrolysis hair removal treatment employs the insertion of a sterile, singly packaged probe, approximately the same size as the hair, into the hair follicle all the way to the base of the hair follicle or to the dermal papilla. This papilla is the area of the follicle that contains the blood supply and feeds the cells that generate hair. While the probe is in place, low levels of electrical current are applied in pulses to treat each individual follicle.
Hair Removal Treatments
Electrolysis hair removal involves a series of treatments over a period of time. Your professional Electrologist can give you an estimated period of time, but cannot quote the exact number of treatments needed. This is because of the individual's health and factors of temporary methods used previously, as well as how the client follows up with recommended treatment schedules. Some conditions cause more stimulated hair. Tweezed areas will have a larger blood supply to each individual follicle resulting in stronger, coarser hair. Therefore the length of time over which treatments are performed depends on the amount of hair, its coarseness, the cause of the excess hair and other factors. Once the dermal papilla is disabled however, hair cannot re-grow.
Your initial visit will include education about electrolysis, a consultation with one of our Certified Professional Electrologists, skin preparation, a sample treatment and skin after-care.
Electrolysis treatment programs are tailored to the patient's needs. Many factors determine the number and the length of treatments required. Some of these may include the condition of the skin to be treated, the sensitivity of the skin, and the number of follicles involved and even past methods of hair removal can impact treatment. Many patients find weekly sessions of fifteen to sixty minutes to be most effective. The closer you adhere to the treatment schedule recommended by your electrologist, the more effectively you can free yourself of superfluous hair forever.
Many other hair removal methods provide only temporary relief to the problem of unwanted hair. Tweezing and waxing often exacerbate the condition by distorting the hair root, causing ingrown hairs and trauma to the skin.
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Techniques of Electrolysis
Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal which is recognized by the American Medical Association. Other methods presently advertised are at best, methods of reducing the amount of hair visible. There are three modalities that eliminate unwanted hair, and all three are effective.
Thermolysis is a method that uses a high frequency current to produce heat in the area treated by the current. This heat coagulates the blood supply, disabling the dermal papilla. This high frequency current, applied with an insulated probe selectively disables the dermal papilla, without damaging surrounding cells. This insures that normal follicular oil and moisture production continues without changes in the surface of the skin. This means that the skin will be smooth, healthy and hair free. One sterile, insulated probe treats each follicle singly. Two variations of Thermolysis are Flash, also called micro-flash, utilizing current in micro-second impulses, resulting in quickand comfortable treatment. Regular thermolysis requires a longer timing and lower intensity to achieve permanence.
Galvanic Electrolysis is the oldest modality, and creates a chemical within the tissue by utilizing a direct current which converts normal body salt and water into a compound which is destructive to the germanative cells of the dermal papilla. This chemical is produced only within the hair follicle and does not affect any other area. One probe, or many working simultaneously are used in this process.
Blend Electrolysis combines both modalities to create a separate modality together in the same probe and insertion into the follicle. Thermolysis enhances the action of the galvanic method to produce another process. It is necessary for the Electrologist to select the best method for you based on your hair type, area to be treated, skin sensitivity and secretions, and previous methods of temporary removal causing changes or scarring of that area.
Causes Of Unwanted Or Excessive Hair
There are many factors which can contribute to the growth of excess hair.
A cause of excess hair can be influenced by your race. Caucasian people tend to be most hairy, followed by the Negroid race with lesser quantity, and those with the least hair tend to be of the Mongoloid race. Another influence tends to be ethnicity within your race. Caucasian people of Mediterranean ancestry tend to have greater quantities of hair. This can be due to an enzyme deficiency which is inherited. If your mother and/or grandmother have excessive hair, you may as well.
Normal Physiological Changes
Onset of hair growth at puberty, during pregnancy or after and during menopause may also cause excess hair growth. Hormone production varies during these times and these changes may induce growth. Increased androgen levels may occur at these times. Increased stress during our lifetimes also may influence hair growth. This physical or emotional stress may cause the adrenal glands to initiate a hormonal change resulting in a change from soft, fine body hair to coarser hair.
Diseases of the endocrine system such as diabetes, which causes changes in a hormone called sex hormone binding globulin, may increase the amount of hair present. Some diseases of the thyroid gland, adrenal gland and ovaries are known to cause excess hair growth. This could include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome or polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is more easily diagnosed by a new blood test and ultrasound. These disorders must be treated by your physician in order for ELECTROLYSIS to be effective completely. Conditions such as anorexia and bulimia cause changes in sex hormones resulting in hair growth.
Common influences include cortisones, anti-seizure medications, some blood pressure medications as well as certain oral contraceptive pills. When a physician becomes aware that medicines maybe influencing hair growth, changes in prescriptions may be made.
Previous Removal Methods/Topical Influences: Prolonged tweezing and/or waxing increases the blood supply to the dermal papilla, causing coarser hair growth. These methods also cause negative change in the surrounding skin, even scarring. Where there is an injury resulting in scar formation, frequently hair will grow in the areas influenced by hormones, such as the chin. Sunburned and wind-burned areas may also have growth due to a reaction of the body to protect the skin.
The Discovery of Electrolysis
In 1875, an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel of St. Louis, Missouri, was trying to find a way to treat ingrown eyelashes, which can be very painful. He inserted a fine wire attached to a battery into the hair follicle, and released small amounts of current. He found that current flowing into the hair follicle destroyed the dermal papilla and subsequent hair growth. What was once a hopeless problem now had a solution. Electrolysis has stood the test of time, and is the only method to permanently disable the hair follicle from producing hair. It is accepted by medical professionals and recognized as the only safe and effective form of permanent hair removal.
After Treatment Care
All of our procedures include after-care instructions that will be provided at the time of your treatment, specifically for you. Electrolysis continues to be a safe and effective method of permanent hair removal. It is perfectly normal for some slight reddening and/or swelling to occur in the area of treatment. This usually subsides quickly. Occasionally, tiny eschars, which are a natural part of the healing process, may also appear. Left undisturbed, these too, quickly disappear. Your electrologist may recommend the use of an antibiotic cream to enhance the healing process. Generally speaking, the daily application of zinc based sun block known as z-cote is recommended. Cosmetics can be used after treatment following the application of sun block, which we will apply. Sunlight should be avoided for 24 hours after a treatment. Tanning in a tanning bed is not recommended. When you contemplate the cost of electrolysis, consider what a lifetime of creams, razors and waxing will cost. Consider, too, the countless hours lost pursuing a temporary result. Electrolysis is clearly the best and most cost-effective solution.