Medical Spa & Aesthetic Laser Specialists located in Woodbury, MN
Electrolysis isn’t just an innovation in the world of cosmetics, it’s also the only truly permanent method of targeted hair removal. Skilled aesthetic specialists Maureen Hines, AP LE, LBAT/P, CLO/A, MLSO/C, along with medical director Bryan Rolfes, MD, a facial plastics and ENT physician, provide this exciting method of removing unwanted body hair utilizing specially designed radiofrequency energy at Aesthetic Therapies in Woodbury, Minnesota. You can permanently shape up and beautify your eyebrows or finally get rid of that incessant upper lip hair. For exceptional precision, accuracy, and results, look no further than electrolysis at Aesthetic Therapies. Call the office today or click to book online.
Electrolysis Q & A
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is an FDA-approved treatment to remove individual hairs from the face or body. With electrolysis, your specialist carefully and gently inserts an ultra-fine probe into the base of your hair follicle to the dermal papilla to heat and disable the papilla — the area of the follicle that contains the blood supply and feeds the cells that generate hair. Your specialist usually removes the hair with a forceps.
Electrolysis involves a series of treatments over time. Electrolysis can effectively and permanently remove a significant percentage of unwanted hair. Your electrologist can give you an estimated time frame. It is usually performed periodically but depends on different cycles of hair growth.
Electrolysis isn’t painful and most people don’t report any discomfort. After your electrolysis treatment, you might experience some mild redness and swelling that quickly subsides.
Most areas of the body and all hair colors can be treated with electrolysis, including the face, legs, thighs, abdomen, eyebrows, and breasts.
What is the history of electrolysis?
In 1875, ophthalmologist Dr. Charles Michel of St. Louis, Missouri, found a way to treat painful ingrown eyelashes by inserting a fine wire attached to a battery into the hair follicle to release small amounts of current.
He discovered that the current flowing into the hair follicle effectively destroyed the dermal papilla and subsequent hair growth. Hair can’t regrow once the dermal papilla is disabled.
What causes excess hair growth?
A number of factors can contribute to unwanted excess hair growth, including:
- Hormonal disorders
- Waxing-(temporary removal)
- Certain medications
- Certain illnesses and health conditions
Normal physiological changes, especially those associated with fluctuations in hormones, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, might also play a role.
How does electrolysis remove unwanted hair?
Many electrolysis devices are specially designed to disable the growth center of the hair with a short-wave radiofrequency.
Three modalities of electrolysis can eliminate unwanted hair.
Thermolysis uses a targeted high-frequency current to produce heat and coagulate the blood supply, disabling the dermal papilla.
Galvanic electrolysis is the oldest modality that creates a chemical within the tissue by using a direct current that converts normal body salt and water into a specific compound.
This compound is destructive to the germinative cells of the dermal papilla and it’s only produced within the hair follicle, so it doesn’t affect any other area.
Blend electrolysis combines both modalities.
If you’re considering electrolysis to permanently remove unwanted hair, call Aesthetic Therapies or schedule online today.