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Frequently Asked Questions About Electrolysis Treatments

If you have unwanted hair on your face or other parts of your body, you may continually tweeze, shave, or undergo laser treatments or waxing. If this ongoing maintenance is losing its appeal, it could be time to try another method, namely electrolysis.

Why Should I Consider Electrolysis?

If you are tired of the maintenance required by the other hair removal methods, electrolysis is a permanent hair removal treatment.  In fact, it is the only hair removal method approved by the FDA as a permanent solution.

Dermatologist doing hair removal treatment on patient's face with electrolysis

Unlike other hair removal methods, electrolysis is able to get rid of hair from all areas of the body, and is even able to treat all skin types, hair types, skin colors, and hair colors. It is a safe, effective, and permanent option for both men and women.

What Does Electrolysis Feel Like?

Though everyone’s perception of pain and discomfort is different, there is minimal discomfort depending on the area of the body being treated. Some areas are more or less sensitive than others. For most people, it feels like a brief pinch or wave of heat.

How Long Will It Take?

Hair grows in cycles, so in order to remove all the hair, the specialist must wait for the growth cycle to be complete. Each individual is different, so treatment time will be based on the quantity of hair to be removed, your previous use of temporary hair removal methods, your hormone levels, heredity, medications you take, and stress factors.

Individual treatment sessions can last from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area treated and coarseness of the hair. Treatments for most people will be completed within 18 months if all treatment recommendations are followed.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Using a specialized device, Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates will administer a micropulse of electricity to the treatment area that targets the hair root. This micropulse releases the entire hair shaft in order to permanently disrupt and remove hair growth cells for lifelong results.

What Is Involved in the Post Treatment Care Process?

You may discover some slight redness or irritation at the treated site, but it will disappear within hours. There is a very slight risk of infection or other complications as long as the treatment is performed by a skilled electrologist.

During the first 24 hours, patients should avoid sun exposure, tanning, sweating, or makeup if treatment was completed on the face.

If you have more questions and are considering electrolysis, make an appointment with Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates.