Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers. Electrolysis can go hand in hand with laser treatments to remove any white, blonde, red and gray hair left behind, or to remove the last few strands of hair left that will no longer respond to the laser.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
An electric current is applied using a very fine needle-shaped electrode or metal probe into each hair follicle with the mission to destroy the hair’s root. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend.
The hair follicle is a tube like depression of the skin that contains each hair. The Dermal Papilla is actually a part of the follicle and controls the growth and development of the hair. Tweezing or waxing will remove the hair shaft but the dermal papilla still remains. Electrolysis hair removal is the process of removing hair permanently by means of electricity. The term ‘Electrolysis’ has become synonymous with both the multiple needle galvanic method and the more modern single needle short-wave method. A fine probe follows the hair shaft to the dermal papilla; at the same time a special type of electrical current destroys the papilla. The loosened hair shaft is then removed.