Electrolysis is a form of hair removal treatment that is able to permanently stop the growth of follicles. It works with a high degree of precision and effectiveness, which is both the treatment’s strength and, somewhat perversely, also it’s biggest weakness. Curious? Read on!
How Does Electrolysis Work?
Picture an antenna-less walkie-talkie with a dial on top and two cords flowing out on either side. One cord leads to a thin needle/electrode, while the other leads to a pair of tweezers. Electrolysis works by inserting the electrode into a hair follicle and then delivering a targeted current. This will kill the follicle, after which the tweezers are used to remove the hair. If done correctly, this removal can be permanent.
It is important to remember that, much like with laser hair removal, only follicles that are actively in the growth phase will be vulnerable to electrolysis treatments, so multiple sessions will be required. Due to how targeted the treatment is, electrolysis is only a viable hair removal option for small sections of the skin, like the eyebrows or upper lip. Attempting to use electrolysis across your entire leg, for example, would be remarkably impractical.
Does Electrolysis Work for Everyone?
Since it doesn’t rely on light absorption, electrolysis hair removal has the same effectiveness regardless of skin type. However, the strength of the result can vary from person to person. This is because each person has a different threshold to reach before their follicles cannot recover from the electrolysis treatment, and patient safety means that the current is not pushed more than necessary. In other words, while electrolysis can produce permanent hair removal, the number of sessions it takes to achieve this can vary. There is also a small subset of individuals who simply aren’t affected by the treatment and no one really knows why.
Is Electrolysis Safe?
Electrolysis is perfectly safe when properly performed. Some redness and swelling is expected but will fade over the hours following treatment. Over the ensuing days, the area should be kept clean to prevent bacterial infiltration, and tiny scabs may appear due to the skin’s response to the current. Don’t pick the scabs off—they will go away on their own and are a natural skin response.
Does Electrolysis Hurt?
The level of discomfort that you will feel during the procedure will depend on the clinician’s skill and the specific machine being used. A newer electrolysis device in the hands of a skilled practitioner will cause little to no pain and the primary sensation will be one of intense tingling.
How Much Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Cost and How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The cost of an electrolysis hair removal treatment and the number of sessions are inherently connected. Generally speaking, the number of sessions required will be influenced by the size of the area to be treated, the hair’s density, and the individual’s response to electrolysis. Treatments are usually performed each week or every other week, and hair grows thinner and before vanishing entirely as the course progresses.
Get Electrolysis Hair Removal Treatments at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about how to pursue electrolysis hair removal, and we strive to provide the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.