Unwanted hair growth has been a problem since the beginning of time. In 1875, Dr. Charles Michel, a St. Louis opthalmologist, began using an electric needle for the purpose of hair follicle destruction as a treatment for ingrown eyelashes. His technique proved to be effective and, greatly refined, is still in use today.

The following information has been published by the American Electrology Association in order to provide a better understanding of electrology and to offer encouragement to those who are contemplating treatment. It is important to realize that time, commitment, and patience are needed in order to overcome a problem that did not develop overnight.

Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions:

1.  What is electrology?

Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle/probe devices. A fine sterile needle/probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue. When this is competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

2.  What are the three basic methods used in the practice of electrology?

Electrolysis --- Direct current (DC), is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more sterile needles/probes are used.

Thermolysis --- Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or shortwave, is used to create heat which destroys the hair follicle. One sterile needle/probe is used.

The Blend (also referred to as Dual Modality) --- Both of the above currents are used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle. Most often, a single sterile needle/probe is used for this procedure.

3.  Do electrologists follow appropriate Infection Control Precautions?

Yes. The American Electrology Association (AEA) with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed national Infection Control Standards which include sterilization of all electrology instruments. Some electrologists may use pre-sterilized disposable needles/probes. However, non-disposable needles/probes can be effectively cleaned, sterilized, and safely reused. The standards are consistent with Universal Precautions which include hand-washing and use of a fresh pair of disposable gloves for each patient. Your electrologist will discuss the sterilization process and other infection control practices with you.

4.  How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments necessary varies with each patient/client. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. Some improvement should be observed within several months after initiating treatment, provided the patient adheres to the recommended treatment schedule.

5.  Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is regrowth to be expected?

Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase will also be treated and may be visible the same time as finer regrowth hairs.

6.  What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?

All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.

7.  Is electrology uncomfortable?

There is no such thing as painless electrology. It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which may help to make the treatment more comfortable.

8.  Does electrology damage the skin?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process and will not cause any permanent damage if they are not picked off. When electrology is administered by a competent electrologist using modern equipment and current techniques, there should be no visible skin damage. Your electrologist will discuss specific post treatment care to promote proper healing.

9.  Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs back and chest. The inside of the ears and nose should not be treated.

10.  Can women begin or continue electrology treatments during pregnancy?

Although electrology has never been proven harmful to pregnant women, we suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment.

11.  Can hairs be removed from moles?

State licensing laws and/or some general liability insurance policies may prohibit removal of hair from moles. In cases where neither of the above restrictions exists, your electrologist may require written approval from your physician.

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