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Electrology Hair Removal

Electrology Hair Removal

Electrology, also known as electrolysis, is a hair removal procedure that uses electrical currents to permanently remove unwanted hair regardless of the cause (herditary, metabolic or hormonal causes).  It is a safe and effective method for individuals seeking long-term hair reduction or removal. 

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During electrology, a trained professional, known as an electrologist, inserts a fine probe into individual hair follicles. The probe delivers a small electric current, which destroys the hair follicle's growth center. This process prevents future hair growth in the treated area.


Electrology is suitable for anyone seeking permanent hair removal or reduction. It can be performed on various body areas, including the face, arms, underarms, bikini area, legs, and back. It is commonly chosen by individuals who have not achieved satisfactory results with other hair removal methods, such as waxing or shaving.


There are a few contraindications for electrology, including:

  1. Pacemakers or other implanted electronic devices: Electrical currents used in electrology may interfere with these devices.

  2. Active skin infections: It is best to postpone treatment until the infection has resolved.

  3. Certain skin conditions: Conditions like eczema or psoriasis may be exacerbated by the procedure. Consult with a dermatologist to determine suitability.

  4. Blood-thinning medications: Some medications can increase the risk of bleeding during treatment. It is essential to inform the electrologist about any medications being taken.

Side Effects:

Common side effects of electrology include temporary redness, swelling, and slight discomfort at the treatment site. These typically subside within a few hours. In rare cases, there may be minor scabbing or skin discoloration, which usually resolves within a week or two.

What to Expect During Treatment:

  1. Consultation: The electrologist will assess your hair type, skin condition, and medical history to determine the best treatment plan.

  2. Preparation: The treatment area will be cleansed and prepped for the procedure.

  3. Electrolysis: The electrologist will insert a fine probe into each hair follicle and administer the electrical current. You may feel a slight tingling or heat sensation.

  4. Post-treatment: The treated area may be cooled with a soothing gel or ice pack to reduce any discomfort or redness.

Pain Control:

The level of discomfort during electrology varies among individuals. Some people may experience mild discomfort or a slight pricking sensation, while others may find it more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics or numbing creams can be applied before treatment to minimize discomfort. Discuss pain management options with your electrologist.

Duration of Procedure:

The duration of each electrology session depends on the size of the treatment area and the density of hair. Sessions can range from 15 minutes to over an hour.

Recovery Time:

Recovery time after electrology is minimal. You can typically resume your regular activities immediately after the procedure. The treated area may appear slightly red or swollen, but these effects usually subside within a few hours.

Number of Sessions Required:

The number of sessions required for complete hair removal varies depending on factors such as hair density, hair growth cycle, and the desired outcome. Multiple sessions are usually necessary because hair grows in cycles, and electrolysis is most effective during the active growth phase. Generally, multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart are needed to achieve optimal results.

Expected Treatment Results:

Electrology offers permanent hair removal results. However, it's important to note that individual hair follicles may respond differently to treatment, and new hair growth can occur over time due to factors like hormonal changes. With consistent treatment, most individuals can expect significant and long-lasting hair reduction or removal.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

After electrology, it's important to follow these post-treatment instructions:

  1. Avoid sun exposure: Protect the treated area from direct sunlight or use sunscreen for at least a week after treatment.

  2. Avoid touching or picking at treated areas.

  3. Follow any specific aftercare instructions provided by your electrologist.

  4. If there are scabs, allow them to heal naturally without picking or scratching.

  5. Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers on the treated area.

  6. Avoid other hair removal methods, such as waxing or plucking, in the treated area.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a chemical peel?
    A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by a licensed professional to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layers to exfoliate, revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath.
  • How does a chemical peel work?
    The chemical solution used in a peel causes controlled damage to the skin's outer layers. This stimulates the skin to shed dead cells and prompts the body to produce new collagen and elastin, leading to a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
  • What skin concerns can be addressed with chemical peels?
    Chemical peels can help improve various skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, uneven skin tone, pigmentation issues, and mild to moderate acne.
  • Are there different types of chemical peels?
    Yes, chemical peels come in various types and strengths, including superficial, medium, and deep peels. The type of peel used depends on the specific skin concerns being addressed and the desired level of exfoliation.
  • How long does a chemical peel procedure take?
    The duration of a chemical peel procedure can vary depending on the type and depth of the peel being performed. Typically, superficial peels take about 30 minutes, while medium to deep peels may take up to an hour or more.
  • Is a chemical peel painful?
    Most patients experience a mild burning or stinging sensation during the procedure, which subsides relatively quickly. Deeper peels may cause more discomfort, but pain management techniques can be used to minimize any discomfort.
  • How long is the recovery period after a chemical peel?
    The recovery time can vary depending on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels may have little to no downtime, with some redness and peeling that usually resolves within a few days. Medium to deep peels may require a week or more of recovery time, during which the skin may be red, swollen, and peeling.
  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with chemical peels?
    Like any cosmetic procedure, chemical peels carry some risks, such as redness, swelling, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. In rare cases, there might be complications like scarring or infection, especially with deeper peels.
  • How many sessions of chemical peels are needed to see results?
    The number of sessions required depends on the individual's skin condition and the type of peel used. Some people may achieve desired results with a single peel, while others might need a series of peels spaced several weeks apart for optimal results.
  • Can anyone get a chemical peel?
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