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Hair Removal by Electrolysis

Hair removal by electrolysis has been around for a hundred-plus years. When done correctly by a trained professional, it can be a permanent method of hair removal. Done incorrectly, it can be a disappointment, can perhaps cause permanent skin injury, and will be a regretted expense. The permanence of hair removal by electrolysis depends upon the assured destruction of hair follicles. The procedures and instruments of electrolysis evolved over its long history. The basic principle remained the same-to remove hair by destroying the hair follicle with heat or a chemical reaction initiated by an electric current. The basic instrument of electrolysis is a needle or stylus that is placed into a hair follicle and used to deliver an electric current. The electrolysis technique called thermolysis uses alternating current to generate heat in the follicular tissue. The technique called galvanic electrolysis uses direct current to initiate a destructive chemical reaction inside the follicle. The electrolysis technique accomplishes hair removal by destroying hair follicles one at a time. After follicle destruction, the resident hair in the follicle is extracted. Electrolysis hair removal should be performed by a trained professional who has received certification from an accredited school of electrology, and is licensed in a state that requires licensing of electrologists. Although electrolysis instruments ("tweezers") are sold for home use, the procedure does not destroy hair follicles.

The cost of electrolysis hair removal varies, depending on variables such as number of sessions required for optimal result; the principal side effect of electrolysis is a slight, temporary reddening of skin at treatment sites.