Frequently Asked Questions
Is Electrolysis safe?
Absolutely. Our office follows the American Electrology Association (AEA) Standards for Infection Control which ensure electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety and supersedes the Wisconsin State standards.
Unlike other practices, we utilize only sealed pre-sterilized disposable probes for all treatments we NEVER re-process and re-use probes! We always utilize fresh, latex-free medical grade disposable gloves for each treatment.
Does it Hurt? Really?
The short answer is it depends. 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 or may not be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place.
Some clients sleep through hours of treatments and others honestly find 15 minutes to be uncomfortable. We utilize advanced Apilus technology ensuring our clients a gentler and more comfortable way to permanent hair removal. If you have tried electrolysis before, try it again and feel the Apilus difference.
The sensation you might experience depends on many reasons including where one is having treatment and what method is used. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. If you have ever waxed or plucked, you'll find electrolysis to be surprisingly comfortable. Some clients have described the sensation as a pinch, a mosquito bite, a quick snap, or building warmth.
Many adjustments can be made which help to make the treatment more comfortable. Some clients choose to take an OTC analgesic such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Advil 30 - 45 minutes before treatment and report treatment is very comfortable. We will work within your personal comfort level and do have topical anesthetics available.
What exactly do you do to the hair?
Electrology is the art and science of permanent hair removal utilizing probe devices. A fine sterile 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. The hair is lifted out after treatment and you leave with bare skin!
Why should I choose electrology over other hair removal methods?
If you want permanent hair removal, electrology is the only way to achieve this.
Is it really permanent?
How long does it take?
Electrolysis is not an overnight sensation. Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency. The number of treatments necessary varies with each client and with the area being treated. 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 all influence the treatment program for each individual.
In most cases it takes between 12 and 18 months to have absolute permanence.
This time clock begins at the time we clear the area and are able to keep it clear of hair as your pattern fills in.
It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame. You are going to look better right away but we want to eliminate your hair problem, not manage it.
Though it sounds long, your amount of treatment time or frequency with which you visit tapers off. Without looking at your individual hair pattern, and knowing what removal methods you have tried, as well as the potential cause of the hair growth, it is impossible to accurately estimate the exact number of treatments it will take. If you would like to know more precisely what your treatment schedule would look like, we encourage you to call for a free consultation at 920-733-7545 and find out exactly what you will need to do to get great results from us.
Why do I have to come so often?
Does it make a difference if I let them all "grow in" and then come in?
Yes it makes a difference! It is important to follow your individual treatment schedule to get the fastest results.
Hairs are most effectively treated, regardless of method, in their earliest growth stages as we need moisture to make our treatments effective. The older a hair gets, the drier it gets and thus the less effective treatment would be. We also like to catch your unwanted hairs as they just emerge from the skin as this is when the hairs are finer and straighter allowing for us to be more accurate in our insertions.
When hairs are smaller the target zone is also smaller helping us to eliminate all of the germinative cells that grow hairs in one treatment rather than breaking down a larger hair's zone with multiple sessions. A smaller hair also means we can utilize less current making it a more comfortable treatment for you.
Regular treatment ensures we are catching hairs at this early growth stage and makes for a more effective and more comfortable treatment with less potential for regrowth. If you can make the time commitment at the beginning of treatment, you can think of it as taking time off the end so you get the best results in the shortest time frame.
What are the basic methods you use in treatments?
Electrolysis --- Direct current (DC), is the original form of electro-epilation (and also the name of our field) DC is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more pre-sterilized disposable probes can be used. In the multiple needle form It is by far the slowest form of electro-epilation. In the single probe form it is comparable in time to the blend.
Thermolysis --- Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency, diathermy, or short-wave, is used to create heat which destroys the hair follicle. Most often one sterile probe is used. It is generally the fastest form of electro-epilation.
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 probe is used for this procedure. This is comparable in time to electrolysis both being slower than thermolysis.
You can get great results with any modality if you have a skilled electrologist. Your electrologist will select the best method for your individual situation.
What will my skin look like--will everyone know I've been in?
Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few minutes to a few hours. Though not desirable on face work, small white dots or tiny red dots may occur. Ideally, by the next day no one should be able to tell you have had treatment. On body work a pinpoint film or crust may develop. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If this does occur, the client is advised to not pick them off. Be sure and tell your Electrologist about any skin reactions so they can work with you to minimize their occurrence. When electrology is administered by a qualified electrologist using state-of-the-art technology and techniques, the results are exciting!
Can women begin or continue electrology treatments during pregnancy?
Yes. Electrology has never been proven harmful in any way to pregnant women for over 135 years. Our office does not treat the breasts, abdomen, or bikini line of pregnant women in their last trimester due to the increased sensation they may experience
Can hairs be removed from moles?
Yes they can. Your electrologist may require a note (on a prescription pad is fine) from your healthcare provider stating it is a typical hairy nevus (mole with a hair) and safe to treat. The potential side effect of treating a benign nevus with electrolysis is a flattening of the mole to the skin surface and a lightening of the color. If you love your beauty mark to be prominent and dark this may not be the method for you.