Benefits of Electrolysis Hair Removal

Hormonal changes, certain medications, thyroid disease, or other medical conditions can produce unwanted side effects like excessive facial or body hair growth. Having unwanted hair growth can be annoying, and waxing or shaving has not proven effective. Fortunately, we have several treatment options like electrolysis that can help you remove unwanted hair. It is an excellent solution if you are not a candidate for laser hair removal in Memorial.

What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Electrolysis is a method that has been used on patients for more than 50 years. It is currently one of the most effective treatments available for those who want to get rid of hair. With this method, our expert will use a very thin device that acts as an efficient tool in eliminating undesirable hair from your skin. The radio frequencies will then penetrate the follicles and damage the hair roots.

The electrolysis devices work by delivering electrical impulses to the hair follicles in the skin and damaging them. The primary or electrolysis is to reduce and eventually stop hair production. The time it takes for the treatment to be effective varies from person to person.

The hair removal treatment takes anywhere from 6 months to a year for the process to be complete, depending on how much hair is present, how many follicles are still active, and how long you had unwanted hair growth.

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis?

Both laser and electrolysis target the hair follicles under the skin surface. Laser therapy uses mild radiation through high-heat lasers. The laser treatment results tend to last longer than other hair removal methods like shaving and waxing, but the results are not permanent.

Electrolysis works by inserting a thin needle into the skin and shortwave radio frequencies to the follicle to stop hair growth. The process damages the hair follicles to prevent growth. FDA also approves electrolysis as a hair removal treatment.

Is Electrolysis Hair Removal Permanent?

Yes, the electrolysis hair removal treatment is permanent. You will, however, need multiple treatments to attain the results you want. Our dermatologist in Memorial will take you through the process and the number of appointments you need for the best results. If you have large hair, you may need more time and appointments. Thick hair also requires longer treatment sessions.

What Are the Benefits of Electrolysis?

Electrolysis hair removal offers great benefits like:

  • It is FDA approved

FDA approves electrolysis as the only permanent hair removal treatment. The hair removal treatment also boasts a more consistent track record than other hair removal types.

  • The results are permanent. 

Laser, waxing, shaving, threading, and tweezing reduce unwanted hair, meaning you will need to have the treatments regularly because the hair comes back. Electrolysis requires commitment, depending on the thickness and number of hair you have. But, once the treatment is done, you will not need appointments.

  • Electrolysis is ideal for every skin color and hair type. 

Unlike laser treatment, electrolysis works on anyone regardless of the hair or skin type because each hair is treated individually. This is good news for people with gray hairs or dark skin tones.

  • Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Hurt?

Each client’s experience with electrolysis will differ based on their pain tolerance. For more sensitive individuals, a topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area and reduce the pain. After your treatment, you can expect the affected skin to become red and irritated; however, this should resolve within 24 hours.

  • Removes ingrown hairs 

It is the only hair removal treatment that removes ingrown hairs. These are hairs that curl back or grow sideways instead of growing up. The hairs can irritate the skin, producing red bumps or pimples.

What Are the Side Effects of Electrolysis?

Overall, electrolysis is an effective hair removal treatment. However, you may experience minor side effects like skin irritation, discomfort, and discoloration after your electrolysis procedure. Some people, at times, experience pain or swelling. If you experience these skin problems, contact our cosmetic dermatologist in Houston.

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