Permanent hair removal is an exciting trend in the beauty industry today. Laser hair removal and electrolysis are two forms of popular permanent hair removal in Houston.
Electrolysis is a procedure that uses a small amount of electricity that is applied to the base of the hair follicle. This will destroy the tissue in the follicle and inhibit hair from growing. This treatment is done with a small needle that enters the opening of the follicle. The needle is roughly the width of a fine hair and should be inserted along the side of the hair shaft. The first form of electrolysis was used in the late 1800′s and has been constantly adapting ever since.
There are three types of electrolysis that are used for permanent hair removal such as galvanic electrolysis, thermolysis, and a blend of the two. Galvanic electrolysis is a procedure that produces a chemical reaction in the follicle that will destroy hair growth cells. Up to 16 needles may be applied to the skin at the same time. Thermolysis is a procedure that uses heat to destroy the cells within the follicle. The blend method will use both heat and galvanic current which will intensify the chemical and thermal reaction within the hair follicle.
Unlike other forms of permanent hair removal, such as laser hair removal, electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. Conversely, laser hair removal is FDA approved to permanently reduce the amount of hair growth rather than permanently remove it. Some individuals may choose electrolysis over laser hair removal because of its ability to treat all skin types. Darker skin types may be treated with certain types of lasers; however, it can be less effective due to the lower intensity used on those with dark skin. Those who have blonde or red hair may not be good candidates for laser hair removal due to the lack of pigment in the hair. In order for laser hair removal to be effective, the laser has to be able to detect pigment within the hair shaft. Because electrolysis uses a completely different technology, people with blonde hair are able to get the same results as those with dark hair.
Many people worry about the amount of pain that may come along with electrolysis and laser hair removal treatments. Neither procedures claim to be “painless”; however, most professionals providing the treatments will tell their clients that it may stink but it’s tolerable. Because each individual tolerates pain differently, there may be those who feel very little pain and those who find it very painful. If either treatment is unbearable, chances are it is not being performed correctly. In this case, the person may need to seek another electrologist or laser technician.
Some risks may be associated with laser hair removal and electrolysis. Side-effects of electrolysis may be swelling, scarring, scabs and blisters, pain, ingrown hairs, and discoloration of the skin. To avoid severe side-effects, it is important to make sure the electrologist has a newer machine that is in good condition. The electrologist should also have proper and current licensure in electrolysis. Risks involved with laser hair removal include hyperpigmentation that may be permanent and burns on the skin. This is especially common in individuals with darker skin types such as those who are of Asian descent, African American, or Native American.
If one is seeking permanent hair removal in Houston, these treatments may be found in local medical spas, dermatology offices, and plastic surgeon offices.