History and information about Electrolysis


Electrolysis was first invented by an Ophthalmologist in 1875 to be used for removing ingrown eyelashes. It has since been used for unwanted hairs elsewhere, on all other parts of the body. Over the years, new technology, such as refined advanced equipment, along with new modalities, custom treatments options, and sterile disposable probes, have made electrolysis safer, comfortable and more effective.  

Electrolysis is the ONLY method of permanent hair removal recognized by the FDA. It works on all colors and types of skin and hair. It is safe and effective for women and men. 

Our bodies can have up to 5,000 follicles per sq. inch, so, it makes sense to use a method of hair removal, i.e. electrolysis, that helps permanently stop the hair growth rather than stimulating the hairs, i.e. plucking, waxing or shaving. 

How does it work?

The process involves a series of treatments using a small sterilized disposable probe that is carefully inserted into the follicle of the hair. A low current is then applied for a specific duration depending on the type of hair being treated and the method used. The hair is then removed carefully without plucking or tugging. The client should not feel the hair as it is being removed. This helps ensure that the hair was treated correctly. 

Drinking plenty of water prior to treatments ensures that the skin is hydrated and helps conduct the ‘electrolysis’ current. Topical ‘numbing’ creams are also helpful for sensitive places such as the upper lip. 

*How many treatments does it take?

There are many factors to consider such as the following:

  • The stage of growth the hair is in at time of treatment 
  • Thickness of hair
  • The area on the body the hair is on 
  • Pain threshold of client and skin sensitivity 
  • Hormones at puberty, pregnancy, Menopause, medical conditions and use of some medicines
  • Genetics and predisposition
  • Hair removal methods previously used that have over stimulated the hair growth
  • Clients shaving and or continued plucking during electrolysis

 *For these reasons Electrolysis takes a series of treatments to achieve permanent results. 

How will my skin look afterward?

The skin can be red for about 30 minutes after electrolysis treatment. 

There are different creams and aftercare that can be used to help reduce redness. 

Most people having electrolysis on the face, go right back to work or wherever without a problem. 

Share the big newsDoes the hair have to be dark?

NO! Electrolysis works on dark, light, grey coarse and fine hairs.