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Electrolysis Safety

The overwhelming majority of people in the United States take steps to control hair growth on their face or body. Sometimes this hair can grow in coarser or faster than normal in response to stimuli. These factors can include stress, glandular or hormonal imbalances, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, aging, reactions to certain medications, and even excessive waxing or tweezing.

Electrolysis has been in use for hair removal for over 140 years. It is quite safe for general use. That said, there are some situations in which it is advisable to check with a physician before undergoing electrolysis, just as a precaution. If you are having electrolysis on a mole that is sprouting hairs, you should check to make sure that the growth is not malign. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it is best to seek advice from a physician on your electrolysis plans prior to undergoing the procedure.

Safely Get Rid of Unwanted Hair for Good

The overwhelming majority of people in the United States take steps to control hair growth on their face or body. Sometimes this hair can grow in coarser or faster than normal in response to stimuli. These factors can include stress, glandular or hormonal imbalances, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, aging, reactions to certain medications, and even excessive waxing or tweezing.

 

Electrolysis has been in use for hair removal for over 140 years. It is quite safe for general use. That said, there are some situations in which it is advisable to check with a physician before undergoing electrolysis, just as a precaution. If you are having electrolysis on a mole that is sprouting hairs, you should check to make sure that the growth is not malign. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it is best to seek advice from a physician on your electrolysis plans prior to undergoing the procedure.

Misinformation about electrolysis can circulate quickly. The truth is a lot more straightforward.

  • “Electrolysis is painful.” Generally, the procedure is not very painful. It is far less painful than waxing, tweezing, or threading. If you find the procedure to be uncomfortable, electrologists can usually apply an anesthetic cream to numb the skin in the area undergoing treatment.
  • “Temporary methods are better.” Chemical depilatories in liquid or cream form are often used to remove body hair. As well as containing irritants, depilatory creams can be messy and time-consuming. Bleaches also contain harsh chemicals and are not very effective at disguising dark hair. They can also discolor and damage sensitive skin.
  • “Electrolysis has no permanent side effects.” Electrolysis is a delicate procedure. Like any procedure of this type, if it is mishandled there can be significant consequences. Electrolysis by Alison advises against home electrolysis gadgets. There is a far higher chance of re-growth, scarring, and infection when operating the probe on yourself. You should always go to a licensed electrologist to permanently remove hair safely with the absolute minimum chance of permanent side effects.
  • “Laser electrolysis is better.” Laser hair removal, as it is more accurately called, is a less effective method of hair removal. Laser treatments are unable to disable follicles long term. Unwanted hair grows back, given time. What’s more, the majority of laser machines are ineffective at dealing with many common combinations of skin tone and hair color. They perform best with skin and hair combinations in which there is a high contrast: fair skin and dark hair.

Safely Get Rid of Unwanted Hair for Good

 Is Electrolysis Hair Removal Safe?

People worry about the safety of submitting to a probe piercing their skin repeatedly, and whether they will have an allergic reaction or other negative response to the procedure. One of the advantages of electrolysis is that it focuses on a small area being treated. If you are concerned about how your body will react, you can try it on an area of your body that is less sensitive, such as the back, the shoulder, or the leg. Once you’ve seen its effect and are confident it won’t have bad effects, you can use it on more visible areas, such as facial hair.

There are a handful of minor side effects that crop up. Some people experience redness for a few hours after treatment, or red dots on the treated area. Rarely, small scabs and localised swelling (comparable to insect bites) can appear. Those with acne and sensitive skin may find that short-lived breakouts can occur. Skin dryness can also result from the electrolysis reaction. Aloe gel is all that is required to ameliorate that occurrence, though.

Finding the Right Electrologist for You

If you are worried about the safety of an individual practitioner, there are many steps you can take to ascertain their professionalism and safety.

  • Check their credentials: in many states, electrologists must obtain a license or certification in order to legally practice. In other states, many electrologists obtain certification from an accredited electrology school. 
  • Furthermore, many electrologists are members of professional trade associations. For example, there’s the American Electrology Association (AEA), the Society of Clinical and Medical Electrologists (SCME), and the International Guild of Professional Electrologists (IGPE). Membership in one of these isn’t mandatory, and it’s not necessarily a mark of absolute professionalism, but it does indicate that the practitioner takes their profile seriously and wants to associate with other professionals in the field.
  • Get a consultation: lots of electrolysis clinics will provide free consultations. These are excellent opportunities to ask questions! You might want to know how the procedure will feel, how much for a session, how many sessions you’re likely to need, how long the practitioner has been operating, and how many clients they have treated.
  • Identify the method: some self-proclaimed ‘electrologists’ do not in fact use the needle method which is the only permanent means of hair removal on the market recognized by the FDA. They use electronic tweezers or photoepilators and call it electrolysis. Neither of this methods offer permanent hair removal. They are much less effective and imprecise than actual electrolysis, and should not be confused for the real thing.
  • Use your head: at your consultation, assess the clinic. Is it sanitary? Do the employees look clean? Are they using disposable gloves and needles? Who will be performing the procedure? Do they appear professional? If you aren’t comfortable, ask for another practitioner to do the procedure, or walk away. Your comfort is the cornerstone of your choice of practitioner.
  • Identify the payment: does this practitioner accept methods of payment besides cash? If not, why not? An electrologist that works on a cash-only basis is cause for concern. Why do they want to avoid a paper trail? 

Electrolysis by Alison’s Procedure

Alison is a highly experienced electrologist. She has over 15 years of experience using the thermolysis method, which uses an alternating current to agitate water molecules in and around the hair follicle. This causes the area to heat up, and it is this heat which disables the follicle. Alison analyzes the skin and hair type of each client, as well as their sensitivity, before making a choice about the current to use. Each treatment is customized for the perfect combination of swiftness, comfort, and importantly, permanency.  

Electrolysis by Alison is committed to electrolysis safety. She is proud of running one of the most professional electrolysis clinics in Los Angeles. If you’d like to have a free consultation to plan a program of permanent hair removal.

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