Electrolysis For Unibrow
A unibrow, also known as a monobrow, refers to a situation where one’s eyebrows connect together. Many people prefer to have thin, clearly defined eyebrows, as opposed to thick eyebrows. People often pluck hairs around their eyebrows in an effort to shape them to their desire. However, there are much better methods available. Plucking only lasts for approximately a month, two at the very best. If your hair grows quickly, it may be even less time than that. Plucking is not a long term solution, but what is?
How to Get Rid of a Unibrow
Hair removing cream is another common hair removal method. People apply it to the space above their nose for several minutes, then wash it off. It can be effective for periods of about two weeks at a time. However, if used incorrectly, depilatory creams can cause severe irritation to sensitive skin. Some people experience rashes, burning, or other side effects. You may be more familiar with waxing your unibrow. Yanking off a pre-waxed strip, or a strip of adhesive cloth or paper after wax has been applied to your skin, pulls out the hair. Hopefully, at the root. When the root is removed, the procedure produces effects for longer. However, sometimes the hair is snapped beneath the skin. This can easily cause ingrown hairs. Waxing does not work well with other sources of skin irritation, such as acne. If you are on prescription acne medication, or if you have sunburn, warts, or moles in the area, waxing unibrow hair is advised against. Shaving your unibrow is an at-home unibrow removal method favored by many. It works similarly as with leg and pubic area shaving. Unfortunately, as with any kind of facial hair removal, you generally have to repeat the process within a matter of days. It is also less precise than removing hairs via plucking.
Some people seeking to tame their eyebrow hairs turn to laser hair removal. This is an expensive procedure that works by directing laser light beams at the unibrow area, zapping the hair follicles. While it is often marketed as a permanent hair removal solution, in reality it is generally a means of slowing hair growth. Unfortunately, laser hair removal is limited in its ability to remove unwanted hair. It works best when targeting dark hair on light skin. Scars and rashes can be common side effects, especially when the contrast between skin tone and hair color is less stark. And of course, if you have tattoos in the area of treatment, laser hair removal is just not an option. Electrolysis is the real choice for those seeking a permanent hair removal option. Electrolysis can be administered by a dermatologist, licensed esthetician, or licensed electrologist, depending on the state. In electrolysis, a very fine needle is carefully inserted into the hair follicle to administer a strong electric current which permanently disables the hair root. The needle will be so fine that you will not feel it being inserted or removed. The hair will fall out of its own accord after a few days, though you are very unlikely to feel it. Unlike the other hair removal methods, it will not regrow. Working on a small area like the eyebrow should take half an hour at the longest, working with an experienced electrologist. That said, it may be necessary to return a couple of times to ensure that all of the hair-producing follicles in the area have been treated.
Recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as the only permanent method of hair removal, electrolysis is the best option for preventing regrowth of eyebrow hair. It’s the method favored by competitive athletes for keeping them smooth and air-resistant. There are do-it-yourself electrolysis tools that you can use at home. However, especially for procedures involving your face, Electrolysis by Alison strongly advises against using these tools. If performed by an amateur, electrolysis can cause scarring, which is the last thing you want to replace your unibrow.
Electrolysis is effective for all skin types because it doesn’t rely on light differentials like laser therapy. Almost anyone can benefit from this procedure. Electrolysis by Alison advocates that those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should check in with their physician before undergoing electrolysis treatment. Similarly, if you have a mole in your eyebrow area that you want to have treated with electrolysis, it’s important to have a dermatologist check it before undergoing the procedure. Very few electrologists will be prepared to work on a mole without clearance from a specialist.
Prevent Growing a Unibrow
Electrolysis Los Angeles
Los Angeles, as a city that is highly focused on self-image, has many electrologists available for business. However, not all of them abide by the same standards. Seek an electrologist who meets the standards below to increase your chances of satisfaction:
- The electrologist should be willing to go into detail explaining the varied aspects of the treatment and work with you to put together a treatment plan that will serve your hair removal goals.
- The electrologist should be willing and able to explain the best way of taking care of your skin after it’s been treated. Any redness your skin experiences should dissipate within the day, especially with the precautions your electrologist will likely talk about during your consultation.
- Any actual electrologist should use either the galvanic, thermolysis, or blend methods. The galvanic method involves direct current creating a chemical reaction that disables each follicle. Thermolysis heats water with alternating current until that disables each follicle. Blend uses both. All of these methods fall under what is known as ‘needle electrolysis’. Some practitioners will claim that using electronic tweezers or photoepilators are valid forms of electrolysis. They are incorrect.
- Use your best judgment when surveying the treatment area. Is it sanitary? Do the people working in it look clean and professional? Are they using sterile equipment? Bear in mind they are going to be probing under your skin. Any professional hair removal provider should easily be able to discuss the protocol they follow to avoid infection and ensure a sterile environment.
- Enquire as to how payment can be handled. If the electrologist only accepts cash, that is a considerable red flag.
- Electrolysis is a job for professionals. Client service, confidentiality, and depth of knowledge are all to be expected. There are multiple trade associations for those in the field. As well as the American Electrology Association (AEA) there’s the Society of Clinical and Medical Electrologists (SCME). There’s even the International Guild of Professional Electrologists (IGPE). Not being a member of these does not disqualify a practitioner, but membership is a definite point in one’s favor. It indicates that the individual is invested in presenting a professional image, and in liaising with other electrologists to learn more and keep abreast of new developments in the field.
Choose Electrolysis by Alison
Alison has been providing electrolysis services to the people of Los Angeles for over 15 years. In that time, she has refined her method to be one of the fastest, most effective, and most comfortable in the county. When you go in for a free consultation with Alison, she will discuss a suitable treatment plan for you that takes into account the area to be treated, your skin and hair type, your sensitivity, and other pertinent factors. Call today on (323) 875-4425 to arrange your meeting!