The Thermolysis Method of Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal


Why Thermolysis Is The Best Electrolysis Method for Permanent Hair Removal

When you are ready to get rid of unwanted hair on your face or body, you want the results to be permanent. No one wants to invest in the hair removal process, only to have the hair re-grow after a few months or years. At The Vertical Wellness Spa, the new home Electrolysis by Alison in Los Angeles, we use the thermolysis method of electrolysis. Thermolysis is the most effective  and safe modality of electrolysis and provides the best experience for our clients, whether they need a few hairs gone from their chin, or wish to completely get rid of hair on their entire back, chest, legs and more. Learn more about the history of electrolysis and the difference between thermolysis, galvanic, and blend methods. 

What Is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a hair removal treatment that involves a fine probe being inserted into hair follicles and then passing an electric charge through the surrounding cells. By targeting the hair follicle, electrolysis is suited for all types of hair and skin. Electrolysis gets rid of thin, thick and coarse hair. Your hair removal plan will have to be customized according to your body and desired results. Permanent hair removal by electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health and is the regulating body for medical devices.
Electrolysis can be the perfect solution for removing stubborn body hair. Regardless of the cause of your unwanted hair growth – heredity, metabolic, or hormonal conditions – electrolysis will permanently remove unwanted hair to reveal a glowing, confident you. A professional electrologist inserts a very fine needle (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells. There are three different methods, or modalities, of electrolysis, which vary in their specifics. Medical electrolysis devices can destroy the hair growth cells with chemical energy, heat energy, or both. The method chosen by your electrologist is the modality.

The Thermolysis Method

Thermolysis was developed by Dr Bordier of Paris in 1923. Today, it is one of the most widely practiced forms of hair removal. Thermolysis is heat-based electrolysis, also known as shortwave method. A thermolytic epilator destroys the hair follicle by injecting each follicle with high-frequency radio energy. This energy produces localized heat and weakens cells and surrounding tissues to prevent future hair growth. This is a process called electrocoagulation. There are no chemicals used with this method. 

Thermolysis electrolysis uses an alternating current to charge water molecules until they create enough heat to disable the cells responsible for growing hair in the follicle. The electrical current heats and destroys hair growth cells. 

With thermolysis, individual hairs are treated in mere seconds, as there are not many steps involved in this procedure. An electrologist can move swiftly from hair to hair and can reach a lot of hair follicles. The electrologist may use a higher intensity current for a shorter period of time or a lower intensity current for a longer period of time.

Galvanic Method

Galvanic electrolysis charges the moisture and salt in the skin. This treatment removes hair through a chemical process similar to that found in a battery. Much like a battery, galvanic electrolysis is initiated by direct electrical current. During the hair removal process, electrical current is delivered into the hair follicle by a small needle probe that creates a new substance called lye. The electrolysis of water splits the molecules into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen, meaning that they can react and form sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. Lye will permanently damage the follicle’s surrounding tissue, preventing regrowth of hair. This substance will disable future hair growth, and cause the current hair in the follicle to fall out in time. Despite being a common permanent hair removal methods today, galvanic electrolysis is still one of the slowest and most painful methods. Another drawback associated with galvanic electrolysis is the potential for skin damage. When electrolysis is not performed correctly, the patient can be left with pitting and scarring of skin. 

 Blend Method of Electrolysis

Blend thermolysis uses a combination of the two methods. It is faster than galvanic electrolysis but slower than thermolysis.

The blend method was developed by Arther Hinkel in 1948. Also known as dual-action method, blend “blends” the galvanic and thermolysis methods into one. Hair follicles are destroyed by combining the lye produced through the galvanic method along with the heat from thermolysis. Galvanic electrology creates its effect by converting moisture in the follicle into caustic lye to break down the walls and structure of the hair follicle while thermolysis relies on heating this same moisture to the point of electrocoagulation. First, when lye is heated, it has a stronger effect on the hair follicle. Next, the tissue becomes more porous, allowing the heated lye to disperse more.  The hot lye solution spreads into all areas of the hair shaft. This helps to prevent cells both shallow and deep from building new hairs.

The goal of blend electrology is to combine the advantages of both thermolysis and galvanic into one potent hair removal method. Blend proponents believe that heated lye is an order of magnitude more caustic than when at body temperature. This method therefore combines the speed of thermolysis with galvanic electrology. Electrologists who practice the blend modality believe they are applying galvanic electrology with a power and speed boost from thermolysis.

Achieve The Best Permanent Hair Removal Results With Thermolysis Electrolysis 

At The Vertical Wellness Spa, home of Electrolysis by Alison, we use thermolysis electrolysis. With over 20 years of experience in permanent hair removal, Alison has helped thousands of clients from all over Los Angeles to achieve permanent results with the thermolysis modality of electrolysis. Thermolysis is effective and safe for all skin tones and hair types. When used by a professional electrologist, thermolysis will ensure permanent hair removal for your chin, upper lip, sideburns, neck, chest, back, thighs, legs, fingers, toes, and any other body part where you may have unwanted hair. We invite you to read our client testimonials and success stories, or schedule a consultation to discuss electrolysis and get all your questions answered by our experienced electrologist.