Do you ever find yourself stuck in traffic and touching your chin only to find hair that feels like a pokey cactus? Or, maybe, you take a quick glance in the rear view mirror to check out your face before opening the door. The sunlight hits at just the right angle and you’re horrified at the large amount of unsightly facial hair. Where did it all come from?
The truth is that your unwanted facial hair could have been exacerbated by the very things you did to get rid of the problem in the first place–tweezing, waxing, and threading. Yes, each one of those methods on the face produces the same results–thicker, darker, coarser hair and more of it. An increased blood supply is the cause of the accelerated growth. The pulling action is like a trauma to the hair follicle and the body’s response to any trauma is to heal itself. The follicle then reconstructs itself a little sturdier with a better developed capillary system each time. Eventually, those few annoying fine hairs will have become strong, coarse hairs bristling in defiance of your attempts to destroy them.
Interestingly, there are a few exceptions to this general truth and eye brows are one example. Brow hairs are more fragile follicles and unlike other hair on the face, these hairs can sometimes be permanently eliminated by tweezing, waxing, or threading. It’s why as women get older, they learn to regret over-zealous tweezing from their youth because they’re left with thin, sparse brows that need to be enhanced with make-up to compensate for the missing brow hairs.
The take-away here is that if you’re considering tweezing, waxing, or threading, stick with the brows (choose your brow shape carefully) and don’t wander off to other areas of the face. Only electrolysis will result in the permanent removal of your unwanted facial hair.
Checklist for Choosing an Electrologist
Once you’ve made the decision to finally and forever get rid of your unwanted hair, it’s time to do your due diligence in choosing an electrologist.
Following is a list of things to consider:
- 34 states (including Illinois) regulate the practice of electrolysis and require electrologists to be licensed. This is the single, most important credential to look for when choosing an electrologist and the license should be clearly posted in the office. Never assume. Ask to see the license.
- The American Electrology Association (AEA) is the largest international not-for-profit organization representing the practice of electrolysis. Membership in AEA shows an electrologist’s commitment to the highest standards in education, practice, and ethics. To find an AEA member electrologist, go to www.electrology.com and click on “Find an Electrologist” to search by state and city.
- A Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) is the voluntary professional credential recognized by the American Electrology Association. The credential indicates that the electrologist has voluntarily met an established norm and is committed to regular courses of continuing education to maintain Board Certified status. Ask the electrologist if she holds the CPE credential.
- Most electrologists offer a complimentary consultation where you can meet in person and ask pertinent questions. This is a great opportunity to observe the office environment. Is it clean and professional? Ask about Infection Control Standards. All electrologists should wear disposable gloves and use sterile, single-use, disposable probes. Non-critical instruments like tweezers and probe tips should be individually packaged and sterile.
- Lastly, ask questions about her experience and what you can expect in terms of meeting your expectations, how long it will take and any adverse reactions to expect.
An electrologist is considered a healthcare practitioner and has a legal and ethical duty to stay educated, informed, and up-to-date on all aspects of her profession. Since electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency, it’s important to find someone you feel comfortable with.
Is pulling these weeds a permanent solution? I don’t think so.
How many times have you looked in the mirror and silently (or loudly) cursed at the resilient, unsightly hairs that WILL NOT go away despite your best efforts to annihilate them forever? Unfortunately, it’s probably those very determined actions you’ve taken to get rid of the hair that has caused them to grow back with the vengeance of a weed that refuses to give up. The biggest culprits responsible for nourishing and strengthening those hairs are tweezing, waxing, and threading. Yes, those methods actually grow back hair that is stronger, coarser, and much more resilient than the fine hair you started with.
If you want to kill weeds, get some weed killer. If you want to kill your unwanted hair, get electrolysis. It’s the only scientifically proven method of permanent hair removal.
Permanent Hair Removal with Electrolysis
Have you ever wondered how to permanently get rid of hair on your arms, legs, and other areas of your body?
There is nothing worse than having to shave before going to the beach or pool – except perhaps uncomfortable and painful razor bumps. Enter Electrolysis: The only FDA approved solution for permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis works by destroying the growth center of the hair follicle with either chemical or heat energy. The hair is then removed with tweezers and what is left behind is smooth, hair free skin.
There are many benefits to Electrolysis. First and foremost, it guarantees permanent hair removal. In fact, it is the only FDA approved method for permanent hair removal. We bet you’re wondering, “Is Electrolysis painful?” The answer is–it depends. Some areas are more sensitive than others (like the upper lip) and there’s a wide range of tolerance levels among people. While some people experience discomfort, others can fall asleep during the treatment. For those who experience discomfort, the electrologist can make adjustments to the epilator to minimize it. There are also over-the-counter topical anesthetics that can be applied that can make the treatment much more comfortable.
What Areas Does Electrolysis Treat?
- Bikini Lines
- Upper Lip
Call today and you could be hair free by the summer.
The Benefits of Electrolysis for Hair Removal
Electrolysis is one of the oldest, most established methods for hair removal. Without question, electrolysis has many advantages over other hair removal processes, the main one being that it is the only modality that offers a permanent solution. If people getting electrolysis have encountered problems at all, it is usually because they obtained treatment from a facility/individual not well-versed, experienced, and equipped to offer the service properly. It is important to research the credentials of the electrologist: Is she licensed? Does she hold the CPE (Certified Professional Electrologist) credential? Does she belong, participate in professional associations? Does she get continuing education to stay updated on the latest advances in the industry?
Like any other medical procedures, electrolysis is not perfect. Among the few drawbacks is the fact that some side effects (inflammation, slight skin irritation, and swelling ) may occur, though, in general these are minimal and of short duration.
Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanent results and it’s generally not possible to have all the hair removed in just one session. As well, some clients experience some discomfort in treating the more sensitive areas like the upper lip. The newer, computerized, digital equipment, however, have significantly reduced the level of discomfort and there are over-the-counter topical anesthetics that can be applied to make the treatment of sensitive areas much more tolerable.
The advantages and benefits of electrolysis far outweigh the few drawbacks. Some of those exciting benefits include:
- Electrolysis is the only modality recognized the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the medical community for permanent hair removal.
- Electrolysis has fewer side-effects/dangers than laser hair removal.
- It has been around for over 140 years with a proven track record.
- According to Face Reflections, it removes the need for additional treatment to the same area (saving money, hassles, and time).
- If there is any regrowth of hair, said hair is thinner, lighter and less noticeable
- Studies report that over 90% of those receiving this treatment are satisfied with results.
- Electrolysis works on any hair color or skin type unlike laser which only works on light skin and dark hair.
- Electrolysis targets not only hair follicles but hair-growing cells as well (further removing chance for hair re-growth).
- Electrolysis is an effective, attractive option for people with medical-condition-induced hair growth (PCOS); transgendered individuals; and people who want smooth, hair-free skin permanently because of their jobs (e.g., models, professional swimmers, etc.).
- Electrolysis is generally performed by highly-trained professionals (such as those at Face Reflections) using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures.
Call our office today for more information on the electrolysis services we offer!