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.