Electrolysis hair removal pros & cons

electrolysis hair removal

What is electrolysis hair removal?

What are the pros and cons of using electrolysis to treat unwanted facial hair? Well let’s talk first about what electrolysis hair removal is. If you think of the hair follicle and the hair coming out of the shaft, the growth in the hair follicle takes place down here in the bulb deep within the follicle.

Electrolysis hair removal uses an electrical charge to destroy that hair follicle, that bulb at the base of the hair follicle. So the way the unwanted hair removal is done is that a needle is inserted alongside the hair shaft down into the hair follicle and an electrical charge delivered That electrical charge, the intent is for it to destroy the hair follicle bulb and thus any further growth that would come from that hair.

Electrolysis hair removal pros

So the question then becomes, “what about the pros and cons?”. First of all the pros – the advantage, one of the significant advantages of electrolysis hair removal is the safety. It’s been around for over 100 years, 125 years now, and has quite a significant safety record. So the safety is well established, as is the efficacy, the ability of the treatment to actually prevent recurring hair growth.

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Electrolysis hair removal cons

The downside of using electrolysis hair removal is the discomfort. If you think about the needle going in and the charge being delivered, some people describe it as not any worse than the tweezing, others find it significantly more uncomfortable. So the discomfort, the pain associated with electrolysis is one of the significant factors to consider.

Further, each actual individual hair follicle itself needs to be treated, one at a time manually. And as a consequence, that takes time. There’s not a great deal of area that can be covered in one appointment, and further, because hair shafts are in different phases of the growth cycle, it needs to be done over a period of time so that those hairs that are growing right now are in fact growing a month from now when the treatment is done. So multiple treatments are required to treat with electrolysis hair removal. That can run well over a thousand dollars to significantly more than a thousand dollars, depending on the area, the density of hair that needs to be treated, etc.

There is some risk of scarring, that tends not to be a substantial issue. And aside from that, the problems with electrolysis hair removal are really pretty minor. The recovery, the irritation, the blemishes that can be associated with electrolysis can take a matter of a number of days, even a week or 2 to resolve. And consequently after each treatment, the awkwardness of having those blemishes on the face can be a factor as well. But for its safety record, and the fact that the FDA considers it the only treatment system that they consider to be permanent for treatment for unwanted facial hair means that electrolysis is actually a good choice if you don’t mind those downsides or the cost of electrolysis hair removal.

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