Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal. It has been in use for over one hundred years. Electrolysis is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration and approved by the American Medial Association.
The State of California requires a license for all practicing electrologists. They must have completed training in an accredited school, and must pass the state board exam.
How Electrolysis Works
Electrolysis uses a low level electrical current to remove hair permanently. The current is delivered to the Dermal Papilla (the source of nourishment for the hair located at the base of the follicle) and the productive organ or matrix of the hair through a very fine sterilized probe inserted into the follicle along the hair shaft. Once the current is applied both the papilla and the reproductive organ/matrix of the hair are destroyed, no further hair growth will occur. Occasionally, repeated treatments are necessary to achieve permanency, however, hair that does return is thinner and less resilient. Once the dermal papilla is completely eliminated, the follicle is unable to produce new hair growth.
Methods of Electrolysis
Thermolysis is a high-frequency current or radio wave. When it comes in contact with normal body fluids in the hair follicle, the current generates a low-level heat which cauterizes and destroys the life source for the hair.
Galvanic current converts normal body salt and fluids in the hair follicle into sodium hydroxide capable of destroying the dermal papilla and matrix.
Blend is a combination of both currents. It combines the quickness of thermolysis with the permanency of galvanic current.
Causes of Excessive Hair
According to current medical science, excessive hair growth is primarily caused by three factors:
Heredity – Everyone comes into this world with a pre-established pattern for hair growth. Some nationalities have the tendency for excessive hair growth, some families have a tendency for particular hair patterns.
Normal System Changes – Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can bring about change in hair growth. Many women over 35 years of age begin developing facial and body hair.
Glandular Disturbances – Sometimes glands that make up our endocrine system (the system that controls our growth and development) become unbalanced. An imbalance, or the medications used to treat the imbalance, can cause excessive hair growth.
Stress and illness can also cause hair growth. Medications for high blood pressure, muscle building, birth control, antidepressants, and steroids, to name a few, can cause hair growth.