Electrolysis Before and After

Brian Lett
By Brian Lett
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electrolysis before and after

Electrolysis remains the safest, permanent solution to unwanted hair removal. Heredity, hormone levels and medications all can contribute to increasing hair growth. Electrolysis offers permanent results without side effects compared to any other solution currently available.

Each electrolysis session typically lasts 15 to one hour and, depending on your area of concern, multiple treatments will likely be required until all hair has been permanently eliminated.


Electrolysis is an innovative technique for permanently eliminating unwanted hair from the body using direct current to drive a non-spontaneous chemical reaction between an electrode and skin, developed by English physicist Michael Faraday in the 19th century.

Process Description: This reaction involves both oxidation and reduction reactions. To start off the cycle, an electron accepting surface on the cathode attracts ions; these then move toward anode where they lose electrons by losing charge (becoming atoms) before giving up their excess electrons to neutralize themselves and form hydrogen or chlorine molecules.

If the anode and cathode potentials are equal, the reaction is thermodynamically optimal, meaning that it occurs as quickly as possible under given conditions. However, if the cathode potential exceeds that of its anode counterpart then an overvoltage must be applied in order to increase reaction speed; overvoltage is also used in electrolysis reactions involving gases such as oxygen or hydrogen.

Electrolysis treatments are generally safe. The only potential adverse reactions include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment area, so it’s essential that post-treatment care instructions from your electrologist are strictly adhered to and any potential irritants such as hot showers, baths, or sun exposure avoided.

For long-lasting results, regular treatments should be scheduled. Depending on the size and location of your area, treatments could take anywhere from one to six times per year to remove new hair growth from follicles. It is advised that initially you start on an aggressive schedule to clear away more quickly before gradually transitioning to maintenance visits.

Electrolysis may seem painful to many people, but it can be made considerably less so by using topical numbing cream an hour prior to each treatment session. Advice regarding which cream best fits their needs will be provided during consultation. Numbing cream allows clients to undergo treatments more comfortably while speeding up treatments since there’s no discomfort involved with each procedure.


Electrolysis results can be seen gradually as individual hair follicles are eliminated one at a time, yet over time you should notice an impactful difference. After several treatments your hair should become noticeably thinner and finer while taking significantly longer to grow back than it previously did. It works on most skin types and body areas but particularly effective against thick hirsute or thick hair; additionally, electrolysis works for people who do not qualify for laser removal such as those living with psoriasis or eczema.

After receiving electrolysis treatments, your skin may experience certain reactions; these are completely normal and should not cause alarm. Redness and swelling are the two most frequently experienced reactions after electrolysis sessions; typically on the face and upper lip area due to dilation of blood vessels, with darker skin tones more susceptible. It’s important to avoid alcohol, caffeine and stimulants on the day of your appointment since these may increase sensitivity; topical numbing agents may be beneficial, provided your electrologist approves.

As soon as scabs appear after treatment, be careful to avoid touching or scratching them as this could spread the infection and result in scarring. Scabs will typically fall off on their own within several days; any attempt at self removal could cause further harm and be dangerous for your skin.

Your comfort may depend on factors like skin type, technician quality and equipment used. Bleeding may occur if too deep an incision was made into blood vessels; any unusual instances should be brought up immediately to your electrologist to address. Consistency with treatments will give the best long-term results; try scheduling at least two weeks between visits to allow the follicles time to reset themselves and grow new hair which is resistant to electrical current.

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is an effective solution for permanently eliminating unwanted hair. Electrolysis works by passing direct current through a solution of salt and water to cause chemical changes that result in either loss or gain of electrons, holding apart two electrodes dipped in an acid or base electrolyte solution and applying current to them; when current is applied, positively charged ions (cations) move toward negatively charged electrodes (cathodes), where they combine with electrons released at cathode electrodes and become transformed into neutral elements or molecules; this process is known as oxidation.

An anode reaction known as reduction takes place at positively charged electrodes (anodes). When electrons flow from water molecules into hydrogen gas, leaving oxygen behind at the anode. Furthermore, some electrons transfer back to metal electrodes where they leave an “anticaustery point”, as Michael Faraday developed this metallurgical process to produce this effect.

Time needed for each session depends on the size and location of the area to be treated. Small areas like eyebrows or upper lips typically take less than half an hour while longer treatments, like legs, may take longer. For your own comfort and safety, a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to starting any treatment sessions.

Electrolysis is generally considered a safe procedure with very limited risks. While many perceive it to be painful, electrolysis remains an excellent permanent hair removal solution.

When considering electrolysis, it’s essential to conduct your own research and locate a reputable practitioner that specializes in needle electrolysis, the only method with long-term effects. When interviewing candidates for electrolysis treatment, be sure to inquire about their experience, training and technique as well as equipment available and pain management options as each person’s tolerance levels differ.

Permanent results may be achieved in as few as one or two treatments; however, most will require eight-12 sessions as each hair follicle typically needs to be treated twice to completely destroy its ability to grow hair and it often returns in finer, shorter and slower growth patterns after treatment has concluded.

What to Expect

Electrolysis is an FDA-approved permanent hair removal cosmetic procedure. After several treatment sessions are complete, the hair follicle will be destroyed permanently and unwanted hair won’t grow back. Finding an experienced electrologist and seeking recommendations are both key in getting rid of unwanted hair permanently. During consultation, your electrologist will explain their process in depth and answer any queries or provide any answers to concerns that arise about its safety or efficacy.

Most clients experience only minimal discomfort during treatment; this varies between individuals. Also, depending on where it’s being applied to – for instance groin, neck and upper lip treatments tend to be more uncomfortable than treating cheeks or chin areas.

Establishing a regular appointment schedule with an electrologist is the key to effective hair removal. By going more frequently for treatments, less hair will come back between visits; plus it allows your electrologist to treat finer hairs while they’re still within their growth cycles.

Between electrolysis appointments, it is best to refrain from shaving, tweezing and waxing as these methods can clog pores, leading to infection. Furthermore, deodorants and body sprays that contain drying agents such as aluminum should also be avoided as this could clog them even further. If hair needs to be removed between appointments for any reason other than electrolysis sessions then scissors or bikini trimmers are preferable over bleaching or shaving as their blades will cut closer to the roots without bleaching or shaving leaving marks behind that could cause infection – also do not pick at scabs as this increases scarring risk as this increases scarring risk and risk!

Electrolysis comes in two varieties, galvanic and thermodynamic. Galvanic electrolysis combines electricity and chemical reactions with heat to destroy hair follicles; on the other hand, thermodynamic electrolysis uses heat damage to permanently damage follicles that prevent future hair growth. Both methods work effectively; it’s just important that you choose one that works for you and your hair type.

Electrolysis may not be cheap, but it is one of the safest and most effective methods for getting rid of unwanted hair. Although it requires patience and time, electrolysis will eventually leave you with more attractive features as well as reduce costs over time by eliminating costly hair removal expenses.

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