Having smooth silky skin isn't possible if you have visible stubbles of hair all over. Unwanted hair in the body can be a source of frustration for some people, particularly for women. Good thing, there is this process called electrolysis, which is now commonly used for removing unwanted hair.
Electrolysis is a process that makes use of a small needle or thin metal probe to be inserted in the opening of the skin were hair grows. These are the small sacs underneath the skin that are more popularly known as hair follicles. After these have been inserted into place, a low-level electrical current passes through the needle or probe and into the skin to destroy the hair follicle. Hair won't be able to grow back from the follicles that are destroyed by the current.
This procedure is quite slow. Destroying each hair follicle may take from 1 to 20 seconds. It requires several sessions to destroy those hair follicles entirely. It can also be a little uncomfortable. Those who have tried it describe the process as similar as to having tiny rubber bands snapping at your skin continuously.
After The Treatment
After you've undergone electrolysis, you will notice that your skin is red, swollen and tender. Don't worry, these are only temporary. Also, you may need additional treatments to have all unwanted hair removed permanently. After weeks or months of the initial treatment, you will notice loss of unwanted hair in the area that was treated.
Reasons For Undergoing Electrolysis
The main and obvious reason people undergo this procedure is to remove unwanted hair. This is commonly used for removing hair on the face, particularly in the areas of the eyebrows, upper and lower lips, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose, side burns and so on. It can also be used to get rid of hair on the neck, arms, underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back, chest, and shoulders.
However, it should never be done inside the ears or nose. The process is not advisable for removing hair from birthmarks or moles. People who have pacemaker should not undergo electrolysis at any part of the body at any time.
Effectiveness and Risks
If done correctly, the process will remove unwanted hair permanently. But the success rate usually depends on the skill of the person performing the procedure.
As for the risks, there are few risks for health persons.
- While undergoing the treatment, you may feel pain from the flow of electric current into your skin.
- After the treatment, the skin is likely to be red, swollen, and tender. But as mentioned earlier, these are just temporary side effects.
- The process can also inflict changes on the skin such as formation of keloids and scars, and changes in the skin color.
Before You Undergo Electrolysis
Think many times before you undergo this procedure. Consider your health, budget and priorities before you make a final decision. If you decide to go for it, see to it that you choose a licensed and reputable electrologist for safe and effective procedure.