Locations: Alexandria and Vienna, Virginia
Do you find yourself scouring the web, searching for answers to questions like “How does electrolysis work?” and “Where can I find experienced electrologists in Northern Virginia or DC?”
We’ve compiled a collection of frequently asked questions, topics that a majority of our first time clients and visitors ask about electrolysis and permanent hair removal solutions.
Keep reading to learn more about how exactly electrolysis works and all your looming questions about permanent hair removal treatments. Click any of the questions below to jump to that section.
- How Does Electrolysis Work?
- Does Electrolysis Work on Everyone?
- Is Electrolysis Permanent?
- Does Electrolysis Hurt?
- Are There Any Alternatives to Electrolysis?
- What are the Side Effects and Risks of Electrolysis?
If you would like to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation with our experienced team of electrologists, call us today at (703) 683-5736 for Alexandria or (703) 255-7237 for Vienna. You can also click here to contact us online now.
How Does Electrolysis Work?
Electrolysis is a form of permanent hair removal that kills the reproductive hair cell, ensuring that the hair does not grow back. Electrologists are trained to place a very fine needle into the hair follicle and deliver a micro level of electric current to destroy the hair root.
The pulse of electricity eliminates the hair follicles ability to regenerate, thereby preventing any future growth from the follicle. This process must be performed on each individual hair follicle, collectively debilitating hair growth over multiple sessions.
Does Electrolysis Work on Everyone?
Generally speaking, yes. Electrolysis can be performed on persons of any skin color and hair color, unlike laser hair removal. From peach fuzz to thick, coarse hair, there are no disqualifying factors based on skin or hair.
Due to the nature and cause of hair growth, there are special cases where electrolysis is not successful. Hormones and medicines can cause unwanted hair growth, and can continue to do so even after electrolysis sessions.
In some cases, hair removal history and failure to follow your treatment plan can lead to unsuccessful electrolysis as well. An initial consultation can reveal the underlying factors of your unwanted hair growth and determine the most effective approach and ample solution.
Is Electrolysis Permanent?
Yes, electrolysis is the only FDA approved permanent hair removal solution. While your treatment plan will include repetitive sessions to treat the area, the end result is confidence and a body free of unwanted hair. Some patients find that occasional touch up sessions are needed just to maintain and eliminate any specific hairs that weren’t completely treated.
It is absolutely vital to follow the treatment plan set out by your electrologist for successful hair removal. Experts have attributed the electrolysis process to having braces. If you keep your appointments and follow directions, your odds of effective treatment are magnified.
Does Electrolysis Hurt?
One of the most common questions asked by patients is â€œhow painful is electrolysis? Every patient’s threshold for pain is different, but we liken the sting of electrolysis to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. This lasts for a split second for each hair follicle destroyed.
We have some effective pain management tips and tools, and our electrologists can always schedule shorter sessions for clients more sensitive to pain.
Are There Any Alternatives to Electrolysis?
Yes, the most common alternative to electrolysis is laser hair removal. There are two main differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis:
- Laser hair removal is only effective on dark pigmented hair
- Laser hair removal is not an entirely permanent solution; sometimes electrolysis is needed to finish the job
We offer a free consultation with all new clients that allows us to assess the options available, and our experienced electrologists will determine which treatment will be most effective for your goals.
What are the Side Effects and Risks of Electrolysis?
The only side effects of properly performed electrolysis include minor redness, swelling and sensitivity, all of which should subside within a few hours.
Schedule a FREE Consultation Today!
If you’re interested in electrolysis and would like to schedule a no-obligation FREE consultation or simply have more questions, just give us a call today at (703) 683-5736 for Alexandria and (703) 255-7237 for Vienna. You may also click here to contact us online.
For over 25 years, Maureen Schantz, CPE and her experienced staff of licensed electrologists deliver expertise and skillful hair removal solutions in Alexandria and Vienna, Virginia. From electrolysis to skin rejuvenation, Alternative Health Associates delivers comprehensive service and knowledge to male and female clients.
Just give us a call and schedule your free consultation today to learn more!