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Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal Q & A

Laser or Electrolysis which one should I use?

The laser beam is attracted to the melanin in the hair, and therefore does not recognize white or blonde hair. It is also not effective on people with dark skin, because the laser is attracted to the color of the skin rather than the hair

Laser hair removal is not a permanent solution, hair will grow back.

Laser hair removal hurts!

Electrolysis works on all colors of hair and all skin types/complexions with no risk of burning or scarring.

Electrolysis is best for shaping areas such as eyebrows, beard lines and chest lines.

With electrolysis hair removal, the treatment is below the skin surface eliminating any chance of damaging the skin.

What is electrolysis?
Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle/probe devices. A fine sterile needle/probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue.

What is a dormant hair?
All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.

Are the results permanent?
If the root is destroyed, a hair cannot grow. The results are permanent.

Wax or Electrolysis.
Waxing and threading will remove all of the visible hair, but can result in skin problems including ingrown hair.

Tweezing or Electrolysis.
Hair can become coarser from the repeated tweezing and skin problems including ingrown hair can result.

Shaving Or Electrolysis.
After shaving, the hair will grow fast and feel coarse.

How long does a session take?
Dermatone treatments can be completed in the span of multiple visits. A regular session is 15 minutes long. A visit can be one session or multiple sessions long.

Can all hairs be eliminated with one treatment?
Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase will also be treated and may be visible the same time as finer regrowth hairs.

How many visits should I make?
The number of visits necessary varies with each client. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress influence the treatment program for each individual.

Some people want total clearance of all the hair, whereas other people only want the thicker, darker hair removed. Treatment progresses faster in some areas of the body than others because of the depth of the hair follicles.

Density of follicles

The more follicles, the more hair, the more time it will take.

Facial hair coarseness

Some people's facial hair is coarser than others. Coarser hairs may take more than one insertion to come loose, and may be harder to kill.

Pain threshold

The lower your pain threshold, the lower the machine must be set, and the longer it will take.

Skin sensitivity

There is a limit to how much current your skin can take. For some people this is lower than their pain threshold. Trying to use a setting stronger than the skin can handle may result in skin damage.

Your frequency/regularity of treatment

It is vital that you maintain a regular treatment schedule set up by your electrologist. Do as much as you can afford. The sooner you get hairs after they emerge, the less time they have to strengthen. Some people miss appointments because they forget, they can't afford to pay that week, or they don't want to deal with the pain that day. Sporadic treatment will greatly lengthen the time needed to finish.

Androgen levels

You don't have to be on hormones for electrolysis to work, but it probably helps. While there is no definitive study on this, it is generally assumed that hormones (more specifically, anti-androgens like spironolactone) retard facial hair growth (although they have no effect on existing hairs). If you can, it is wise to get on a testosterone blocker like spironolactone before electrolysis.


The general assumption is that the closer to puberty you are, the less your beard will have come in. Of course, there's a certain age where your facial hair is probably as thick as it will get, but this varies widely. And in general, the younger you are, the more resilient your skin is.

Skin condition

If your skin is unhealthy or broken out, an electrologist may have to avoid an area until it's healed.

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