What is electrology?
Electrology is the speciality of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle-type 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. This permanently eliminates the regenerative cells of the hair follicle.
What are the basic methods?
There is electrolysis, thermolysis, and a electrolysis-thermolysis blend. Renée uses the blend.
Electrolysis - Direct current (DC) is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more sterile needles/probes used.
Thermolysis - Alternating current (AC) is used to create heat to destroy the hair follicle. One sterile needle/probe used.
The Blend - Both DC and AC is used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle. One sterile needle/probe used.
What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?
All hairs are at different stages of their growth cycle so not all are visible of the surface of the skin at the same time. Normally, a hair grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, hair follicles go into a dormant phase. A dormant phase may last indefinitely, however replacement hairs usually appear within 3-12 months. Appearance of these replacement hairs from previously dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated hair follicles.
Does electrology damage the skin?
Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or minuscule scabs may occur. It's important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process and will not cause any permanent damage if they are not removed prematurely. Specific post treatment care can be discussed to promote proper healing.