Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis is a popular method of extracting single hairs from the face or body by killing the growth center of the hair with heat or chemical energy. After an ultra-fine probe is put into the hair follicle, the hair is pulled out with tweezers. The real hair itself is dead. The actively dividing cells found at the base of the hair follicle producing the hair- also known as the matrix- are the target of the treatment, and not the hair itself. There are also germinating cells found beneath the sebaceous gland that also need to be disabled so as to attain a complete and permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis can be used to treat most areas of the body such as the eyebrows, abdomen, face, thighs, legs and breasts. Typically there are no permanent side effects except for a momentary, slight irritation of the skin.
There are three kinds of electrolysis for hair removal: thermolysis, galvanic and the blend of the two.
This method has a proven track record and has been in use for over a century, since its inception in 1875.
After its first use, galvanic electrolysis was developed further and in the year 1916, five more needles were added to the unit so as to minimize the time needed for treatment. This is now dubbed the multi-needle method.
The method employs a chemical process to disable the hair follicle aided by a direct electrical current. The needle is driven into the hair follicle and a little electrical charge is run. This interacts with the salt located at the base of the follicle to form sodium hydroxide (also known as lye). This natural chemical, lye, disables the cells around it so as to completely stop the regrowth of hair by disabling the follicle. The chemical performs its work for some time after the removal of the needle.
Though time-consuming, the method is a very effective way of permanently doing away with hair you do not want. The method is best for coarse. thick hair, for example, beard and all manner of bodily hair
First used in 1923, this is a relatively newer method compared to galvanic but which offers a better alternative solution.
It is in every way like the galvanic electrolysis except that instead of an electric current, the hypodermic device conducts radio energy at a certain high frequency.
The current, owing to its high frequency, shake
s the hair follicle, which in turn excites the water molecules around its base. Heat is produced as a result and this causes the fluid to swell into a mass, disabling the unwanted cell tissue.
Despite the fact that it is quicker as it takes only a few seconds per hair, this electrolysis is not as proficient as galvanic and so it is just used for fine, smooth hair.
This is fairly recent- discovered in 1945- and it utilizes the functions of both the galvanic electrolysis method and the thermolysis method. The galvanic current forms the caustic lye while the high frequency from thermolysis excites and heats it up. During the combustion, the acidic strength of the sodium hydroxide increases further. The lye is sent and absorbed into every part of the hair follicle. Though not as quick as thermolysis, it is considerably faster than the galvanic method. The method is best used to remove fine facial and body hair, and individual hair or scattered coarse hair.
It is noteworthy that electrolysis treatment of large and dense parts of hair is likely to consume huge chunks of precious time and it is also very costly. For instance, a full-grown, bushy beard will require you to devote almost three to six hours each week for almost five good years to finally attain a completely smooth skin. This is a lot of time. It is also likely to be insanely expensive. Therefore, electrolysis should be reserved for smaller areas such as the armpit, bikini line, facial hair and etc.
And, before embarking on any of these treatment programmes, conduct a thorough research to ensure the devices being used are approved by the relevant authorities and that the operator is well trained, fully qualified and has the necessary experience for the respective electrolysis treatment method. Don't take any chances.