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New York Electrolysis Association

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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the practice of permanent hair removal that employs the use of a very fine probe or filament which sends a minute amount of treatment energy to the follicle rendering it unable to produce another hair.

2. Does Electrolysis hurt?

There is a sensation associated with this procedure which can be likened to a slight warming effect in the treatment area. With today's computer-assisted technology, the treatment options and comfort levels have greatly improved.

3. What is the normal growth cycle of a 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. This period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.

4. Is it really permanent?

YES! Electrolysis remains the only PERMANENT hair removal method recognized by the FDA. Temporary hair removal methods such as waxing, tweezing, shaving and threading are just that -  temporary.  Laser hair removal cannot claim permanent hair removal, only permanent hair reduction.

5. How safe is Electrolysis?

Completely safe! The Centers for Disease Control in conjunction with the American Electrology Association, developed Infection Control Standards for the practice of Electrolysis. You can expect to see universal precautions practiced in the Electrologist's office such as your Electrologist wearing a fresh pair of disposable gloves per client, disposable treatment products and sterilization of instruments by way of autoclave and/or dry heat sterilizer. The consumer should ask the Electrologist about methods of infection control in order to ensure that the highest level of prevention is being practiced in his/her office.

6. How long will it take to get rid of my unwanted hair?

Many factors impact how long it takes to remove the hair including hair growth cycle, the quantity and structure of the hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormonal problems, physiologic changes, medication, stress, etc. The Electrologist will conduct a thorough consultation on the first visit and take a confidential case history on each client. You will work with your Electrologist to develop a schedule and electrolysis treatment plan. If adhered to, there is no reason why you cannot achieve the results you desire with Electrolysis. Commitment and consistency of treatment are the key elements for successful hair removal.

7. How much will electrolysis treaments cost?

A schedule is set up depending upon the hair removal needs of each client which will determine the length and frequency of appointments. The cost of the electrolysis treatment may vary depending on the practitioner and location.

8. Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

Yes, all areas of the body may be treated with electrolysis with the exception of hairs inside the nose or inside the ears. Common areas for treatment are the upper and lower lip, eyebrows, outer ears, hairline, cheeks, chin, chest, back, breast, abdomen, underarms, arms, legs, bikini area, hands, and feet.

9. How do I choose an Electrologist?

The American Electrology Association has established specific standards to which all Electrologists are expected to adhere, as well as a national board certification credential, Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE). Continuing education is mandatory for all CPEs but encouraged for all Electrologists in the profession. We invite you to visit the New York Electrolysis Association Member Referral Directory right here on-line.

10. Are there any side effects from Electrolysis?

Some clients experience some redness and very slight swelling immediately following treatment which typically dissipates within an hour of treatment. Post-treatment options will be discussed with you by your Electrologist prior to beginning treatment.

11. Can women begin or continue electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?

Although Electrology has never been proven harmful to pregnant women, it is suggested that you seek the advice of your physician before you continue or begin treatment.

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