In electrolysis , a fine wire needle (probe or filament) is inserted into the hair follicle opening in the skin’s surface and an electric current is passed down the the needle, destroying the hair root. The loosened hair may then be removed with forceps (tweezers).
The goal of electrolysis is to destroy the hair root (the germinative growing cells of the hair follicle) in order that the hair does not grow back. The electrolysis energy delivered must be sufficient to destroy the hair root below the skin, but the destructive energy must not reach the surface of the skin where it could produce unwanted skin surface damage.
- It has the best track record. Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method, in ridding hair for long periods of time- or even permanently.
- Many different hair and skin types can benefit.Because it doesn’t target hair pigment (color) like laser, but attacks the follicle itself. People that aren’t good candidates for laser can still get electrolysis.
- Bent follicles can make electrolysis hair removal harder. Previous waxing or tweezing can make hair follicles bent or misshapen, and getting the needle to the root more difficult to destroy the follicle.
- Multiple treatments are needed. You have to truly be committed to electrolysis because you will need anywhere from 15 – 30 sessions, which will take up a considerable amount of your time.