Electrolysis is a cosmetic treatment for permanent hair removal. It works by taking each individual hair and inserting a tiny micro-thin metal probe into the follicle.
The three phases of hair growth are named anagen, catagen, and telogen. They are the growth, transitional and resting periods respectively. Hair can only be destroyed in the anagen phase. Electricity is discharged into the follicle causing the hair growth to be disturbed and destroying the hair root. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. All perform the same function in different ways.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sessions typically last 30 minutes but vary according to the size of the area being treated. Electrolysis hurts and if hair has been waxed or damaged it can hurt more, and take longer. Between 15 and 30 sessions may be needed to elicit a permanent effect.
Any type of skin is susceptible to electrolysis, unlike laser that prefers dark hair on pale skin. It is well tested and safe. All body parts can be treated and it causes hair to grow back thinner and softer.
It requires a lot of treatments. It is painful and it can be expensive.