What Is Electrolysis

Laser hair removal is the most common method of permanent hair removal – but it is not the only one. Electrolysis is a rather uncommon method that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body. During this procedure the back hair is removed electrically from the body.

Just like with laser treatments this process will be successful only after several treatments. There are three common methods of electrolysis that include; electrolysis, galvanic and thermolysis. During electrolysis the dermatologist will insert a probe – that looks like a needle – into the hair follicle. An electrical current is passed through this probe and will separate the hair from the follicle. This process can be used to remove hair from every part of the body except the nose and ears.

The galvanic method will cause damage to an area of the hair follicle using chemical sodium hydroxide. This is a harsh chemical that is commonly used so make soap or an ingredient in clog removers. The damage caused will prevent the follicle from being able to produce more hair.

Thermolysis is a combination of both the second and third method. It will use them both to overheat the hair follicle to prevent the hair from growing back. This is one of the more expensive methods because it is able to cut the time needed to remove the hair. As effective as electrolysis is, the whole procedure takes a great deal of time.

The dermatologist has to insert the needle and leave it in each hair follicle for at least a minute. Just a small area of the back could take someone hours to do. This is the biggest disadvantage to this method of back hair removal and is what makes it one of the most expensive to use. The side effects of this treatment can include; scabbing, skin discoloration, redness, and swelling.

The biggest advantages to electrolysis is how effective it is compared to other methods. Unlike laser hair removal this is offered to a wide variety of people despite their skin and hair color.