Electrolysis

Hair Therapy Spa offers electrolysis treatments to men, women, transgender people, and young adults in a clean, quiet, peaceful, and professional setting.

Electrolysis is the ONLY FDA approved permanent method for removal of unwanted hair for over 135 years! After electrolysis, there's no more painful tweezing or time wasted shaving those trouble areas. And the results are more than skin deep. This refreshing new look works wonders for your confidence and self-esteem.

Unlike laser treatments, electrolysis works on all hair types and all skin types including the types that laser hair removal methods have difficulties with: blonde hair, grey hair, and red hair.

Facts and Myths

Fact: Hair growth occurs as the result of genetics, hormonal levels and even certain drugs. Temporary methods of hair removal and some illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Usually, hair growth is desirable, but when the hair is on the wrong part of the body such as a woman's upper lip, chin, or bikini line -- electrolysis should be considered to permanently kill these hairs.

Myth: The electric tweezer method is permanent. The truth is, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair. In fact, some states prohibit those who use the electric tweezer -- which can also be purchased for consumer use -- from claiming it provides permanent hair removal.

Fact: Electrolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin to discharge this energy. The hair is then removed with tweezers.

Myth: Temporary methods of hair removal can be better. Chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) are often used to remove body hair. These products contain irritating chemicals, and can be time-consuming and messy. Likewise, bleaches contain harsh chemicals and do little to disguise dark hair. They may also discolor the skin. Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. A hot wax is applied to the skin and removed once it has dried over the hair. The hair is stripped off when the wax is removed. Waxing can be painful and costly. Home waxing kits are available, but they can be difficult to use and messy. There are electrical electrolysis devices available for home use that try to copy the devices used by professionals. These devices are often unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.

Fact: Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen, breasts, and legs.

Questions and Answers

Does it hurt?
This question is subjective, because it depends on a wide variety of factors. It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without there being any sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may or may not be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place.

Some clients are able to sleep through hours of treatments and others find just 15 minutes to be very uncomfortable. I utilize advanced Apilus technology which ensures that my clients experience electrolysis as comfortably as is possible with the technology. If you have tried electrolysis with someone else who uses different equipment, consider trying it again to feel the Apilus difference.

The sensation you might experience depends on many reasons, including where one is having the treatment, and which method is used. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others; one particularly sensitive area for example is the upper lip of the face, because this is where numerous nerve endings meet. If you have ever waxed or plucked, you'll find electrolysis to be surprisingly comfortable. Some clients have described the sensation as a pinch, a mosquito bite, a quick snap, or building warmth.

Many adjustments can be made which help to make the treatment more comfortable. Some clients choose to take an over-the-counter analgesic such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Advil 30 - 45 minutes before treatment and report treatment is very comfortable. I will work within your personal comfort level and do have topical anesthetics available. For those requiring routine lengthy sessions, a prescription grade painkiller such as vicodin or lidocaine could be requested one from one's regular doctor.

How long does it take?
In most cases it takes between 12 and 18 months to achieve absolute permanence. This time clock begins at the time I clear the area and am able to keep it clear of hair as your pattern fills in.

It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimal results in the shortest time frame. You are going to look better right away but I want to eliminate your hair problem, not manage it.

Though it sounds like a long time, your amount of treatment time or the frequency with which you need to visit tapers off. Without looking at your individual hair pattern and knowing what removal methods you have tried, as well as the cause of your hair growth, it is impossible to accurately estimate the exact number of treatments it will take. If you would like to know more precisely what your treatment schedule would look like, I encourage you to call for a free consultation and find out exactly what you will need to do to get great results.

Is electrolysis safe?
Absolutely. My office follows the American Electrology Association (AEA) Standards for Infection Control which ensure that electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety. These standards exceed the Wisconsin state standards.

Unlike some other practices, I utilize only sealed, pre-sterilized disposable probes for all treatments. I NEVER re-process and re-use probes! I always utilize fresh, latex-free medical grade disposable gloves for each treatment.

Where can I have treatments?
Just about anywhere! Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. Common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, ears, chin, neck, shoulders, arms, under-arms, fingers, hands, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back, and chest.

How much does it cost?
Treatment is very affordable! I charge only for actual treatment time. What that means is if you have a 15 minute appointment you will not be in and out in your car in 15 minutes. You will be in the treatment chair for 15 minutes. I book additional time between each client to ensure you receive your full time. If you are squeezing us between your other appointments allow us about a 30 minute window for your 15 minute appointment. Refer to the price chart at the bottom of this page for actual pricing.

I also offer package and pre-paid treatment savings. Pre-pay for five treatments and save 10%; prepay for ten treatments and save 15%! See all specials under the specials page.

Is it really permanent?
Absolutely! However, electrolysis is not an overnight sensation. Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve permanency. The number of treatments necessary varies with each client and with the area being treated. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications, and stress all influence the treatment program for each individual.

Can hairs be removed from moles?
Yes they can. Your electrologist may require a note (on a prescription pad is fine) from your healthcare provider stating it is a typical hairy nevus (mole with a hair) and safe to treat. The potential side effect of treating a benign nevus with electrolysis is a flattening of the mole to the skin surface and a lightening of the color. If you love your beauty mark to be prominent and dark this may not be the method for you.

What if I need hair removed and I have a tattoo?
Electrolysis has never been a problem for tattoos. In fact, it is one of the few hair removal methods that doesn't affect the design.

Can women begin or continue electrology treatments during pregnancy?
Yes. Electrolysis has never been proven harmful in any way to pregnant women for over 135 years. My office does not treat the breasts, abdomen, or bikini line of pregnant women in their last trimester due to the increased sensation they may experience.

Pricing


Electrolysis Pricing Chart

15 Minutes $25.00 30 Minutes $40.00
45 Minutes $50.00 60 Minutes $65.00
90 Minutes $90.00 120 Minutes $115.00

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