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Electrologist Susan Nasta, L.E., C.P.E.


Frequently Asked Questions:

 1.  What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the science of permanent hair removal. A fine sterile needle/probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of heat and/or electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue. When this is competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.

2.  What are the three basic methods used in the practice of Electrolysis?

Thermolysis --- Alternating current (AC), is used to create heat which destroys the hair follicle.

Electrolysis --- Direct current (DC), is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle.

The Blend --- Both of the above currents are used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle.

3.  Why should I choose Electrolysis over other hair removal methods?

If you want permanent hair removal, Electrolysis is the only way to achieve this goal.  Electrolysis is The Permanent Choice.
Laser vs. Electrolysis:  While laser promoters compare laser to Electrolysis, although some laser devices have been cleared for permanent reduction, laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary method of hair removal. Additionally, laser hair removal has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patients skin and health.

Waxing  vs. Electrolysis:   Waxing will remove all of the visible hair, but can result in skin problems including ingrown hair. To keep your skin clear, waxing must be done frequently forever.

Tweezing vs. Electrolysis:  Tweezing is easy to do, and inexpensive too. However hair can become coarser from the repeated tweezing and skin problems including ingrown hair can result.

Depilatories vs. Electrolysis:  Depilatories will remove the hair by dissolving it with a chemical. This can result in a chemical burning of the skin.

Shaving vs. Electrolysis:  Shaving is inexpensive and easy, however, the hair will grow fast and feel coarse. 

4Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is re-growth to be expected?

Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase will also be treated and may be visible the same time as finer re-growth hairs.  The number of treatments necessary varies with each patient/client   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 influence the treatment program for each individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame.

5.  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, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as re-growth from previously treated follicles.

6.  Is Electrolysis uncomfortable?

It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation since its own network of nerve endings surrounds each hair follicle. The sensation, which may be felt, is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which helps to make the treatment more comfortable.

7.  Does Electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If scabbing occurs, the client is advised not to pick them off.

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

Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas. The most common areas include the bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, ears, neck, underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back and chest. The inside of the ears and nose should not be treated.

9.  Contemplating the cost of Electrolysis:

When contemplating the cost of Electrolysis, consider what a lifetime of creams, razors and waxing will cost.  Consider, too, the countless hours lost pursuing a temporary result. Electrolysis is clearly the best and most cost-effective solution.  Today's fees are flexible enough to fit most budgets. Never take chances with your health. Competent, professional service is well worth the cost. 

10.  Can women begin or continue Electrolysis treatments during pregnancy?

Although Electrolysis has never been proven harmful to pregnant women, we suggest that you seek the advice of your physician before beginning treatment.

11.  Can hairs be removed from moles?

State licensing laws and/or liability insurance policies prohibit removal of hair from moles. Your Electrologist may require written approval from your physician.

12.  How should I choose an Electrologist?

In choosing an Electrologist take as much care as you would in selecting a doctor or dentist or any personal service.  Keep these general rules in mind:

  • The Electrologist should be a graduate of a qualified school of electrology. 
  • The Electrologist should have a license or certification of their credentials.
  • The treatment room should be clean and private.
  • The Electrologist should follow appropriate Infection Control Precautions
  • Probes should be disposable and all instruments medically sterilized according to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control.
During the consultation, your questions should be answered courteously & professionally