Hair Removal

Waxing

Temporary hair removal for the face, eyebrows, lip, chin, arms, legs, bikini, body, underarms, and Brazilian.

Electrolysis

Since l875, medical journals have deemed electrolysis as the only method of permanent hair removal. The service is provided by a certified electrologist , licensed under the Ohio State Medical Board.

Laser

Referrals are made to one of partnering physicians.

Questions & Answers: A Medical Perspective

James F. Schuster, M.D.

Dr. Schuster is a board-certified dermatologist trained at the University of Michigan and has training in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is president of Electrolysis Research, Inc. and has lectured widely on all areas of electrolysis.

Q: How long has Electrolysis been performed?

A: The first research using electrolysis for the permanent removal of hair began in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was conducted by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel, who wanted a safe, effective way to remove ingrown eyelashes, which frequently led to blindness. He published his first scientific paper in 1875. The method was soon accepted by the medical community and then adapted for treatment of excess hair on other parts of the body. From that day until the present, the same basic technique has been used, only greatly improved and modernized.

Q: How does Electrolysis work?

A: A trained electrologist inserts a small metal probe into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electrical current is then delivered to the probe by a sensitive electronic device called an epilator. Depending on the techniques used, the electric current destroys the hair root either by heat or chemical action and in some methods by both at the same time.

Q: Are there different methods of Electrolysis?

A: There are three recognized modalities (methods) of electrolysis:

  • Galvanic (direct current) electrolysis– the hair is destroyed by chemical action.
  • Thermolysis (high frequency) electrolysis– the hair root is destroyed by heat production.
  • Blend electrolysis– a combination of the above to modalities where the hair root is destroyed by both heat and chemical action at the same time.

All three modalities are safe and effective. Your electrologist will choose the modality which is best for you.

Q: Is Electrolysis Permanent?

A: Electrolysis has been shown to be permanent in over a century of use. Its permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is also testified to by hundreds of scientific articles published in the medical literature. In addition to scientific recognition, there are over one million happy and satisfied persons who have solved a very personal and embarrassing problem with the help of electrolysis.

Q: Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as Electrolysis?

A: No. There is absolutely no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal being as safe, effective and permanent as electrolysis for all hair colors and skin types.

Q: Do home methods of Electrolysis work?

A: Not very well. If the home method is one where the probe is inserted into the hair follicle, it has the potential for working. The problem with home methods is treating yourself often requires mirrors or having an untrained friend help you. The technique of electrolysis requires significant training for proper hand-eye coordination and is usually performed using a special light and magnification. Without proper training, adequate lighting and magnification, I feel the home methods, in most cases, will not be worth the effort or expense.

Q: Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as Electrolysis?

A: No. There is absolutely no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal being as safe, effective and permanent as electrolysis for all hair colors and skin types.

Q: What about laser hair removal?

A: Lasers have been used for hair removal since the mid 1990's. They are safe in the hands of trained technicians but have several shortcomings:

  • Lasers work well only when a hair is in the anagen (growing) phase. On some parts of the body, less than 50‰ of the hairs are in the growing phase.
  • Lasers are not very effective on grey, blond, or red hair.
  • Lasers are awkward and impractical to use when sculpting/shaping eyebrows and other critical areas.
  • Lasers are less effective on darker and tanned skin.

Q: Is Electrolysis safe?

A: Electrolysis has over a 137 year history of safety and effectiveness. I am not aware of one case of significant disease being caused or transmitted because of electrolysis.

Modern well-trained electrologists utilize the most up-to-date, effective methods of sterilization, disinfection and antisepsis, and follow guidelines set up by a major electrolysis organization in conjunction with the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Don't hesitate to ask your electrologist about the scientific methods he/she uses to guarantee your safety.

Q: Is Electrolysis painful?

A: Whether there is any discomfort during electrolysis is quite variable depending on a patient's tolerance, machine settings, modality used, as well as other factors. During most treatments a definite sensation should be noticed. It has been variously described as a "slight heat", "tingling" or "stinging" sensation. Your electrologist is trained to work within the comfort tolerance of his/her patients. Don't hesitate to let him/her know what you are feeling.

Q: Are there any side effects caused by Electrolysis?

A: Electrolysis has been performed for over 137 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. Having read most of the medical literature on electrolysis, I am not aware of any serious complication or side effects.

Electrolysis, like many minor procedures in medicine, does have a short healing phase. During this time, there may be some transient redness or swelling and occasionally some pinpoint scabbing. Your electrologist will advise you regarding what can be expected during the healing phase.

Q: What areas of the body can be treated?

A: Hair can be removed from almost any area of the body. Some common areas for women include the hairline, eyebrows, top of the nose, cheeks, sideburn area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands, feet, toes and fingers. Hair on the eyelashes, inside the nose and inside the ear canal are only treated under the supervision of a physician. Hairy moles may be treated with written permission from a physician. It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breasts and abdomen are avoided after the sixth month of pregnancy.

Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beard line, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose. Electrolysis is very helpful for treating ingrown hairs which frequently cause irritation in the beard area.

Q: How long does Electrolysis take to achieve permanency?

A: Electrolysis requires a series of treatments given over a period of time. The length of time varies from person to person and is dependent on many factors. The density and coarseness of the hair, as well as the total area to be treated, are very important. How well you tolerate treatments and the consistency of the treatments affect the overall success. The cause of the unwanted hair and the temporary methods of dealing with the hair in the past are also involved in the treatment time. Many hairs will be permanently removed after the first treatment while some will require additional treatments to achieve permanency. Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. The over results, permanent, hair-free skin, are usually well worth the time spent.