- The method of hair removal known as electrolysis began in 1875 when a doctor named Charles E. Michel started to remove ingrown eyelashes with an electric current and a very fine wire. Since that time, electrolysis is the only proven form for the permanent removal of unwanted hair.
- While electrolysis can be a painful procedure to endure, the use of a pain relieving cream can lessen or eliminate the pain. The reason for the pain is that a thin wire is placed directly on the hair follicle itself and electricity is passed through, therefore effectively destroying the root.
- While the electrolysis hair removal method is considered permanent, this does not happen in the first visit. In fact, it can take a large amount of treatments before an area is considered to be free of hair. One reason for this is that hair follicles grow at different times; therefore, some of the follicles will be dormant and are not treated.
- Another cause for multiple treatments that are needed is that if the root is not hit exactly right, some of the root will not be destroyed and can continue to grow hair. The average treatment will result in approximately 2/3 of the hair being removed, with the success of the session depending upon the skill of the technician performing the electrolysis.
- It is important to note that while an increasing number or do-it-yourself electrolysis systems are on the market; this is not a good idea, particularly when facial hair needs to be removed. This is because the home systems use a lesser amount of voltage, therefore allowing a greater number of hair follicles to survive and re-grow. Removing hair on the face requires a mirror, which can distort vision and lead to problems.