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smooth electrolysis hair removal FAQ


What is Electrolysis? 

Electrolysis is the only form of true permanent hair removal that is approved by the FDA. This treatment is done by simply inserting a fine probe down the individual hair shaft into the hair follicle, where a brief pulse of current and heat are applied. Simply put, this leads to coagulation of blood supply to the hair, and destruction of the root. Once the root is fully destroyed, it is impossible for that individual hair to ever grow back.

Does Electrolysis Hurt?

Keep in mind that we all have a different pain tolerance. Some clients say they feel nothing more than a pulsing sensation during treatment, while others describe the feeling as more of a hot rubber band snap. We do offer pre-treatment numbing options to help take the edge off if needed.

Does Electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?

Immediately following Electrolysis, there will be some degree of redness, and possibly a mild temporary histamine reaction present on the treated area. This varies with each individual, and usually completely subsides within a few hours, depending on how sensitive your skin is. The latest technology has made Electrolysis more safe and comfortable than ever before, and your Electrologist will provide you with clear and simple post-treatment instructions. The day following treatment, it is typically like nothing ever happened, except you have less hair! The risk of scaring is extremely rare in the hands of your experienced Electrologist. 

How many Electrolysis treatments will I need?

Please book a complimentary consultation to discuss your custom Electrolysis treatment plan. Each client’s treatment plan will vary based on many factors such as the quantity of hair being treated, the texture of your hair, medical conditions, current medications, and much more. Please do understand that Electrolysis does require a period of commitment and is not a one and done treatment, although is very worth it in the end!

Does SMOOTH follow appropriate infection control procedures? 

SMOOTH follows the written “Standards of Infection Control” from the American Electrologist Association (AEA). These are the most up to date guidelines based from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association of Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

What do I need to know before my first Electrolysis treatment?

Great question! We will go over all of this info in depth with you during your complimentary consultation, however some clients book a consultation with first treatment same day, so this brief info is for you. First, the hair being treated MUST be a tweezable length on the day of treatment. The hair does not need to be fully grown out, but does need to be visible and again, a tweezable length. Please come to your appointment well hydrated. You can take an anti-inflammatory medication about an hour before your appointment, and we do recommend avoiding caffeine the day of your appointment as caffeine heightens pain sensitivity and blood flow (redness). The treated area may be red and bumpy for up to 24 hours after treatment, although this typically subsides within a few hours of seeing us.

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