What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a hair removal treatment. A trained electrologist inserts a thin wire into the hair follicle under the surface of the skin. An electric current moves down the wire to the bottom of the follicle, destroying the hair root. The follicle damage prevents hair from growing and causes the existing hair to fall out.

Electrolysis has been around for more than 100 years. It was first invented to remove irritating ingrown eyelash hairs. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal.

Who needs electrolysis?

Hair growth is normal and often desirable. But sometimes people want electrolysis because they:

  • Are unhappy about where hair grows (for example, between the eyebrows, on the upper lip or on the breasts).
  • Have hirsutism, which is excessive hair growth.
  • Are gender transitioning.

What parts of the body can electrolysis treat?

Electrolysis can treat most areas of the body, including the:

  • Back.
  • Bikini line, thighs and lower legs.
  • Breasts and abdomen.
  • Face, including lip, chin and eyebrows.
  • Fingers and toes.
  • Underarms.

What causes unwanted hair growth?

Causes of extra hair growth include:

  • Heredity issues (genetics can influence whether you have a lot of body hair or not).
  • Hormone levels, such as high levels of androgens (male hormones).
  • Certain drugs, such as some steroids.
  • Certain illnesses, such as polycystic ovary syndrome.

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