For a while, I had been searching for permanent hair removal treatment that works on my skin tone and that I could actually afford. The most popular permanent hair removal option out there is laser hair removal. The problems with laser hair removal are that it’s very expensive and it’s usually not suitable for people with darker skin. And finally, I discovered Electrolysis.
Electrolysis is permanent hair removal method where a small amount of electricity is used to destroy the root of the hair. A device is used to deliver electricity through a fine needle which is inserted into the opening of the hair follicle. The electricity cuts off the blood supply of the hair and destroys the cells. After the fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with a tweezer. The probe doesn’t cut through the skin, so there’s no bleeding, but you feel a small pinch when the probe goes into the hair follicle.
The hair doesn’t permanently stops growing after one treatment. The amount of treatment it takes for the hair to stop growing depends on the thickness of the hair, and how often you get the treatments. The only side effect I know of is that the area may be red for a few hours after each treatment. The needle doesn’t cut through the skin, so there are no scars.
Because not all hairs are the same I noticed that some permanently stopped growing before the others. Some hairs took about 15 months before they permanently stopped growing, but those were the very coarse ones. While getting the treatments, I noticed that the hairs were not growing as fast, which is a really good thing because electrolysis can get a bit pricey. A 15 minutes session can cost between 15 – 25 dollars; which is still less expensive than laser hair removal. When getting electrolysis treatments, it’s very important not tweeze, shave, epilate, or use a depilatory. The only thing you’re allowed to do is trim the hairs. Currently, electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method approved by the FDA, see here.