Donna D. Risos, L.E. ,CPE
Certified Professional Electrologist Lic# 25ML00004800
448 Lakehurst Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755
Call for your Free Consultation, 732-349-7611
FDA Laser Fact Sheet
Electrology is the study of permanent hair removal through the use of a very fine solid sterile needle (probe) and a machine called an epilator, that produces a mild electrical current. The procedure involves placing a probe into the hair follicle along side the hair and adding a small amount of electrical current that destroys the follicle at the root, including the surrounding stem cells which would have made the next hair. The fact that not only the follicle is destroyed but also these stem cells ensures resulting permanency. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal. Everything else is ultimately temporary.
There are three modalities in electrolysis:
Laser has been compared to electrolysis, however an FDA clearance for general permission to market the laser does not permit the claim of "permanent hair removal". Laser devices have only been cleared for "permanent hair reduction". Notice I've said, permanent hair REDUCTION not REMOVAL.
Also laser hair reduction is relatively new and has not been evaluated for long term safety.
The AEA sites,” Poor cost-to-benefit ratio for patients. Cost of treatment packages often exceed that of a full course of electrolysis. Electrolysis is widely accepted as permanent while clinical laser results are proving to be temporary.” Remember laser requires repeated irradiation.
There are cycles of hair growth that must be addressed; therefore one treatment cannot get all hairs. The cyclical nature of hair growth will effect the duration of treatment. We treat the actively growing hair follicles. Then new hairs emerge from a dormant state in another follicle. This is a continual process but believe me there is an end. Hair follicles have 3 stages of growth which cycle in 3 month intervals. There are approximately 4-6 intervals.
Factors that effect hair removal are:
It is impossible to destroy the hair follicle without sensation because it is surrounded with a network of nerve endings. However, electrical input and duration can be adjusted for a most comfortable treatment. Most people will describe treatment as an annoyance or a "tweaking" instead of a painful experience. Following treatment there is a slight redness and swelling which subsides within the hour. Sometimes very tiny scabs and/or whiteheads occur. It's advisable not to touch these as this is part of the normal healing process.
As you research clinical data you will notice that the skill of the electrologist is of paramount importance regardless of the modality used. That is why we are so enthusiastic about what we do.