How Does Electrolysis Work

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Electrolysis works by inserting a hair-sized sterile probe (not a needle) into the hair follicle down to the dermal papilla, which is the electrologist's target for removal. It is the part of the follicle that contains blood and nerves and it is what feeds growing hair. When the papilla and regenerative cells surrounding it are destroyed, the hair dies. When the probe is in place, a low-level electrical current is applied that destroys the papilla and surrounding cells and loosens the hair in the follicle. The hair is then removed. Many hairs will be eliminated with only one treatment, but some will need two or more to permanently remove all hair. The amount of time depends on the amount of hair being removed, its coarseness, the cause of excess hair, and many other factors, but once the papilla has been destroyed, the hair will not grow back.

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Causes of Hair Growth

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Many factors can contribute to the growth of unwanted excess hair, such as: stress, heredity, hormal physiological changes, medication, malfunction of the endocrine system, or topical influences.

Heredity, as a cause of excess hair, must be approached from three different levels: race, nationality, and family. People belonging to the Caucasian race tend to be the most hairy; those of the Negroid race follow, and the Mongolian race is the least hairy. If your ancestors lived along the Mediterranean Sea (Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, etc.) your chances of having excess hair are greater. Also, it is a known factor that if your mother and grandmother had facial hair, your chances of having the same condition are greater.

Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can also cause excess hair growth. During the normal systemic changes in a woman's life, hormone production varies. It is not uncommon for hormones during these times to be unbalanced. Increased male hormones called androgens can be present, which may result in unwanted hair growth.

Malfunctions of the endocrine glands trigger the appearance of excess hair, also. Some diseases of the thyroid gland, ovaries, pituitary gland and adrenal gland

are known to simulate hair growth. Cushings disease, polycystic ovaries, and thyroid conditions are just a few of them. These pathological disorders must be treated by a physician in order for electrolysis to be effective.

Medications are another known factor that promotes unwanted hair. Some common medications include cortisone,certain birth control pills, some seizure drugs and high blood pressure medication.

Topical influences also play a part in hair growth. Topical influences are external influences on the body that cause an increase in the blood supply to the skin and hair follicles. This includes sunburn, scars, prolonged tweezing, depilatories, and waxing, and the abrasive action of casts.

And last but not least is stress, both emotional and physical. Stress can stimulate the adrenal glands to initiate a hormonal reaction that can cause fine, soft hair to become more coarse and noticeable. In addition, it also has been proven that emotional disturbences can cause menstrual irregularities that can also affect excess hair growth. Regardless of your specific hair problem, electrolysis can safely and permanently eliminate it for you.

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Permanent Hair Removal Information for Teens and Adolescents

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Electrolysis ... So You Look Your Very Best

The adolescent years are among the most exciting and challenging times in a person's life. A teenager's future holds a lifetime of changes that profoundly transform both body and mind.

As teens are coming into their own, physical changes such as unsightly hair can negatively impact body image and self-esteem. For teenage girls, it could be the growth of superfluous hair on the side of the face. For teenage boys, it may be the emergence of thick, bulky eyebrows. Some young people feel too embarrassed to speak about their hair concerns, while others go to a parent for advice.

If you're a teen or the parent of a teen, you can rest assured that there is a permanent solution for removing excess hair safely, comfortably and conveniently - electrolysis.

Common Questions About Electrolysis From Teenage Consumers

What is the youngest age for electrology treatments?

The earliest age for treatment depends upon the motivation of the young person. Most electrologists want to make sure that it's the young person, and not a parent, who is deciding that it's time for electrology treatments. Girls as young as 12 seek treatments to remove hair on their upper lip. Teens and even pre-teens of both genders receive treatments to define or separate eyebrows.

Can young people tolerate the treatments?

Yes, new techniques, equipment, and topical anesthetics help reduce the sensation of electrology treatments. A tolerance for the treatments will also come with maturity. If the young person decides not to have treatments, the electrologist will discuss options to hide the hair until he or she is less sensitive.

If the young person is too sensitive, what other options are there?

Cutting, clipping, or shaving are the best ways to hide the hair - it will not result in coarsening or increased density. Bleach will hide scattered hairs, to a degree. Depilatories remove the hair with chemicals. Those chemicals can cause irritation, which may result in skin pigmentation problems.

What areas do teens have treated?

Teen and pre-teen girls will get treatments on their upper lip, chin and sides of face. Young women and men will also have their eyebrows defined or separated, as well as hairline, neckline and body areas treated.

Why do young girls grow hair on their upper lip?

Genetics, hormones, and medications can cause hair growth at any age. Most people never learn the cause of their excess hair growth and accept the fact that electrology treatments are the solution to this world wide problem.

Bring your teen in today, for a free consultation!

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