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Electrolysis Hair Removal in Green Bay, WI

Electrolysis is the method of using electricity to damage and destroy hair follicles and has been around for over a century (yes, over a century). This first account of using electricity to remove hair occurred in 1875 while treating ingrown eyelashes (Charles Michel). Since then, electrolysis has grown to be a popular method of hair removal. According to the FDA, electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method, and this is due to the unique way in which electricity can remove hair. While laser hair removal targets the melanin in the hair shaft to deliver energy to the follicle, electrolysis can directly target the hair follicle and papilla. 

Electrolysis and Hair Removal at Med Spa in Green Bay, WI

During a treatment, our electrologist inserts a tiny probe into the follicle without puncturing the surrounding skin. Once inserted, the probe delivers an electric current in the milliamperes range to the skin tissue. The electrical current irreparably damages the follicle, allowing the hair to come out of the follicle easily, and removes the ability of the follicle to produce hair in the future. Electrolysis is capable of eliminating white and blonde hair exceptionally effectively.

The primary benefit of electrolysis is that it can remove any color hair in any stage of growth and the results are permanent. After a site has been effectively treated, the patient will not ever grow hair in that area for the rest of their life. 

The issue with electrolysis is simple: time. Most people will need dozens of treatments in their lifetime; killing the follicles is a slow and meticulous process. Our electrologist must treat the client one hair at a time during a session. Our electrologist can destroy each follicle, but the treatment time is often an issue. Administering treatment to a larger area with electrolysis is extremely time-consuming, especially on popular areas such as the legs and back. While electrolysis is an effective way to remove a single hair, there are faster methods, such as laser hair removal to treat large areas much more quickly. 

Deciding Your Treatment Route 

If you’re interested in treating a single hair, electrolysis might be your best option. Our skilled practitioner can give fantastic results on those problematic hairs that are difficult to remove, whether they are blonde, white, or red, sticking out of a mole, or perhaps just a rogue hair coming out of the eyebrow over and over again. These one-off situations are where electrolysis thrives. However, the speed of treatment over large areas with laser hair removal when treating darker pigmented hair makes it much easier. 

Electrolysis is a great alternative to laser hair removal when the hair strand color is blonde or grey. A combination of electrolysis and laser can be a treatment plan if a client has a combination of dark, light, and grey colored hair strands.  Your informed decision should be based on the color and texture of the hair and how large of an area must be treated.