Q. What is electrolysis?
A. Electrolysis, as the term is used in the aesthetics industry, refers to
a method of hair removal. A tiny needle is inserted into a hair follicle
and an electrical current is used to destroy the root of the hair.
Electrolysis is not LASER and focuses directly at the source of the hair, unlike
other methods of hair removal. Due to the genetic structures of facial
hair, electrolysis is the most effective treatment for facial hair removal.
Q. Does electrolysis hurt?
A. There are many factors that affect the pain of treatment. This
includes; the type of electrolysis performed, the area treated, the coarseness
of the hair, the pain tolerance of the client and the skill of the electrologist.
Your electrologist will work with you to obtain the most effective treatment with
Q. Is electrolysis permanent?
A. Currently electrolysis is considered by experts to be the only
permanent way to remove unwanted hair. Other methods such as laser and IPL
are considered permanent hair reduction. A properly treated
follicle will not re-grow hair, but depending on a number of factors a follicle
may need to be treated more than once. It is also important to know that
hair grows in cycles. So it is possible that new hair may grow months
after an area has been treated.
Q. How does electrolysis work?
A. There are two general methods of electrolysis used in various forms
called modalities. The first method is galvanic which is also known as
electrolysis. In this method, direct current is applied to follicle.
This direct current results in a chemical reaction that chemically destroys the
root of the hair. The second method uses a high frequency current that
destroys the hair through heat. This is called thermolysis. Other
modalities are created by using combinations of the galvanic electrolysis and
high frequency thermolysis
methods. Most often you will hear the term "blend" which refers
to the use of both.
Q. Why not use LASER, IPL or other light treatments? Aren't
A. LASER, Nd YAG, IPL are all treatments that use various forms of
light to burn the hair follicle. The effectiveness of the treatment is
affected by the colour of the hair, the colour of the skin and the area being
treated. Dark hair on light coloured skin is the best candidate for laser
or other light
treatments. Those with dark skin are mostly likely to have poor results and
even suffer with burns to the skin. If you have grey or white hair laser treatments
are likely to be quite ineffective. Various areas of the body have
different levels of effectiveness from this treatment. The legs appear to
be well suited for LASER and IPL. But these treatments appear to be the
least effective in areas of deep terminal hairs such as facial hair. In
general, laser treatment should be considered to be permanent hair reduction.
Only electrolysis can truly be considered permanent hair removal.
Q. Does waxing, plucking tweezing and threading help remove
A. NO! To the contrary,
textbooks on hair removal will explain that these methods result in damage
to the papilla where the papilla grows thicker. The result is often
stronger thicker new hair growth.
Q. Does shaving cause hair to grow back thicker?
No, shaving does not affect the follicle, so does not cause hair to grow
back thicker. However, the resulting blunt end of the hair may feel
rougher to the touch.
What about transgender specific issues?
A. Adult transgender persons transitioning from male to female have special needs when it comes to
facial hair removal. We understand these needs
very well and will cater specificaly to them. We also understand that you may be in various stages of transition and can ensure your privacy.
Please see [Transgender MTF
Hair Removal] for more information.
Q. Where is Summer Breeze Electrolysis Located?
A. My electrolysis studio is located in Walnut Grove area of Langley,
BC, Canada. Part of the lower Fraser Valley and about 30 minutes east of
Vancouver on Highway 1. The studio is in my home, so it's easy to visit
while remaining discrete.
Q. What Do I Need For My First Appointment?
A. Please see our page "Your First Visit"