Medical electrolysis devices destroy the hair germ cells with chemical or heat energy. All three modalities are safe, effective and equally destroy hair germ cells that cause hair growth. The modality used is the preference of the professional electrologist. Your electrologist will select the best method for you based on your hair type, skin characteristics and sensitivity. The term Electrolysis, which is used throughout the cosmetology field denotes the entire field of electrical action. The three modalities are:
Galvanic Electrolysis – Direct current (DC), and is called true electrolysis. This is a chemical method that utilizes a direct current to convert normal body salt and water in the follicle into a compound capable of destroying the dermal papilla. The chemical is produced only in the follicle and does not affect any other area. One probe or several probes working simultaneously can be used during this process.
Thermolysis – Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or short-wave: This is a method that uses a high frequency current to produce heat in the area influenced by the current. This heat cauterizes and destroys the dermal papilla. One sterile probe is used for this type of process. Two variations of Thermolysis are “Flash” or “Automatic” Thermolysis which uses a split second impulse of current and “Manual” Thermolysis which requires several seconds at a lower intensity to achieve permanency.
The Blend Method (also referred to as Dual Modality): The Blend method combines both currents together (sequentially or simultaneously) in the same probe. Thermolysis enhances the action of the galvanic method to produce a faster process. The best method will be selected for you based on your hair type, skin characteristics and sensitivity.
Electrolysis is still the only FDA approved method for permanent hair removal back by over 130 years of experience and permanent results. No other treatment can claim such universal acceptability. It now boosts the best and longest track record for permanent hair removal if performed by a proficient electrologist.
Not all Electrology is done the same. Technique matters: An experienced electrologist will select the modality best suited for the client’s hair, skin type and sensitivity. The electrologists “equipment’ settings should be manually adjustable to optimize the settings to meet the individual’s needs. Electrolysis is a uncomplicated procedure that when performed correctly leaves the skin looking and feeling smooth, beautiful, and free of unwanted hair without scarring and side effects.