ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Electrolysis Hair Removal Treatment

Updated on July 14, 2013

What is Electrolysis

I have recently started undergoing electrolysis to manage my unwanted body hair. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method for permanent hair removal.

During treatments, a tiny probe is inserted into the hair follicle under the surface of the skin. A tiny electric spark or burst of heat is then delivered at the site of hair growth. This jolt of energy destroys the growth center of the hair, preventing new growth. The hair is then removed with tweezers.

Electrolysis treatments should be conducted by a certified electrologist. Some states require the certification, but others do not, but even if you live in a state that does not require it, I would recommend finding someone who is certified.

The Bad

In an attempt to leave the reader with a positive outlook, I am going to outline all of the negative aspects of electrolysis before I list the good things. There are quite a few bad things, but please read on to the good things before deciding whether you want to undergo this treatment.

1. It Hurts!!! Bad!!!! This is the number one downside. I admit, I am a wuss, and I don't do well with pain. However, I have never seen anything during my research about how painful this method really is. During my free consultation, I was told it would be "uncomfortable" (doctor speak for "painful" but I wasn't told that it would feel like the electrologist is dripping acid on my face.

2. It makes you break out. This hasn't been that bad, and since I have sensitive skin it is probably worse. A few days after treatment, my skin is still blotchy with tiny blemishes in the area that I have had treated. My friends tell me that it isn't that noticeable, but I notice it, and it bothers me.

3. It takes a long time. A very long time. I have gone in twice a month for about 3 months now, and we are still working on my chin area. The reason that it takes so long is that the electrologist can only remove hairs that are at a certain point in the growth cycle. Each hair is at a different point in the growth cycle (this is natural, it ensures that you don't lose all of your hair at the same time). The entire hair growth cycle for each hair follicle can last for over a year, thus treatments on just one part of your body can span for that long or even longer.

4. You can't tweeze between appointments. Tweezing stimulates more hair growth, and taking away a new hair when you see it prevents the electrologist from being able to permanently remove the hair. This was terrible for me when I first started, because I hated the black, coarser hairs that were starting to grow back. I just had to deal with them for the two weeks until my next appointment. I could use scissors and cut them to make them smaller, but in my head that just made them sharper. On the plus side of this, after about three appointments this gets less and less noticeable.

The Good

Hopefully, the negatives didn't make you so afraid of this treatment that you decided not to read the positives. In my opinion, the benefits so outweigh the negatives that I have continued to go to my electrologist for treatments.

1. It is Permanent!!! This is the biggest benefit. After a year or two of treatment, I will never ever have to go back. After every hair follicle is purged, I will no longer be subjected to the bi-weekly torture. I know that 2 years is a long time, but the rest of my life is much longer.

2. They make a gel that eases the pain. The gel is pretty expensive, about 50 bucks for the little tube. It is the same gel that people use when they get a tattoo. The gel helps, but not always. With the gel, you don't even feel the heat surge on some of the hairs, but on some it feels as though you have no gel on at all. It is a toss-up with the gel, but it really does help.

3. It is relatively inexpensive. One half hour appointment only costs me about 40 bucks. This is only a little more than a waxing appointment would cost, and waxing isn't permanent. If you are on a budget, you can do 15 minute appointments instead for less money.

4. Did I is permanent???

Is Electrolysis Right For You?

This is a decision that only you can make. You must do a lot of research into hair removal methods and determine how important permanent hair removal is to you. If you are self conscious about your facial hair, like I was, maybe it is a good choice. If you are satisfied with alternative methods, than maybe it isn't. Hopefully, the information provided will assist you in making that decision.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)