Frequently Asked Questions
About Electrolysis


Is electrology the only method of permanent hair removal?

Yes, For over a century only Electrology has been a scientifically proven method for permanent hair removal.

Its permanency has been well recognized by knowledgeable physicians and is testified to by hundreds of
published scientific articles in medical literature.

How does electrolysis work?

A trained electrologist inserts a small metal probe into the hair follicle alongside the hair. A small amount of electrical current is then delivered to the probe by a sensitive electronic device called an epilator. Depending on the technique used the electric current destroys the hair root by heat or chemical action and in some methods both at the same time.

Are there other methods of hair removal as effective as electrolysis?

No. There is absolutely no reputable scientific evidence that shows any other method of hair removal being as safe, effective, and permanent as electrolysis.

Why should I choose electrolysis to solve my unwanted hair problem?

Time is one factor for choosing electrolysis in today’s fast-paced world. Dealing with unwanted hair in a
temporary way is tedious, costly and never-ending. Permanent hair removal frees you from this daily routine.
Electrolysis also improves your physical appearance and self-image, lessens anxiety caused by the unwanted hair and helps you feel more attractive. It is a choice that will enhance your own natural beauty and self-confidence.
Lastly, electrolysis has been proven safe and effective over many years of use and is recognized by physicians and the American Medical Association. You can be confident that permanent hair removal will change your life in a positive and lasting way.

Is electrolysis uncomfortable?

Whether there is any discomfort during electrolysis depends on a patient’s tolerance, epilator settings, modality used, as well as other factors. During most treatments a definite sensation should be noticed. It has been described as a "slight heat”, "tingling", or "stinging" sensation. There is no such thing as painless electrolysis. It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because of the network nerve endings that surround each hair follicle. The sensation that is felt is assurance that destructive activity is taking place. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made that may help to make the treatment more comfortable.

Is electrolysis safe?

Electrolysis has been performed for over 125 years and has proven to be an extremely safe procedure. There has never been a reported case of disease transmission in electrolysis. Only sterile tweezers and sterile new disposable needles are used for each treatment.

Are there any situations when electrolysis should not be performed?

Yes. Your electrologist should do a consultation with you and ask relevant medical questions to determine if you are a suitable candidate. There are a few situations that require a doctor's permission before commencing your treatment.



What areas of the body can be treated?

Hair can be removed from almost any part of the body. Some common areas for women are the hairline, eyebrow, top of the nose, cheek, sidebum area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulder, back, chest, breast, abdomen, arm, underarm, leg, and bikini line. Hairy moles may be treated with written permission from a physician. Men often have hair removed from the hairline, beard line, shoulder, back, neck, chest, ear, and nose.

Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment or is re-growth to be expected?

Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs, as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase, will also be treated and may be visible the same time as finer re-growth hairs.

What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?

All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as re-growth from previously treated follicles.

Are there any side effects caused by electrolysis?

Electrolysis, like many minor procedures in medicine, does have a short healing time. Because electrolysis destroys the dermal papilla of a hair (hair root), it is normal to see some slight redness, welting and/or mild swelling associated with the electrolysis treatment. In most individuals, this will disappear in half an hour to several hours. In some circumstances, electrolysis causes tiny scabs to form over the treated follicle. These dots are perfectly normal parts of the healing process and will not leave any permanent damage, providing you do not pick at them, scratch them, or otherwise infect them. An occasional bruise, localized swelling, tenderness, and in some darker skinned individuals, some hyper pigmentation (excess pigmentation) may occur. Your electrologist will recommend the proper after care during the healing phase. Many clients report that their skin actually improves after they’ve had electrolysis treatments.

How much does it cost?

Electrolysis is usually billed by the hour, starting with 15 minutes up to 1 hour per sessions. Here is the cost per
session (tax not included).

15 minutes = $26        30 minutes = $41        45 minutes = $62        1 hour = $82

How long does it take to permanently clear an area?

The total treatment can vary greatly from one individual to another. It is dependent on a number of factors that include: the size of the area being treated, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, hair growth cycles, the density and texture of the hair, the existence of curved or distorted hair follicles, heredity, normal physiologic changes, hormone function, certain medications, medical history, the client’s age, tolerance level, and stress all can influence the treatment program. Some improvement should be observed within several months after initiating treatment, provided the client adheres to the recommended schedule. It is important to realize that time, commitment, and patience are needed in order to overcome a hair growth problem.

Electrolysis is permanent hair removal that requires time.


Trinity Electrolysis

Gail Soenke, R.E.
 3500 Trinity Drive, Suite A2
Los Alamos, NM 87544