Permanent Hair Removal
The term permanent hair removal can only be used for treatments which have lasting and permanent results. The main option for removing hair permanently is electrolysis. So far this is the only treatment which allowed to be called “permanent”.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Permanent Hair Removal Process
- Best Candidates for Permanent Hair Removal
- Permanent Hair Removal Complications
Permanent Hair Removal Process
The treatment is carried out by a licensed practitioner who uses a tiny needle with an electrical current to kill the hair growing cells of each follicle. The doctor slides the needle down into each follicle, damaging the cells and enabling the hair to release and slide out. Since the cells are destroyed, the hair won’t grow back in that follicle again. Any hairs that do not slide straight out are removed with tweezers.
The permanent hair removal process can be uncomfortable and even painful. However, there are topical anaesthetic creams available which can alleviate the discomfort. Each session can be as short as 5 minutes up to two hours long, depending on the area and the type of hair being removed.
Best Candidates for Permanent Hair Removal
Permanent hair removal can be carried out on any type of skin. Unlike lasers, the techniques are not restricted to pale or dark skin. Also, the procedure can be performed on any part of the body (except inside orifices such as the nostrils and inside the ears).
You cannot receive treatment if you have a pacemaker. If you have diabetes, you should ask your doctor before booking an appointment for permanent hair removal. The treatment is safe for pregnant women provided that only thermolysis is used. Otherwise, if you can tolerate receiving frequent treatments for short or even prolonged periods and going back for more, then you’re a good candidate. You may need to go back more than 20 times and this can be quite frustrating for some.
Permanent Hair Removal Complications
The treatment is relatively safe. After permanent hair removal your skin may feel dry and swollen and may also be red. These side effects should only last a few days. The needle can cause tiny scars. Generally these are barely noticeable and heal with time. Using an unskilled doctor carries a risk of permanent scarring. Also, for very dark skin there is a risk of hyperpigmentation and keloids.
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