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What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a way of removing hairs from the face or body.
How is electrolysis done?
Electrologists remove hair by inserting a sterilized needle into a hair follicle. An electrical current is then sent through the needle, damaging or destroying the root of the hair so it can’t grow back.
Share your concerns and ask questions.
Choose another salon or spa if your treatment provider canít ó or wonít ó answer your questions.
What are the health risks?
Since electrolysis equipment can become contaminated with bacteria, fungi and blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, it is important that proper procedures be followed.
How can I protect myself?*
Lower your chance of infection by checking and asking about:
The shop/spa and staff
- The shop should be well-lit, clean and tidy.
- Staff should clean headrests before and after each treatment.
- All of the electrologists should be trained professionals.
- Ask your electrologist about his or her experience and background.
Talk to your electrologist about sterilization and disinfection.
Make sure you’re being protected from possible infections.
The equipment and procedure
Needles and sterilization
- Your electrologist should NEVER save your used needles for your future electrolysis treatments. Using sterile needles for each treatment session reduces your chances of infection.
- The electrical current passing through the needle is NOT hot enough to sterilize the needle.
- Your electrologist should use either a sterile needle or sterile instrument to release ingrown hairs or leave them alone.
To protect you from infection, your electrologist should also:
- Wash his or her hands with soap and water and wear gloves.
- Clean your skin with soap and water and apply an antiseptic, like alcohol.
- Put on new gloves after touching any other equipment like the light switch or phone.
- Remove a single-use needle from a sterilized sealed package before starting your treatment.
- Tell you and give you written instructions on how to care for the treated area while it’s healing.
What can I expect after my electrolysis treatment?**
Caring for the treated area
- Protect yourself from infection by following your electrologistís instructions and caring for your treated area properly.
Electrolysis-treated areas heal very quickly. Your electrologist will tell you what to expect and how long it will take for any redness or swelling to disappear.
When to call your doctor
See your doctor if the treated area or skin around the treated area becomes red, very swollen, or very tender. These might be signs that your treated area has become infected.