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MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The electrology patient will ask many questions about the anticipated procedure. The electrologist will show professional confidence and expertise by answering each one.
Does Electrology Always Work? This question is usually asked when patients see hair appearing in the treated area. Hair that appears in the area is not necessarily hair growing from a treated follicle. Most, in fact, will grow from untreated follicles. If the hair appears in six weeks or less, you can be sure that it is from a follicle that was previously dormant. Seven to eight weeks would be required for a hair to grow from the treated follicle.
Can Electrology Be Harmful or Cause Scarring? Under normal conditions, there are no harmful effects from electrology treatment. Most undesirable aftereffects are caused by the patient. Scratching, picking, or using heavy makeup, and of course general uncleanliness, can cause problems. Caution should be taken with diabetics and patients prone to keloids. To avoid harming the patient, the electrologist should not treat areas inside the nose or ears, or wherever there are skin irritations, until the patient has been examined by a physician.
Can Hair Be Removed From a Mole? The electrologist should check insurance coverage and state regulations before treating a mole. A physician's permission should also be obtained to protect the health of the patient. These precautions are presently necessary because treating moles is still controversial. There is no recorded damage due to treatment of a mole, and many insurance companies now cover this treatment. In fact after treating moles in 90% of the cases the mole color disappears in 2 to 4 months, leaving the skin in perfect condition.
How Long Does Each Treatment Last? The average treatment ranges from 15 minutes to one hour. The amount of time per treatment depends upon the reaction of the skin to treatment, and the patient's sensitivity. Timing also depends on what part of the body is being treated. The first treatment should last no more than 15 minutes. Use this treatment as a test. If all goes well, a patient may eventually receive three hours of body treatment at one time. Facial treatments will always vary greatly depending upon the area; from 15 minutes to one hour.
How Much Hair Can Be Removed in One Treatment? The amount of hair that can be removed in one treatment depends upon the sensitivity of the patient, the skin, and the proficiency of the electrologist.
Can I Get an Infection From the Treatment? Infection can result from electrology treatment, although it is rare. Infections are most commonly caused by the patient after treatment, and are usually of a minor cosmetic nature. This type of infection will clear within 3 to 8 weeks. It is crucial that the electrologist use sterilization and sanitation procedures to decrease the possibility of infection.
Why Does Hair Regrow? There are many reasons for hair regrowth. Sometimes an insertion is not accurate and misses the dermal papilla, resulting in regrowth. If the insertion is accurate, but only destroys the dermal papilla and not the lower two-thirds of the hair follicle where the germinative cells are located, hair will regrow. A hair treated in the telogen, or resting stage, will probably not be affected by electrology treatment. Most important: if you feel the hair coming out after treatment, nothing is being accomplished, only tweezing. Find a new electrologist.
Will Hyperpigmentation Always Occur After Treatment? Not always. Hyperpigmentation (HEYE per PIG men TAY shun) or freckling of the treated area, is possible, especially if the hair is dark, deep, terminal hair. Most cases of hyperpigmentation clear within a few months, but in some cases it can last for as long as 24 months.
Will Electrology Treatment Stimulate New Hair Growth? Some experts feel that the stimulation can cause a few surrounding follicles to grow hair. This has not been scientifically proven.
Is One Electrology Method Most Effective? There are three acceptable modalities for permanent hair removal at the present time. The efficiency of the method depends totally on the practitioner, not the equipment. Gior prefers short wave thermolysis – most cost effective for the patient. See Standards.
What Is the Black Material that Appears on the Skin After Treatment? It can be identified as the remnants of a club hair. This occurs when a hair is treated in the later stages of telogen with an early anagen hair already growing beneath it. If both hairs are successfully treated, the anagen hair will appear at the skin surface days later. There is also the possibility of hair breakage during removal. This will leave the thick root portion in the follicle. It will appear on the surface a few days to a week after treatment.
What Is the White Tissue that Appears Soon After Treatment? The white tissue is the sheath, or the covering around the hair itself. As the hair is removed from the follicle, the sheath will occasionally peel off.
Does Temporary Hair Removal Affect Hair Growth? Stimulation of the dermal papilla can cause hair to grow wider in diameter, and at times can rarely distort the hair follicle. Only tweezing or waxing can cause enough trauma to stimulate the dermal papilla. Cutting, shaving, and depilatories do not reach the dermal papilla and do not affect growth. A patient under treatment should not tweeze between sessions, but may cut any visible hairs until their next appointment. Patients who have distorted hairs due to temporary removal methods should be advised to pace appointments closely so that you can treat hairs in their early anagen phase. At that point the hair is straight and the papilla is closer to the surface of the skin, making electrology more effective.
Why Does the Skin Scab After Treatment? Electrology causes microscopic hemorrhaging, so it is normal for scabs to form after treatment, especially on the lower areas of the body. The patient must be advised not to pick scabs or they will leave small pits.
What Causes Ingrown Hairs? Ingrown hairs grow through the side of the follicle and lie just beneath the skin's surface. Ingrown hairs are usually caused by tweezing or waxing, when the hair breaks at the weakest point just below the surface of the skin. This can distort the hair, especially if it is pulled against its direction of growth. The hair will then grow under the surface of the skin rather than up and out of the hair follicle. A pimple like inflammation results that is uncomfortable to the patient, especially when it occurs on the inner thigh, the neck, or the underarm. Men with heavy beards can have this problem. When they shave close, the hair pulls back into the hair follicle, and sometimes its direction of growth is altered, causing ingrown hairs. Patients who are prone to ingrown hairs should stop tweezing or waxing and receive electrology treatments immediately.
Does Electrology Treatment Hurt? The sensation is less than in tweezing. Most patients are surprised as they expect to feel much more. Some patients even relax enough to fall asleep. Today one may apply a topical anesthetic to eliminate most of the sensation.
Can the Breast Be Treated During Pregnancy? Medical authorities feel there is no problem. It is best to leave this decision to the patient, however, as some women are more sensitive during pregnancy. We have treated hundreds of pregnant women with no bad side effects.
Can a Local Anesthesia Be Given? Yes, but only by a qualified dentist or physician. Many patients may want this, particularly for the upper lip or inner thigh. The electrologist must be extremely careful not to overtreat these areas.
Will the Pore Be Larger After Treatment? The size of the pore is due to the size of the hair treated. The electrologist must make the patient aware of this before treatment, as pores are more evident once the hair is removed.
Can Children Be Treated? Unless prohibited by state regulations, children may be treated. It is, of course, wise to have the permission of the parents of children under legal age. You may occasionally be asked to treat a child against his or her wishes. If at all possible, avoid the treatment. We have treated 6 year olds very successfully many times.



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