Electrology is a permanent hair removal method. Small amounts of electricity are applied to the base of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth tissue. Advanced technology makes electrology more comfortable and effective than ever before, and electrologists are trained to create a private, confidential environment.
Electrology can remove hair from almost anywhere on the body. Common treatment areas include the eyebrows, hairline, neck, shoulders, back, chest, upper lip, earlobes, bikini line, underarms, toes and hands.
Three types of Electrology hair removal are:
1) Galvanic Electrology
A DC current passing through the needle causes a chemical reaction in the hair follicle which produces sodium hydroxide, also know as lye, which destroys the hair follicle.
2) Thermolysis Electrology
An AC current passing through the needle causes vibration in the water molecules surrounding the hair follicle which produces heat. (Similar to the principle behind a microwave oven.) The heat damages the hair follicle. This method is much faster but less reliable than galvanic Electrology treatment. Thermolysis is also known as 'short-wave radio frequency diathermy'.
3) Blend Electrology
This method tries to combine the benefits of the galvanic and thermolysis methods by passing an AC and a DC current through the needle at the same time. It is much quicker than the galvanic method.
All of these methods are very effective when done correctly and will permanently destroy the hair follicles. So it is very important to go to an expert only to perform these treatments as an inexperienced person lacks the proper knowledge to be able to do it safely. It can cause severe damage to your skin when done incorrectly and caution needs to be taken.
The treatment can take between 1 and 4 years, with an average treatment length of 2 years. But most people feel that this amount of time is worth the results that you will get.