How many appointments do I need before it is permanent?
There is no definite amount of appointments needed to have the hair in the desired area permanently removed. There are many factors that contribute to hair growth such as medications, hormones, stress, and previous methods of hair removal.
The hair has three different stages known as anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen is the active stage of growth where most of the hair germ cells are present, and it is the best stage to have the hair in to destroy the root. In catagen, the root begins to dry out and move upward in the follicle. The final stage is telogen, the root becomes a white dried up bulb and is in a dormant stage where it remains until it falls out. So you see the importance of catching the hair in the correct stage of growth. Also, with any type of hair removal where the hair pulled out by the root, it can distort the hair follicle. It does take some time to correct the distorted hair follicles.
What causes abnormal hair growth?
Many women begin to question themselves as to where that one coarse hair came from. The hormonally stimulated hair comes from surges in hormones around getting your period, going through menopause, pregnancy, a hormonal imbalance, and some medications. Many of us tend to think that if we tweeze or wax the hair it will eventually give up growing and go away. Which sounds pretty logical, but that is not the case. When pulling the hair by the root, it causes more blood circulation to the follicle because your body believes it is injured. Therefore it needs to make the next hair stronger and coarser so it is unable to be injured the next time you try to remove it.
Laser vs. Electrolysis
I am definitely not against laser, I myself have never had it. I have heard stories of people that have received outstanding results, and then other that ended up with more hair than what they started with. The problem with laser is that it is neither permanent nor consistent and it is unable to "see" blond hair. With electrolysis, I am the one looking at the hair, not the machine. If I can see it, I can remove it. For some people though, the light of the laser tends to stimulate hair growth in hormonal areas. My suggestion for clients thinking about getting laser on their faces would definitely be to see an electrologist first. You don't know what the outcome might be, be careful, you don't want to make a bad situation worse. The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is light skin and dark hair. Electrolysis is approved by the FDA to remove all types of hair, regardless of hair and skin contrast.
How painful is electrolysis?
The last and final question I receive from people is how painful is the treatment going to be? You must remember I am destroying tissue, so yes, you will feel it. If you really do not want the hair, you will make the best possible effort to remove it, even if it is painful. In the end, you will end up saving money on waxing, shaving, and/or depilatory products. If you would like to make your treatments more comfortable, you are more than welcome to take pain killers, and/or apply a topical anesthetic. Those two combined will make the treatment much more tolerable. I do not apply, nor do I sell topical anesthetics. If you are interested, please consult with your doctor regarding a prescription or you may buy an over the counter product and apply the product before your appointment.