Electrolysis is the only truly permanent method of hair removal. A tiny needle is inserted into each hair follicle and zaps the hair down to the root with a short impulse of energy. Then each hair is tweezed out individually. Though hair can be removed with the first treatment if performed correctly, it’s difficult to accomplish. Even if the procedure is performed with exactitude, there are other factors involved. If you’ve waxed or tweezed recently, the hair follicle tends to be distorted and the current can’t get directly to the root. Due to the varying rate of hair growth, those in the resting phase can’t be treated and new hairs sometimes grow within the same week of treatment. A series of treatments is almost always required to treat one area, but once they’re zapped, they’re gone for good.
Keep in mind that every seven years or so the body undergoes changes that can affect hair growth. (Having a baby, developing a serious illness or being treated with certain medications can also make new hairs appear after being treated with electrolysis.)
A well-trained, qualified electrologist can reduce or increase the electric current, depending on your skin type, your pain threshold, and whether or not your skin scabs or discolors easily. Though there are many home electrolysis kits, this procedure should be performed by a professional. To find a certified electrologist, consult your dermatologist or ask the American Electrology Association for a board-certified electrologist in your area.