Frequently Asked Questions about Electrolysis

Q: Is electrolysis safe?

A: Electrolysis is a safe precedure and has been performed for over 100 years. We use universal safety precautions such as: hand washing before & after each treatement and use of disposable filament. 

Q: Is electrolysis painful? 

A : Pain tolerance varies person to person and discomfort level also depends on the area being treated. Some sensation is expected and your electrologist will work with you to achieve the ideal level that is most comfortable and yet still achieve great results.

Q: Why should electrolysis be the preferred method of hair removal?

A: There are many reasons to choose electrolysis over other temporary methods such as: shaving, waxing, tweezing and threading. The primary reason which stands above all the others is the fact that it is permanent. Waxing, threading and tweezing are alike, they may cause ingrown hairs and discoloration to your skin. Plus, they may cause an increase in hair growth activity. Depilatories and shaving can cause an irritation to the skin and the hair regrows quickly. These methods can require a lifetime of maintenance. Many can appear inexpensive but cost more due to long term use. Clients also state these to be inconvenient.

Q: Who can get electrolysis treatments? 

A: Men, women, and teens can all have electrolysis treatments. Electrolysis works on all skin types, whether light, olive, or dark. Electrolysis also works on all hair types, even on gray and/or light-colored hair. At Dublin Electrolysis, your electrologist will work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal goals and unique skin and hair type.

Q: What areas can be treated?

A: All areas of the face and body that have hair can be treated; except inside the ear canal and nose.  We can only treat the hair inside a mole with permission from your physician.

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: You might notice some redness and or swelling in the treated area after an electrolysis treatment. This is temporary and should subside within an hour. Once in a while, small white heads or scabs may appear. This is the skin's natural reaction to the treatment and should disappear within 24-48 hours. It is important to keep the area clean and not touch it. Unsanitary hands can cause infection. Also scarring may result if  the white heads are popped and or the scabs are removed.

Q: How many treatments are needed?

A: An electrolysis treatment program must be tailored to meet each individual's needs. Many contributing factors determine the length of time needed to clear an area. Factors such as heredity, hormonal imbalance, medical conditions, normal life changes, and previous tempororary methods of hair removal all contibute to the number of treatments necessary. The cyclical nature of hair growth will also effect the duration of treatment. Visits become shorter in duration and spaced further apart.

Q: Why choose electrolysis over laser hair removal?

A: There is no statistical evidence that laser hair removal is permanent. According to the FDA and the AMA, electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal  laser is classified as "Permanent Hair Reduction."

Q: Why choose Dublin Electrolysis?

A: At Dublin Electrolysis, we customize treatment for each client, using state-of-the-art equipment and the highest standards of sterilization and post-treatment care. Rather than an one-size-fits-all approach, we expertly apply Multiplex, Microflash, and Blend methods of electrolysis to best meet your unique hair-removal needs. You will also find flexible scheduling options. Finally, our family-owned, BBB-accredited business offers a welcoming atmosphere and an empathetic, professional approach.

Q: What is the cost of electrolysis treatments at Dublin Electrolysis?

A: Fees for electrolysis treatment are reasonable and comparable to other electrolysis treatments in our area. Please contact us for more information and/or to schedule a free consultation. Temporary methods are actually more costly over time because they are unending. Electrolysis, on the other hand, because it is permanent, is less expensive in the long run. 

Q: How Does Electrolysis Work?

A: The Electrolysis process begins by the insertion of a small probe, the size of a hair, which is guided by the Electrologist, into the follicle and down to the papilla (bottom portion of the hair follicle or bulb).  The papilla contains blood, which is responsible for feeding hair for growth and nerves.  The electrologist will send a small amount of electrical current to destroy the papilla.  The electrologist will gently remove the released hair with a special tweezer.  If there is any resistance in the hair removal process, the probe will be reinserted to deliver more current, until the hair is removed easily.  If a hair is in the telogen phase, and removed, you may feel a "pulling" like sensation. This is due to a hard, dry substance at the root called keratin, exiting through a smaller hair opening.  It is NOT related or due to improper plucking and will not delay the process of electrolysis.

Q: What are the possible causes of increased hair production?

A:  There are a variety of possible causes* for increased hair production, including:
  • Hereditary
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Adrenal Gland Overactivity
  • Topical Influences
  • Stress / Tension
  • Pregnancy
  • Peri-Menopause / Menopause
  • Irregular Menses
  • Steroids
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Testosterone
  • Seizure Medications
  • Puberty
  • Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
  • Hirsutism
  • Chushing's Syndrome
  • Cysts / Tumors of ovary
  • Increased prolactin hormone
*Initial consultation appointment is FREE.
If abnormal signs and symptoms are displayed, client will be advised to see a professional medical doctor.

Q: What are the normal side effects of electrolysis?

A: The normal side effects of electrolysis include:
  • Redness / Swelling may be seen, depending upon the amount of current needed to remove your individual texture of hair and your body reaction. This is temporary and will usually disappear within a short period of time, after your treatment. Applying ice or a cold compress to the treated area will help reduce the swelling faster.     
  • Pinpoint Scabs may be observed occasionally. Pinpoint scabs are a normal part of the healing process. It usually takes 2-3 days for the scabs to develop, depending on your normal healing process. DO NOT pick, scratch exfoliate or remove the scabs, as this may cause scarring. Scabs will fall off naturally.  
  • Bruising may occasionally be noted as a result of a small capillary being punctured by a probe, thus causing a bruise. The normal healing process will absorb the bruise and this is dependent on how quickly your body heals.
Q: What is hair?

A: Hair is an appendage of the skin. Hair covers the entire body except the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Hair is basically dead cells, made of a strong protein called keratin. As new cells form below the surface of the skin, the visible hair is pushed up and out, as a process known as growth and shedding.

Q: How do I prepare for an electrolysis treatment?

A: To prepare for an electrolysis treatment, please do the following:
  • Stop plucking, waxing, or using a depilatory cream on the area which will receive the electrolysis treatment, as these hairs may take several weeks to re-appear, slowing your electrolysis treatment progress.
  • You may continue to bleach the hair.
  • You may continue to shave or cut the hair, but the hair must be seen on the day of treatment.
  • Electrolysis works better when the skin is well hydrated. Drink plenty of water (8 glasses/day) to hydrate your skin. Many common foods contain liquid also, such as soup, fresh fruit and fresh veggies, (about 90% liquid). Fruit juices are fine, but beware of the high sugar content. Avoid salty foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, tea or coffee, as it tends to dehydrate the skin. A bath tends to dehydrate the skin... showers are better.
  • Relax and remain as stress free as possible.
  • Avoid wearing make-up or moisture-replenishing cream on the day of the Electrolysis treatment
Q: What are the electrolysis after care instructions?

A: Electrolysis After Care is important.  After Care will help protect the treatment area from harmful bacteria. The use of Aloe Vera Gel, a mild antiseptic, sea breeze, witch hazel, antibiotic cream (never an oil base) and an anti-bacterial soap (such as Dial) will help enhance the healing process. To increase the healing process, eat a balanced diet and get adequate rest.
  • Do Not scratch, pick, exfoliate electrolysis treated areas.
  • Do Not apply cosmetics to the electrolysis treated area for 24 hours.
  • Do Not use artificial tanning devices or sit in direct sunlight (sunbathe) for at least 48 hours after your electrolysis treatment.
  • Do Not touch the electrolysis treated area. Your hands carry many germs and harmful bacteria, which may induce an infection.
  • Do Not shave or bleach the electrolysis treated area for 24-48 hours.
  • Do Not pluck, wax or use a depilatory once your electrolysis treatments have begun.
  • Do Not use deodorant for 24 hours on an electrolysis treated underarm area.