To be hairless or not to be hairless is a question with an ever-changing answer. Styles may dictate heavy brows at one time and thin brows at another. People have been removing body hair to keep up with times since civilization began. The practive has evolved over the years, yielding, at last, today's modern electrology.
Ancient Egyptians were hairless from head to toe. They used razors, pumice, quick lime and arsenic to remove hair. English ladies concocted potions f ivy, gum, Emmet's eggs, leeches and frog blood to remove superfluous hair. These rudimentary forms of hair removal preceded today's more sophisticated shaving, depilatories, waxing, tweezing and bleaching. But all these methods had one thing in common they were all "temporary." Much of the hair removed came back!
Then in 1875 Dr. Charles Michel, an ophthalmologist, removed an ingrown eyelash from a patient my inserting into the follicle a fine wire which was attached to a battery. This method was PERMANENTLY successful in eliminating the hair, and since that day, millions of men and women, plagued by unwanted hair, have been helped. Electrolysis had been born.
The hair follicle is a specialized indentation of the skin's epidermis containing the various follicular sheaths and the hair. The DERMAL, PAPILLA, which is the electrologist's target, is part of the follicular connective issue sheath. It is rich in blood and nerves and feeds the growing hair. If the papilla is destroyed, the hair will die due to an absence of nourishment.
During electrolysis, a fie, sterilized probe, about the same diameter as the air, is gently inserted into the follicle alongside the hair shaft down to the dermal papilla. Then low-level electrical current is released that will destroy the papilla and loosen the hair in the follicle so that it may be removed.
Many hairs will be eliminated with only one treatment, but some will need two or more treatments to achieve PERMANENCY. Electrolysis is a series of tratments over a varied period of time which depends n the amount and coarseness of existing hair. But once the dermal papilla has been eliminated, there is no way a hair can be regenerated from the follicle.
The American Medical Association has recgnized nly three methods of permanent hair removal: Thermolysis, Galvanie Electrolysis and the Blend.
Thermolysis is a method that uses a high frequency current to produce heat in the area influenced by the current. This heat cauterizes and destroys the fermal papilla. When it is eliminated, the hair cannot live.
Galvanic Electrolysis is a chemical method that utilizes a direct current to convert normal body salt and water in the hair follicle into a compound capable of destroying the dermal papilla.
The Blend is a combination of both currents together at the same probe. Thermolysis enhances the action of the galvanic method to produce a faster process.
As your electrologist, I will choose the best and most effective method for you based on your hair type, skin characteristics and sensitivity. My choice will assure you of maximum comfort and permanency for your hair problem.
Five major factors contribute to the growth of excess hair:
We are all inheritors and have a tendency toward being just what our ancestors were in our physical make-up. If your grandmother had a superfluous hair problem, your chances of having a similar problem with unwanted hair are better than average.
Your nationality may also contribute to an excess hair problem. Those people of Mediterranean descent tend to be more hairy. The French, Italians, Greeks, Spanish and Portuguese are included in this category; although, a percentage of all ethnic groups will have the problem.
Glandular disturbances or systemic changes are primarily tied to the endocrine system which controls our normal growth and development. Many endcrie glands manufacture hormones directly related to hair growth. If there is an imbalance in production of these hormones, excessive hair growth can occur. At this time a woman can often be helped by the "two-pronged" approach where an electrologist and an endocrinologist (a medical specialist who treats disorders of the enfocrine glands) work together to eliminate the problem. Electrolysis treatments along with medication can end hirsutism in even the most challenging cases.
Some normal systemic changes can also contribute to unwanted hair growth. Puberty causes changes not only in the body, but in hair growth patterns as well. It is especially common for hair on the upper lip to become darker and thicker than usual at this time. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect hair growh, and menopause, which marks the end of a woman's reproductive ccle, acan be accompanied by the appearance of new facial and body hair.
Medication are another likely factor in the problem of unwanted hair since a high percentage of all medications are hair stimulation. Some of the common culprits are cortisone and high blood pressure medications.
Topical influences also play a role in increased hair growth. These are ecternal influences on the body that cause an increase of the blood supply to the skin resulting in excess hair growth. The abcasve actions of casts on the body is an observable example of this phenomenon. Also included in this category are scratching, e-rays, sunburn and scars from injuries.
Last but not least are stress related excessive hair problems. Stress (emotional and physical) can stimulate the adrenal glands to trigger a hormonal reaction that can cause fine, soft body hair to grow in as coarse, more noticeable, terminal hair. n example of this would be the hair growth caused by eating disorders. In addition, it has also been proven that emotional disturbances can cause menstrual irregularities which, in turn, can affect hair growth. This is an excellent example of the inter-relationship between environmental influences and body functioning.
In summary, the important thing to remember is that regardless of the cause of your particular hair problem, electrolysis can remove ay unwanted hair PERMANENTLY and SAFELY.
Women: Every woman wants to feel good about herself. Eliminating unwanted hair makes her feel more self-assured and confident. Today, hair removal can be done on the hairline, eyebrows, ears, top of the nose, cheeks, sideburns area, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, shoulders, back, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, legs, bikini line, hands, feet, toes and fingers. We do not treat the inside of the ear canal or the inside of the nose. Hairy moles can be treated with the written permission of a doctor. It is perfectly safe to treat pregnant women, but the breast and abdomen areas should not be treated after the sixth month of pregnancy due to tenderness in these areas.
Men: With today's emphasis on healthful living, the twentieth century man enjoys being well-groomed and looking attractive, too. Many men seek the services of an electrologist for permanent hair removal. Areas of concern for men would include: hairlines, eyebrows, beard lines, shoulders, back, neck, chest, ears and nose. Ingrown hairs are also a serious problem for many men and cause them constant irritation. Electrolysis can help in this area also.