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A&A uses computerized epilator machines that consist of thermolysis and blend methods. We also use Ballet® sterile, disposable, gold electrolysis needles-the best probes on the market. When treatments are administered by an expert electrologist, equipment is maintained properly, and sterile disposable, gold probes are used, there are usually no permanent adverse effects. There may be a slight swelling or reddening of the skin up to 30 minutes after treatment. Rarely, hyperpigmentation, scarring or infection may occur.

Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal for men and women, approved by the
Food & Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. Here are the three methods of performing electrolysis.

Thermolysis (Short Wave):
Passes high frequency current down the needle producing heat which destroys the hair root. This process takes only seconds per hair. This is the most common method used in Massachusetts.

Blend:
Combines galvanic and thermolysis to permanently remove hair. The heat produced by thermolysis makes the procedure more effective than galvanic electrolysis alone.

Galvanic:
Uses single or multiple needles, and can take up to a minute or more for each hair.

 
1. Is electrolysis permanent and how does it work?
2. What areas can be treated?
3. What kind of probes (needles) are used?
4. Does the treatment hurt?
5. How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?
6. How many treatments are needed?
7. What causes hair growth?
8. Is electrolysis safe, effective and approved?
9. What do I do about the hair between treatments?
10. What methods do you use to remove the hair?
11. What should I do for skin care after the treatments?
   
 
1. Is electrolysis permanent and how does it work?
Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal. It was first developed in
the United States in 1875 and later modified in France. A professional and skilled electrologist inserts a fine probe alongside the hair in the follicle. Then a small amount
of electrical current or heat is applied to destroy the hair papilla (root) so each hair can then be easily removed. Since hair grows in stages, additional growth may reappear, but subsequent follow-up visits and following a regime will result in permanency. Because electrolysis removes hair permanently, you will be saving hours and expense spent over a lifetime using temporary methods such as: Shaving, Waxing, Bleaching Creams, Depilatories. Because we offer laser hair removal as another hair removal choice, you will be given options other than electrolysis. Many of our clients choose to have both services which speeds their goal of hair removal.

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2. What areas can be treated?
Women: face, chest, breasts, abdomen, arms, fingers, legs, feet, and bikini
(NOTE: breast of pregnant women cannot be treated.)

Men: face, ears, chest, back and shoulders
(Additional NOTE: moles can be treated with a physician's note)

Additional body areas can be treated but are not mentioned here. Please ask your A & A  representative.

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3. What kind of probes (needles) are used?
All new sterilized disposable gold probes for each and every treatment.

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4. Does the treatment hurt?
Discomfort during electrolysis is relative to each individual patient an the areas being treated. Some find treatments on the upper lip and inner thigh slightly uncomfortable while other patients say they feel nothing more than a slight tingling or heat sensation. There is less discomfort on the legs, forearms, chest and breast areas.

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5. How long does electrolysis take to achieve permanency?
An electrolysis treatment program must be tailored to meet each individual patient's needs. Certain factors determine the number and length of treatments. They are: Number of hairs in the area, Sensitivity of the skin, Area to be treated, Previous methods of hair removal--tweezing, waxing or depilatories. We start with the first visit of 1/2 hour which consists of a 15-minute consultation followed by 15-minutes of electrolysis working time. The closer you adhere to your treatment schedule, the more effective your treatment program will be in helping you free yourself of superfluous (unwanted) hair forever.

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6. How many treatments are needed?
Treatments will be more frequent in the beginning and less frequent later on. Eventually the hair ceases. For example: work on the chin, sides of face, eyebrows and upper lip areas require one or two visits per week in 15 to 30 minute sessions. This regime is continued for approximately two months to avoid the temptation of plucking or waxing.

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7. What causes hair growth?  
 
- Stress                                                                                                                                        - Heredity is the key culprit
- Reactions to certain medications
- Glandular or hormonal imbalances
- Pregnancy                                                                                                                                 - Normal hormonal changes at different stages of your life
- Excessive waxing, tweezing and all temporary methods of hair removal

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8. Is electrolysis safe, effective and approved?
Probe (needle) type electrolysis is the only safe method of permanent hair removal that is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other methods such as laser hair removal are considered permanent hair reduction.

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9. What do I do about the hair between treatments?
Do not pluck or wax! Just trim the hair with a pair of scissors or if that's not possible nip the hair with a shaver. Some women bleach the upper lip and sides of their face. Bleaching is fine as long as you bleach the hair a week before the appointment. Keep in mind, the bleach could cut some hairs before the appointment and not all the hairs will be raised up enough above the skin's surface on that appointment.

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10. What methods do you use to remove the hair?
The thermolyis method is the latest method of electrolysis commonly used in Massachusetts. We use state-of-the-art computer epilator system designed to be very accurate to your hair removal.

The blend method is effective, but a very slow method, very rarely used in Massachusetts. It is more common in Canada, Washington, D.C., and California, but not limited to other states.

The galvanic method is the first method developed, which is very rarely used in New England.

All three modalities are safe, effective, and permanent.

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11. What should I do for skin care after the treatment?
It is normal to have some swelling or redness in the treated area, for a few minutes to one hour or so. Some individuals may take slightly longer. An ice pack or cold compress can reduce side effects. Mix salt and warm water in a paste form in a small four-ounce cup. Apply to the treated area for a few minutes and rinse well. Use salt and warm water treatments twice a day for two days following a treatment. Occasionally scabs my appear two to four days after treatment. Your electrologist will recommend the application of an antibiotic cream or medicated cosmetic lotion to enhance the healing process. Less cosmetics is better for 24 hours after your treatment. Be careful with sun exposure is always recommended to avoid UVB/UVA rays. The strongest sun is between 10am and 3pm. Apply sun block SPF-15 every two to three hours for maximum results. Maintenance will only lead to radiant, youthful skin!

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