Have you ever wondered how to get rid of your facial hair for good? Maybe you've tried other treatments like creams or laser hair removal before, but then found that their effects weren't permanent? Electrolysis is the only hair removal treatment recognized as permanent since it consists in destroying the hair follicle with short-wave radio frequencies. However, it is still possible to see hair grow back after a few years. If despite everything this method interests you, seek and consult different electrologists and do not forget to protect your skin before and after the treatment.
Part 1 of 3: Choosing an electrologist
Step 1. Search the Internet for electrologists in your area
The electrologist is the only person sufficiently qualified to perform electrolysis. Search the Internet for the electrologists closest to you and list the ones you think are the most qualified. The ideal would be to start with at least 3 or 4 people.
- Look for electrologists with at least 5 years of experience in the field, who have positive reviews on their professional page and social media, but who also have a professional looking website.
- Most cosmetic surgeons or dermatologists offer electrolysis operations in their office and you can start your research there.
- Find out from your friends or relatives.
- To get a better idea of an electrologist's skills, rely on online reviews.
Step 2. Check the qualifications of the specialists on your list
To be able to practice, electrologists must have an approval or a certification issued by the competent authorities. This measure is valid in many countries and the certificate must be clearly visible in the office of the professional you are visiting. If no certificate is required to practice in your country, make sure the specialist has a certificate from an accredited electrology school.
- Even if he has a certificate, make sure that he is also part of a professional organization such as the Friendly Association of French Doctors Electrologists and Radiologists. This is a sign that he is actively contributing to the advancement of the profession.
- Avoid those who have no certification and do not meet any of these conditions.
Step 3. Take your time
Before making a decision, do not hesitate to come back to the specialist several times. Write down any questions you want to ask him and make sure he gives you satisfactory answers. Ask if he uses electrolysis needles, as they are the only type of needles allowed for this kind of procedure.
- Among the questions you can ask him, we can cite the duration of each session, the number of electrolyses he considers necessary or the cost of each procedure. You can also inquire about the course of the operation and the number of years of practice of the clinic.
- Make sure he has an idea of what you want to achieve. Show her the location of the hair you want to remove on your face, as this may affect the end result.
Step 4. Learn about sanitary procedures
Electrolysis leaves the skin exposed to infections, hence the importance of learning about the measures taken by the clinic to protect its patients. Does the electrologist wear gloves? Does he take strict sterilization measures like using disinfectant to clean all equipment or using a new needle for each patient?
Once at the specialist, take a look around you. Do the practice and exam rooms look clean to you? Do technicians and staff seem to respect sanitary measures? Does the electrologist wash their hands before examining your skin? Most importantly, are you comfortable? If the answer is no, continue your research
Part 2 of 3: preparing for electrolysis
Step 1. Prepare to undergo several electrolyses
Depending on the number of follicles to be treated, an electrolysis session can last from a few minutes to an hour, but to achieve the desired results, 10 to 12 treatments spread over several months will often be necessary. To give your skin time to recover, you will need to wait 1 to 2 weeks between each session.
Step 2. Avoid shaving or waxing
3 days before electrolysis, avoid shaving or waxing your face. For the treatment to be effective, the electrologist must be able to grip each hair with tweezers. This will not be possible if you shave or pluck your face.
Step 3. Drink 8 glasses of water the day before the operation
Electrolysis will be less effective if your skin is dehydrated, hence the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water the day before the operation. Stay hydrated to help your skin heal faster and to stay hydrated after treatment.
On the day of electrolysis, avoid caffeinated drinks, as they increase the sensitivity of the skin
Step 4. Wash your face with a mild cleanser
During the healing phase following electrolysis, your skin will be vulnerable to infections. Before the operation, wash your face properly with a gentle cleanser and a light moisturizer.
Before electrolysis, avoid aggressive treatments, such as chemical peels, wax, or other facial treatments that make the skin more sensitive. Electrolysis might make you uncomfortable, which is why it is advisable to avoid them at least a week before you are treated. There will be between 1 and 2 weeks of waiting between each session and you will have to wait until the end of the complete treatment to resume your facials
Step 5. Take a deep breath and listen to some music
Take deep breaths and focus on the results you want to achieve to stay calm during the procedure. You can also bring your own headphones and listen to your favorite songs.
During the procedure, the electrologist inserts a very fine needle into the hair root and then plucks the hair with tweezers. It takes him about 15 seconds per hair follicle. If you don't want to be in pain, he will ask you to apply topical numbing cream to your face, but you can also take pain reliever before your appointment
Part 3 of 3: Caring for your skin after treatment
Step 1. Moisturize your skin
After electrolysis, take care of your skin as if it had been lightly burned. To hydrate it well, use a light lotion. It will help you heal faster, prevent scab formation, and relieve discomfort.
Step 2. Avoid touching or scratching your skin
Within hours of treatment, your hair follicles are left uncovered, which means touching or scratching your face can expose it to bacteria that cause rashes or infection. Avoid touching your face for 1 or 2 days after electrolysis or wash your hands before doing so.
If scabs appear on your face, let them go on their own. Otherwise, you risk causing scarring
Step 3. Avoid makeup
During the 2 days following electrolysis, avoid wearing makeup. If anything enters the hair follicle while it heals, it could become irritated and infected. You can wear sheer powder, but avoid all other forms of makeup to help your skin heal.
Step 4. Wear a hat and sun protection
If you have to go out in the sun after electrolysis, consider protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to the sun can cause a form of discoloration called hyperpigmentation, so if you go outside, consider applying sun protection with an SPF of at least 15. This measurement will be especially important during the 2 days following the treatment. surgery.
Step 5. Avoid strenuous exercises
Sweating after electrolysis can irritate the skin and clog pores, leading to infection. During the 2 days following your electrolysis, avoid any strenuous activity to obtain the best possible results.