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How Many Rounds of Electrolysis Do You Need?

Are you tired of continuously shaving or waxing undesirable hair? There are numerous methods for removing hair, each with benefits and drawbacks. If you want something permanent, consider electrolysis.

Unlike other hair removal procedures, electrolysis provides lasting results. Although electrolysis has been around for over a century, many people confuse it with laser removal or are hesitant to try it because they don't know enough about it. You might even be wondering how long does electrolysis take to attain the desired outcome.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Electrolysis is a safe and effective method of permanently eliminating unwanted hair. It can be used on various body parts, including the face, arms, underarms, bikini lines, and legs.

The electrolysis machine applies a tiny electric current to the hair follicles, which destroys the follicle and stops future hair growth. The procedure involves inserting a probe into the hair follicle and administering an electric current. A certified dermatologist or electrologist with professional expertise should carry out this task.

You might also be thinking, "Does electrolysis hurt?" The sensation of electrolysis is experienced differently by each individual. Some people are extremely sensitive and experience intense pain, while others experience no discomfort.

With each new treatment, you learn what to expect and adjust to how you feel. The pain you feel during a single treatment might vary depending on various circumstances (including pain tolerance, time of the month - for women, stress, caffeine and sugar, music, treatment intensity, and many more).

During sessions, your electrologist will usually use a little topical anesthetic to assist you in controlling pain, so it's pretty bearable as well.

How Many Sessions Does It Take for Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Most people need multiple sessions to achieve permanent hair removal. The exact number of sessions varies. However, it usually runs between 8 and 12 sessions. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that outcomes can differ among individuals, and certain individuals might necessitate a greater or lesser number of sessions.

The number of electrolysis sessions required can also vary based on the individual and the treatment location. To target the actively growing hair follicles, sessions may be planned closer together, such as once a week or every two weeks. Sessions may be spaced further apart as the treatment proceeds and hair growth slows.

The average electrolysis treatment lasts 30 minutes. But larger areas, such as your legs, might take up to an hour. Electrolysis for face, on the other hand, can take as little as five minutes for a few hairs on your upper lip or brows!

You'll see a clear difference in regrowth rates before and after electrolysis. Your hair will get considerably less and finer with each electrolysis session, and it will take much longer to grow back. Your hair shouldn't grow back when your treatment is completed!

What Are the Factors That Affect The Number of Electrolysis Sessions?

We've already mentioned a few things to remember when deciding the number of electrolysis sessions. You should check in with your practitioner before your electrolysis hair removal appointment to see if you must follow any special instructions. Other than that, here's what else you might need to think about:

  • Hair thickness and density: Coarser hair may require more sessions than finer hair. In that case, the thicker the hair, the longer it takes to remove it.

  • Hair growth cycle: Electrolysis is most effective while the hair is actively growing. At that time, multiple sessions are required to target all hair follicles.

  • Treatment area: The size of the treatment area also influences the number of sessions. Larger areas may need more sessions to guarantee total hair removal.

  • Pain threshold: The greater your pain threshold, the longer the treatment can be continued. So that means your electrologist can perform lengthier and more intensive treatments. This can reduce the overall number of sessions you need as well.

Other than these, there may be other factors that can influence the sessions. However, after the sessions, we guarantee you won't find another hair in your treatment area.

Remember that practically every hair removal treatment involves some level of discomfort. Even though you feel pain, it signifies your follicles are weakening and are less likely to reappear, bringing you one step closer to permanent hair removal.

At-home electrolysis epilator devices are available but aren't as successful as sessions with a certified electrologist. At Hollywood Institute, we train professional electrologists to effectively use the technique so clients aren't faced with any side effects. Enroll in our course today to take your electrologist skills to the next level.

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