How is treatment performed?
A probe is inserted into the opening out of which the hair grows. After the probe has been properly placed,a tiny burst of specifically timed electrical current is discharged. The probe is withdrawn and the hair is lifted out of the follicle with a forcep. You do not feel the insertion, only the current. Except for highly sensitive areas of the skin, the sensation of the current has often been linked to a mosquito bite; however many clients feel nothing. Immediately after treatment the skin may be slightly red and puffy; these post-treatment reactions disappear within minutes.
What areas can be treated?
All hair-bearing areas of the face and body can be treated.
What kind of needle is used?
A flexible, insulated, bulbous-tipped probe prevents current from reaching and destroying any part of the follicle except the "foot" of the hair. Its strength and flexibility enables virtually 100% successful treatment of not only relatively straight hairs but also hairs which are either naturally curved or mechanically distorted from waxing, tweezing, threading, or poorly-engineered at-home devices.
Special treatment procedures have been developed to eliminate the futile and expensive treatment of transitional and dormant hairs. Every hair on the body has a specific life cycle which involves three stages: an active stage (anagen), a transitional stage (catagen) and a dormant, or resting stage (telegen). No hair can be permanently removed in either the transitional or dormant stage.
How long does it take to make an area completely hairfree?
The total time required to treat any area is equal to the time it takes for all of the hairs to cycle through all three stages completely. Since individual hairs cycle independently of each other, within any given area different hairs will be in different stages of the cycle. To this are added the variables of age, sex, state of health, hormonal activity, and the specific area for which treatment is desired.
The exact number of treatments required is based on the total number of hairs contained in the area you wish to have treated. Considering that at any time roughly 50% of the total growth contained in any area is in an untreatable stage (transitional or dormant), you can begin to understand how important it is that we have developed procedures to eliminate the treatment of such hairs, until they cycle through to the active stage. In fact, if you have had conventional electrolysis treatment, you may have wasted at least 70% of your time and money, since conventional treatment always involves treating many of the same hairs over and over again. This is because neither conventional instruments nor conventional procedures are capable of giving you immediate permanent results.
Since everyone is unique, a personal consultation is required for all new patients. At that time we will completely explain our procedures, take a brief medical history, and answer any and all questions you may have. You will be advised exactly how much time and how many treatments will be required to complete your case.
What is the length of time of each treatment?
This will vary from patient to patient and depends on the area(s) being treated and the volume of work to be done. Some may require a few minutes, others a half-hour or an hour, and still others will have multiple-hour sessions. Again, lifecycles of hair differ from area to area.
I seem to have an abnormal amount of hair. Can this still work for me?
Yes. At times of increased hormonal activity (such as puberty, during or after pregnancy, or at menopause) the tiny "peach fuzz"-like hairs (termed vellus hairs) may be converted into darker, thicker hairs. When a medical problem develops that affects the hormonal system, this conversion of the vellus growth increased abnormally and gets out of control. If the condition is not diagnosed and treated by a physician, even though the abnormal hairs are successfully removed, hormonal stimulation may continue to convert additional vellus hairs into coarse and pigmented hairs.
Also, certain medications can stimulate increased hair growth. These include anticonvulsants such as phenobarbitol and Dilantin, certain birth control pills, thyroid medications such as synthroid, anabolic agents such as Nilevar and Anavar, and testosterone or other androgens. So,clients with these conditions may need to come on a as-needed schedule once their initial treatment schedule is complete.
What happens if I have been tweezing or waxing or having conventional electrolysis treatments?
Nothing. All hairs that gave been forcibly removed will regrow within a thirteen week period. We will begin treating those hairs that are in evidence and you will be treated periodically during those thirteen weeks to remove the returning hairs. Thereafter, because of the total efficiency of thermolysis, your progress will be predictable and rapid. Once you initiate treatment, forcible methods of hair removal, bleach, or depilatories should not be used.
Who can be treated?
Treatment is open to anyone, male or female, with the following exceptions: those who wear pacemakers or those with certain medical diseases. Pregnant women can be treated without any fear of harming themselves or their fetuses, although sometimes lying on the table can be uncomfortable.We do suggest that you ask whether your OB/GYN has any objections, and by all means follow his/her recommendations.
Why would a man have treatment?
One of the major reasons men seek treatment is for the painful and unsightly condition called PFB, "pseudofolliculitis barbae", (commonly known as razor bumps) in which naturally growing but distorted follicles produce ingrowing hairs which lead to tender red bumps in the skin. Electrolysis using the flexible probe is the only mechanical cure for this problem.
In addition, as men are becoming more esthetically inclined, more of them desire smooth skin in many different areas. Bushy eyebrows can be reshaped. Stray hairs across the bridge of the nose, on the upper cheeks, or on the ears can be eliminated. Excessive hair on the shoulders, chest and back, can be removed. The throat hairline can be permanently raised to relieve the irritation and pimpling at the collar line that bothers many men. Finally, men whose occupations require them to be clean shaven at all times and who have heavy beards and tender skin, consider it a benefit to remove the entire beard.
How does Lucy Peters charge for treatment sessions?
We charge by an hourly rate, not by the area of body. That way, the technician can treat each desired area according to the client's priority.
Electrolysis treatment is tax deductible as a medical expense.
With respect to recovering fees under specific insurance plans, you will need to check with your individual insurance carrier. The matter is discretionary to the carrier.Patients under medical treatment for hormonal problems or for PFB should especially check with their physicians. In general, most insurance companies view electrolysis as a cosmetic procedure, but in some circumstances it may be regarded as a medically indicated treatment.