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Electrolysis FAQ

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What Is Electrolysis?

​Electrolysis is the only FDA approved permanent hair removal method. A thin probe is inserted into the hair follicle, then a current is applied. Afterward the hair is removed with tweezers.

What Electrolysis Methods Do You Use?

I typically use the Blend Method, which uses chemical AND heat energy to destroy the hair growth center. Sometimes I use Flash Thermolysis (heat only), mainly for fast initial clearing of an area or for more shallow hairs.

What Clients Do You Typically Serve?

While I am open to serving a variety of people, my electrolysis clients often include:

  • Transgender (facial or surgery prep most common)

  • Women (mainly mustache, near chin)

  • Athletes (usually underarm, legs)

  • Women with hormonal imbalance (PCOS, Hirsutism, etc)

What Body Areas Do You Work On?

Most clients seek electrolysis treatment in the following areas: facial, neck, underarm, chest, back, arms, legs, bikini, and surgery prep. Electrolysis is not allowed inside the earlobe, nor in the nose. Certain other unusual areas may require a doctor's note for treatment. Feel free to ask me before or during a new client consultation.

Do You Take OHP or Private Health Insurance?

I am in the process of registering to accept OHP (Oregon Health Plan-Medicaid). When approved, it will be featured prominently on my website. Feel free to check back periodically.

If you have private health insurance, we can find out if you have coverage. You will need to pay at time of appointment for electrolysis sessions, and with coverage have insurance reimburse you.

Currently only individuals with a transgender medical diagnosis may be eligible for electrolysis insurance coverage. I am a strong advocate for medical insurance coverage for women with hormonal conditions like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). If this happens, I will happily post an update prominently on my website.

Will Electrolysis Work For Me?

 

In most cases*, yes. Electrolysis will permanently remove the hair no matter the cause, body area, age, hair and skin type or color. This treatment will leave you with the hairless skin you seek.

 

*Note: A doctor's note may be necessary to work in certain areas or for insurance coverage. Also, people with pacemakers and pregnant women should not be treated.

Can I Do Anything To Help The Process?

Following the guidelines in pre-treatment and post-treatment care section of this website will aid the results.

How Long Will Electrolysis Take?

The number of electrolysis sessions to treat and permanently remove hair varies for each person. Length and frequency of appointments are more to start, and diminish over time with less hairs to be treated.

The treatment area size and amount of hair are factors. For smaller area issues and touch-ups, appointments might be as brief as 5-15 minutes. Larger areas, especially with more dense hair, may require many full hour sessions.

Sessions may need to be more often for areas previously tweezed or waxed. Additional factors involved in frequency or total treatments needed include: skin type and sensitivity, proper hydration, hormones, health, and genetics.

The time to completely clear an area may be from 6 months to 2 years. Following the treatment plan is essential for best results. At the free consultation, we will go over the specifics that best suit your hair removal needs.

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