Electrolysis C.M.E. License #EO981

Electrolysis is the only clinically proven method for permanent hair removal. It's a safe and effective method that has been used for well over a hundred years. image of probe inserted in hair follicle

How Does Electrolysis Work?

During electrolysis, a probe is placed inside the hair follicle. The probe does not puncture the skin. Heat is applied in a split second by the electrical current, which then destroys the hair cells present.

"After giving birth to my second child, I developed a lot of heavy growth under my chin. I was shaving 3-4 times a week, and trying all kinds of creams. I started going to Lakewood Ranch Hair Removal Center, where Lora May Swart has been performing electrolysis to remove hair permanently. After a few months, I am more confident in my appearance and I haven't shaven in months. Lora May is warm and caring and very encouraging. She puts you at ease. Thank You Lora May."

Hair has three stages of growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. Electrology will work only on one stage of growth — the anagen stage. This is the only stage in which live germ cells are present.

There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. LRHRC uses all three types of electrolysis.

  • The Galvanic method decomposes the follicle by a chemical action. This is the best method but rarely used due to cost and time to produce the lye.
  • The Thermolysis method has the probe placed in the follicle and heat is applied. This is the most commonly used method.
  • The Blend method combines glavanic and thermolysis so the follicle is destroyed by both heat and chemical action.

For more information about electrolysis, read What is Electrolysis? by Lora May Swart, C.M.E.

image of probeHistory

Through the years, women and medical professionals have tried several means to remove hair. Some examples are:

  • inserting unsterile needles into the follicle thinking this would seal up the follicle
  • applying sulphuric acid to the skin
  • surgical removal of the follicle
  • placing a barbed needle in the follicle then twisting it

Needless to say, none of these worked without damaging and scarring the skin.

In 1875, Dr. Michel, an Ophthalmologist, first successfully removed hair by electrolysis on a patient that had ingrown eyelashes. The Galvanic process was discovered at this time. Thermolysis was devised in the 1920's and the Blend method was later developed in the 1940's.

Contraindications for Electrolysis

  • Pregnancy
  • Skin Lesions
  • Infections
  • Contagious skin disorders

Rule of thumb is When in doubt —do not treat.

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