About Electrolysis

About Electrolysis

How it started…

Electrolysis was invented by Dr. Charles Michel in 1875. He used electrolysis to remove irritating ingrown eyelash hairs.

With over a century of well proven safety and effectiveness, today’s computerized electrolysis remains the only permanent hair removal procedure that is recognized by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and AMA (American Medical Association).

The Process:

The three methods used in electrolysis are Galvanic, Thermolysis, and Blend.  All three methods involve inserting a small needle into the hair follicle.

A very fine flexible sterile probe or needle (about the same thickness of your hair) is inserted into the follicle, which is the tiny, natural opening out of which the hair grows. The skin is not punctured or harmed, as the probe is very, very thin. Once the probe is inserted properly down into the follicle, a burst of specifically timed and measured current is discharged to destroy hair cells. The probe is then withdrawn and the hair is lifted out of the follicle with a sterile forcep (tweezer).

Electrolysis does require a series of treatments over a period of time. The goal of electrolysis is to damage the follicle to the point that it will no longer be able to produce a hair. This requires each hair being treated multiple times using either heat, chemical reaction or both.

We use only sterile disposable probes and tweezers for your protection.  We use a dry heat sterilizer which provides the highest level of medical sterilization.  Depending on the size of the hair, different probe sizes are used.  In most instances you should not feel the hair being pulled out during the procedure.  The hair slides out easily if properly treated.

We adhere to the recommended national standards for sterilization procedures established by American Electrology Association in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We use the Apilus technology – Apilus is an advanced electrolysis equipment offering hair removal treatments that are more efficient, more comfortable and more rapid than any other epilation technology. Thanks to its powerful, computer-controlled system, Apilus gives the highest degree of precision and control. Apilus is also equipped with a unique “tolerance test”, which allows the unit to be adjusted and adapted to your level of sensitivity to the current. Apilus high-precision mechanism uses pulses as little as one-thousands of a second, which assures incomparable comfort.

3 Methods of Permanent Hair Removal:

Galvanic:  The galvanic method was the first method developed for removing superfluous hair.  This method removes hair through chemical decomposition, whereby the use of direct current emitted into the follicle produces a substance referred to as lye.  It is the lye, or sodium hydroxide, which is the source of follicle destruction in the galvanic method.  The galvanic method is basically a chemical process.  This method can take up to a minute or more per each hair, and is rarely used today.

Thermolysis:  The thermolysis method destroys the hair by coagulating the papilla through the use of heat produced by high-frequency current.  The high frequency energy agitates the molecules making up the hair growing cells.  This agitation causes the cells to heat, ideally to the point of permanent tissue destruction.  Takes only seconds per hair, and is ideally suited for thin, shallowly rooted hairs.

Blend:  The blend method is the combination and simultaneous use of galvanic and thermolysis techniques.  It alleviates the shortcomings of each of the individual techniques, while bolstering their advantages.  By doing so, blend electrolysis incorporates the high kill rate associated with the galvanic method along with the swiftness found in thermolysis – it reduces the normal two-minute duration of galvanic to about 10 seconds.  This combination is especially useful in treating the deep, course hair follicles.  Additionally, the blend method is able to successfully treat curved and distorted follicles along with near-miss insertions due to its spreading action.

Our office uses ALL of the above methods!

What About Regrowth:

Electrolysis does not cure the cause of superfluous hair. It permanently stops hair growth only

in the pore or hair follicle treated. This sounds like a paradox, but not actually.

Hair growth, either natural or unnatural, is due to a hormone. This hormone becomes more active with age, or it could be very active at an early age due to heredity. Other causes that activate this hormone to grow superfluous hair are side effects of certain medications, pregnancy, or glandular disturbances.

Electrolysis cannot inactivate this hormone, or cure the cause of hair growth.  It does permanently stop growth of any existing hair, by destroying the papilla or root. When hairs seemingly reappear in an area already treated, they are not the same hairs. They are new hairs growing from any of the thousands of dormant hair follicles that are activated by the hormone. Electrolysis absolutely does not stimulate hair growth.

Eventually, all the hair follicles in a particular area are destroyed. This may take just a few treatments or many. It is not usual to be completed in one, two, or three treatments. A chin or neck problem may take many hours. Once an area is completed, it is normal that a person may have to receive one or two treatments per year as a general cleanup or check.

Many patients become discouraged in the beginning. This is due mostly to the lack of the knowledge just noted; or the person may have tampered with the hair beforehand, that is, by tweezing or waxing. These latter methods can distort hair follicles, making electrolysis more difficult but ultimately still successful. Cutting or shaving produce no harmful after-effects.

Why Gentle Touch CT is the perfect place for your Permanent Hair Removal Needs:

  • Electrologist is licensed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Health.

  • Electrologist is member of the American Electrology Association and the Connecticut State Electrolysis Association.

  • Electrologist performs the only medically proven and FDA approved method of permanent hair removal.

  • Sterile and disposable probes are used. Medical sterilization of all instruments using a dry heat sterilizer.

  • Topical anesthetics are available for your comfort during treatment.

  • FREE initial office consultations are available. Your information is kept private and confidential.

  • The latest Apilus computerized state-of-the-art electrolysis equipment is utilized, for the most comfortable and effective permanent hair removal procedure available.

  • Treatment is carried out in a private, spacious office environment with soothing music to complement the treatment.

Popular Treatment Areas:

  • Hairline

  • Ears

  • Eyebrows

  • Upper Lip

  • Face / Cheeks

  • Chin / Neck

  • Chest, Breasts & Back

  • Underarms

  • Arms, Hands & Fingers

  • Abdomen

  • Bikini

  • Thighs & Knees

  • Legs, Feet & Toes

*** Gentle Touch CT does NOT provide Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal Services for the male, genital area. ***

Gentle Touch CT is conveniently located above Club Fitness at 107 Old Windsor Road, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, CT (Hartford County), off I-91 Exit 37 on Route 305.

Located near Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Windsor, Suffield, Enfield, South Windsor, Granby, Avon, Simsbury, East Hartford, Hartford, West Hartford, Rocky Hill, Manchester, and Vernon.

Call (860) 216-6225 to make your appointment, or email info@GentleTouchCT.com Initial Consultation is FREE!