Electrolysis is a method of removing unwanted hair from your body and face. GK Hair removal uses the most effective blend method of galvanic and high frequency current.
What is Electrolysis
Electrolysis is a method of hair removal which destroys the hair at the root and reduces the chance of regrowth. It was first recorded as being used in 1875, using a battery powered needle, and was named electrolysis because of the chemical reaction in the follicle, which caused sodium hydroxide to form.
Electrolysis was briefly outshined by x-ray hair removal, until it was found to be harmful. Despite radical improvements since 1875, effective hair removal via electrolysis still greatly depends on the practitioner, and for this reason it is always best to go to a clinic that has been recommended by someone with their own satisfactory results.
There are three main types of electrolysis in circulation today: galvanic, diathermy and blend. Galvanic electrolysis is the method closest to that which was discovered in the 19th century, and uses electronic/galvanic current which alters the salt and water chemistry around the follicle, producing lye. The lye then dissolves the dermal cells around the follicle, effectively causing the root to die. This is thought of as the most effective method, as although it takes longer, the lye is liquid and can therefore destroy problem areas with distorted or curved follicles.
The diathermy method uses a high frequency wave which converts to heat and destroys the hair at the root, using a needle in short blasts which last up to 3 seconds. Blend electrolysis is a combination of the two aforementioned methods, and as such is thought to be the most effective, as the heated lye works faster. Patients may feel a slight burning sensation when having electrolysis, but otherwise the procedure is virtually painless.
Depending on the size of the area to be treated, electrolysis can last from 15 minutes to over an hour. The process itself is a mere few seconds, but over large areas must be repeated often. After the area has been treated, a cool gel is usually applied to soothe the area, and a simple moisturiser is recommended for the next few days.
At first, the hairs may appear to grow, but it is simply the dermal layers pushing the hair out. Some people have a tendency to pluck the hairs once they have been treated, but they will fall out naturally within a week or so. A minimum of three treatments is usually necessary for a noticeable difference, as new follicles grow to replace the damaged ones, and it is important to remember that this is not a permanent solution, although it is long lasting.