At Salon D'Artista & Spa, we use the Apilus xCell Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal, the newest state-of-the-art electrolysis machine in the area. The Apilus xCell sets a new standard in the field of 100% final hair removal by raising the levels of efficiency, speed, and comfort of its predecessors. A sophisticated design with a touch screen, customized treatment programs, and the unique 27.12 MHz frequency add up to offer you a perfect combination of user-friendliness and performance.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a process that destroys hair by gently delivering a minor electric current to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine needle. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and substantially eliminating the hair.
Who should get electrolysis?
People wanting to get rid of gray, very fine, blond, and white hair can go for electrolysis. Moreover, electrolysis can also be very effective in shaping small areas with hair, such as eyebrows, lip, underarms, bikini line, and more.
Is electrolysis safe?
Electrolysis has been used for decades and has been found to be safe. At Salon D'Artista & Spa, we always use high-grade sterilized disposable equipment. In addition, we follow the strictest and up-to-date infection control recommendations of the American Electrology Association (AEA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Does it hurt?
During electrolysis, some clients experience a pricking sensation, which they compare to the feeling of a hair being plucked. This sensation is your guarantee that the hair base is actually being destroyed. With advancing technology, electrolysis is more comfortable and effective than ever. You may visit our clinic for a free patch test and try it out for yourself — there's no better way to answer this question!
What happens after the treatment? Can I be in the sun?
After treatment, the treated follicles may be slightly red. This usually subsides after a few hours. Your electrologist will discuss your post-electrolysis treatment with you. It is advisable to avoid the sun the day after treatment and use good sun protection (as always!).
Can electrolysis treat blond hair? Dark skin?
With electrolysis, your skin and hair color don't matter. The follicles are always destroyed since electrolysis delivers the required energy directly to the root of the hair. Moreover, unlike laser, electrolysis does not rely on heat traveling through the hair.
How long will it take to remove my hair?
This is by far the most difficult question to answer briefly. The time to completely remove all your unwanted hair depends on various factors, such as:
- The type of hair you have — straight, wavy, or curly
- What temporary methods of hair removal you have previously employed
- The kind of skin you have — normal, fine, or super-sensitive
- Your metabolic rate — how quickly your skin heals and how fast your hair grows
- The location of the hair — some areas must be treated more slowly than others
- The quantity of hair to be removed
- The cause of your hair growth
- The frequency of the treatments — the more regularly you take treatment, the quicker you will be rid of your superfluous hair
How does laser hair removal work?
The usual hair removal techniques such as shaving, plucking, and waxing provide only temporary relief and may actually stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis is effective, but then requires years of ongoing treatments. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment inside the hair follicle without damaging delicate pores and structures of the skin. At least 6 or 8 treatments will be needed because hair cycles through "growth" and "dormant" phases, and during the "dormant" phase the follicle has no pigment.
What does the treatment involve?
You'll be asked to wear eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles. The area to be treated is then shaved. A small handpiece or "wand" is then placed over the area to be treated and the laser is “pulsed," emitting a beam of laser light that destroys the hair within the spot on the handpiece.
How many sessions are needed?
The number of sessions will vary for each individual. This is dependent on several factors such as age, gender, hormone levels, and more. During the initial visit, the laser light disables those follicles in the "active" phase of the growth cycle. Follicles in the "dormant" phase will not be affected. Since follicles pass through "active" and "dormant" phases, additional sessions may be desired once the "dormant" follicles become "active." For this reason, a series of treatments will be necessary.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, your skin will look pink and slightly swollen, similar to a sunburn. This will subside within an hour or two, and your skin will return to normal. Occasionally, a patient will have temporary pigment changes, blistering, or scabbing. As with electrolysis, cases of scarring have been reported with laser hair removal, but these are extremely rare.
Why is my hair coming back after my treatment?
This is not new hair. It is a process called "shedding." The laser destroys the hair above the skin line and at the root, or papilla. There remains a middle section of the hair shaft (middle hair) which usually reaches the surface within 10 - 14 days after treatment.
I just returned from a vacation or tanning salon visit. Can I have a laser treatment?
NO! You have to wait at least 8 weeks after sun exposure for a treatment because the laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair follicle. It cannot distinguish between that and the melanin in tanned skin.