Electrolysis hair removal has been around for decades and over time there have been some misconceptions about this technique that many have taken as fact. These myths may have scared a lot of people away and prevented them from taking advantage of this permanent form of hair removal. Having the right information can help in making better decisions, so we will try to address some of the more popular misunderstandings surrounding electrolysis so that you can better decide if this is a method worth pursuing.

Myth: Electrolysis is extremely painful.

This is probably the most common misconception, and understandably so. If you were to describe electrolysis to someone who has never had it by telling them that it involves sticking a needle into the skin down to the hair root, then administering a small electrical charge to permanently damage the hair follicle, then using tweezers to remove the dead hair, this is naturally going to sound like a pretty painful experience. But things are not as bad as they sometimes sound.

While everyone’s tolerance to pain is different, advances in both devices and training has drastically reduced the overall discomfort for patients. It generally only causes some minor discomfort with some patients experiencing a mild tingling feeling, which lasts only during the treatment. The mild stinging sensation that people experience after the treatment will vary from person to person. Topical creams that numb the area of skin being treated on may be recommended in certain cases to further reduce any pain or discomfort.

Myth: It is not really a permanent method for getting rid of unwanted hair.

Actually, electrolysis is considered the best method of getting rid of hair permanently. Though in few cases the hair does grow back, a few more sessions are usually enough to get rid of it permanently. Electrolysis is recognized by the FDA and American Medical Association as the only permanent method for removing hair.

Myth: Temporary hair removal techniques give faster and better results.

Most temporary hair removal solutions and creams contain harmful chemicals to remove hair from the body. These chemicals can irritate sensitive skins and sometimes cause permanent skin damage. They are also very messy to use. Some methods, for example bleaching, only disguise dark hair without removing them and others such as hot wax are just a short-term method of hair removal.

Electrolysis is permanent, once the hair is treated it does not grow back. While it may take several months to fully treat an area of skin, the results last.

Myth: Electrolysis has been around forever, it must be completely safe.

This is not entirely true. This method is generally safe, but electrolysis does have the risk for some potential side effects. The most common adverse reaction is redness and swelling. However, these side effects are temporary and may not occur in all individuals. Also, their severity may vary. It is important to get this treatment done by a licensed, trained and qualified electrologists. The treatment can cause permanent scarring if it is not done properly, so choosing a reputable electrologist is important to minimize the risks.

Myth: Home electrolysis devices are just as effective as having it done by a professional.

Home electrolysis devices are marketed as an effective solution for hair removal. These devices are not proven to be 100% effective and there is a greater chance of re-growth and infection. The help of a trained technician is required to operate these devices properly for good positive results. The chances of permanent and effective hair removal are lower with home electrolysis devices.

Myth: Electrolysis is only for women.

Though more women than men opt for this treatment, a large number of men do undergo this form of hair removal to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. Men usually use this treatment to get rid of hair on their back, beard line, and chest.

Myth: My grandmother used to get electrolysis, this method is outdated.

It is indeed true that this technique has been around for long period of time, but that is because it has proven to be very effective for removing hair. Over the years, advances have made the equipment easier to use for technicians, while being safer, more effective and causing less discomfort for clients. This has continued to keep electrolysis as a viable option for those looking for longer lasting results.

Do not let old wives tales or age old fallacies about electrolysis scare you away from this method. For a permanent solution for treating unwanted hair, electrolysis still remains as one of the best choices available.