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#112489 - 02/21/14 04:38 AM How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done?
User1234 Offline
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For a given area, how often should electrolysis be done to most effectively eliminate the hair? Should it be done weekly? Bi-Weekly? Monthly? Bi-Monthly? etc...

With laser, it is often recommended to have treatments done every 2 months. However, when it comes to electrolysis, the answer is not so consistent. Some say weekly, some say every two weeks, and some say every month. What do you guys (and gals) think? If it is 8 weeks for laser, should it even be any different for electrolysis?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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#112490 - 02/21/14 05:08 AM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: User1234]
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I personally go weekly (though recently it's been every other week), but I'm also trying to cover a large area of hair. That way, we can clear whatever regrew or came to the surface in the area we just treated, and spread out into other areas. If they fully cleared an area each and every visit, you could go monthly. When in doubt, ask your electrologist for what they would recommend

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#112494 - 02/21/14 01:53 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: Brenton]
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I go every other week.

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#112495 - 02/21/14 03:40 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: ozzy]
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Laser focuses mostly on one phase of growth and relies on seeing how much hair sheds after each treatment. Then, you return to treat the hair that may not have been treatable about 4-12 weeks later.

Ideally, in your electrolysis treatments, the area treated would be cleared of the hairs that were visible at the time of treatment if there was an effective insertion each time. The hairs are gone, no waiting to see if they shed. You could do a marathon session and go back in a month, you could go every day for a week and then wait a couple weeks to see what hairs may not have been visible for treatment.

Like Ozzy, I was recommended every other week, may change to monthly in 3 months, then perhaps annually.

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#112496 - 02/21/14 05:52 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: ChicagoHarriet]
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@ user1234 : It depends on the surface of the treated area.
With electrolysis, each hair treated is definitly killed. You have to do 3 clearances on the area to get 0 hair in the end.
But this is possible if all the hair is visible during the clearance. If you pluck or shave the hair before the treatment, your electrologist will not be able to treat all the hair because all hair are not visible.
Indeed if you do not leave you hair grow, you have to receive regularly treatment.

For laser, you will have to wait minimum 6 weeks before the next treatment.


Edited by Maiakochka (02/21/14 05:54 PM)
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#112499 - 02/21/14 08:40 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: ChicagoHarriet]
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Originally Posted By: ChicagoHarriet
Disclaimer: not a pro

Laser focuses mostly on one phase of growth and relies on seeing how much hair sheds after each treatment. Then, you return to treat the hair that may not have been treatable about 4-12 weeks later.


Can you please elaborate more on this... I'm sorry I'm fairly new to laser and would really like to understand some details behind it.

It just seems to me that if laser requires 2 months between treatments then electrolysis should be the same way. In my mind, this becomes even more so if someone is getting thermolysis-only treatments because it would mean that (in this case) both laser and electrolysis are essentially killing the hair in the same way: via heat.

Yet I read that many people get electrolysis every week while others get it every 2 weeks while others get it every month, etc... why not do the same as laser (every 2 months)? What would happen? Why or why not would results be optimum? How about the reverse? What would happen if laser was gotten every week?

Sorry if I'm asking too many questions, but I'm honestly very interested.

Thanks for everyone's help smile

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#112502 - 02/21/14 09:49 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: User1234]
adrien_sanchiz Offline
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Originally Posted By: User1234



What would happen if laser was gotten every week?



Let me explain you. Between each laser session you have to wait minimum 6 weeks for two reasons.
Firstable, a laser treatment in order to remove your hair is a laser treatment. I mean it is not simply a beautician treatment, it is a medical treatment using heat to weaken the follicles. If you would have weekly laser treatment, it could damage your skin.
Secondly, after doing laser treatment, your hair will fall. You have to wait that hair will grow to do a new session. The wavelength produced by the laser is drawn by the melanin in the hair. Simply if you have no hair as target, the laser will have no effect.
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#112504 - 02/21/14 11:18 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: adrien_sanchiz]
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Quote:
If you would have weekly laser treatment, it could damage your skin.


Not if it's done properly. Chris, who sadly doesn't post here really anymore, stated once that he treated someone "EVERY TWO DAYS with different lasers and settings" to help thin out a beard.

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#112510 - 02/22/14 10:35 AM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: User1234]
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Originally Posted By: User1234


It just seems to me that if laser requires 2 months between treatments then electrolysis should be the same way. In my mind, this becomes even more so if someone is getting thermolysis-only treatments because it would mean that (in this case) both laser and electrolysis are essentially killing the hair in the same way: via heat.


Remember: Laser targets only the pigment in the hair follicle, and so, is only effective on anagen stage hairs.
Electrolysis can successfully treat hair in all phases (except exogenus).

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#112516 - 02/22/14 04:10 PM Re: How Often Should Electrolysis Treatments Be Done? [Re: Brenton]
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Originally Posted By: Brenton

Chris, who sadly doesn't post here really anymore, stated once that he treated someone "EVERY TWO DAYS with different lasers and settings" to help thin out a beard.


of course, it depends of what "laser" you are talking about.
After a real alexandrite laser treatment, the skin is irritated and a little bit swelled because of the heat. Using a real laser treatment every two days is a nonsense for me. The skin will be damaged plus it is not effective using laser if you have no target. (theoretically if you are using an effective laser, 1 or 2 days after the treatment, the hair begin to fall, so you have no more target to destroy the folicles.)

However, if you are using a sort of IPL, or stuff like that for beautician, I do understand this kind of procedure. It is not effective, thus you can use it every two days.
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