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#38307 - 01/11/07 05:32 AM How much do electrolysis machines cost?
Chuck Offline
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Registered: 05/12/04
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Loc: Kansas City, MO
How much would it cost to buy a electrolysis machine? I don't know enough about it, but it seems it might be the most efficient way to operate if you have a very large area. However, half of my area I would have to have a pro do as I cannot reach. But if I wanted to, I could also do my chest hair and stomach hair if I had my own machine. Is it actually feasible to buy a machine like a micro-flash, blend, or thermolysis and use it on yourself? Has anyone had success in doing this? Was it difficult to learn?

You know, I'm just starting electrolysis right now, and if it actually works it would inspire me to want to help others! But, I have my doubts that electrolysis will work. I give it a 5% chance.
300 Estimated Hours of Electrolysis Needed.
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#38308 - 01/11/07 02:30 PM Re: How much do electrolysis machines cost?
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Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Professional electrolysis machines, no matter what the cost, are best left in the hands of a person who is trained and dedicated to the art and skill of performing electrolysis. Most people that buy a professional unit, used or new, find out it is not easy to perform electrolysis on yourself and are stuck with an expensive piece of equipment. One can help a newbie DYI'er with advice (and we have done this on hairtell) on performing electrolysis, but that usually translates into the one who bought the equipment, giving up or pitifully scarring oneself.

Units can range from under $1,000 to $8-9,000. The money you need to spend doesn't stop with purchasing an epilator, you need other props to make this all work. When you throw in the time and frustration factor to figure all this out, you are way above your head in trouble, especially if you don't have the skills.

When I purchased my first epilator, I had to give my license number. Professional epilators are not allowed to be sold to people that have not had formal training or apprenticeship help, but I suppose there are some distributors that ignore this.

You state that you give electrolysis a 5% chance of working. I agree with that statement if you are doing it yourself. If you allow a skilled professional electrologist to do this for you, your odds shoot to 100% IIIIFFFF! you do your part and actually show up for your appointments on a schedule of every 2-3 weeks after the first clearance for a while.

Dee Fahey, R.N., C.T.
Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license

British Institute & Association of Electrolysis

Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.

#38309 - 01/11/07 07:43 PM Re: How much do electrolysis machines cost?
Marthajoy Offline
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Registered: 05/27/06
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Your state like Washington State, does not have any Licensing requirements. However, if you are thinking of performing electrolysis on someone other than yourself than I would recommend that you consider schooling.
One program that I personally attended was through A.I.E. or American Institute of Education in Long Beach, California. They have a program that allows one to perform the Bookwork via computer and attend the school just for the on hands Clinical Experience. The school has mainly Apilus Electrolysis machines to use, with an added benefit that Dectro offers a discount to students who purchase their equipment.
How much does equipment cost, depends largely on what modalities you wish the equipment to perform I have seen units at $250 for a small manual blend machine to the most expensive apilus platinum at about $9,000.
In theory one could just go out and modify a Citizens Band Radio and use it for Thermolysis, with a few modifications. But that could very well lead to malpractice claims.
Personally, I like the Apilus Cleo 256, but I usually do not rely on the default settings, and manually make changes as needed to the factory defaults.
If you can afford a couple of weeks in California, I would recommend this school. Otherwise, maybe you might have an option of training alongside another electrologist. The School option is good that it does give you access after graduation to take the National Exams, whereas working with someone else, requires a year or two before being able to take the exams.
The price varies a lot depending on the machines. My
Apilus Cleo 256 sells for a little over $2000. It can perform Flash, Thermolysis and a Modified Blend. It can be programed for up to 9 pulses and like I said, Computerized settings can be changed. Also with the addition of just a foot switch, I am also able to perform strictly Galvanic as well. But that function is not advertised by the factory. Most modern machines probably have a list price of $3000 to $5000 dollars. There are a few very cheap Thermolysis machines and you can buy them from suppliers like Texas Electrology Supply. But I have not used them, but maybe others on here can express their ideas and recommendations.

Martha Montgomery
Puget Sound Electrology


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