Electric epilation, if laser hair removal is not possible

Electric epilation is a method utilized for addressing facial hair growth triggered by hormonal fluctuations, which frequently results in the development of coarse hairs. As lasers primarily target darker hairs, electric epilation is an option for individuals with blonde, gray, white, or red hair. During this process, a fine needle is carefully inserted into each hair follicle, emitting heat to the hair’s root. This controlled damage prevents regrowth. In this blog, we’ll delve into the specifics of electric epilation and its application in situations where laser hair removal may not yield the desired results.

Electric epilation

Electric epilation, also known as electrolysis, is a hair removal method in which a needle is inserted into the hair follicle and an electric current is used to destroy it, preventing future hair growth. Unlike laser hair removal, which depends on the person’s hair color and skin tone, electric epilation is suitable for all hair types and hair colors.

Electric epilation can be performed on different parts of the body, such as the face, legs, arms and bikini area. However, it can take more time than laser hair removal because each hair is treated individually. This means that the process can be time consuming, especially if there are many hairs to be treated.

The success of electric epilation depends on several factors, such as the skills of the practitioner, the amount of hair to be treated and the hair growth cycle. Hair grows in different phases and only hair follicles that are in the growth phase can be destroyed by electric epilation. This means that several sessions may be necessary to treat all hairs and achieve the desired result.

Hair growth cycle

Elective Epilation

The hair growth cycle is the process by which hair grows, falls out and starts to grow again. It consists of three distinct phases: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase.

  1. Anagen phase: This is the active growth phase of the hair. During this phase, the cells in the hair follicle divide rapidly and the hair grows longer. The anagen phase can vary from several months to several years, depending on the location of the hair on the body.
  2. Catagen phase: this is the transitional phase in which hair growth stops. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks and the blood supply to the hair root stops. This usually takes several weeks.
  3. Telogen phase: this is the resting phase in which the old hair is still in the hair follicle, but no longer grows. During this phase, a new hair follicle is formed and the old hair is finally shed. This usually takes several months.

After the telogen phase, the hair growth cycle starts again with the anagen phase, which causes new hair to grow. It is important to know that not all hairs are in the same phase at the same time. This means that during a hair treatment such as electric epilation or laser hair removal, only the hairs that are in the anagen phase can be treated effectively. As a result, multiple treatments are required to remove all hairs.

For whom is electric epilation suitable?

If laser hair removal doesn’t work, electric epilation may be an alternative option. This may be the case, for example, if someone has a dark skin tone, as laser hair removal may be less effective on people with dark skin tones. It is also possible that some hairs are too fine or too light for laser hair removal, while electrical epilation can treat these hairs.

It is important to note that both electric epilation and laser hair removal should be done professionally. It is not recommended to perform these treatments at home. Find a qualified and experienced practitioner to perform these treatments.

The treatment is therefore suitable for anyone with light hair in the face, which cannot be treated with the laser.

What does the treatment look like?

First, an intake interview will be held with you, during which all important medical data will be requested and an explanation will be given about the treatment. After this, the treatment is started. We work per hair, where a thin needle is inserted into the hair follicle and energy is released. The hair releases on its own and is pulled out.

This is how all hairs are passed. The treatment may feel warm. After the needle is out of the hair follicle, you will no longer feel anything. After the treatment, the skin around the hair may be slightly swollen and the skin may be red. This almost always disappears the same day. It can then be cooled for a while or a restorative cream can be applied.

In short, if laser hair removal does not give the desired result, electric epilation can be an alternative option. Electric epilation is a hair removal method in which the hair follicle is treated individually using an electric current. This method is suitable for all hair types and hair colors. The number of treatments depends on the amount of hair there are.

While you are here

Hair loss is any form of hair loss on the body. Hair loss is often associated with several causes at the same time. Therefore, it can be very difficult to get a diagnosis that explains all your complaints, and also successfully treat your hair loss. Hair loss is almost always harmless, but it can cause serious psychological problems. That is why it can be nice to know which diagnosis applies to you and prevent hair loss if possible.

Electric Epilation Hair Loss Alopecia

Therefore, always consult your doctor if you are concerned or have psychological complaints. The doctor will ask you many questions and examine the scalp in detail to find out the various causes and make the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Below you will find an overview of the most common forms of hair loss. More about how to distinguish the different forms of hair loss

Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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