Frequently Asked Questions

    Does it Hurt?  Really?
    The short answer is it depends.  It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle
    is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The sensation, which may or may not be felt, is assurance that
    destructive activity is taking place. Some clients sleep through hours of treatments and others honestly find 15 minutes to
    be uncomfortable.  We utilize advanced Apilus technology ensuring my clients a gentler and more comfortable way to
    permanent hair removal.  If you have tried electrolysis before, try it again and feel the Apilus difference.

    The sensation you might experience depends on many reasons including where one is having treatment and what method
    is used.  Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others.  If you have ever waxed or plucked, you'll find electrolysis
    to be surprisingly comfortable.  Some clients have described the sensation as a  pinch, a mosquito bite, a quick snap, or
    building warmth.  Many adjustments can be made which help to make the treatment more comfortable. Some clients
    choose to take an OTC analgesic such as Tylenol, Aspirin, or Advil 30 - 45 minutes before treatment and report treatment
    is very comfortable.  We will work within your personal comfort level and do have topical anesthetics available.  

    Where can I have treatment/who will you treat?
    Just about anywhere!  Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most body areas.  Common areas include the hairline,
    bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, ears, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms,
    fingers, hands, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs, back, and chest of men, women and teens.  The inside of the ear canal
    and inside the nose should not be treated.

    Do you folks ever go home/are you ever in?
    We work by appointment.  That means we are here when clients need mus.  It also means that you can feel free to call 1-
    608-220-2436 anytime and we will be available to take your call and questions.  We do not have a receptionist so if you
    reach our answering service during these hours we are assisting/in treatment with other clients and will promptly return
    your call.  Please leave a voice mail message as detailed as you need to and we will get right back to you.  

    We take appointments Mon-Sat.  Our typical office hours are Mon noon-8pm, Tue 8am-9pm, Wed noon-9pm, Thur noon-
    8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 8am-4pm.

    Because we work by appointment, we ask to be informed 24 hours in advance should you need to cancel or change an
    appointment.  We do understand that emergencies occur, but remember we reserve our time especially for you.  We
    would like to be able to offer the time slot to other clients if you will not be using it.  Should you not give 24 hours notice,
    we reserve the right to charge for my time.  As to not inconvenience other clients anyone showing up 10min or more after
    scheduled treatment time may be asked to reschedule.

    What exactly do you do to the hair?
    Electrology is the art and science of permanent hair removal utilizing probe devices.  A fine sterile probe is inserted into
    the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue. When this is
    competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.  The hair
    is lifted out after treatment and you leave with bare skin!

    Why should I choose electrology over other hair removal methods?
    If you want permanent hair removal, electrology is the only way to achieve this goal.

    Is it really permanent?  How long does it take?
    Absolutely!  However, electrolysis is not an overnight sensation.  Electrolysis requires a series of treatments to achieve
    permanency.  The number of treatments necessary varies with each client and with the area being treated. Factors such as
    hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary hair removal methods,
    heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications, and stress all influence the treatment
    program for each individual.  In most cases it takes between 12 and 18 months to have absolute permanence.  It is very
    important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule to achieve optimum results in the shortest time frame.   

    Without looking at your individual hair pattern and knowing what removal methods you have tried, as well as the
    potential cause of the hair growth, it is impossible to accurately estimate how many treatments it will take.  These samples
    will give you a picture of typical situations.  If you would like to know exactly what your treatment schedule looks like we
    encourage you to call for a free consultation and find out exactly what you will need to do to get great results from us.

    What are the basic methods you use in treatments?
    Electrolysis --- Direct current (DC), is used to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle. One or more sterile
    probes are used.

    Thermolysis --- Alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or short-wave, is used to create heat
    which destroys the hair follicle. One sterile probe is used.

    (also referred to as Dual Modality) --- Both of the above currents are used simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual
    action destruction of the hair follicle. Most often, a single sterile probe is used for this procedure.

    You can get great results with any modality if you have a skilled electrologist.  I will select the best method for your
    individual situation.  

    Why do I have to come so often?  Does it make a difference if I let them all "grow in"?
    Yes it makes a difference!  It is important to follow your individual treatment schedule to get the fastest results.  Hairs are
    most effectively  treated in their early growth stages when the hairs are finer and straighter and the target zone is smaller
    helping us to reach all of the germinative cells that grow hairs.  Regular treatments ensures catching hairs at this early
    growth stage and makes for a more effective treatment with less potential for regrowth.  If you can make the time
    commitment at the beginning of treatment, you can think of it as taking time off the end so you get the best results in the
    shortest time frame.

    Why should I choose electrology over temporary or long lasting hair removal methods?
    Laser vs. Electrology:

    While laser promoters compare laser to electrology it is actually not a permanent form of hair removal.  Only a few laser
    devices have been cleared to claim a  permanent reduction in hair by the FDA.  Intense Pulsed Light (IPG) though often
    called laser, is NOT a true laser and not approved by the FDA to claim any efficacy.  Electrology is cleared for permanent
    removal of hair.  All laser assisted hair removal is considered a temporary or long lasting method of hair removal.  
    Additionally, laser hair removal has not been evaluated for long-term safety of the patient's skin and health--new research
    is showing prolonged exposure to laser is capable of changing skin cells at the genetic level.  For more information on
    questions regarding the safety of laser hair removal click here.  To access the FDA Laser Fact Page click here.

    Essentially, laser targets the pigmented cells in hairs.  It also takes a series of treatments (generally 6+ spaced out every 6
    weeks or so) as all hair is not present at one time.  On some body parts it takes up to a year to see a complete growth cycle--
    think about the hair on your head, if it all fell out and re-grew as fast as most people think, you'd have really, really short
    hair all the time!  Clients shave prior to treatment, the laser is applied to the skin and heats the pigmented cells charring
    the moisture out of the hairs.  The hairs slough/fall out on their own over the next few days or weeks.  Skin looks
    sunburned after treatment and must be protected from the sun.  The best results are very dark hair and very, very light
    skin.  Darker skin tones or tanned skin must be treated with extreme caution as laser is attracted to pigment and may
    require bleaching and sun avoidance for 6 weeks prior to and following treatment if it can be treated at all.  White, grey,
    and some red hairs are unaffected by laser.  Laser does have potential to work with electrolysis.  One could argue laser
    would be well used to initially clear large areas like legs and then follow up with electrolysis as the hair grows back in
    following a series of laser treatments.  

    Do make sure your laser technician is a doctor (MD) and has appropriate training.  There is no regulation for laser
    training.  Yes, you read that right.  A Dr. can take anyone of you and "train you" in her/his office without any program
    requirements.  You too could take a weekend course and be a certified laser technician (CLT) and use the Allied Health
    Association "Rent a Medical Director" program and not have a doctor on site at all.  Each state varies, some don't even
    require a medical director--not even one in name only!  Treatments are only as good as your technician/operator in any
    hair removal method, but for safety reasons, especially important here given the larger expense of treatments and
    potential for tissue damage.

    Electrology has proven itself safe, effective, and permanent for over 125 years.

    Waxing, Sugaring, Nads, Epilady or Threading vs. Electrology:

    Waxing, Sugaring, Nads, and threading will remove all of the visible hair by ripping it out by the root.  Except in the case
    of threading, the outer layer of skin is often removed when the hair is removed.  It can result in skin problems including
    ingrown hair, scarring, pigment changes, and bruising.  To keep your skin clear, (and contrary to advertising claims) all of
    these methods must be done frequently forever.  You must also wait until hair is at least 1/4" to 1/2" (about 3 weeks of
    growth) long for the wax/sugar/Nads "glue" to adhere to the removal strip.

    Research has shown that any method that rips hair out by the root such as waxing, sugaring, and Nads type products can
    actually increase hair growth in hormonally dependent areas such as the upper lip, chin, breasts, and abdomen!  This is
    not such an issue on areas like eyebrows and legs wax away if you must and your skin can tolerate it.  

    Tweezing vs. Electrology:

    Tweezing is easy to do, and inexpensive too.  However hair can become coarser from the repeated tweezing and skin
    problems including ingrown hair, pigment changes, and scaring can result. Obviously it is not a permanent solution to
    unwanted hair.  NEVER tweeze the upper/lower lip, chin, breasts, or abdomen!  You are stimulating growth in these
    areas.  The hair will become thicker and darker.  NEVER tweeze out ingrown hairs.  You will make the situation worse.  
    The hair will distort further and you will have a bigger lesion the next time it grows in, really, trust us.  Stop performing
    self-surgery, we mean it.  

    Shaving vs. Electrology:

    Shaving is inexpensive and easy. However, the hair does grow back quickly and feels coarse as it is cut off leaving a blunt
    tip.  Shaving DOES NOT increase hair growth in any way.  Seriously, this is the biggest myth in hair removal.  Hair is dead
    above the skin surface.  Anything you do at this level does not affect hair growth.  Shaving is a safe temporary method of
    removal for basically anywhere.   

    Depilatories vs. Electrology:

    Depilatories are essentially a chemical shave.  It will remove the hair by dissolving it with a chemical. This can result in a
    chemical burning of the skin if you are not careful about patch testing and respecting timing.  

    Is Electrolysis safe?
    Absolutely.  We follow the American Electrology Association (AEA) Standards for Infection Control which ensure
    electrolysis is performed under the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.  We utilize only sterile disposable probes
    for all treatments and always utilize fresh latex-free medical grade disposable gloves for each treatment.

    What do you mean my hair is "resting" under the skin?
    All hairs start as an empty hair follicle and then grow in to a fully mature hair.  At some point, it separates from its blood
    supply, ascends toward the surface of the skin and falls out.  Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a
    dormant or resting stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs
    usually appear within 3 to 12 months.  If you have ever brushed your hair and looked at the hairs in the brush you may
    have noticed the white tuft on the end of them.  These are hairs that were naturally shed.  As opposed to when you pluck,
    say an eyebrow hair, it might have a moist shinny ball at the end.  This is a growing hair.  

    Not all hairs are visible on the surface of the skin at any one time.  Depending on the area of the body, you may wait for 12
    weeks or 12 months to see all of the dormant hairs come to the surface as your hair pattern fills in.   The appearance of
    these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated

    What will my skin look like--will everyone know I've been in?
    Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few
    minutes to a few hours. Though not desirable on face work, small white dots or tiny red dots may occur.  Ideally, by the
    next day no one should be able to tell you have had treatment.  On body work a pinpoint film or crust may develop.  It is
    important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If this does occur, the client is
    advised to not pick them off.  Be sure and tell us about any skin reactions so we can work with you to minimize their
    occurrence.   When electrology is administered by a qualified electrologist using state-of-the-art technology and
    techniques, the results are exciting!

    Can women begin or continue electrology treatments during pregnancy?
    Yes.  Electrology has never been proven harmful in any way to pregnant women for over 125 years.  I do not treat the
    breasts, abdomen, or bikini line of pregnant women in their last trimester due to the increased sensation they experience.

    Can hairs be removed from moles?
    Yes they can.  Your electrologist may require a note (on a prescription pad is fine) from your healthcare provider stating
    it is a typical hairy nevus (mole with a hair) and safe to treat.

    Can you work on my tattoo?
    Yes.  Electrology has never been a problem for tattoos.  In fact it is one of the few hair removal methods that doesn't
    affect the design.

    How much does it cost?
    We charge only for actual  treatment time.  What that means is if you have a 15 minute appointment you will not be in and
    out in your car in 15 minutes.  You will be in the treatment chair for 15 minutes.  We book additional time between each
    client to ensure you receive your full time.  If you are squeezing me between your other appointments allow me about a
    30 minute window for your 15 minute appointment.  

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    What forms of payment do you accept--do you send a bill?
    We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard at the time of service.  We are happy to provide a receipt or statement if you
    need it for your FLEX spending plan or your records.

    How should I choose an electrologist?
    Regulation of electrology is on a state-by-state basis. States regulating the practice of electrology require a practitioner
    hold a valid license.  Currently Minnesota and Illinois do not regulate Electrologists at all.  In Wisconsin Electrologists are
    State Licensed, they would hold an "RE" designation or "LE", both mean the same thing, that they have passed the state
    approved license examination.  Look for certificates, with current dates.

    Most electrologists offer a free consultation as we do.  Meet with them and look for a clean, professional office space and
    modern equipment.  Find someone you trust and enjoy spending some quality hair-removal time with.  Friends and family
    can often refer you to someone in your area or look in the local Chamber of Commerce or phone book.
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