Massachusetts Association of Electrologists, Inc.
Licensed Permanent Hair Removal Specialists
What is electrolysis? rewrite this - it is aea material
Electrolysis is the permanent destruction of a human hair follicle by guiding an ultra-fine probe into the natural opening of the hair follicle. This probe directs a measured amount of electrical current to the base of the hair follicle causing cellular destruction, ultimately halting the ability of the hair follicle to produce a hair. Proven safe and effective since 1875.
Who can be treated?
Electrolysis treatment is the universal permanent answer to unwanted hair. it is effective regardless of your gender, your post-puberty age, ethnicity, skin color or hair color.
What areas can be treated?
When it comes to removing hair from the human body, electrolysis has a few limits. Massachusetts rules and regulations appropriately preclude hair removal from mucous membranes, the breasts of a pregnant woman, ingrown eyelashes, moles (unless you can provide a written release from your physician), and any known area of communicable or suspicious skin conditions.
Your electrologist is a professional. Her/his experience and education in the practice and theoretical aspects of electrology are always available to make you a better-informed patient.
Can I have a consultation?
A Consultation is the most important step to understanding how your Electrologist will determine your treatment plan. Your first visit usually includes a confidential consultation during which
time your health assessment will be noted. Hair growth and the
electrolysis procedure will be thoroughly explained, and all your
questions will be answered. Your electrologist will always welcome
further discussion about your treatments.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Although there are no long-term side effects with having electrolysis,
aside from the permanent absence of hair, you should expect to
experience a slight redness and puffiness in the treatment area.
Depending on the area treated, this reaction usually lasts for about an
hour, but rarely more than two days when the aftercare suggested by
your electrologist is followed.
Does it work?
Developed by a physician in 1875 and elegant in its simplicity, electrolysis has been the only recognized method of permanent hair removal for every skin type, every degree of skin pigmentation and every level of sensitivity. Unchallenged by newcomers into the hair removal market, electrolysis remains everyone's very best choice in safe, permanent hair removal.
How long does it take?
Effective hair elimination is always accomplished through a series of treatments uniquely designed for each person and each area of the body in which permanent hair removal is desired. Continuity of treatment is the most important element in achieving the permanent hair removal and pristine skin you want.
Permanent results are best achieved by the faithful participation of each patient in a planned program that has been tailored to her/his individual needs. The time in which one achieves permanent results is dependent on such factors as one's medical circumstances, age, previous temporary hair removal methods used, the size of the area to be treated and the density of hair growth. An electrologist is trained to determine the frequency and treatment time necessary for each person to achieve the pristine, hair-free skin she/he desires.
Does it hurt?
Some people may experience some minimal discomfort with electrolysis treatment. Since certain areas of the body are more sensitive to treatment than others, and each person interprets these experiences differently, the sensations associated with electrolysis will vary. Though the vast majority of electrolysis patients experience little discomfort, there are several very effective topical anesthetics available over the counter for those who do.
Is it safe?
Proven safe and effective for many generations, today's electrolysis is conducted by well-qualified practitioners, using state-of-the-art, computerized equipment. All electrologists licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to follow sanitation and sterilization procedures consistent with universal precautions. MAE member electrologists are strongly encouraged to follow Infection Control Standards which were developed in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today's single-use, pre-sterilized, disposable needles have a perfected design and high polish for the optimum in patient comfort. Practitioner education has advanced miles beyond anything ever conceived by the first electrologist. Today's electrology consumer has the benefit of a truly progressive hair removal treatment resulting in beautifully smooth, hair-free skin.
A professional electrology office can be recognized by a clean, professional environment and consistent use of sterile, disposable needles and sterile forceps (tweezers). Your practitioner will wear a fresh pair of examination gloves for each treatment and will welcome a discussion regarding the office's sterilization procedures.
Evidence of membership in the Massachusetts Association of Electrologists (MAE) indicates that this practitioner has elected to take advantage of the large base of information and education available through our professional association and has the opportunity to actively participate in the electrology field.
Why not use temporary methods?
Caution should be exercised when choosing a temporary method of hair removal. Most temporary methods can irritate the skin and may result in increased hair growth.
These methods require constant attention and still will not achieve the look and feel desired. Some of these methods and products can be harmful to the skin. Constant shaving, waxing, tweezing, bleaching, depilatories and the use of home mechanical devices can, over time, cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs and sometimes scarring. They almost always compound the problem rather than alleviate it.
The relatively recent introduction of light-based hair removal devices into the marketplace has focused public attention on hair removal. Only some of these light-based devices, more often than not found in medical offices, have been given FDA approval to claim "permanent hair reduction" for their machines. The FDA reserves "PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL" claims exclusively for electrolysis. Since there are still questions regarding the long-term effect on skin from light-based devices, combined with the sheer numbers of machines (both laser and flashlamp) on the market, consumers are encouraged to make the effort to fully understand the procedure, its risks and likelihood of long-term success when choosing light-based treatment for unwanted hair growth.
Still THE permanent answer to eliminating unwanted hair, electrolysis has withstood the test of time. With no bells, whistles, or major advertising campaigns designed to enhance its image, the reality of the safety and effectiveness of electrolysis treatment has been trusted by generations of women and men. A simple, elegant, permanent treatment for unwanted hair growth, electrolysis is the gold standard in the permanent removal of unwanted hair...and has been since 1875.
For many, electrolysis is a personal requirement, especially for those who have been discouraged by the unsuccessful results from temporary hair removal methods. Keeping your ultimate goal in mind, good judgement must be exercised when choosing how to deal with unwanted hair. Remember...Electrolysis is a commitment you make to yourself, for yourself.
Why do I have unwanted hair?
Statistics show that most people have unwanted facial or body hair. Superfluous hair growth is often the result of normal biologic changes which both males and females undergo throughout life. As humans advance through puberty, pregnancies, menopause, midlife and ageing, fluctuations in hormone levels in both genders may cause increased hair growth in areas which have never before been affected.
Excessive hair may also be due to such diverse causes as heredity, medication side-effects and stress. It can be associated with endocrine dysfunction which may cause irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian disorders, diabetes or thyroid irregularities. Your electrologist is trained to recognize hair growth patterns which may require a referral to a physician.