Electrolysis is a procedure used for permanent hair removal. The area of the body being treated, the thickness of hair, and type of electrolysis are all main factors that effect the cost of this procedure. Other more minor factors include the hair removal method used prior to it, skin care products required during treatment, and the overall number of visits required to achieve desired results.
The electrolysis procedure uses tiny probes placed under the skin that sends short wave radiation toward the hair follicle, resulting in permanent hair destruction at the root. The type of treatment used is one of the main factors that affects the cost of electrolysis. There are three main categories, including galvanic and thermal electrolysis. Blend electrolysis is a variation that uses both galvanic and thermolysis, and is the most expensive of the three versions. This is widely considered to be the most effective method.
Cost of electrolysis also depends on the area of the body being treated. Permanent hair removal in smaller areas, such as the upper lip, will be much less expensive than having the entire bikini area treated. The greater the area being treated, the higher the cost. Overall hair thickness is also a factor, something largely controlled by genetics. Very heavy hair growth may require much more electrolysis than areas with only light hair growth.
Proper electrolysis requires several treatments, normally once a week for one to two months. Depending on the individual, treatment may also be required for an additional six months. Each visit adds to the overall cost of electrolysis. Prices may vary widely from person to person, as each patient has unique needs.
One additional factor in the cost of electrolysis is the type of hair removal methods used by clients prior to the procedure. Methods such as tweezing and waxing usually require more treatments, because these methods cause the hair follicle to be deformed. This often makes it difficult for the probe to reach the hair follicle and destroy hair.
An electrologist will typically prescribe skin care products to be used alongside treatment for a period of time. These products are used to help prevent any side effects or skin irritation from developing during hair removal procedures. The type and number of skin care products required will also have an overall effect on cost. Creams may be discontinued after treatments have concluded.