Electrolysis Hair Removal

Electrolysis Hair Removal


Hair growth is controlled by hormones and happens in cycles. Many individuals manage unwanted hair by plucking, threading, chemical scrubs or laser removal. However, these solutions only work for the short term and require long-term maintenance.

If you’d like permanent hair removal, the best treatment option is electrolysis. This method destroys the hair follicle, permanently removing hair from your body. Learn more to discover whether electrolysis is the right choice for controlling your unwanted hair.

What Is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is an FDA-approved method that permanently removes unwanted hair. The treatment procedure involves inserting a thin probe called an epilator into each hair follicle. To ensure a new hair can’t grow there, the epilator generates an electric current to destroy the hair follicle.

Once the hair follicle is removed, the hair easily slips out of the follicle and is discarded. Treatment sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how many hairs you want removed. Electrolysis works on every hair color and hair type, unlike laser treatment.

It’s typical for individuals to have several appointments to clear an area of hair completely. That’s because hair grows in cycles, and not all your hair will appear at once. As hair comes in, it’s important to let it grow so it can easily be identified and removed during your treatment.

When Was Electrolysis Developed?

This procedure has been used since the mid-1800s to remove unwanted hair. The American doctor who invented it, Charles Michel, used it to help patients with ingrown eyelashes. Electrolysis was a gentle method to remove hairs and keep them from coming back.

Michel’s method has been improved over time so it’s even more comfortable and effective for clients today. Although many other types of hair removal are effective, none of them have the long-lasting results of electrolysis.

Benefits of Electrolysis

There are many benefits when you choose electrolysis for hair removal. Here are just a few reasons why people prefer this method to other hair removal treatments:

    • Is FDA-approved

    • Removes ingrown hairs

    • Is ideal for all skin types

    • Removes hair permanently

    • Helps create smaller pores

    • Requires minimal downtime

    • Improves skin texture and tone

    • Works for people with low pain tolerance

    • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

In comparison, there are very few downsides to using electrolysis. In rare cases, it can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin. However, when you take good care of your skin and are treated by a skilled technician, this is unlikely.

Electrolysis will remove hair permanently regardless of gender

Electrolysis FAQ

Yes and no. Destroying a hair follicle takes electric heat energy, which can translate as pain to your nervous system. However, many clients report minimal pain — and some have even fallen asleep during their treatment sessions.

If you have sensitive skin and are concerned about whether electrolysis will hurt, there are a few questions you can ask your treatment provider:

Some professionals use a lower setting and leave the epilator in your follicle for more time. For individuals with sensitive skin, this can help to reduce any discomfort you might feel. However, your treatment session will be faster and address more hairs if you use a higher setting.

Hormonal changes can impact the amount of pain you experience. For example, some clients reported that their skin felt more sensitive when they were recovering from being sick or menstruating. Most facilities offer a numbing cream or other option to reduce any feeling of pain.

Electrolysis can be used on all body parts for most people. Regardless of your gender or hair type, electrolysis can help you remove unwanted hair from all over your body. Here are a few common areas that electrolysis is used to treat:

  • Hairline
  • Eyebrows
  • Ears
  • Sides of the face
  • Cheeks
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Jawline
  • Throat
  • Neckline
  • Underarms
  • Chest
  • Breasts
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Bikini lines
  • Arms and legs
  • Hands and feet
  • Fingers and toes

If you’d like to remove hair permanently from any of these areas, electrolysis is the most effective treatment option. 

After an electrolysis treatment, your skin might react with temporary swelling or redness. It’s helpful to avoid any irritation or high-impact activity immediately after treatment — ideally, you should rest and allow your skin to recuperate. 

Here are some practical steps you can take to care for your skin after electrolysis treatment:

  • Avoid wearing make-up 
  • Avoid tanning or sitting in the sun
  • Apply aloe vera or witch hazel to reduce irritation

Good skin care involves getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly and eating anti-inflammatory, healthy foods. It’s also important to drink plenty of water. If you follow these steps consistently, this holistic approach will have your skin recovered, glowing and hair-free.

For permanent hair removal, electrolysis is likely the best treatment option. However, electrolysis might not be the right choice in some cases. Here are a few examples of people who shouldn’t get electrolysis:

  • People who want their hair to grow back
  • People with high anxiety about the treatment
  • People who have extremely sensitive skin or rosacea

For individuals with very sensitive skin, electrolysis might trigger an unwanted reaction. If that’s something you’re concerned about, talk to your electrolysis center about your concerns. Many people with sensitive skin get electrolysis with no adverse reaction.

Electrolysis Chicago Services

At Cirine® Hair Removal & Skin Care, we offer clients several types of electrolysis. It can be very stressful to have unwanted hair, especially when related to a hormonal imbalance in your body. Look over our services to see which option is right for you. 

Traditional Electrolysis

When you book an appointment for traditional electrolysis, our experienced technicians will remove unwanted hair for 15 to 60 minutes, depending on your preference. We treat many different areas of the body, including the face, underarms and groin.


ComforTouch Electrolysis

If your skin is sensitive and you’re concerned about pain during the process, consider booking a ComforTouch electrolysis session with us. This service is similar to traditional electrolysis but includes numbing cream and local injections to make the treatment more comfortable. 

Our ComforTouch services come in two-hour to six-hour sessions so you can receive the most benefit from your treatment while you’re comfortable. 


Large Volume Electrolysis

If you’d like to remove large quantities of hair, our large volume electrolysis service is likely your best option. These sessions can be booked for one hour or over several days of intensive sessions. Longer packages include numbing and healing treatments to help with your recovery. 

Book With Cirine® Hair Removal & Skin Care Today

If you’re looking for permanent hair removal near you in the Chicago or Wilmette area, look no further!

At Cirine®, we want our clients to feel amazing in their own skin. We offer professional hair removal and skin care services at both our locations. When you book with us, you’ll receive care from licensed, compassionate professionals.

In addition to electrolysis hair removal, we offer laser hair reduction, Botox injections and hydrafacial treatments. Reach out to us today to find out if our services are a good fit for you. We look forward to hearing from you!