Electrolysis is the process of permanently destroying hair follicles using a mild electric current. Basically, the treatment involves "zapping" the hair follicles in an area where you do not want to have hair. This prevents further growth and gives you permanently smooth skin.
Electrolysis is designed to eliminate the necessity of shaving. Over a period of several treatments, a mild electric current is administered to hair follicles in a designated area. These follicles will eventually be irreversibly damaged and no longer able to produce hair. The cost of the procedure is largely dependent on the size of the area being treated and the resilience of the hair follicles.
The cost of your electrolysis is largely determined by the number of treatments and the amount of time that they take. Generally, treatments occur once a week for 4 to 6 weeks, then every other week for another 8 to 12 weeks. However, if your follicles are particularly sensitive or if your skin appears to be in a particularly resistant category, it may take longer. As a result, any estimate on cost must be understood to be nothing more than a quote unless you and your specialist sign some sort of contract.
The effects of electrolysis are immediate and cumulative. The hairs disappear immediately because they are singed off. Each follicle is treated individually, which causes some stinging and soreness. However, this should dissipate over a few hours, and you will probably become less sensitive to the pain over the course of your treatments. If you are unable to handle the discomfort, you will probably end up having to pay more for the treatments because they will take longer and you will need more of them so that the process can be spread out into manageable portions.
When you are considering electrolysis, work with your dermatologist as well as the person who will be performing the procedure. This will help you prepare for any complications, such as scarring or infection, that may have to be treated after the initial procedure is complete. Electrolysis requires not only the initial payment for the procedure but also expenses for skin care and potential additional treatments if you are not receptive to the process at first. Your insurance company is highly unlikely to pay for electrolysis. However, if this is just one in a series of cosmetic medical procedures that you have undergone, electrolysis can increase your premiums. Inquire about this before you begin the treatments to make sure that you can handle any additional, recurring costs.
Many people think that whatever price they are quoted when they first begin exploring electrolysis is the price they will pay. This is hardly ever the case. In most cases, the actual treatments cost between $25 and $250 for each treatment, depending on the area to be treated and the specialist doing the work. However, on top of this, you will probably need soothing creams and other salves to prevent infection, which can dramatically boost your cost. Most specialists predict that you will end spend about $5,000 to clear your face of hair, with some people spending easily over $20,000 by the time they have factored in additional skin care products, makeup and any other beauty treatments that soothe skin or help with the healing process.
Always check out the credentials of your electrolysis technician carefully. Some unscrupulous doctors actually hire other people to perform the procedures, which dramatically cuts costs but may mean that an uncertified technician is working on your face. This significantly increases your risks of infection and scarring, both of which mean additional medical costs for you.