Electrolysis Q&A

What is electrolysis?
During electrolysis, a tiny probe, the same size as the hair is gently inserted into the hair follicle, down to the papilla (the part that nourishes the hair). A very low electrical current destroys the papilla, ending further hair growth.

Is electrolysis painful?
Until now the electrical current used in the process was transmitted at a fixed intensity, resulting in an unpleasant sensation. Sequentium VMC is an innovative machine using the patented Sequential Modulation System by Silhouet-Tone. During the insertion of the probe, the system modulates the intensity and duration of the current, achieving next-to-painless electrolysis.

Is it really permanent?
Yes! Electrolysis, which utilizes the probe, is the permanent hair removal method for all skin and hair types.

How many electrolysis treatments I need?
The number of treatments required depends on several factors:

 ►the area being treated

 ►how much hair is involved

 ►adherence to the schedule of appointments

 ►tolerance for the procedure

Cost of electrolysis?
Electrolysis costs no more than other beauty and skin care treatments. However, once completed it lasts a lifetime.

• $20 for 15 minutes
• $35 for 30 minutes
• $48 per hour.

Is it safe?
Yes. At Friends a Certified Electrologist maintains  the strictest standards of hygiene. Sterile, disposable probes are only used once, ensuring your complete safety.  Electrolysis can be performed safely on all skin and hair  colors.

How permanent hair removal with electrolysis procedure looks like?
The process involves inserting into each hair follicle a tiny probe, which emits an electrical current and essentially cauterizes the papilla, which normally nourishes hair and allows it to regrow. Plucking out hairs or waxing, which pulls hairs out by force, can distort the end of follicles and make hair grow back coarser and darker. Distorted follicles sometimes require more than one electrolysis treatment.
The probe is smaller than the hair, patient just feel a little heat for a split-second. The new Sequentium VMC allows us to adjust the heat depending on the sensitivity of the area like underarms, lips and bikini lines take the least heat.
After the initial treatments, patients may come in every two - tree years  for a touch up to remove hair that has grown into follicles not yet treated. Others may need additional treatments because of possible  body's hormones change.

How long does the treatment take?
This varies greatly from person to person. Factors such as the size of the area to be treated, the curvature of the hair follicle, the level of skin sensitivity, hormonal balance and heredity all have an effect.

Upper Lip   ~  4-10 hours
Chin           ~  2-12 hours
Sideburns   ~ 4-8 hours
Eyebrows   ~ 3-8 hours
Underarms ~ 4-12
Arms          ~ 5-10 hours
Bikini Line  ~ 8-16 hours

These estimates are based on averages, they will vary from person to person and should only be taken as a rough guide.

About electrolysis equipment:
The Sequentium VMC System is most advanced technology available for computerized electrolysis, by Silhouet-Tone, which allows the operator to use varied intensities of electrical current, depending on the area of the body being treated, to disable hair growth. The Sequential Modulation System produced an advanced delivery system, that modulates the current in both intensity and duration while the probe is in the follicle. In the past, electrolysis machines had fixed intensities and durations of current
Sequentium VMC also features a new interference-free probe that brings greater stability and control of energy distribution.

Until now electrolysis equipment transmitted a constant, fixed-intensity electrical current through the probe, the result was a  pain followed by a persistent unpleasant sensation.
With the Sequentium VMS System, the current decreases while the probe is inserted. This technique reduces the discomfort usually associated with electrolysis.
The result is a more comfortable treatment while producing a more effective and efficient hair removal