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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1995 Oct;33(4):662-6.

Electrolysis: observations from 13 years and 140,000 hours of experience.

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North York General Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Electrolysis has been performed since 1875. Electrolysis satisfactorily removes hair from women with static hair growth, but women with hirsutism often require concomitant management of their hormonal problems. We have found the blend method to be the most effective modality for permanent hair removal. Attention must be given to proper electrolysis technique, including accurate needle insertion and appropriate intensities and duration. Scarring does not occur with properly performed electrolysis. Hair is not an electrical conductor and electronic tweezers do not result in permanent hair removal. Shaving 1 to 5 days before electrolysis greatly increases efficacy because it ensures that only growing anagen hairs are epilated. The recent availability of EMLA (eutectic mixture of local anesthetics) has been beneficial in reducing the sensations of electrolysis. The availability of prepackaged, presterilized, individual electrolysis needles has greatly reduced the need for more complicated sterilization procedures.

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