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Just Zap It Electrolysis is a permanent alternative to waxing and sugaring by Maggie Staszcuk Electrolysis is a hair removal procedure that has been around for decades and is a well-established method of permanent hair removal. In fact, electrolysis is the only FDA-approved and effective method of permanent hair removal—and it can be used on all types of hair and skin tones. While not everyone is a candidate for procedures like laser hair removal (it is considered semi-permanent and results are based on skin color, hair color, etc.), electrolysis is filling the niche for those wishing to permanently rid themselves of facial or body hair. HOW IT WORKS Electrolysis works by inserting a tiny probe into the hair follicle and emitting an electrical current to destroy the hair, which then easily slides out with a pair of forceps. There are three modalities of electrolysis: thermolysis (a high-frequency current), galvanic current, and blend method (a combination of the two). Depending on the client's needs, the electrologist may use heat energy, chemical energy, or a combination of the two. The thermolysis method uses an alternating high- frequency current. As the current travels through the probe, it causes water molecules in the surrounding tissue to vibrate and generate heat. This heat causes electrocoagulation, which destroys the dermal papilla bulb. 32 ascp skin deep january/february 2020 expertadvice ADVANCED MODALITIES

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