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How do I choose an electrologist for electrolysis?

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Electrologists are people who have special training to perform electrolysis. If you're considering electrolysis, it is important that you do your research before committing to sessions. The wrong decision can mean extra sessions and costs, along with unnecessary discomfort and scarring.

  • Know the professional's qualifications. Many states require electrologists to be licensed or certified within the state to practice. If you live in one of those states, be sure the practitioner's certificate is current and on display. For states that do not regulate electrolysis, look for electrologists who have certification from an accredited electrology school.
  • Ask around. One of the best ways to find good services is to ask friends and family as well as your doctor for recommendations. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
  • Get a consultation. Many places will give you a free consultation. During the consultation, be sure all of your questions are answered. Some things you may want to ask about include: how the procedure will feel; how many visits you will likely need; how much each visit costs; how long each session lasts; how long the practitioner has been in business; and the number of clients he or she has treated.
  • Make sure the electrologist uses the right technique. The practitioner should use needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis but use electronic tweezers or photoepilators instead. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.
  • Use common sense. When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or needles? Ask to meet the person who will be performing the electrolysis. Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not comfortable with somebody, look for someone else to do the procedure. Personal comfort is essential to knowing you have made the right choice.

From: Electrolysis for Hair Removal WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

TeensHealth: "Hair Removal."

MedicineNet.com: "Electrolysis for Unwanted Hair Removal."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 8, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."

TeensHealth: "Hair Removal."

MedicineNet.com: "Electrolysis for Unwanted Hair Removal."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 8, 2017

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