Electrolysis is preformed using a sterile wire filament the size of your hair. The filament is inserted into the hair follicle (we do not puncture the skin). A small amount of electrical current is then delivered to the root of the hair preventing the hair from re-growing. The number and frequency of treatments are largely decided on several factors: how dark and course the hairs are, how many hairs are in the area to be treated, and the methods of temporary hair removal used prior to treatment. Treatments are generally more frequent at the beginning and less frequent as the hair removal process progresses. The overall time taken to achieve your goal is greatly dependent on how aggressive you choose to be with treatments.
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