Frequently Asked Questions
Which form of hair removal is best—electrolysis or laser?
Laser and electrolysis are often combined for optimal results. Laser will reduce the hairs in an area faster, and electrolysis can permanently remove stubborn hairs, fine stragglers, red, white and grey hairs. Consult with your technician for the best treatment option for you.
Do you reuse needles and are they sterilized for electrolysis?
At each appointment a new sterilized needle is used. Needles are never reused.
Can I have electroylysis if I am pregnant?
We don't have any scientific studies on the safety of electrolysis during pregnancy, but because galvanic electrolysis involves passing a direct electric current into the body, it's not recommended during pregnancy. For the same reason, blend electrolysis isn't the best choice either. Thermolysis doesn't involve an electric current, so it's the preferred electrolysis process during pregnancy.
I am a trans woman who has been on hormones for about a year, my hair has thinned out but I’m still not happy with the amount of hair I still have. What are my best options?
Have your electrologist/laser technician do an assessment on the coarseness of the hair; if your hair is not too fine then you could try laser hair removal. Otherwise, your best option is electrolysis.
I am a trans man considering hair removal prior to phalloplasty. What do you suggest?
Our experience has been that there are fewer complications and better outcomes if hair removal is planned well in advance of surgery. First, check with your surgeon to accurately identify the location to be cleared. After that, we will assess the area to be treated and discuss a treatment plan with you. We strongly recommend giving yourself a least a year (if not longer) before your surgery date. That way we can be sure the area is completely hair free.
I am a cisgender female who has been diagnosed with PCOS and have to shave my face and neck area daily. Should I opt for electrolysis or laser?
Hormonal hair growth, especially on the face, is not limited to just PCOS, but also adrenal problems and thyroid disorders. Your endocrinologist may prescribe medication to help control the hair growth; however, it will not eliminate the growth that has already developed. Consult with your technician to determine the best method of hair removal.
How many treatments are required for hair removal?
Results will vary depending on hair type, previous treatments, medications, method of hair removal, etc. The type of treatment and length of time should be discussed with your laser/electrolysis professional.
Do I need to schedule regular appointments or can I book when I want for hair removal?
In order to achieve the optimal results, hair must be at the anagen stage (active stage) of growth. Proper scheduling is necessary to have success.
Are there any restrictions as to the timing of when I can have electrolysis or laser hair removal?
Electrolysis can be preformed anytime of the year regardless of season. Laser hair removal cannot be performed when pigmentation has been affected (sun exposure, self tanners, suntanning beds) for 3-4 weeks prior and 3-4 weeks after exposure.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Electrolysis can be performed on all areas of the body. Laser hair removal can be performed on all areas of the body except around the eyes and eye brows.
Can anyone do a chemical peel?
An ideal candidate for a chemical peel is in good physical health, understands the procedure, and has realistic expectations of the outcome. You are likely to be pleased with the results of a chemical peel if your goal is to alleviate acne, smooth wrinkles, improve skin texture, eliminate age spots, or reduce the effects of sun damage. The different types of chemical peels come in varying strengths and provide different levels of treatment. Consult your aesthetician to discuss the best peel for you.
Can I have a chemical peel if I am pregnant?
When pregnant the only exception is lactic acid, which is considered fine to use during pregnancy because it is found naturally in your body. Consult your doctor prior to your appointment.
Can I do Photo Rejuvenation anytime of the year?
Since it is a laser treatment you cannot treat when pigmentation is affected (sun exsposure, self tanners, sun tanning beds) 3-4 weeks prior to treatment and 3-4 weeks after treatment. Summer time is not recommended.