Many have hair on their stomachs, especially the area between the naval and bikini line. Whether you have a small strip, or a large area involved, electrolysis is the ONLY permanent way to relieve you of this problem. During puberty, or during hormone changes throughout your life, this area may have experienced hair growth. Hair receptors in this area may be more sensitive to free floating testosterone or other hormones called androgens that produce hair growth.
The hairs in this area are ‘terminal’ hairs. These hairs are coarser than other hairs (cheeks for example). Once the follicle is treated, the entire follicle and hair will die. Dermal cells in your skin try to replace the eradicated hair with a new, finer hair that does not have an established root system. If left untreated, this dermal cell hair root system will attach to an existing papilla (blood source) and become strong. For best results, appointments should be made in weekly increments to keep up with the hair growth cycles and to treat the hairs when they are weakest. As time goes on, appointments can be spaced out for maintenance purposes until the hairs are gone permanently.
During treatment you will lie on your back with your stomach area is exposed. As an area is treated ice will be applied when another area is started. It is best to keep ice on the treated area for at least an hour to help with any swelling.
Hair Growth Cycles:
It is important to understand hair growth cycles. Hairs grow and rest in cycles so the hair that you currently have is not all the hair you have in total. When a hair has completed its growth cycle the follicle releases the hair and goes into a dormant cycle. This cycle allows the follicle to rejuvenate while another hair is formed. This cycle can last from six weeks to two months before the hair grows again. The active growth cycle is the only time that a hair should be treated with electrolysis. When the hair first starts to grow it is at it’s weakest which is why it is important to stay on a strict schedule so the hairs can be treated most effectively and die faster. In the beginning the appointments will be closer together, usually once a week, since there will be more hairs in active growth cycles. As hairs are treated and die, the appointments will be farther apart.
Preparation for Treatment
- Avoid caffeine prior to treatment as it “wakes up” nerve endings making you more sensitive.
- Drink plenty of water and moisturize the treatment area with a water-based lotion. Electrolysis is more effective when the skin is hydrated.
- Avoid rushing prior to your appointment which can make you tense and nervous. Arrive at the office early to allow yourself ample time to relax.
- Take an aspirin, Advil, Aleve, etc., prior to your treatment to decrease your sensitivity.
- Numbing creams may help and should be applied 30 – 45 min prior to treatment.
Pre / Post Skin Care
- Skin will be cleansed before and after with an antibacterial / aloe vera lotion and alcohol.
- After treatment a regenerating crème / gel will be applied and cataphoresis will be performed which will:
- Relieve redness, inflammation, irritation and edema.
- Restore the skin’s natural pH level.
- Soothe and provide a germicidal and vasoconstriction action.
- Promote greater penetration of active products to enhance treatment effectiveness.
- Apply sunscreen liberally to treated area (if exposed to sun) especially for sensitive and pigmented skin.
Contraindications for cataphoresis:
- Metal joints, plates, stents, etc. in the treatment field..
- Metallic and dental implants.
Home Care Instructions
- Depending on individual skin types, you may display redness and a small amount of swelling after the treatment. This is normal. If any other manifestations occur, it is temporary and will disappear shortly with proper care. Do not aggravate the treatment area. Please follow these instructions:
- Hold ice on the treated area for a minimum of one hour.
- Do activities that keep you cool for at least four hours after treatment. Avoid sunning, working out, hot tubs, etc. which can increase swelling
- Keep treated area clean.
- For electrolysis treatments to the face, try not to apply makeup for at least 24 hours. If you must wear makeup, put an antibiotic OINTMENT on first.
- Wear sunscreen at all times.
IF YOU DEVELOP A RASH
- Once a day for as many days as you have a rash (scabs or pustules over follicle openings), make a solution of two Tbsp. of Epsom salts in one pint of HOT water. Dip hand towel in solution, wring out and apply to treated area for 30 minutes, then apply Calamine or Caladryl lotion. For large areas such as bikini lines, legs, etc., put two cups of Epsom salts in a tub of hot water.
- Do NOT touch, rub, scratch or squeeze the treated area. Your skin needs to heal and irritating this area may interrupt the healing process.
- If you have concerns regarding your electrolysis treatment, please call 214-349-9490 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.