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 more 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 eradicted 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. It is important to keep on a strict schedule to kill the dermal hair growth in its early stage when it is weakest. For best results, appointments should be made weekly.
;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.
- 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.
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 Ionophoresis 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.
Contraindications for Ionophoresis:
- Heart disease, pacemaker or electronic implant.
- Viral hepatitis or AIDS.
- Cancerous lesions.
- Absence of sensory perception or numbness.
- Metallic and dental implants.
- Remove contact lens before treatment.
- Apply sunscreen liberally to treated area (if exposed to sun) especially for sensitive and pigmented skin.
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:
- Do activities that keep you cool. 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.