Bingham Electrolysis

Frequently asked questions about Permanent Hair Removal.

How long has Electrolysis been around?


Electrolysis dates back to 1875.

Do you use disposable probes?

Yes.  Being a Registered Nurse, it is very important to me to up hold to the highest standard of asepsis. 

  The probes that I use are disposable and are properly disposed of after each client.  I feel it is not worth the risk to have the client store their own probe to be used for multiple treatments.

What is the difference between Electrolysis and Laser hair removal?

Electrolysis is the only form of PERMANENT hair removal approved by the FDA.  Laser hair removal is approved for permanent hair reduction. 

How does Electrolysis work?

A tiny probe is gently inserted into the hair follicle opening.  The skin is not punctured so there is no bleeding.  The Electrologist then directs a split second pulse of heat in to the follicle cauterizing the tiny blood vessels that support the hair growth.  And then the hair is lifted from the skin.

How many treatments will I need?

The time necessary to complete a particular problem area will depend on the severity of the problem, the cause of hair growth, the type of hair (course or fine) and the sensitivity of the client.  It is also important that I am able to treat the hair just as it is coming through the skin.  At this stage of growth the hair is in the Anagen, or growth phase of its cycle and can be treated much more efficiently.

What are hair follicle cycles?

All hair grows in cycles.  There is the Anagen phase, or “growth cycle”, the Catagen phase or “transition cycle” and the Telogen phase or the “resting cycle”.  All hair on our bodies goes through the three follicle cycles.  How long each hair is in the each phase depends on where it is on our bodies.  For example:  hairs on our scalp stay in the Anagen phase longer than hairs on our arms.  That is why hair on the scalp can grow longer.

Is it painful?

As this procedure does not puncture the skin, you will not feel the probe being inserted in to the hair follicle.  You will feel a small sting or pinch sensation when the pulse of heat is directed into the base of the follicle.  The amount of heat used depends upon the strength of the hair and the sensitivity of the skin.  There are topical anesthetics that be used to help with the discomfort.

What are the side effects?

Depending on the area being treated, there may be a small amount of redness and or edema (swelling), however it should go away within a few hours.  The severity of the side effects may decrease with subsequent treatments as the skin will become adjusted and not react as much.

Does Electrolysis damage the skin?

Definitely not.  If the Electrologist is skillful, properly trained and licensed your skin will be smoother and softer once the hairs have stopped growing.

Is it REALLY Permanent?

YES!!!  Once I have destroyed the nourishment to the hair follicle that hair follicle can no longer produce a hair.

Is Electrolysis dangerous in anyway.

No.  The amount of current is infinitesimally small and poses no hazard.

What is the cost?

As you are charged only for the length of time you are worked on, I can schedule your time to fit your budget. 

What are the office hours?

I take clients Tuesday- Saturday by appointment only.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any other questions you may have.

621 E. Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 458-6558


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