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Permanent Hair Removal Questions

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Is permanent hair removal achieved in one treatment?

It is not possible to remove hair permanently in one treatment. The number of treatments necessary varies with each patient. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and thickness of the hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, certain medications, and stress influence the treatment program for each patient. A marked improvement will be observed within a few months after the initial treatment, provided that the patient adheres to the recommended treatment schedule. When treatments are completed the skin will be left soft, smooth and beautifully hair free, permanently.

What should I expect from electrolysis?

Permanent hair removal, of course! At the end of treatments your skin will be smooth, free from ingrown hairs, skin irritation, and unwanted hairs! Electrolysis is a process of permanent hair removal. Be patient, all good things come in time.

Is electrolysis expensive?

No, electrolysis is very affordable. The cost is per session, and is based on the time needed per treatment. The average cost in New Hampshire is between $20 and $60 per session, depending on the amount of hair to be removed.

Is electrolysis uncomfortable?

Most patients find electrolysis treatments much more comfortable than they had anticipated. Many describe electrolysis as a pinch or a tiny pin-prick. After several hairs are treated there may be a feeling of warmth in the area being treated. Even though some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, adjustments can be made which will help to make the treatment remain comfortable.

Why should I choose electrology over other hair removal methods?

If you want permanent hair removal, electrology is the only way to achieve this goal.

Electrolysis is successful in permanent hair removal with all skin color and hair color. Laser treatments may reduce the amount of unwanted hair but can not achieve permanent hair removal. Other hair removal methods are only temporary.

Do electrologists follow Infection Control Precautions?

Electrologists in New Hampshire must adhere to strict rules and regulations regarding infection control administered by the state. Members of the New Hampshire Electrolysis Association (NHEA), an affiliate of the American Electrology Association (AEA), are encouraged to follow the Infection Control Standards developed by the AEA. The Standards were developed following the most recent material on infection control from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

What are the licensing requirements in New Hampshire for electrolysis?

Electrolysis is an Allied Health Science that is regulated by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services. The State of New Hampshire has one of the most stringent licensing requirements in the country. Electrology schools must be approved by the department and must provide and maintain a course of study of at least 1100 hours extending over a period of not less than 10 months. The 1100-hour course must include 500 hours of academic study and 600 hours of practical training. Each student must pass a written and practical examination administered by the state in order to become licensed. The designation of Licensed Electrologist (LE) is granted to passing candidates. Electrologists are required to complete 10 hours of continuing education related to the practice of electrology every two years in order to renew their licenses.

What does CPE stand for?

CPE stands for Certified Professional Electrologist. In 1985 the American Electrology Association (AEA) contracted with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop a board certification credential that would withstand the minutest scrutiny. ETS also developed and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Exam (SAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and many other admission, certification and licensing examinations. Those who take the test and pass it are allowed to use the credential CPE. In order to keep CPE status one must complete 75 hours of continuing education in the field of electrology every five years, or retake the test.

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