What is a Certified Professional Electrologist?

A Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) credential signifies that an electrologist's knowledge has been tested and measured against a national standard of excellence. A Certified Professional Electrologist goes above and beyond their initial training. The credential is voluntary and requires continuing education pursuits. Board certification keeps the electrologist aware of changes in the profession and gives them the tools to respond.  Always look for this logo:

  What is Electrolysis?

Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle/probe devices.

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  How is it Performed?

A fine sterile needle/probe is inserted into the hair follicle, this needle directs small amount of electrical energy, which destroys the hair growth tissue. When this is competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated. Proven safe and effective since 1875, electrolysis provides the best answer to the problem of unwanted hair.


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  Is There More Than One Method of Electrolysis?

Yes, there are three different methods (modalities) used to accomplish this:

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  Our Safety Standards

We follow the standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Including three separate sterilization methods on all instruments.  We use high-level disinfectants on all other surfaces and only use STERILE DISPOSABLE probes/needles, all of which are gold or stainless steel. We only use DISPOSABLE latex or vinyl gloves.

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  Why Do I Have Unwanted Hair?

Statistics show that most people have facial or body hair, which they feel detracts from their appearance. Superfluous hair growth is often the result of normal biologic changes in which both males and females undergo throughout life. As humans advance through puberty, pregnancies, menopause, midlife and ageing, fluctuations in hormone levels in both genders may cause increased hair growth in areas that have never before been affected.

Excessive hair may also be due to such diverse causes as heredity, medication side effects and stress. It can be associated with endocrine dysfunction, which may cause irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian disorders, and diabetes or thyroid irregularities. We are trained to recognize hair growth patterns, which may require a referral to a physician. 

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  Who can be Treated?

Electrolysis treatment is the permanent answer to unwanted hair no matter your gender, your post-puberty age or your ethnicity.

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  What Areas can be Treated?

Electrolysis has few limits when it comes to removing hair from the human body. Regulations appropriately preclude hair removal from mucous membranes (inside the nose), the breasts of a pregnant woman, inside the ears, moles (unless you can provide a written release from your physician), and any known area of communicable or suspicious skin conditions. This leaves a world of smooth, sleek skin.

From hairline, eyebrows, upper lip and chin, to underarms, bikini line and toes, virtually every area of the body can be effectively treated.

Linda Sammel is a professional. Her experience and education in the practice and theoretical aspects of electrology are always available to make you a better-informed patient. An appointment for a confidential consultation is conducted in the privacy of a professional office.

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  What to Expect

Your first visit will include a confidential consultation during which time your medical history will be noted. Hair growth and the electrolysis procedure will be thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered. Your practitioner will always welcome further discussion or offer clarification about your treatments.

Although there are no long-term side effects with having electrolysis, aside from the permanent absence of hair, you should expect to experience a slight redness and puffiness in the treatment area. Depending on the area treated, this reaction usually lasts for about one hour, but rarely more than two days when the post treatment care suggested by your Electrologist is followed.

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  Does it Work?

Developed by a physician in 1875 and elegant in its simplicity, electrolysis has been the only recognized method of permanent hair removal for every skin type.  Every degree of skin pigmentation and every level of sensitivity can be accommodated. Unchallenged by newcomers into the hair removal market, electrolysis remains everyone's very best choice in safe, permanent hair removal.

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  How long does it take?

Effective hair elimination is always accomplished through a series of treatments uniquely designed for each person and each area of the body in which permanent hair removal is desired. Continuity of treatment is the most important element in achieving the permanent hair removal and pristine skin you want.

Permanent results are best achieved by the faithful participation of each patient in a planned program that has been tailored to her/his individual needs. The time in which one achieves permanent results is dependent on such factors as one's medical circumstances, age, previous temporary hair removal methods used, the size of the area to be treated and the density of hair growth. An electrologist is trained to determine the frequency and treatment time necessary for each person to achieve the pristine, hair-free skin she/he desires.

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  Does it Hurt?

Some people may experience some minimal discomfort with electrolysis treatment. Since certain areas of the body are more sensitive to treatment than others, and each person interprets these experiences differently, the sensations associated with electrolysis will vary. Though the vast majority of electrolysis patients experience little discomfort, there are several very effective topical anesthetizing creams available. We apply a Lidocaine solution as needed, which most patients find helpful. However, for the more sensitive client we recommend Emla, which is available with a Dr's prescription (this is generally covered by most medical insurance companies) and can be applied 1 hr. prior to treatment. 

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  Is it Safe?

Proven safe and effective for many generations, today's electrolysis is conducted by well-qualified practitioners, using state-of-the-art, computerized equipment. Linda Sammel follows the American Electrology Association Infection Control Standards, which were developed in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today's single-use, pre-sterilized, disposable needles have a perfected design and high polish for the optimum in patient comfort. Practitioner education has advanced miles beyond anything ever conceived by the first electrologist. Today's electrology consumer has the benefit of a truly progressive hair removal treatment resulting in beautifully smooth, hair-free skin.

A professional electrology office can be recognized by a clean, professional environment and consistent use of sterile, disposable needles and sterile forceps (tweezers). Your practitioner will wear a fresh pair of examination gloves for each treatment and will welcome a discussion regarding the office's sterilization procedures. 

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  What About Re-growth?

All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as re-growth from previously treated follicles.

You should expect to see some re-growth in the treated area for a period of time. This is normal, however, with subsequent treatments the hair will become finer in texture until the entire regeneration cycle has been permanently destroyed. 

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  Why not use temporary methods?

Caution should be exercised when choosing a temporary method of hair removal. Most temporary methods can irritate the skin and may result in increased hair growth.

These methods require constant attention and still will not achieve the look and feel desired. Some of these methods and products can be harmful to the skin. Constant shaving, waxing, tweezing, bleaching, depilatories and the use of home mechanical devices can, over time, cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs and sometimes scarring. They almost always compound the problem rather than alleviate it.

The relatively recent introduction of light-based hair removal devices into the marketplace has focused public attention on hair removal. Only some of these light-based devices, more often than not found in medical offices, have been given FDA approval to claim "permanent hair reduction" for their machines. The FDA reserves "PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL" claims exclusively for electrolysis. Since there are still questions regarding the long-term effect on skin from light-based devices, combined with the sheer numbers of machines (both laser and flash lamp) on the market, consumers are encouraged to make the effort to fully understand the procedure, its risks and likelihood of long-term success when choosing light-based treatment for unwanted hair growth.

Still the PERMANENT answer to eliminating unwanted hair, electrolysis has withstood the test of time. With no bells, whistles, or major advertising campaigns designed to enhance its image, the reality of the safety and effectiveness of electrolysis treatment has been trusted by generations of women and men. A simple, elegant, permanent treatment for unwanted hair growth, electrolysis is the gold standard in the permanent removal of unwanted hair...and has been since 1875.

For many, electrolysis is a personal requirement, especially for those who have been discouraged by the unsuccessful results from temporary hair removal methods. Keeping your ultimate goal in mind, good judgment must be exercised when choosing how to deal with unwanted hair. Remember... Electrolysis is a commitment you make to yourself, for yourself.  

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