A new breed of permanent hair removal systems help keep you hair-free.
“Thermolysis uses the principle of microwave energy-moisture combined with radio frequency-to destroy hair at the papilla,” explains Fred Goodman, president of Removatron International in Boston, Massachusetts.
Using a tweezer-like instrument to grip the hair and hold it above the skin line, a current of radio frequency energy is directed down the hair follicle, and is absorbed by the moisture naturally present in the hair. You feel a slight warming sensation, then the hair gently slides out.
Another method is no-needle electrolysis. Holding the hair above the skin by a pair of tweezers, a direct electrical current is delivered to the root of the follicle, destroying the hair’s germanitive tissues.
“Once a treatment session has been completed, the hair is removed from the area either by waxing or tweezing,” explains Judith Stephens, owner of Guaranty Hair Removal in Dallas, Texas. “Initially you will have to visit your salon for treatment once a week, but the more frequently the treatment is done, the less you have to come in.”
Soon to be available in Canada is laser treatment.
“Laser epilation is a medium in the final stages of research,” says Dr. Daniel Schachter, a dermatologist at The Institute for Advanced Skin Care in Toronto, Ontario. “It is currently in the United States, and should be available in Canada within the next few months.”
The treatment uses a ruby laser to vaporize hair follicles-the light is absorbed into the follicle, thus inhibiting future growth. According to Schachter, the permanence of the procedure is still up in the air.
“Laser epilation is far more expensive than electrolysis, but it will also require fewer sessions,” Schachter explains. “You will probably only have to come in for treatment every four to six months.”