When you opt to perform electrolysis at home you should take the time to do your research to ensure you can do it as painlessly as possible. This means being aware of some of the correct methods you should use to prevent an infection or serious skin damage that can occur from performing the treatment improperly.
The biggest disadvantage you will find with home electrolysis is the time investment which takes longer than if you have the procedure performed by an electrologist. Some of the areas can also be hard to reach so you may want to combine doing some of the treatment yourself and then leave the rest to a professional. That said you should begin with a comfortable and well-lit work space and keep a lighted magnifying mirror readily available.
Tips on Using the Tools
Although your home electrolysis kit usually comes equipped with a pair of tweezers it
makes a difference in the results if you invest in a pair of high quality professionally slanted tweezers. Make sure you perform the procedure with a soft surface beneath you in case you drop the tweezers. If they are damaged it could cause you to perform the procedure improperly which could result in pain and discomfort.
The needle that is included in a home electrolysis kit should be blunt to prevent it from piercing the skin. It should be blunt yet thin enough for you to be able to insert it into the hair follicle. As an added tip, if you want to be sure that you get the electric current to the base of the follicle you can purchase needles that contain insulation. This also prevents you from inadvertently scorching the hair shaft.
Use only equipment and tools that are brand new to avoid using utensils that are not sterile to perform the electrolysis. Although used machines are not against the law, for your own health and safety you should purchase brand new machines and tools. And even then you should sterilize the equipment with isopropyl alcohol since you do not know where the tools and equipment have been prior to packaging.
Use an epilator before you begin the procedure and then use the electrolysis treatment on the hairs as they begin to grow back. When the hairs are in the process of growth it is much easier to discontinue the growth with electrolysis treatment.
Skin moisture is extremely important before, during, and after the electrolysis procedure. If your skin is dry the devices will not work properly and you risk damaging your skin. Following the procedure there will be a small degree of discomfort. Make sure you moisturize the area that was treated and make it a habit to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day before and after treatment.
It is important to practice before you actually perform the electrolysis procedure to ensure you do not injure yourself. Practice an area that is not visible until you are comfortable with performing the treatment. Make sure it is an area other than your face.
Avoid performing electrolysis on too large of an area too soon. The typical area to do at one time is no larger than one square inch. If you do too much too soon this may result in extreme swelling and discomfort.
If you are working on hairs that are fine in texture it is important to take your time to prevent injury. This is because the follicle is smaller for fine hair than coarse hair and the thickness of the needle probe will stretch the tissue.
Allow yourself to recover and make a point of taking breaks from the treatment. If you are performing home electrolysis for the first time, it is important to become familiar with the time it takes for the swelling to subside as well as any reaction you may experience as the result of the treatment. Taking breaks from the procedure also allows you to see if the hairs are returning or the treatment was successful in removing the hairs permanently.
Finally, do not attempt to perform the procedure yourself on the areas that are hard to reach. It is worth the time and the investment to have a professional perform the treatment safely and properly. If you cannot see the area well or you have an inexperienced friend perform the treatment you are opening yourself up to infection and skin damage. It is better to get it right the first time around to avoid the chances of pain and discomfort.