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What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

What is Electrolysis Hair Removal?  | Dermatology | Austin TXElectrolysis is a safe and time-tested skin care treatment for the removal of unwanted body hair with long-term results. Unsightly hair on the face, neck, arms, back, or bikini area can compromise a person’s aesthetic appearance. Waxing, tweezing, and shaving are short-term and cumbersome solutions to unwanted hair. Electrolysis is a proven and effective long-term solution for hair reduction.

Electrolysis treatment can be used on any skin or hair type. The treatment provider will discuss various aspects of the treatment and explain different treatment options to help the patient make the best choice. Zimmet Vein & Dermatology provides electrolysis hair removal procedure to patients in Austin, TX, and surrounding locations.


Treatment Overview

Today’s advanced electrolysis devices employ chemical or heat energy to destroy the growth center of the unwanted hair. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle to weaken and eliminate it. The procedure can be used on most of the body areas, including the face, eyebrows, thighs, abdomen, breasts and legs. Temporary reddishness in the treated areas may occur, but electrolysis has no permanent side effects.

The number of treatment sessions required to achieve the desired results will vary from one patient to another. The patient may have to visit weekly or bi-weekly depending on their condition. Once the series of treatments is completed, the unwanted hair will be removed for the long term. Each treatment session may last from 15 minutes to an hour.


FDA Approved

Electrolysis is a very safe procedure, and does not involve the use of harsh chemicals as in some other techniques. The procedure has been approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. While it will produce optimal results, permanent hair removal is not guaranteed in every case. However, patient satisfaction rate with electrolysis is typically higher than with most other types of hair removal treatments.



The treatment provider will apply an electric current using a very fine needle-shaped electrode or a metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root. The growth of hair will occur in different stages: growing, resting and shedding.

All of the hair will not be present on the same stage at any given time. Therefore, multiple treatment sessions will be required to get the hair in their growth phase in order to achieve most effective results with electrolysis.



In comparison to most other hair removal treatment options, electrolysis usually has a higher track record of patient satisfaction. The results with this procedure are more comprehensive than other methods. Unwanted hair will be gone for long periods of time, or even permanently.

Another benefit is that many different types of hair and skin can be treated with electrolysis. The procedure does not target hair pigment, but attacks the follicle directly. Therefore, a patient who may not be a stellar or salient candidate for laser hair removal may still be eligible for electrolysis.

Dr. Zimmet is an experienced and astute dermatologist receiving patients from Austin, TX, and nearby areas for electrolysis hair removal and various other aesthetic and medical skin care procedures.  

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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