A Professional Consultation
Every patient seeking electrolysis has the right to a professional, no-fee consultation and evaluation. A professional consultation is the requisite and the foundation for correct electrolysis protocol and procedures. A professional consultation history consists of the following:

Hereditary Conditions
Medical Conditions
Endocrine System
Hair and Skin Condition
Diet and Stress
Previous Electrolysis
Temporary Methods
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Coagulation Disorders
Kimberly Williams takes professional pride in her patient presentation that is given after the completion of the consultation and history. She gives each patient a complete educational demonstration of the structure of the Hair and Skin on illustrated Hair and Skin charts. This includes an evaluation and prognosis, treatment programming, hygiene and sterilization techniques. Her consultations also include a demonstration of her "State-of-the-Art Computerized Equipment," and a physical demonstration of her Triple Sterilization System which she uses to clean her instruments.

All consultations end with a patient question and answer period, summation of their history and evaluation, treatment program, fee schedule and an appointment. On request, if time permits, treatments may be scheduled after the consultation.

What is "computer electrology?"
Computer electrology was introduced in 1985 and is built on the values of traditional electrolysis, which results in the most advanced state-of-the-art scientific method of computerized medical grade epilators for permanent hair removal.

How is computer electrology different from other methods?
Computer electrology is an accurate, fast, advanced electronic technique and the equipment is accurate within 1/100th of a second. It features "stored memory," providing a complete history of your treatment, progress, and a personalized printout reporting hair counts and ongoing memory.

Does computer technology enhance the Electrolgist's ability to control treatment?
Most defintely. It enhances the Electrologist's professional technique and ability to ensure precision treatments and maximum results with comfort and speed.

Explain the three techniques of Short-wave, Galvanic, and CB-X Pro-blend and their differences.
Short-wave is a high-frequency current that electrolocoagulates the papilla (root). Galvanic is a low-frequency currrent that results in the destruction of the hair follicle and its germinative structure. CB-X Pro-blend is a combination of Short-wave and Galvanic which causes the electrodessication and decomposition of the follicle wall and structure by the electrolytic action.

Which technique is superior?
All three techniques, professionally practiced, are effective. All three produce positive results giving you a smooth, hair-free complexion and, in turn, improves your appearance and sense of emotional well-being.

How do I choose a qualified electrologist?
A qualified electrologist is licensed and registered with a state board of electrologists and has between 500 to 1,100 hours of professional training in medical sciences, practical theory and has successfully completed a written and pratical state board examination. Their licence and registration can be verified by calling the state board.

When several certificates are displayed, how do I know which one is bona fide?
38 states now require licensing and registration for electrologists. Look for a state licence and registration with licence number and diploma from a nationally accredited school. If there are no requirements in your state (Arizona has none), then an electrologist that has made the effort to pursue their education out of state and obtain a licence and registration is your best choice. Only a state has the authority to issue a licence and registration . Beware of counterfeit mail order diplomas and weekend course certification, and keep in mind, no school can licence or register an electrologist. For example: Jane Doe, C.R.E.(Certified Registered Electrologist) does not mean state licensed or registered.

What are the most stringent requirements in the United States to become a licensed and registered electrologist?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets the standards, establishing a board in 1959. The requirements are 500 hours of educational theory, 600 hours of practical theory, and a 2 hour written state board examination accompanied by a 1 hour pratical examination in the following medical sciences:

Histology Biology
Hygiene and Sterilization Electricity and Ethics

How safe is computerized electrology?
All three methods of computer electrology are safe when practiced by a state licensed and registered electrologist. the safety of the electrolysis lies in the professional electrologist's ability to judge the angle of the hair to be removed is growing, whether it is angled diagonally, to the right, to the left. A proper insertion should be made with the proper stretch and with the needle slightly penetrating the papilla. (The papilla has no nerve endings so there is no discomfort. Only an incorrect insertion will cause pain). The lower layer of tissue absorbs the electical current more efficiently. This is more effective because it is inserted to the base of the follicle and the needle is not pushing up against the orifice wall so there is no orifice pitting. When electrolysis is practiced as a scientific art with a medical approach, there is no scabbing, scarring, pitting, or excessive redness. The end result is a comfortable treatment and a healthy, clear complexion.

What about hygiene annd sterilization?
Hygiene- Your safety and well being are in the hands of your electrologist. A professionally trained, licensed, and registered electrologist uses disposable probes and individually autoclaved forceps per patient, and completes a thorough medical history. Electrologists who reuse a "designated probe" risk their patients' health and well being. A reused probe could inadvertently be mistaken for another patient's, spreading disease. Further, a probe suffers metal fatique and should not be reused, especially in light of its low cost -- approximately 50 cents.

My sterilization process consists of a chemical bath of Banicide, a germicide used in hospital opperating rooms, ultrasonic cleaning with ennzyme detergent and, finally, each forcep is inserted into a dry heat sterilization bag and placed in a dry heat autoclave. All treatments begin with a pre-packaged and sterilized forcep and a sterilized disposable probe, and the use of surgical gloves.

What about temporary methods such as waxing and plucking?
Waxing is wholesale plucking, which worsens the hair problem. This improper treatment rips the papilla, the germinative structure of the hair from the root. When this is done, the root of the papilla shatters, leaving germinative seedlings at the base of the follicle. Each hair is nourished by its own individual blood supply from the capillaries and this will nourish the seedlings and stimulate new hair growth and will cause a distortion of the follicle, resulting in ingrown hairs, inflammation of the follicle, and pustules. The only known cure for this condition is electrolysis practiced by a professionally trained, state licensed, and registered electrologist.

What about bleaching?
Most people do not realize that hair and skin are both composed of ciliated epithelial tissue. Any chemical that bleaches the pigment from the hair also bleaches the pigment from the skin. This results in macular atrophy, a degenerative condition of the skin known as "white atrophic skin patches."These are cosmetically very unattractive and can permanently flaw your complexion.

The final analysis
Women and men who do not seek a professionally trained and experienced, state licensed and registered electrologist will create severe unwanted hair problems. Avoid complications by always selecting a state licensed and registered electrologist.

Consumer Safety Checklist
  • Ask for name of school and date graduated and length of course.
  • Check authenticity of experience and date of license.
  • Ask to see a state license and registration certificate and proof that they are currently licensed.
  • If you are unsure about the authenticity of these credentials, verify them with their state board
  • Beware of mail order and "weekend wonder" course diplomas
  • Demand documentation and never be afraid to ask questions
  • Beware of anyone who says licensure is not necessary
  • Always ask the electrologist to demonstrate their sterilization system
If an electrologist offers laser hair removal, make sure there is a licensed MD on the premises as required by law. Also, ask them how many hours they have been credited by a physician and the length of the course they took. Always ask them to put in writing that laser hair removal is permanent.

There are risks in laser hair removal that its practitioners would rather you not know about. You can be burned or scarred, or end up with stripes on your skin from inexpert use that may take months to go away, if they ever do. Click on the links to see more.

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