Electrologist selection and the visit that follows
Seek an Kansas state licensed electrologist that practices "needle electrolysis"
How to select an electrologist
The internet and referrals from friends, beauty professionals and physicians are often sources of finding an electrologist. However, not every business that advertises as an "electrologist" or lists "permanent hair removal" as a service acutally performs electrolsyis, but instead offers temporary hair removal or permanent hair reduction. The only hair removal method that offers permanent hair removal is "needle electrolysis".
Therfore, one should ask the business if the specific service of "needle electrolysis is provided.
Likewise, be aware that not every state regulates the practice of electrology. Those who seek a Kansas state licensed electrologist can be assured that their electrologist has received proper training and has passed testing from the Kansas Board of Cosmetology to become state licensed. Within the state of Kansas, an electrology facility license and an electrologist license is required to permform electrology services, and each facility is subject to a surprise inspection by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology to assure state laws are followed.
Currently, the state Kansas requires at least 500 clock hours of electrolysis school as well as a written theory exam and a written practical exam. Electrologists should be motivated "life-long learners" in their profession meaning their education continues after electrolysis school via educational events and professional publications which relate to the field of electrology.
Seek out a member of the Kansas Association of Professional Electrologists to perform your permanent hair removal needs since each member is a Kansas state licensed electrologist and performs "needle electrolysis".
What to expect during your consultation.
The electrologist has you complete a health history form, explains how the treatment works, discusses the risks of treatment and provides instructions for taking care of your skin after the treatment. The electrologist also explains how normal post-treatment skin appears and answers any questions you have regarding the treatment. The treatment room should appear clean and an handwashing sink as well as a dry heat or autoclave sterilizer for sterilizing forceps should be located in or adjacent to the treatment room. The electrologist also explains office policies and procedures that affect you.
What to expect during the treatment
The electrologist washes/sanitizes hands before and after the treatment. The electrologist wears protective gloves during the treatment. The electrologist uses sterile disposable filament/needle. Tools used during the treatment are handled in a sanitary manner. The electrologist cleanses your skin before treatment begins. While the application of current does sting, there is no extreme pain or pressure when the filament/ needle is inserted. A treated hair in the active growth cycle generally will slide out of the follicle with little, if any, tweezing sensation.
What to expect after the treatment
The electrologist applies post treatment care to the treated area. The electrologist disposes of the filement/needle in the sharps container, places the forceps in a soaking container and discards cotton used during your treatment along with protective gloves. The electrologist washes/sanitizes hands immediately after treatment. In the rare event you have any concerns after leaving the treatment, your electrologist will want you to hear from you. Follow your electrologist's directions for home care and temporary hair removal methods between treatments.
Permanency is achieved when all germinative cells within the follicle are destroyed.