Cosmetic and Plastic Services

Electrolysis FAQs

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only permanent solution to removing unwanted facial and body hair regardless of hair or skin color, hair texture and skin type.

How does Electrolysis work?

The procedure involves sliding a thin, sterile probe into the hair follicle and applying a small amount of electrical current. The objective is to destroy the areas of the follicle that provide the nutriments for hair growth. Once the target areas are destroyed, the hair releases and tweezers are used to remove it.

Is it really permanent?

Yes. Unlike other hair removal methods that offer a temporary solution, Electrolysis is permanent and is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. 

What areas of the body can I have treated?

Electrolysis is safe for all areas of the face and body with the exception of inside the nostrils and ear canal.

Will I need multiple treatments?

Yes. Treatment plans vary greatly from person to person and depend on a number of factors including, the amount of hair, the size of the area being treated, sensitivity level and the hair growth cycle. Because of these variables, multiple treatments are necessary.

Who is a good candidate for Electrolysis?

Anyone looking for a permanent solution to removing unwanted facial and body hair. Electrolysis is common among men, women, transgender and teens.

What should I expect to feel?

Individuals often describe feeling a moderate amount of heat and mild stinging sensation. Sensitivity varies greatly from person to person and depends on which area of the body is being treated. Discomfort is minimal and settings can always be adjusted if necessary.

Is there more than one type of Electrolysis?

Yes. There are three methods of Electrolysis:

  1. Galvanic – produces a chemical reaction to destroy the hair follicle
  2. Thermolysis – produces heat to destroy the hair follicle
  3. Blend – a combination of Galvanic and Thermolysis
Michelle Cappadona, Licensed Electrologist

Still have questions? Contact Licensed Electrologist Michelle Cappadona at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic.


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Electrolysis is a safe, effective and affordable way to permanently remove unwanted hair. Contact our clinic today to set up an appointment with Licensed Electrologist Michelle Cappadona. Walk-ins are welcome!


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Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

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