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Hair removal

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Today you read again and again about “Finally hair-free” or “Never shave again”, but some methods often do not keep what they promise. I can only speak of my experiences here, so only about my hair roots. Because one thing you should know: every hair is different and the stupid critters often just do what you don't want and luckily the development in hair removal does not stop either.

I used to always have a wet shave and trust various promises and try out a few things. I'm certainly lucky that my hair growth on my body and face was never particularly strong, but when I officially came out in 2008, I wanted to save myself the annoying shave.

There are actually two hair removal treatments that I can recommend in my opinion. First and foremost, and at first glance cheaper, you should try an IPL device. The latest generation can even remove some reddish hair "permanently" (unfortunately there are no real long-term studies for this, so the hair may be there again after 5 years). Most of the time, around 6-10 treatments from around 80.00 are sufficient. Unfortunately, the insurance often does not pay for this, but a try is certainly worthwhile here too.

Since I have blonde whiskers, I can't avoid needle epilation, but there are long-term studies here and you will get rid of the undergrowth in the long run. An hour costs from around 60.00, -, but you need an average of 120 hours (I've also heard from people who have used 400 hours, which I would like to attribute to the fact that either the epilator doesn't work quickly or the TS is related to the Grimm brothers.).
You should also tell your insurance company that a previous IPL treatment will require fewer hours for needle epilation. Needle epilation is officially recommended by the medical service and should be paid for by your health insurance company. Unfortunately, the statutory insurance companies still want this treatment to be carried out by a medical professional, which in turn is not very common. Fortunately, my private insurance also accepted a beautician. Unfortunately, there are now two known court rulings, according to which transsexuals are not entitled to treatment by a beautician and it is to be feared that other health insurances will follow this example. One can therefore assume that a treatment will sooner or later have to be borne by oneself. (You can find the verdicts HERE)

A very individual matter

Below is a very good overview of the various hair removal options that were kindly provided to me by Doris Becker was made available

Hair removal is always a very individual matter. What quickly leads to success for one person can fail completely for another.

On the one hand, that's because of the Diversity of hair. For example, weakly pigmented or white hair cannot be detected at all by light epilation processes (photothermolysis, laser epilation, flash lamp technology, Elos, IPL, etc.), while the hair color does not play a role in the chances of success of an electrical epilation.

Also the Follicle, the real goal of every epilation, differ from person to person and from hair to hair. A thick, deeply anchored follicle in the skin needs many times more energy than a small, poorly formed follicle.

Then she plays Texture of the skin a major role. When sclerosing the hair follicles, it is always important that the surrounding skin is spared becomes. During the treatment, it is essential to consider whether the skin is very sensitive or rather robust, or whether it is B. is being worked on the very thin-skinned upper lip or on the lower legs.

And last but not least, the person to be treated also has a decisive influence on the course of the treatment. B. every person one different sensitivity to pain.

The final hair removal

Temporary hair removal methods such as plucking, dewaxing and shaving are not only considered unsatisfactory because of their temporary effectiveness, they are also often accompanied by unacceptable side effects, such as: B. ingrown hair or inflammation.

How does electric epilation work?

Those who opt for electric epilation today enjoy the security of the best tried and tested method and the effectiveness of the latest technology.
A very thin, sterile probe is inserted into the hair canal. After placement, current is briefly applied to the probe. Depending on the type of current used (alternating current or direct current or both), the hair roots are either destroyed by heat (thermolysis process) or by a chemical reaction (blend or electrolysis process).

the three methods of electro-epilation

Electrolysis: the original and first method in the application of electro-epilation. Galvanic current (direct current) is used to destroy the follicle through a chemical reaction in the skin. The probe must remain in the follicle for at least 2 minutes in order to achieve a lasting destructive effect. This method is hardly used in Germany any more.

Thermolysis: high frequency alternating current heats the probe after it is inserted into the follicle. The surrounding tissue "coagulates" and is desolated. This process takes about 1 second, so thermolysis is much faster. A skilled electrologist can treat up to 20 hairs a minute. With this method, large areas can therefore be treated in an acceptable time.

Blend method: Both types of current (direct current and alternating current) are used to destroy the follicle. As with electrolysis, galvanic current is used to trigger a chemical reaction in the follicle. The alternating current serves here to accelerate the chemical destruction. Depending on the hair thickness and follicle depth, 5 to 20 seconds are required for each hair.

In order to achieve the best results, in addition to the technology, experience and skill are of paramount importance for electro-epilation, because electro-epilation is precision work and not for amateurs.

How does photo epilation work?

All processes with laser, flash lamp and IPL technology fall under the category of photo epilation or light epilation. ELOS and IOS can also be classified here.
What all photo-epilation processes have in common is that they do not treat the individual hair or the individual follicle, but rather the entire skin area in which the hair is to be removed. The target is the melanocytes, the pigment cells of the hair roots, which are located in the lower root area and give the hair its color. The dark pigment cells absorb the light energy and convert it into thermal energy. In this way the hair root is destroyed.
Follicles have an extraordinary ability to regenerate. In order to perform a successful epilation, the method of treatment must be able to destroy all growth cells and not just a part. A single remaining growth cell can later trigger the impulse for renewed hair growth.
The result of permanent epilation stands or falls with the successful destruction of all growth cells that surround the follicle in the area of ​​the outer root sheath.

Which method for which requirements?

For photo-epilation, skin and hair must meet certain requirements:

The response to laser therapy seems to vary greatly depending on the patient, body region, and hair color; the best results can be expected on dark hair and light skin types. The results are unsatisfactory if the hair is too light and / or the skin is too dark. Hair follicles that are too thick or too deep can also cause problems. Due to the unwanted treatment of the skin, its condition must be taken into account during light epilation. Not only the pigment cells of the hair follicles but also all pigment cells of the skin are irradiated and transform the light into heat. It seems a logical consequence of the treatment principle that the risk of an acute burn increases the darker the skin is.

In principle, all hair on all skin can be treated with electro-epilation!

With electro-epilation, all unwanted hair can be removed from the whole body and face, regardless of its thickness and hair color, including light downy hair. And forever!
Electro-epilation works independently of the specific properties of skin and hair and is in principle suitable for every hair of every skin color. The probe can be placed directly in the target structure and act there with the help of the current. The electrologist's skill and experience alone determine the success or failure of the treatment.
Electro-epilation can also be used regardless of the nature of the skin. Individual features, such as B. particularly sensitive skin, can be taken into account by appropriate gentle treatment or the choice of the appropriate method (e.g. treatment with the blend instead of the thermolysis method).

Hair removal forever?

Photo epilation

The meaning of "permanent" and "permanent" in the field of photo-epilation can best be explained by the laser specialists themselves, who were interviewed as experts on this matter in a recognized cosmetic journal:
“Permanent means long-term; i.e. the hair stays out longer after the treatment than during its normal periodic development. "…. "In order to get the term 'permanent hair reduction', it should be proven that the hair does not grow back for at least one development cycle. 12-18 month studies have become established in the scientific field. ”(Dr. Ilja Kruglikov in Beauty Forum 1/2007, article“ Photo-Epilation: Expert Round ”).
“It is important to know that the term“ permanent ”only describes a delayed growth of the hair and even the term“ permanent ”defines the persistence of the hair for more than one growth cycle. This means, for example, that the hair that has been removed from the legs will be gone for around six months. The customer says, however, that the hair will never come back. ”(Magdalena Albrot, head of training for the IHK-certified course“ Basics of Photo-Epilation ”, same article).
The second quote in particular clearly shows that the notion of “permanent” and “permanent” within photo-epilation does not necessarily match the customer's expectations. In fact, the various methods of photo-epilation have not yet been able to provide proof of lifelong freedom from hair. This technology is still too young for that. "Scientific studies" with a period of observation of 12-18 months also seem to be unsuitable for being able to prove a longer lasting success, considering that the course of treatment usually extends over a period of approx. 18 months.
However, it cannot be denied that a significant hair reduction can be achieved over a longer period of 2 to 5 years with the help of some methods of photo-epilation if the appropriate conditions are met.
However, it is difficult for the customer to find the most suitable method for his particular situation. In the past 10 years one could observe a rapidly and uncontrolled expanding market with the result of a confusing situation. There are many different devices that use the principle of photothermolysis in different variants. Comparative studies do not exist.
If studies are used to prove the effectiveness at all, the investigation period is completely inadequate, or they refer to devices that have long been taken off the market. In the USA, therefore, all procedures that can be assigned to photothermolysis are only allowed to promise hair reduction in contrast to electro-epilation, which is the only procedure that can claim permanent hair removal as a service.

(FDA classification:In the USA, the motherland of epilation, treatment devices are tested and categorized by the American FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
While in German usage "permanent hair removal" or "permanent hair reduction" are used for such different procedures with just as different results as photoepilation and electro-epilation, the FDA differentiates between two categories:
The "Permanent Hair Removal" category is assigned to procedures that enable lifelong hair removal, while the "Permanent Hair Reduction" category applies to procedures that result in a permanently visible reduction in hair loss Can prove the number of hairs.
The top category "Permanent Hair Removal" has so far only been applied to electro-epilation procedures as the only proven successful method with which the definitive removal of unwanted hair can be achieved for all hair, regardless of its thickness and color and without Side effects or long-term effects.

Electro epilation

In an electrology practice, permanent hair removal is offered to destroy the treated hair follicles forever meant. Electro-epilation is a life choice. The lifelong lasting effect of electro-epilation has been clearly proven, since this method is already working Proven for 130 years Has.
"Electrolysis and electrothermolysis are currently the only safe permanent depilation options," is the conclusion of the current medical guideline on the therapy of hypertrichosis (unusually thick hair) (read in the Journal of the German Dermatological Society (JDDG 9-2007)).
According to “Stiftung Warentest”, “… electro-epilation is the only process that can really remove hair permanently, i.e. forever. Every single hair, regardless of whether it is dark or light. Even tanned skin can be treated without any problems - unlike with lasers. "(Stiftung Warentest, article" Hair removal - What really helps ", No. 4 April 2005, p. 25)
The magazine ÖKO-TEST is in the August 2007 issue:
“Needle Epilation: The Most Effective Procedure. This method is also called electro-epilation and is considered to be the most effective method of destroying hair roots. Needle epilation is suitable for all skin and hair types. "

Is there a guarantee?

Despite the undisputed lifelong effectiveness of electro-epilation, there is no guarantee that hair will never grow back in the treated area.
In addition to the active follicles that produce the troublesome hair, numerous inactive follicles lie dormant in the skin that normally never produce a hair. There are over 800 follicles in the skin of just one square centimeter in the cheek area (according to Richards-Meharg).
Certain diseases, medications or natural hormonal fluctuations (puberty, pregnancy, menopause) can stimulate these follicles to produce hair in the course of life. For this reason, hair can grow on the treated area even after successful electro-epilation. This is especially true for the face area.

Is that painful?

With all procedures for permanent hair removal one can never promise complete freedom from pain.
Interestingly, when it comes to electro-epilation, most people are afraid of inserting the probe because they think of the painful puncture of a syringe into the skin. In fact, the placement of the probe doesn't hurt at all, because a professional electrologist inserts the probe exactly into the opening from which the hair comes out. The skin is neither injured nor does blood flow.
What you can feel is the subsequent use of electricity, i.e. the heat during thermolysis and the chemical reaction during the blending process. The subsequent removal of the hair is then completely painless again, because the hair can be pulled out of the treated follicle as soft as butter, if everything has been done correctly and the tissue around the follicle has been destroyed.
So you can only feel the current. How strong, that is again a very personal matter of experience.

How do I find a good electrologist?

The main problem when looking for a good electrologist, especially in Germany, is first of all to find someone who can offer this service professionally. Measured by demand, there are very few full-time electrologists or beauticians who specialize in electrical epilation.A recommendable way to start the search is to visit the website of the German Association of Electro-Epilation e. V. (DVEE), in which all members of the professional association are listed.
A good electrologist will be happy to show you how she works. Make an appointment for a consultation and pay attention to the following: The insertion of the probe must not or hardly be noticeable, as well as the subsequent removal of the hair. If you feel the removal of the hair, the tissue is not completely destroyed and the epilation is no more than a treatment with tweezers or dewaxing. Let yourself be shown the removed hair. If they are removed without the complete root, the hair has only been severed and the root area is not even reached. With face or back treatments, you cannot see for yourself how work is being done. Then just get treated elsewhere to demonstrate.

© Doris Becker