4460 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite B
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we've done our best to provide answers to many of the questions that we get from potential and current clients that are new to electrolysis. If you have additional questions that are not covered on our website, please give us a call at 703.543.5677 or click here to fill out our contact form, and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

Q: What is electrolysis? 
A: Electrolysis is a method of permanent hair removal. A thin, sterile needle is inserted into the natural opening of each hair follicle and an electric current is delivered though the needle to the base of the follicle. Depending on the type of electric current (ac or dc) a thermal and/or chemical reaction occurs in the follicle impairing its ability to grow a new hair.

Q: What's the difference between Laser and Electroysis, and which is right for me?
A: This is a very popular question....enough so that we created a separate page on the website. Please click here.

Q: How was electrolysis invented?
A: Electrolysis was invented in 1875 by an opthamologist looking for a way to permanently remove ingrown eyelashes.  Charles E. Michel discovered that hair follicles did not regrow hair when subjected to the heat generated by electric currents.

Q: What safety procedures are followed? 
A: Chantilly Electrolysis follows Infection Control Standards created by the American Electrology Association. The standards are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  All needles are single-use, pre-sterilized and disposable. Forceps are individually packaged and sterilized.  Electrologists wear (non-latex) gloves and masks during treatment.  

Q: Is electrolysis painful? 
A: Electrolysis involves a certain amount of discomfort and everyone’s tolerance level varies.  While some clients fall asleep during treatment others use topical anesthetics such as EMLA or LMX to numb treatment areas.  Caffeine and sugar should be avoided prior to treatment.

Q: What areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis? 
A: Electrolysis can be performed on most areas of the body.  Common treatment areas include eyebrows, ears, upper lip,  nose, nape, chin, sternum, areola, underarms, stomach, bikini line, and legs. Hair cannot be removed from deep inside the ears and nose. Treatments on men are limited to the hairline, eyebrows, tip of nose, ears, nape, and beard.  Chantilly Electrolysis does not provide “Brazilian” bikini hair removal services.

Q: What are the side effects of electrolysis? 
A: Short term side effects include swelling, redness, and occasionally pin-point scabbing. Scabbing is a normal part of the healing process and clients should not pick the scabs off.

Q: How should I prepare for electrolysis treatments? 
A: Hair must be at least 1/8” long to receive electrolysis treatments.  Discontinue the use of all products containing Retin-A. Please cleanse the skin and remove all make-up prior to treatment. Electrolysis cannot be performed on skin that is sun burned, infected or with active cold sores.  Clients who are taking Accutane cannot receive electrolysis treatments.

Q: How long does electrolysis take? 
A: Electrolysis involves regular treatments over 12-24 months.  The frequency and length of treatment depend on factors such as the area to be treated, previous methods of hair removal, hormones, heredity, the coarseness, density and curvature of the hair.  Hair that has been plucked/tweezed, waxed or threaded will take longer to treat than fine, vellus hair that has never been removed.  Also, a high percentage of hair follicles are dormant during each treatment so those follicles cannot be treated until they produce a hair.

Q: How much does electrolysis cost? 
A: The cost of electrolysis varies greatly from one individual to another.  The total cost is determined by the length of each individual treatment and the total number of treatments.

Q: What age can people start electrolysis treatments? 
A: Children can safely receive electrolysis treatments but we wait until kids enter puberty around 11 or 12 years of age. All clients under the age of 18 must have parental consent to receive electrolysis treatments.

Q: Is electrolysis safe during pregnancy? 
A: The decision about whether or not to receive electrolysis treatments during pregnancy is one the should be made by a woman and her doctor.  In general, electrolysis is considered safe during pregnancy but treatments on the breasts and abdomen should be avoided.

Q: What method of hair removal can I use between electrolysis treatments? 
A: Shaving, cutting/clipping and depilatories are the recommended methods of hair removal between electrolysis treatments.  Waxing, tweezing/plucking, and threading should be avoided because these methods cause an increase in the blood supply to hair follicles which strengthens hair.