The concept of transdermal electrolysis traces back its roots to over a hundred years ago. What is now a safe way to perpetually hairless skin has undergone quite a number of experiments before getting the status of a clinically approved technique.
The first stage of its development involved inserting a surgical needle which was a carrier of the electrical stream down the follicle. The result of this procedure was the total destruction of the hair follicle and no consequent growth of the targeted hair. But it is not the electricity itself that had destroyed the hair germinating cells, but the byproduct of the chemical reaction triggered by electricity.
It is sodium hydroxide, a highly caustic element that takes full responsibility for hair extinction. The procedure acquired the name of "conventional" or "needle electrolysis". It was a very efficient way to get rid of the unwanted hair successfully used by both man and women over a long period of time until a new drastic discovery was made. Scientists found that inserting the needle was not absolutely necessary to make it work. They reached the conclusion that it was possible to make the hair itself the carrier of the electrical current by means of simply attaching an electrode to it directly.
The possibility to evade the use of needles is tremendously good news as it implies eliminating the risk of unwanted effects involved with the use of needles, such as different infections and such. This "non-invasive" transdermal electrolysis has gained the acclaim of physicians cosmetologists, aestheticians, and electrologists all over the world. And what is also very important is the fact that the patients find the procedure very comfortable.
The new transdermal epilation technique has a few considerable advantages that have to be taken into account. First of all, it doesn't involve the skin being penetrated and therefore absolutely eliminates the risk of bringing about several side effects like skin infections or other side effects. Besides, it is very affordable and if it is compared with other popular hair removal techniques in this respect (take for example laser treatment), and the advantage becomes obvious.
It can with no exaggeration be called a major breakthrough in the field of hair removal technologies as it possesses a number of other useful attributes. Unlike the conventional needle electrolysis, the transdermal electrolysis variety operates with the use of electrified cotton swabs, electrode patches or specialized tweezers and transdermal gel. This makes it possible to cover wide areas in a short period of time, while the conventional needle treatment implied that each hair was eliminated individually.
Unlike laser hair removal, transdermal electrolysis is applicable to all skin colors and types and is suitable for virtually all areas of the body. It is impossible to predict the exact amount of time it will take to clear the surface of unwanted hairs completely. As hair of every person grows in an individual cycle, transdermal electrolysis is required over a period of time. It is amazing, but there can be as many as 1000 hair follicles in a square inch but only 10% are above the surface at any one time. Transdermal electrolysis also treats the hairs that have not yet emerged above the skin surface, which makes it even more efficient.