Managing unwanted body hair can be a frustrating, time consuming, and painful hassle. Shaving can really irritate your skin and waxing or plucking can be an excruciating process to go through. Worst of all, you have to repeat the whole process over and over again.

At The Spiegel Center in Newton, we have the solution to your hair maintenance frustrations. We offer permanent hair removal using electrolysis. If you are looking for a way to make managing your unwanted hair a problem of the past, here is everything you need to know about electrolysis.

What Is Electrolysis and How Does it Work?

Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal treatment approved by the FDA. This is different than Lasers which is indicated for hair reduction. During electrolysis, a very small probe is used that emits an electrical current. The probe is inserted into the hair follicle where the heat generated by the electrical current destroys the follicle which permanently prevents hair from growing in the follicle.

Is Electrolysis Painful?

The thought of having a probe that emits electrical currents inserted into your follicles may sound scary and painful, but the actual treatment is not very painful. Yes, some discomfort is to be expected, especially around more sensitive areas. However, electrolysis is a permanent solution, so once hair is gone you don’t have to worry about going through another painful waxing. The Spiegel Center also offers anesthesia for electrolysis to make the process as comfortable as possible.

Which Areas of the Body Can be Treated?

Electrolysis can be safely used on areas all around the body, including the:

  • Entire or Full face
  • Eye brows
  • Upper lip/lower lip
  • Ears
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Stomach
  • Breast
  • Buttocks
  • Genitals
  • Feet

What About Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an effective option for some people, but in order to work properly the laser needs contrast. If you have light skin and light hair or dark skin and dark hair, the laser will not be able to properly target and eliminate the hairs. Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair colors, even on aging white/grey hair! It is great for blonde and red hair as well, seeing they are not candidates for laser hair removal.

Is One Treatment Enough?

Multiple electrolysis treatments are needed to ensure consistent results across the treated area. The hair growth cycle occurs in different phases, and electrolysis works by targeting the hair that are currently in the “growth phase”. Performing multiple treatments over the span of a week or more will ensure that the hairs in the area enter the growth phases so that the treatment can be effective.

If you are interested in electrolysis, contact The Spiegel Center in Boston today to schedule a consultation. We can provide you with a permanent solution to your unwanted hair problem.

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

With special expertise in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, and a particular skill for revision surgery, it’s clear why Dr. Spiegel is one of the most celebrated facial plastic surgeons in the world. If you are seeking the best possible results, or have a uniquely challenging problem, you’ve found the right doctor.

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Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir (pronounced “oh-near”) has years of experience in facial aesthetics and treats some of the most recognizable and famous faces. Dr. Onir started her career in oral health, earning doctorate degrees from both New York University and Boston University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her cutting-edge medical research as well as her technical skills in dentistry.

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Dr. Jacob Tower

Dr. Jacob Tower

A board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jacob Tower brings a thoughtful approach and an artistic eye to New England’s premier plastic surgery practice, The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being an in-demand surgeon, Dr. Tower is an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, a sought-after lecturer, and an expert in facial plastic surgery.

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