Electrolysis: Permanent Hair Removal

Electrolysis in Cedar Rapids, IA

Your permanent hair removal solution

Diagram of the hair and hair follicle

Diagram of the hair and hair follicle

Electrolysis is the only type of permanent hair removal recognized by the American Medical Association and approved by the Federal Drug Administration. It is accomplished by using a small needle to follow the hair to the root and destroy the hair follicle (what produces the hair) using electrical energy and/or heat. At this point, the hair can be easily removed (you may feel only a slight tugging sensation) and does not grow back.


If you have never had electrolysis done before, there can be a lot of new terminology, and it's understandably nerve-wracking. For this reason, we provide a completely free consultation at our Cedar Rapids, IA location for those looking to embark on this permanent hair removal treatment. We spend time on education and explain how and why electrolysis works and what you can expect with the treatment. You'll also have the opportunity to discuss any additional questions or concerns you may have. When you're ready to visit in Cedar Rapids, give us a call at (319)373-9596, or follow the link below, to schedule your free electrolysis consultation.

If you're interested in learning more in the meantime, we have additional information below, a collection of electrolysis based frequently asked questions on our FAQ page, and for more in-depth information, browse through one of our popular brochures below. 

Methods of Electrolysis

Galvanic: This is the oldest method of electrolysis, the first medical records of which are from 1875. The galvanic method stops the regrowth of hair by utilizing direct current that causes a chemical reaction in the hair follicle that then destroys the papilla (where the hair receives its nourishment). 

Thermolysis: This method uses a high-frequency electrical current to vibrate the hair follicle. The vibrating follicle produces heat in the area which cauterizes and destroys the papilla.

Blend: This method uses a combination of the two methods above - galvanic & thermolysis to destroy the hair follicle. In using both, thermolysis enhances the galvanic chemical reaction causing better destruction of the lower portion of the follicle.

At Professional Image Enhancement we utilize all three of the methods in our electrolysis treatments depending on client preferences and what is working best for a particular person.

A Professional Solution to a Personal Problem


Teresa uses the method of electrolysis for hair removal on the chin of a client.

Teresa uses the method of electrolysis for hair removal on the chin of a client.

Electrolysis treatments work on any skin or hair color and is accomplished over a long period of time with multiple treatment sessions in order to completely remove all the hair in a particular area. How many sessions you will need and over what length of time depends on a number of factors, such as the density of hair growth and the size of the area being treated. Sessions can vary in length from 15 minutes to over an hour.

The sensation that many individuals experience in electrolysis has been described as a stinging, tingling, or small pinching. We use local anesthetic to help decrease any pain or discomfort brought on by the treatment. Please feel free to talk with us during your treatment about what you're feeling.

For your safety, all of our equipment is thoroughly sanitized before every appointment. For each new appointment, we use a new needle, and all of our tweezers and other tools are sanitized after each use in an autoclave. 

Preparing for your ELECTROLYSIS appointment

There are a few steps you should take to make sure you're prepared for your electrolysis appointment. Taking these steps helps make the treatment session more comfortable and the hair removal easier. 

  • Refrain from other methods of hair removal 3 days prior

  • Drink plenty of water 1-7 days prior

  • Optionally take an anti-inflammatory pain killer such as ibuprofen

Read our blog post: 6 Easy Steps You Need To Take Before Your Electrolysis Appointment for more detailed information about how to come prepped and ready!

What about laser hair removal?

Many clients come to see us because laser hair removal is not an option for them. Different skin and hair types can make laser hair removal unsuitable for certain people. During your consultation, we're more than happy to talk you through the pros and cons of these different hair removal methods to help you determine if you're the perfect candidate for electrolysis hair removal. You can see some common questions regarding laser hair removal and electrolysis on our FAQ page.

Additional Questions

Feel free to give us a call at (319) 373-9596 if you have any other questions about electrolysis treatments or to discuss if it could be right for you.