Handling Sensitivities During Treatments

Posted by Nashua Electrolysis on February 25, 2020

When it comes to permanent hair removal in Merrimack, NH, our team often hears common concerns during the initial consultation.  One of the biggest concerns of our potential patients revolves around the handling of individual sensitivities. While everyone is different, we’ve found that the majority of people find electrolysis to be an easy process and not as uncomfortable as they originally thought it may be.

In this article, we’re taking a look at a few reasons why some people may be more sensitive to treatment than others, and the best practice to make your treatment a positive experience.


Inflammation increases sensitivity

It’s true; there are certain things that can make your skin more sensitive when undergoing electrolysis treatments. The reason for increased sensitivities lies within the inflammatory properties of the food.  To keep sensitivities to a minimum, we recommend avoiding the following ingredients for at least one day before treatment:


  •       Excess caffeine
  •       Anything with high sugar content (soda, cookies, etc.)
  •       Dairy
  •       Processed meats
  •       Saturated fat (butter, creams, some meats)


Another great practice a few days before treatment is to increase your water consumption.  Drinking the daily recommended amounts of water, if not more, helps to reduce inflammation.


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Modality matters

There are three types of modalities in electrolysis – galvanic, alternating, or a blend of the two.  While all methods are effective for permanent hair removal, electrolysis is not a one size fits all solution.  Because every individual is unique, treatment techniques should be mindful and adjusted to the patient at hand. By adjusting settings, the patient’s sensitivities can be addressed and tailored for a more comfortable experience.

This element leads to the requirement of doing research.  Choosing the ideal electrologist for your needs takes time and effort.  Be sure to check out our blog filled with helpful hints on choosing the best electrologist for your needs!


Heightened sensitivity

Every person has their own level of tolerance when sensitivity is concerned, especially when dealing with different areas of the body. If you’re someone who tends to be sensitive in specific areas, you may want to consider a topical numbing solution before your session.  Whether prescribed or over the counter, there are several topical anesthetics and ointments available to consumers. Another option is to take Tylenol, Motrin, or a similar product that helps to relieve aches and pains.

However, you’ll want to check in with your electrologist before choosing a product. Lidocaine tends to be a good choice for most, and it can be applied up to 60 minutes before a treatment session begins.


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Regardless of the factors, one thing is for sure; your desire to get rid of unwanted hair will override any sensations during treatment.  At Nashua Electrolysis, we’ve successfully treated thousands of patients with permanent hair removal in Merrimack, NH, as well as surrounding towns. If you’re considering electrolysis, contact our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals to schedule your consultation today (603) 888-3803.