- Blend electrolysis, also called dual action method, is the combination and simultaneous use of galvanic and thermolysis techniques. This combination method alleviates the shortcomings of each of the individual techniques, while bolstering their advantages.
- High frequency alternating current (AC) of thermolysis is superimposed on the direct current (DC) of galvanic electrolysis in the blend electrolysis method.
High frequency alternating current (AC) of thermolysis is superimposed on the direct current (DC) of galvanic electrolysis in the blend electrolysis method.
- Two electrodes are required for this galvanic electrolysis process to take place. One electrode is actually the electrology needle, the other electrode touches the patient’s body or treatment chair in some location.
Advantages of blend electrolysis
- Blend electrolysis incorporates the high kill rate associated with the galvanic method along with the swiftness found in thermolysis.
- Basically, most of the blend’s capacity for destroying the hair growing cells is accomplished by way of chemical decomposition. That destruction, as indicated previously, is through galvanically produced lye. But unlike galvanic on its own, this combination current used in blend electrolysis reduces the normal two-minute duration down to about 6 seconds. And just as important, the high kill rate is still maintained. We find the kill rate for blend to be about 70 to 80 percent.
- The high frequency current that is used to produce a cooking action with thermolysis, is instead used with the blend mainly as an accelerant. This is attributed to:
- Increased causticity—Heated lye is considerably more caustic.
- Increased spreading by agitation—Rather than working its way through the tissue by diffusion, the lye surrounding the needle is spread by agitation. This turbulence sends the hot lye solution into every area in the hair follicle and around the hair shaft. This spreading action is also very important when one considers the need for properly destroying the undifferentiated cells found slightly higher up in the follicle, called stem cells, that can be responsible for new hair growth. Additionally, the blend is able to more successfully treat curved and distorted follicles along with near-miss insertions due to its spreading action.
The blend method of electrolysis is able to more successfully treat curved and distorted follicles along with near-miss insertions due to its spreading action.
Near miss insertion: thermolysis electrolysis will not destroy the hair papilla, while blend electrolysis (right) with his spreading action will still destroy the papilla.
Disadvantages of blend
Despite all of its technical advantages, blend electrolysis does have some circumstantial disadvantages.
- Typically, galvanic action tends to be somewhat more painful than thermolysis. Proper pain management, while certainly feasible, does prove to be more of an issue.
- Also, administering effective blend electrolysis is a more complicated and involved process, requiring more training and expertise along with more sophisticated equipment. In our clinic we use a state-of-the-art computerised blend epilator.
Video showing the blend electrolysis
In this video you can see the blend electrolysis technique in action.
Yes we do, we strongly advise electrolysis before the operation because laser is not always permanent and after the operation you won’t get a second change to remove the hair.
Hyperpigmentation is possible after electrolysis. The inflammation caused by the electrolysis destruction can sometimes stimulate melanocytes (pigment cells in the skin) to produce pigment.
This reaction is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When this happens in electrology, tiny dark patches or dots appear 2 to 6 weeks after treatment where each hair was epilated. These marks may persist for 4 to 6 months, but disappear as the skin recuperates. This reaction can develop on any patient. However, this reaction is most common in darker-skinned patients. It rarely occurs in lighter-skinned patients. Sunlight seems to encourage this reaction. Therefore we advise our patients to protect against the sun for 2 to 3 weeks after treatment.
In very rare instances, inflammation from electrolysis arrests the pigment production of the pigment cells and causes white spots, or hypo-pigmentation. In all such cases the melanocytes recuperate and the skin fully returns to normal; usually within several months.
On the active psoriasis zone electrolysis is contra-indicated.
It is not a contra-indication, but in some people it doesn’t really help because too much new hair is recruited. In some individuals the problem is less pronounced than in others.
The average person has 1,000 follicles per square inch. However, that does not mean one grows 1,000 hairs. Where a man may have 100, to 500 visible hairs in a square inch, a woman may have 0 to 25. You must understand that hormonal problems (like PCOS) work in such a way that new follicles are recruited to start growing hair, where they never grew before. The severity of the problem defines how long it takes for new follicles to be recruited, and how many at a time are stimulated in that term. So, until one arrests the problem that is causing the new hair recruitment, one will continuously gain new hairs, and one may may have to come back forever.
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