Advanced Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal of Asheville is western North Carolina's most comprehensive permanent hair removal practice. We blend state-of-the-art technology with experience and the result is a business that achieves optimum outcomes for all skin and hair types.
Our office offers the only two methods of permanent hair removal - electrolysis by Apilus and laser removal by Candela and Lumenis Lightsheer Desire, the latest technology. The Lightsheer Desire offers the largest spot size on the market and is less sensitive to the skin. Clients choose a method based on the hair they want removed, their budgets, and their skin and hair type. Outlined below are details on each of the methods. We encourage you to make an appointment for a free consultation so we can help you choose the technique that works best for you. See our FAQs page for more details.
$50 consultation appointment charge if no services are rendered the day of your consultation. Credit applied for future services received within six months of your consultation.
Electrolysis is a common term used to describe hair removal with electrical current. This procedure came about after Dr. Charles Michel, a St. Louis ophthalmologist, devised a method of electrical current to cause a chemical reaction in the hair follicle to destroy germative cells. He devised this method for ingrown eyelashes. Today, these methods are called electrolysis, thermolysis or blend.
How It Works: A small filament wire is inserted into the hair follicle and heat is applied to destroy germative tissue that causes your hair to grow.
Permanency: Yes, the hair needs to be treated when actively growing with the proper amount of heat to ensure permanent removal. Your electrologist will set up a schedule for you to follow so that you can catch all your cycles of hair growth and achieve the fastest results.
Pain: There is some degree of discomfort, but most clients find that they can easily manage the discomfort for the duration of the treatment to achieve permanency.
What does it cost: The cost is based on the time the electrologist works on you.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a method to absorb the brown to black melanin in the bottom of the hair follicle to destroy the germitive cells so the hair can not re-grow.
How it works: The laser used can only absorb melanin in the tones from brown to black; it cannot see red, blonde or gray so that it will not see the melanin in your tissue around the hair follicle, only destroying the hair and not the skin. The beauty of being able to have laser hair removal is that it not only destroys the hair you can see on the top of the skin, it will destroy all the hair under the skin already developing so you do not have to come in for so many treatments in one area of the body.
Permanency: Yes, the hair cycles treated must be in the active stage for the heat from the laser to absorb the hair follicles. The hair follicle has to be brown or black. Laser hair removal does not work on red, blonde or white hairs. The U.S. FDA has granted clearance for lasers to advertise "permanent reduction" because the laser cannot see all hair colors or cannot treat all skin types. The type of laser beam used for hair removal with the most effectiveness is an alexandrite laser, diode laser or yag laser (the laser approved for darker or tanned skins).
Pain: There is less discomfort with the Lightsheer Desire because of the new technology that depletes the intensity. You will feel a small sensation of the skin being suctioned in to the hand piece with a unique vacuum mechanism. This vacuum mechanism activates skin receptors to inhibit the transmission of pain sensation.
What does it cost: Laser cost is based on the area being treated. It differs from area to area.