What is Unique about Cameo?
Gezelle truly cares about her clients, even before she meets them. Even if it means loosing a client to laser, she will be honest in her estimation as to which method would be best for that person. Her attitude is that it isn't about the money, it is about helping that person find the best permanent solution.
Gezelle has developed her own technique taking full advantage of the computerized Apilus machine to treat, not only each client, but each hair individually as needed. This allows better results with less skin irritation.
To learn more please make a consultation appointment.
Gezelle treats all types of hair, all areas and all people.
If you are a transgender person, a woman with Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome, more commonly know as PCOS, or have thyroid or other hormonal issues, it is important that the hormones be addressed before or in conjunction with electrolysis treatment, otherwise we will be fighting an uphill battle and it will take longer to get rid of the hair. If you have PCOS, it is very important to know this while you are young because it can effect your ability to get pregnant, as well as other health issues you should be aware of. My own hair problems were caused by PCOS and I understand the frustration of getting it identified as well as the unwanted facial hair.
For additional information on PCOS from the Mayo Clinic
Electrolysis works on ALL types and colors of hair, unlike laser. The ideal candidate for laser is dark hair and light skin. Laser targets pigmentation, therefore does not work on light (blonde, white, gray, red) hair. Unless a YAG machine is being used, laser does not work well on dark skin, such as African American skin. If the laser they are using is not a YAG, you take a chance on being burned and possibly scarred for life. Laser can only claim "permanent hair reduction", not "permanent hair removal" that electrolysis can claim. Electrolysis is permanent if that specific follicle is killed, but that does not prevent hormonal changes from stimulating the hair follicle directly next to the dead follicle. More likely, a hair is reduced to fine fuzz and a hormonal change, such as birth control pills, some anti-depressant medications, menopause or steroid injection due to an injury, will re-stimulate the hair to become bigger. Waxing, plucking, sugaring and similar hair removal techniques tend to cause the hair to grow deeper and larger in most areas on most people. Some individuals will have a reduced hair effect in the areas of the eyebrows, legs and arms with these methods. But, keep in mind, everyone is an individual and may have "out of the norm" reaction to any hair removal method.
Beside the color of the hair, the other thing to keep in mind when deciding between laser and electrolysis is how concentrated the hair is in the targeted area. With laser you pay for an area, therefore, if you have sparse hair in that area, electrolysis may be the more economic way to go. The better laser provider will provide a range of number of visits, not just a specific number of visits, for the price quoted for an area. Some laser providers may realize you need eight treatments to effectively treat an area and sell you a six treatment package, then charge you additional for those extra treatments. And keep in mind, if there is a possibility of your moving during the treatment period, some laser providers are not transferable.
Additional information for the transgender client:
World Professional Assoc. of Transgender Health at www.wpath.org
Support group at www.lauras-playground.com
The below is from WebMD
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today's medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the
surface of the skin. The hair is then removed harmlessly with
What causes unwanted hair growth?
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormonal levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and some illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Usually, hair growth is desirable. But
when the hair is on the wrong part of your body -- a woman's upper lip or chin,
the hands or arms -- you may be considering electrolysis.
Myths about Electrolysis
Electrolysis is painful.
The truth is, electrolysis usually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anesthetic may be used in some cases.
The electric tweezer method is permanent.
The truth is, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association recognize only electrolysis as a permanent method of removing hair. In fact, some states prohibit those who use the electric tweezer -- which can also be purchased for consumer use --from claiming it provides permanent
Temporary methods of hair removal are better.
The truth is, that while chemical depilatories (liquids or creams) are often used to remove body hair. These products contain irritating chemicals, and can be time-consuming and messy. Likewise, bleaches contain harsh chemicals and do little to disguise dark hair. They may also discolor the skin. Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal and is usually done in salons. A hot wax is applied to the skin and removed once it has dried over the hair. The hair is stripped off when the wax is removed. Waxing can be painful and costly. Home waxing kits are available, but they can be difficult to use and messy. There are electrical electrolysis devices available for home use that try to copy the devices used by professionals. These devices are often unsafe for use by anyone who is not trained in electrolysis.
Facts about Electrolysis
Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years
ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen,breasts, and legs.
There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used.
How many treatments will I need?
Since many factors influence hair growth, you will need to return for several visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from
a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week, as necessary. But the unwanted hair will
be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed.
Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
How do I choose an Electrologist?
Electrologists are people who have undergone training to professionally administer the electrolysis procedure. If you are considering undergoing electrolysis, it is very important that you do your research before committing to an appointment. The wrong decision can mean extra sessions and cost and unnecessary discomfort. By following the guidelines listed below, you can take comfort in knowing that you will be making an educated and informed decision when choosing an electrologist.
Know their qualifications.
Many states require that electrologists be licensed or certified within the state in order to practice electrolysis. If you live in those states, be sure the practitioner's
certificate is current and fully on display. For states that do not regulate
electrolysis, look for electrologists who have a certification from an accredited electrology school.
One of the best ways to find any good service is to ask friends and family for recommendation. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
Get a consultation.
Many places will give you a free consultation. During the consultation, be sure that any and all of your questions about the procedure are answered. Some of the questions you can ask include: how the procedure will feel; an estimate on the number of visits you will likely need; the cost of each visit (this will vary from place to place, and it is best to call around); the length of each session; how long they have been in business; and the number of clients they have treated.
Make sure they use the right technique.
Make sure the practitioner uses needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis, but in reality they use electronic tweezers or photoepilators. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.
Use common sense.
When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or probes? Ask to meet to person who will be performing the electrolysis for you. Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not personally comfortable with somebody, do not go to him or her. Personal comfort is essential to knowing you have made the right decision in choosing an electrologist.
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