FAQ

Browse the FAQ below to discover why electrolysis is the only proven and safe way to permanently remove hair and how Nios is redefining its practice.
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  • What is electrolysis ?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • Who should get electrolysis?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • How was electrolysis invented?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • Is electrolysis safe?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • Does it hurt?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • How much time does it take?

    Electrolysis permanently destroys hairs by gently delivering a small amount of heat to the base of the hair follicle through a very fine, flexible probe. This is done through the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the hair growth-tissue and permanently eliminating the hair.

  • What makes Nios different?

    Electrolysis is safe & permanent - treated follicles are gone forever - but only if treated by a skilled electrologist in a professional center. Nios goes beyond your expectations and NY State regulations! You will be hard-pressed to find equivalent service in NYC: Nios electrologists have an average of close to 15 years experience each. Our electrologists undergo continuous training and evaluation by Dr. Gordon above and beyond NYS requirements. We use hospital-grade sanitation procedures, including disposable needles and ultrasound and dry heat sterilization. 

  • Why does electrolysis work better than laser?

    Why does electrolysis work better than laser?

    Laser destroys hair follicles using heat, but the heat must reach the base of the hair follicle, which lies beneath the skin. The heat produced by laser hits the whole surface of your skin, which is the reason your skin remains red after treatment.

    Heat travels better through the dark hair pigment rather than skin and when this heat is sufficient, it can delay the growth of or destroy the follicle. But not enough heat always reaches the follicle. And since laser depends on the amount of pigment in hair, people with light (blond, white, grey) or "peach fuzz" (vellous) hair and people with dark skin are even harder to treat.

    Electrolysis brings the heat directly to the source, and only destroys the cells that need to be eliminated, leaving the skin intact.

  • What happenes after treatment?

    After treatment, the treated follicles may be a little red. This usually goes away within 2-3 days. It is advisable to avoid the sun the day after treatment and use good sun protection (as you should do anyway!) several days after that. Your electrologist will discuss your post-electrolysis treatment with you. 

  • What areas can be treated with electrolysis?

    Most body parts can be treated with electrolysis. Commonly treated areas for women include the chin, lips, sideburns, eyebrows, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, fingers and toes. Men often treat the ears, eyebrows, cheeks, neck, and shoulders. Generally speaking, the only hairs that cannot be treated are those inside mucous membranes such as deep inside the ear and the nose.   

  • Can electrolysis treat blond hair? Dark Skin?

    With electrolysis, your skin and hair color don't matter! The follicles are always destroyed since electrolysis delivers the required energy directly to the root of the hair (and does not rely on heat traveling through the hair, as laser does). Blond, white, red, and grey hair and tan and dark skin can be treated just like any other color.

  • Can hair in moles be treated?

    Moles can be safely treated with electrolysis. But moles should first be examined by a dermatologist. For your protection, we request that you bring a note from your doctor to know this has been done. 

  • Can I get treated during pregnancy?

    Yes, though treatment of the breasts should be avoided in the last few weeks of pregnancy.