ELECTROLYSIS IS THE ONLY METHOD APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR PERMANENT REMOVAL OF UNWANTED HAIR.
1875: ELECTROLYSIS INVENTED
Doctor Charles Michel was a field surgeon in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and was no stranger to the trauma of battle wounds. As an ophthalmologist, he had little hesitation practising the macabre methods of eyelash removal previously mentioned. The scarring and wound reactions this left, however, led Doctor Michel to look for another way.
Just as laser is seen as a “trendy” medical technology today, in the 19th century it was electricity being experimented with as the universal cure. This medical fervour set the scene for Mary Shelley’s famous novel of resurrection via the power of electricity: Frankenstein. “Perhaps a corpse would be re-animated. Galvanism had given token of such things”, Mary wrote the night before sharing the story.
Doctor Michel had heard of the surgical process of chemical decomposition through electricity known as electrolysis and experimented with modifying it to develop a suitable technique for use on eyelashes. He placed a metal plate against the patient’s cheek connected to the positive electrode of a galvanic cell (battery), inserted a needle connected to the negative electrode into the follicle and applied a current. The hair then came away easily with tweezers. The mechanism of the hair follicle was found to have been destroyed by the caustic sodium hydroxide produced by the electro-chemical reaction to the extent that the hair would not regrow.
After perfecting his technique on eyelashes, Doctor Michel tried his hand at cosmetic surgery by applying it to eyebrows. He published a report detailing his electrochemical decomposition of hair follicles in the St. Louis Clinical Record in 1875.
Since 1875, electrolysis has been and remains the only 100% permanent hair removal method recognized by government regulatory agencies. Indeed, electrolysis permanently destroys germ cells responsible for hair growth by way of insertion of a fine probe in the hair follicle and the application of a current adjusted to each hair type and treatment area.
Thanks to modern technology, Apilus electrolysis devices have revolutionized permanent hair removal treatments. The creators of Apilus have designed a state-of-the-art computerized electrolysis machine that limits the level of destruction within the hair follicle, targeting only germ cells. This consequently protects the skin and prevents new hair growth.The Apilus Platinum Pure uses an ultrarapid 27 MHz radio frequency to permanently and rapidly eliminate all hair types of any color. Because, it works twice as fast as any other epilator, the cells responsible for hair growth are more rapidly coagulated, resulting in incomparable effectiveness and comfort.
Using state-of-the-art technology, the 27 MHz radio frequency is so swift and concentrated that treatments are much more comfortable as compared to conventional thermolysis and electrolysis.