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The History of Electrolysis

The History of Electrolysis

Electrolysis has been around since 1869, and it was used originally for the removal of ingrown eyelashes. These offending eyelashes would scrape the cornea of the eye until blindness occurred. Doctors used many methods to stop this from happening, including contaminated needles inserted to cause infection. Unfortunately, this method did not work. They used corkscrew-type devices to damage the follicles, and hair still grew. They surgically removed the eyelash and skin down past the follicle which worked, but disfigured the person.

Dr. Michael used electricity to coagulate the follicle, and the solution was found. The Galvanic Method took three to five minutes per follicle, but the solution was worth it. Electrolysis then started to become popular for other areas, but the timeframes were inconvenient. A typical one hour treatment of this type only treated roughly 12 hairs.

In 1916, Paul Kree incorporated the Galvanic Method, which used up to 16 needles inserted at a time. This helped to multiply the amount of hair follicles being treated, up to 190 per hour.

In 1923, Dr. Bordier wrote the first article on hair removal using high frequency current, which is direct heat, known as Thermolysis. The importance of the high frequency current was speed. Each hair taking a fraction of a second to cauterize the follicle and sterilizing the area, therefore no hair growth. A good practitioner can sterilize 1500 hair follicles per hour.

Then in 1948, Henri St. Pierre and Arthur Hinkel invented the Blend Method, using both prior methods together, resulting in speed, efficiency, and less skin trauma. This method would sterilize 300 hair follicles per hour.

The Desloges Method of Electrolysis™ uses blend for the face, taking approximately twelve seconds per hair follicle, and no after-treatment trauma. We also use thermolysis for the body, having a recovery time of up to six months, but very quick for large areas. With the use of anesthetic, body areas are completed in five to eight treatments.

The longevity of this treatment proves the safety of it.