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Just wondering exactly what is electrolysis and is it safe to do?

Just wondering exactly what is electrolysis and is it safe to do?

Safe: Usually we use it to burn off small blood vessel growth called "spide nevus". It's a low-voltage electric equipment. We also use it to permanently remove hair at axillae(armpits). It is safe in derm's hands. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Electrolysis (Definition)

The use of a pulse of electrical current to damage and destroy hair follicles in areas of unwanted hair. Unlike shaving, the root of the hairs are damaged in ...Read more


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I recently heard about electrolysis for permanent hair removal. Why is laser hair removal so much more popular then electrolysis? Is it safe?

I recently heard about electrolysis for permanent hair removal. Why is laser hair removal so much more popular then electrolysis? Is it safe?

Laser is better: Electrolysis hair removal was the standard before lasers revolutionized the field of permanent hair removal. Now, nothing is permanent and 100% in medicine, but there's permanent hair reduction. While electrolysis treats each hair bulb at a time, laser can treat a lot of hairs instantly at the same time.A bikini area can be lasered in 10 min. Lasers do not work for white, red and light blond hair. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have electrolysis in the genital area? Can i safely have electrolysis to remove the hair from my pubic area? .

Many : Many women undergo electrolysis of the areas for bikini lines (ie top of panty) and the legs where they meet the panty line. Yes, although there are some risks for electrolysis, it is generally safe. ...Read more

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I am on warfarin, 7.5 mg for a recently diagnosed DVT. I get electrolysis on my eyebrows. Is it safe to continue with my appointments?

I am on warfarin, 7.5 mg for a recently diagnosed DVT.  I get electrolysis on my eyebrows.  Is it safe to continue with my appointments?

Probably yes: It should be OK but if not YAG laser can do the job with proper eye protection which means pulling brow upwards above the superior orbital rim (bone defining eye socket) and covering the eye with proper shield. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to drive after smoking a bowl?

The next day!: To be sure you're going to drive safely, just wait until the next day. No one ever lives with the regret of doing the right thing. Don't find out you shouldn't have driven by causing an accident! ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to be around people after having mumps?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to be around people after having mumps?

Contagious: You are the most contagious within the first 5 days of symptom onset. ...Read more

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What exactly does waist training do and is it safe and effective?

What exactly does waist training do and is it safe and effective?

Dangerous practice: Tight lacing (also called waist training or corset training) can cause shortness of breath, fainting, indigestion. This practice can decrease lung volume (requiring intercostal breathing). Relatively less use of lower lungs can leading to coughing. Some corset styles can push the lower ribs inward. The liver is forced upward & accessory lobes of the liver may form. Stomach volume is reduced & > ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to tan after a 2nd degree burn?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to tan after a 2nd degree burn?

Healed: When the burned area is completely healed. This may takes months. Wld use sunscreen so not to re-burn the skin for it is susceptible to burning. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to have sex when you do the calendar method?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to have sex when you do the calendar method?

Safe is relative: Sperm are hardy little devels. I have had women get pregnat with condoms, birth controll pills, diaphragms and spermacidal cream. I have had one lady with a tubal tigation. Most fertile time is around ovulation which is normally about mid cycle. So if you stay away from mid-cycle you may be 'safe'. ...Read more