The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 7, 2010

Hair, be gone!

Procedure can help women feel better about looks

By Erin Thompson
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Unwanted facial and body hair can be awkward and embarrassing, but it doesn’t have to be, said Kimberly Yohn, owner of Elite Electrolysis, of Lewisburg.

“I wish everyone could be able to look in the mirror and like what they see.”

At the Lewisburg Professional Building Yohn works to correct nature’s blunders by removing unwanted or ingrown hairs caused by genetics, changes in medications and damage to the skin.

Facial hair in women “makes you feel dirty and ungroomed,” said Yohn, who recently took on a partner, Amy Wertz, who has had several years of experience in the field.

While tweezing and waxing can cause hair to grow back stronger and thicker, making the situation worse by agitating the follicle under the skin, electrolysis treats individual hairs with electrical currents that destroy the follicle and papillae that support the hair.

Electrolysis, they say, is the only proven method to permanently remove hair.

“It makes you feel confident and more attractive,” said Yohn.

“One woman told me she let her husband touch her face for the first time,” after one of her treatments. “It made her feel more attractive and less insecure in her personal life.”

Business professionals concerned with good grooming also typically opt to use electrolysis to remove unwanted hair around the eyebrows and ears.

“Appearance is very important no matter what job you have,” Yohn said. “You can pluck (eyebrows, etc.), but then you have to worry about it being even.”

Many of Yohn’s clients had a morning routine to rid unwanted facial hair. “Some even took a razor to work to shave again mid-day.”

Electrolysis is often used alongside, or as an alternative to laser hair removal, which is more expensive and temporary solution, according to Yohn, who said a laser hair removal procedure is only a reduction. Electrolysis will permanently remove the unwanted hair.

With electrolysis, clients can get a 15-minute session for about $20.

“Most people say ‘if I knew it were this easy, I would’ve done it years ago,’” she said.

Yohn had hair removed around her eyebrows with electrolysis while she was earning her certification in electrology from Venus Schools, Inc., Sharon Hill, and said she found the experience “relaxing.”

“It’s not your grandma’s electrolysis,” she said, explaining that it’s not as painful as it used to be. “It’s like a spa treatment.”

The procedure begins with a conditioning treatment to the skin, then each hair is treated individually with gold filaments, which use electrical currents to shut down the lower portion of the follicle so the hair can’t grow back.

Gold filament needles are gently attached to the skin and leave little irritation.

The electrolysis technician then slides out the hair and conditions the skin again uses a dust mineral powder to cover any skin irritation.

According to Yohn, the complete procedure may take a few treatments to completely remove the hair.

Because electrolysis is not regulated under the cosmetology or medical professions in Pennsylvania, it can be difficult to find a reputable center, but Yohn and Wertz emphasize the importance of choosing a certified electrologist.

“It’s hard to find people who do it, and it’s hard to find a school that teaches it,” said Yohn. “A lot of people need it, but a lot of people shy away from (the profession) because it takes a lot of precision.”

In addition to being an electrologist, Yohn is also an aesthetician who does skin analysis and can recommend skin care products that will help with acne, rosacea and anti-aging.

For more information, call 522-3532.

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