Transcutaneous & Transdermal Hair Removal
(Non-invasive & No-needle Electrolysis)

Transcutaneous (Transdermal) can also be called as non-invasive electrolysis, no-needle electrolysis and it was founded as an alternative to electric tweezers. When the use of electric tweezers was stopped, the manufacturers made some modifications in the apparatus. They replaced the electric tweezers with an electrified cotton swab and claimed same results. Transcutaneous works through the use of conductive gel, which is rubbed on the area where the hair is to be taken off. An adhesive patch touching the gel is then applied to the skin, and an electric current is passed through it. The hair root is then, at least in theory, damaged permanently when it travels to the hair follicle.

We all know that patches can be used as a way to deliver drugs sub-dermally, such as nicotine patches and lidocaine patches, which are used to deliver the anaesthetic to children without using needles. However, caution is necessary in that electricity is used for removal of hair. Hair does not conduct electricity but skin does. As the electricity has the tendency to pass through the medium of poor resistance, it will spread along the surface of the skin than passing through the hair. Therefore, the Transcutaneous's assurance that it will reach the root of the hair to destroy it has no scientific backup.

In 2001 FDA informed the producing company of the fact that their claims about permanent and painless method of hair removal, exercised by means of transcutaneous patches, violated the federal law. It was the second warning of FDA. No clinical data proves that transdermal and transcutaneous are permanent methods of hair removal.

Transcutaneous & Transdermal (No-needle Electrolysis)

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