Electrolysis: HSA Eligibility

Electrolysis: reimbursement is not eligible with a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Electrolysis is related to cosmetic purposes and has no medical purpose, therefore it is not eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the act of removing a human hair through the use of a metal probe that does not puncture the skin, but merely enters the hair follicle. The probe delivers electricity to the follicle, causing localized damage that prevents hair regrowth. Various methods of electrolysis cause this damage in different ways (WebMD).

Electrolysis methods

Galvanic Method

Galvanic electrolysis delivers up to 3 milliamperes of electricity which creates sodium hydroxide at the site of the hair follicle.

Thermolysis Method

Thermolysis hair removal is also known as radio frequency (RF), shortwave or diathermy. The probe is effectively a radio transmitter with an output of up to 8 watts at a specific frequency, which causes RF energy to emanate from the probe tip to the human tissue within about one millimeter. The hair cells are heated to between 118 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, preventing future hair growth.

Blend Method

The advantages of thermolysis and galvanic methods are combined by the “blend” method, which uses both technologies in the metal probe.

Other Facts about Electrolysis

The medical professional who inserts the electrolysis probe into the hair follicle must match the angle of the hair growth protruding from the skin in order to properly reach the follicle itself. A probe is usually 50 to 150 micrometers in diameter, equal or smaller than the hair follicle’s diameter, which allows the probe to reach the follicle without puncturing the skin.

Individual states determine their own licensing and regulation of electrolysis professional work and services.

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