Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis is performed by inserting a very fine, flexible needle into the follicle. We then skillfully apply a tiny amount of current to destroy the lower part of the follicle, which gradually stops any more hairs growing from that particular follicle. The destruction is carried out by heat (thermolysis), a chemical reaction (galvanic) or both blended together (blend).
Electrolysis is suitable for both male & female clients, any skin tone & any hair colour. It is great for dealing with white, grey or non-pigmented hairs.
Where can be treated?
Practically any area, apart from the inside of the nose and inner ear (mucous membrane tissue) Common areas are the face, nipples, abdomen, bikini line, fingers and toes. For men, the upper arms, around the ears, top of the nose, top of the back and around the edges of the beard where ingrown hairs are causing problems.
Does it hurt?
It is roughly the same sensation as if you were to pluck the hair. However, it varies according to where the hair is and how you have been removing the hair so far. Remember the settings can be adjusted to make the treatment more tolerable, and there are 3 methods of electrolysis called thermolysis, galvanic and blend. Each appointment can be adjusted if necessary.
How many treatments will I need?
Since everyone has a different density of hair (ie some have lots packed into a small area and others have less hair spaced out) it’s impossible to put a figure on the number of treatments you’ll need. You will certainly need to have regular appointments over a long period of time (at least a year if not more for most areas) as this is how long it takes for every hair to appear at the surface of the skin. Not all our hair is growing at the same time, and it can be quite a shock to find that those 3 or 4 hairs on your chin are actually 30 or more hairs ‘taking turns’ to grow. On top of this your hair diameter, skin sensitivity and other factors such as medication & hormone levels affect how much treatment will be needed & how much can be given in a single sitting.
You will be able to see the hair reducing throughout your treatments though, so you do not have to wait until the end to see a difference.
What about side effects?
There is usually some redness and a little swelling resembling an insect bite straight after electrolysis. These will disappear after an hour or so. The next day your skin will be clear and shouldn’t show any signs of treatment. The exception is the body which may show tiny pinprick scabs, which will drop off naturally within a week or so. On rare occasions, you may see these tiny scabs on the face, usually when the treated hair was distorted or ingrown and hence the surrounding skin was damaged.
I want electrolysis but do I have to walk around with visible hair just for my appointments?
You can still remove hair between appointments by cutting or shaving (yes, even on the face) just so long as there is enough to show where the hair is on the day of your appointment. But please, do not be tempted to tweeze or wax!!