The only permanent solution for unwanted hair, for patients with all hair types.
Electrolysis hair removal is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal and is suitable for all hair types on the face and body. Electrolysis takes time and requires several sessions to achieve the best possible outcomes. It is therefore best suited to smaller or more sensitive areas of the face and body.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a safe, effective, progressive and permanent method of removing unwanted hair.
It is used for the permanent removal of hair on smaller or more sensitive areas of the face and body. It is also used for other cosmetic conditions including the treatment for facial thread veins, spider naevus, Campbell de Morgans, skin tags, milia and hairs in moles.
There are 3 methods of electrolysis available. Galvanic, Diathermy and Blend. You therapist will discuss which of the treatments is best for you.
How does it work?
A fine probe (about the size of an eyelash) is inserted into the hair follicle where a tiny burst of energy is targeted at the root of the hair. This burst of energy prevents nutrients feeding the hair ad the hair becomes weaker and finer. After repeated treatments the hair is no longer able to grow and complete hair free results are obtained.
Each hair requires repeated treatment because each individual hair has its own growing cycle and blood supply. Electrolysis works by weakening the hair and eventually destroying it. Results take a little time, but, just like dieting, it’s not the crash diet but the healthy eating plan that works in the long run.
Please see our fact sheet: understanding how hair grows.
Does it hurt
This very much depends on a patient’s tolerance to pain, the area being treated and the type of hair. The sensation ranges from a sting to a short heat sensation. A topical anaesthetic can be applied 30 minutes before the treatment to help with comfort (for electrolysis hair removal).
Is it safe?
Dr Charles Michel, an opthamologist devised electrolysis hair removal in 1875 to remove his patients’ painful ingrown eyelashes. Dr Michel discovered that once the follicle had been treated the hair was permanently destroyed. Significant technological advancements mean that electrolysis has the best and longest track record for hair removal and medical experts agree is the only safe and effective method of permanent hair removal.
What infection control procedures are in place?
Sterex disposable probes are used to totally eliminate any risk of cross infection and therefore for each client a brand new, sterile probe is used.
How many treatments will I need?
Your electrologist will discuss the number of treatments required at your consultation. However Electrolysis is not an exact science and therefore we do not guarantee hair removal in a specific time frame.
Who carries out the treatment?
Electrolysis is very safe when performed by a qualified electrologist. All of our therapists who carry out electrolysis are fully qualified and experienced. Please ask to see certificates.
How long does each treatment take?
Sessions can last from 5 to 60 minutes and you will be advised on your individual session length at your consultation.
What does the consultation involve?
You will have a thorough consultation to ensure the treatment is suitable for you and which method is best for you.
You will have a chance to ask questions about the treatment and to experience a ‘taster session’. Your electrolysis will discuss with you a treatment plan and cost estimate.
(please refer to our ‘Ask The Right Questions’ fact sheet)
Are there any side effects?
Side effects can include:
- Erythema (reddening of the skin)
- Crusts and scabbing
- Pigmentation markings
- Ingrown hairs
- The majority of side effects are superficial and short lived
What is the post treatment advice?
Patients must follow the post treatment advice for a minimum of 24hrs following treatment:
- Do not use a steam room or sauna
- Avoid exercise
- Avoid sunbathing (including the use of sun beds)
- Avoid make up to the treated area
- Avoid contact with water (For electrolysis cosmetic procedures other than hair removal)
- Avoid alcohol or perfumed based products on the area treated
- Prevent stretching and touching the treated area
Who shouldn’t have electrolysis?
People with pacemakers, pregnant women
Results may vary based on each patient’s physical health, diet and exercise, and adherence to the course of treatments. Any treatment results described in testimonials or photos are not typical for every individual. No treatments will be given unless a clinical need exists based on a consultation, examination and current medical history. All information contained within this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem, nor is it intended to replace the advice of a qualified practitioner. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this website. Always consult your GP or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health or on any opinions expressed within this website. The information within this website is believed to be accurate at the time of publication.