Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal solution for men and women available to treat all skin types and hair types. It has been used for over 100 years for its efficacy and safety to remove unwanted hair on the body and the face. Hairs are targeted one at a time, making this a popular hair removal choice for small areas like the upper lip and chin.
Electrolysis is often used to treat areas of the body that cannot be treated with a laser. It is also a brilliant option to target the fine hairs that can be present even after laser treatment has finished.
Did you know that there are certain areas of the body that should not be treated with laser?
Laser can, in some cases, send hair growth into overdrive. This is called paradoxical hair growth. Here, electrolysis is the answer.
A very fine probe is inserted into the opening of the hair follicle and a small amount of energy is released. This energy travels down the hair follicle where it reaches the root, destroying it either via heat or with a chemical reaction, or a combination of the two.The level of intensity of this treatment can be adjusted for each patient depending on his or her skin type and hair type.
After treatment, the hair should appear lighter and finer in texture. It can take a course of treatment to achieve permanent results but you will see a difference after each treatment.
Which areas can we treat with electrolysis?
- Full face
- Full Arms
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELECTROLYSIS AND LASER?
Laser requires further treatment when the hair grows back, whereas electrolysis will destroy the hairs indefinitely.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a very fine, disposable, sterile probe to permanently destroy the follicle’s ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth on completion of the course of treatment.
Laser tends to treat large areas of skin using a laser which can reduce hair growth, but does not remove all of the hair permanently. It is termed hair reduction rather than hair removal. It is possible to perform both electrolysis and laser together, as the two treatments can work well in conjunction with each other in some circumstances. Permanent hair removal with electrolysis requires a longer course of treatment but results in complete, permanent removal of all hair treated.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
The number of treatments required will vary from person to person as each client will have a different density of hair growth (e.g. there may be between 50 hairs and 500 hairs packed into a small area of skin tissue, whilst some clients will have less hair which is spaced out). This means that each treatment course will vary, and therefore no actual figure can be put on the number of treatments required, but you will quickly feel and see a difference giving you the confidence to continue with your treatment course. You will need to have regular appointments over a period of time (at least a year if not more) for most areas. 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 could actually be 30 or more hairs ‘taking turns’ to grow! On top of this hair thickness, skin sensitivity, dryness and other factors affect how quickly each hair can be eliminated. Appointment times can vary from as little as 10 minutes to as much as several hours, depending on how large an area needs to be treated.
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL TREATMENT LAST?
In electrolysis there is really no ‘typical’ treatment as all clients are individuals and a treatment plan is created to suit the individual’s needs and requirements. Treatments can take anything from 10 minutes once a month to up to 2 hours once a week. Electrolysis treatment will initially take longer and be frequent eventually tailing off to shorter less frequent treatments as the hair becomes less dense, finer, lighter and less noticeable. Treatment can be performed in one area or in many different areas in any given treatment session. With the transgender community appointments can be in excess of 4 hours in any one session and are usually initially concentrated on facial hair growth.
- Heart conditions (uncontrolled)
- High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
- Diabetes (uncontrolled)
- Cancer (all forms)
- Undergoing chemotherapy or immune therapy
- Varicose veins
- Active Herpes/cold sores (on treatment area)
- Open lesions
- Depilatory creams (wait 2 weeks)
- Recent waxing/plucking (all electrolysis based hair removal treatments require there to be a follicle to target)