Hair Removal Electrolysis

Electrolysis was first invented in 1865 and is a proven, effective and totally safe method of permanent hair removal. Advancing technology has meant electrolysis is now more gentle and comfortable, even more effective and remains an affordable, modern treatment increasingly popular today. It is equally beneficial as a stand alone treatment or as part of a programme of support with hair management systems such as IPL or Laser. Each individual hair requires treatment a number of times, so results take time, however it remains the ONLY PERMANENT method of hair removal.

Treatment Overview

  • Permanently reduce unwanted hair
  • For optimum results: short, frequent treatment sessions are recommended every 1-6 weeks, depending on hair growth
  • Electrolysis involves heat application by use of an electric current. Short wave diathermy uses an alternating current at a high frequency and low voltages, this causes water molecules around the hair follicle to vibrate resulting in the production of heat, stopping the blood supply to the root, which weakens and eventually destroys the hair.

What Is Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Electrolysis hair removal provides an effective and permanent treatment solution for excess hair in undesirable areas of the body.

It offers an excellent alternative to IPL and Laser hair removal and is suitable for all hair colours and skin types, including those with grey/light coloured hairs.

How Does It Work?

A small, fine probe (approximately the width of a single hair) is inserted into the base of each hair follicle. The probe delivers a small electrical current lasting around 5 seconds – the current destroys the growth centre of the hair with the heat from the electrical energy, preventing re-growth. The treated hair is then removed, usually with tweezers.

Who Needs Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is used to treat unwanted hair in both men and women – excessive hair growth on an undesirable body part can cause distress and embarrassment. For some people excess hair growth occurs due to hormonal and hereditary factors, in others it may be a result of a medical condition or from taking certain medications. Electrolysis provides a highly effective solution in the treatment and management of excess hair.

What Are the Benefits of Electrolysis?

The main benefits of electrolysis are that not only is it suitable for all skin types and hair colours, it is also ideally suited to treat smaller, sensitive areas of unwanted hair, such as on the upper lips, chin.

How Many Sessions Are Needed and How Long Will They Last?

Electrolysis treats each hair individually; therefore, multiple treatment sessions are required. Treatment times vary depending on the individual and on the area being treated, and be anything from 10 minutes up to 1 hour.

Does Electrolysis Hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, the skin is not broken during the treatment, and a warming sensation is sometimes described during treatment. Some individuals may experience mild discomfort – your practitioner will ensure this is kept to a minimum at all times during the procedure.

Treatment Advice

Exposure to the sun should be avoided before and following electrolysis hair removal treatment. It is advisable to limit the use of temporary hair removal techniques (plucking, waxing, shaving etc.) for up to 4 weeks prior to treatment. It is also important to inform your practitioner of any skin treatments you may have had recently.

Post Treatment

Following electrolysis, it is not unusual to experience some mild redness and irritation at the treatment site - this should subside within 24 – 48 hours. In some cases, a very small pin-prick sized scab may form where the hair was removed, this will heal within a few days following treatment.