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Removing individual hairs from the face and body. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle and an electric current moves down the probe to the bottom of the hair follicle, destroying the hair root.
Electrolysis can provide permanent hair removal if you have extra or unwanted hair growth. It’s safe to use for facial hair removal and the rest of the body. A trained electrologist removes the hair with an electric current during your sessions. The procedure is not painful and has no long-lasting side effects. You can book an appointment by going to the bottom of this page.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a hair removal treatment. A trained electrologist inserts a thin wire into the hair follicle under the skin’s surface. An electric current moves down the wire to the bottom of the follicle, destroying the hair root. The follicle damage prevents hair from growing and causes the existing hair to fall out.
Electrolysis has been around for more than 100 years. It was first invented to remove irritating ingrown eyelash hairs. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal.
Who needs electrolysis?
Hair growth is normal and often desirable. But sometimes people want electrolysis because they:
- Are you unhappy about where hair grows (for example, between the eyebrows, upper lip, or breasts)?
- Have hirsutism, which is excessive hair growth.
- Is gender transitioning?
What parts of the body can electrolysis treat?
Electrolysis can treat most areas of the body, including the following:
- Bikini line, thighs and lower legs.
- Breasts and abdomen.
- Face, including lip, chin and eyebrows.
- Fingers and toes.
What is the cause of unwanted hair growth?
Causes of extra hair growth include:
- Heredity issues (genetics can influence whether you have a lot of body hair or not).
- Hormone levels, such as high levels of androgens (male hormones).
- Certain drugs, such as some steroids.
- Certain illnesses, such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
What machine is used during electrolysis?
Medical electrolysis devices are called epilators. They destroy the growth centre of the hair using an electric current.
What happens during electrolysis?
Electrologists use a thin needle, often even finer than the hair. They insert the needle into the opening of the hair follicle. A small electrical current destroys the hair growth cells. As a result, the skin where the needle enters may feel temporarily hot or like a pinch.
How many electrolysis treatments do I need?
You will need several appointments. The number of sessions required to achieve permanent hair removal differs from person to person. Typically, you need an appointment every week or every other week. The appointments can last for up to a year and a half.
Treatment length depends on several factors, including the body area and hair type growing there. For example, if you’re treating a larger area or an area with coarse hair, you’ll need more treatments.
Why so many treatments?
Hairs have different growth cycles. Your hair follicle produces hair and discards it through shedding. This hair production cycle is a process of growth, rest and replacement. Individual hairs are in different phases of this cycle. Therefore, more than one treatment catches the hairs at the right point in the cycle to destroy them.
How long does electrolysis treatment last?
An electrolysis treatment lasts anywhere between 15 minutes and one hour.
What happens after the procedure?
For the first 24 hours after your treatment, try to avoid activities that may irritate the hair follicles, including:
- Anything that causes sweating.
- Staying out in the sun.
- Applying makeup.
RISKS / BENEFITS OF ELECTROLYSIS
What is the advantage of electrolysis?
Many people experience permanent hair removal after finishing electrolysis treatments. Also, electrolysis works with the broadest range of skin and hair types. It’s suitable for sensitive body areas, like the face or bikini line. The main disadvantage to electrolysis is the length of time needed to achieve permanent hair removal.
Are there any risks or complications of electrolysis?
Electrolysis is very safe. Very slight risks of infection (from an unsterile needle) or scarring exist if the electrolysis is not done correctly. If you choose a certified, professional electrolysis practice, these risks are very low.
You may have a slight reddening of the skin during or right after treatment. It’s very short-lived. People with darker skin may have temporary dark spots on their skin. The spots fade over time, so don’t use bleaching cream on them.
Will electrolysis leave a scar?
Scarring is rare after electrolysis treatments.
Is electrolysis painful?
Electrolysis doesn’t typically cause too much discomfort. However, you may feel a slight tingling. Talk to your electrologist about a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) if necessary.
RECOVERY AND OUTLOOK
What is the recovery time after electrolysis?
You can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment.
Is electrolysis permanent?
Yes, electrolysis safely and permanently removes hair from all skin tones. However, because electrolysis permanently destroys the growth cells in the hair follicles, the hair will not grow back.
What should I ask a clinician before the procedure?
When you meet with the electrologist, ask:
- How will the procedure feel?
- How long is each session?
- How many visits do you think I’ll need?
- How much will this treatment cost?
- Will insurance cover electrolysis treatment?
- How long have you been practising electrolysis?
- How many people have you treated?
What should I look for when choosing a qualified beautician?
Not all Beauty clinicians are trained professionals who can safely perform electrolysis procedures. When choosing a beauty clinician, ask about:
- Qualifications: Many states require licensing or certification for electrolysis. Check that the provider’s certificate is up to date and on display. If your state does not regulate electrolysis, ask if the provider attended an accredited beauty training college.
- Recommendations: Ask friends or family members for recommendations from personal experience. Or ask your healthcare provider for advice.
- Consultation: Many practices offer a free electrolysis consultation. Ask any questions you have at this first visit to feel comfortable with your choice.
- Cleanliness and hygiene: At your consultation, ask about cleaning and sterilisation procedures. See if the practice looks clean and if workers use disposable equipment. Make sure you are comfortable with the electrolysis.
How does electrolysis compare to temporary methods of hair removal?
Many people use chemical depilatories to remove leg hair, such as liquids or creams. The chemicals in these products can irritate your skin. Chemical hair removal can be messy and take a long time. Waxing, another method of hair removal, can be painful and costly. Home waxing kits may be messy and hard to use.
Can I use an at-home electrolysis device?
Electrical electrolysis devices exist on the market, available for home use. But it’s best to go to training for electrolysis. They use high-quality, sterile equipment and can individualize the treatment to best suit your needs.
Electrolysis can offer a permanent solution for people who want to remove body hair. A trained electrologist performs the procedure, which is generally not painful. After several treatment sessions, you’ll likely be hair-free.
Our clinicians also offer qualifications to beauticians, nurses & doctors through our international training college AHBT so you can expect the very best free consultation should you need it. You can complete our simple form below for a callback or book a free consultation.
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