Electrolysis is a method of hair removal that permanently removes hair growth.
Electrolysis has been around since 1875 when it was invented to remove ingrown eyelashes. Once the follicle had been treated with electrolysis the hair was permanently destroyed.
This method of hair removal is safe and reliable and able to treat all skin and hair types. There are many new treatments for hair reduction or non-permanent hair removal, yet they have their limitations. Electrolysis has remained the only treatment to achieve permanent and complete eradication of unwanted hair.
“For those who seek complete and permanent hair removal on any part of the body, regardless of skin tone or hair colour, there remains only one method that is approved by the British Medical Association – Electrolysis.”
How does Electrolysis work
Electrolysis involves the insertion of a very fine, disposable, sterile probe (the same diameter as the hair) into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening in the skin. A tiny amount of energy is then skilfully discharged into the hair follicle. The only sensation felt by the client is heat passing down the probe to the base of the follicle. The follicle destruction is achieved by heat (with thermolysis) or a chemical reaction (with galvanic) or both blended together (with the blend).
The treatment can be adapted to suit each client’s skin, hair and pain threshold.
During a course of treatments there will be a constant, gradual decrease in the growth of the hair until it has all been permanently removed and there are no hairs left. The number of treatments required will vary from person to person and will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Electrolysis can be used on any part of the body for any type of hair.
Areas of Treatment include:
- All facial areas
- Bikini line
- Chest, Back or Abdomen
- Fingers and Toes
We can also treat transgender clients, removing intimate body hair prior to surgery.
Types of Electrolysis
There are 3 methods of electrolysis to choose from in order to tailor your treatment to your skin type and reaction, and all 3 are capable of permanently removing hair. They are:
- Thermolysis (is also called diathermy or RF diathermy in some countries).
- The Blend
The first sign that your electrolysis treatment is working is that the hair growth will become softer, finer and lighter in colour. You will see and feel the difference throughout the course of treatment, so you do not have to wait until the end of your course to notice the change.
Our aftercare instructions do need to followed to support your electrolysis treatment.
Immediately after treatment we will apply an aftercare product. Our aftercare products are designed specifically to soothe, calm and protect the skin to avoid unwanted reactions. The aftercare products contain ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel and are in a gel formulation to enable the skin to breathe. We also have a specially formulated ‘Apres’ cream containing pigment to help mask any redness. This product is also specifically designed to soothe the skin and an alternative to make-up. These products are available to purchase at the salon at a relatively low cost. We see these products as part of the electrolysis treatment and must be applied morning and night for the following 48 hours or until the skin has fully healed.
There may be some hair growth between treatments. If the appointment is not within the next few days we advise to contact us to arrange bringing your appointments closer together. If you are unable to attend an appointment and you have hair growth you may only trim the hairs. This will clear the hair temporarily without interfering with the root of the hair and affecting results. Tweezing, threading and waxing must be avoided during a course of electrolysis.
Aftercare advice recommended for the 48 hours following treatment include:
- Avoid make-up (use Apres Cream as an alternative)
- Avoid soap and perfumed products
- Avoid sunbathing
- Avoid picking or touching the area
- Avoid swimming, steam rooms and saunas
- Avoid further heat treatments to the immediate area
- Wash hands and apply aftercare product to the area using fresh cotton wool
- Avoid all temporary methods of hair removal except trimming
- Keep up with appointments to obtain desired results
The following would contra-indicate electrolysis until the condition is cleared:
- Recent scar tissue in the area to be treated ( leave 6 months to a year depending on the size and depth of the wound)
- Sunburn in the area to be treated.
- Severe Dermatitis / Eczema (whilst open and sore)
- Any unidentifiable skin condition
Electrolysis on the following may be restricted but for your own peace of mind it may be worth visiting your GP to check that you are ok to proceeed:
- Asthma – Is your asthma is medically controlled? inhalers are normally steroid based which can have an influence on hair growth.
- Diabetes if insulin dependent we will need GP referral, if controlled by diet skins healing rate will be slower
- Hyper/Hypo pigmentation problems.
- Hiatus hernia (positioning)
- High blood pressure (where under medical supervision)
- Metal Plates & Pins can restrict the treatment. This will depend upon the size and location of the metal.
Contra-indications can prevent treatment or require your GPs approval. Should you be unsure of a particular condition or medication then its always best to seek a Doctor’s referral letter prior to treatment.
- Moles – We are able to treat hairs coming from moles but we will require a GP’s consent letter.
- Age – Any client under the age of 16 must have their parents or guardians consent. We will also require that the parent or guardian is present for all treatments.
- Anxiety/ stress (when severe).
- Areas where there is loss of tactile sensation.
- Blood disorders e.g. haemophilia, AIDS HIV. Hepatitis and HIV are both serious viruses transported by the blood. Due to the risks of cross infection unfortunately the treatment is not permitted.
- Cancer current or history of is contra-indicated, unless you have written permission from your GP.
- Cardiovascular disorders, circulatory disorder anti coagulant drugs, prescribed for these conditions, interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment and can cause clotting problems, varicose veins when working in the area
- Diabetes Diabetic clients may have a poor healing rate with little sensation in their skin the symptoms can either be controlled by diet and or medication. There are different types of diabetes and treatment can commence with a Doctor’s letter. If the treatment is permitted then it may be necessary to space out the treatments.
- Endocrine disorder/ hormone imbalance
- Electronic devices eg Pacemaker/defibrillator and auditory devices implant Pacemakers/ defibrillator are devices implanted to maintain a normal heart rate. The use of an electrical current can cause interference and the outcome could be fatal.
- Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs and occurs when the alveolar walls are destroyed along with the capillary blood vessels that run within them. This lessens the total area within the lung where blood and air can come together, limiting the potential for oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer.
- Viral infections e.g. Herpes Simplex or Warts in the area.
- Bacterial infections e.g. Impetigo highly contagious Acne Vulgaris.
- Fungal Infections e.g. Ringworm highly contagious.
- Parasitic infections e.g. Scabies highly contagious.
- Immune system. Normally the immune system protects the body from infection. In lupus, however, the immune system inappropriately attacks tissues in various parts of the body. This abnormal activity leads to tissue damage and illness
- Keloid scarring
- Medication certain medications can restrict electrolysis. A Doctor’s letter is required, as electrologists will not be knowledgeable enough about certain medications to make the decision.
- Metal plates and pins when using a direct current in particular the current will earth itself at the nearest piece of metal. SWD method of electrolysis is also a contra-indication if in the immediate vicinity.
- Pregnancy ie the first trimester when the viability of the foetus is questionable. We also not perform Blend or Galvanic methods below the neck area during pregnancy.
- Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system mistakes the skin cells as a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.
- Skin conditions: If you suffer with facial erythema, ezcema, dermatitis, sunburn, cuts abrasions, recent wounds, bruising, oedema, treatment may be prevented or restricted.
Electrolysis Treatment Options
Electrolysis Consultation - Free
Our consultation procedure will always be carried out with new clients whether or not they have had electrolysis at another salon or clinic. There can be misconceptions about the treatment and objectives may be misplaced, so it is very important we see each new client as if they were having electrolysis for the first time and work through the process thoroughly. Our consultation will enable us to provide the most effective treatment to suit your needs.