What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a form of permanent hair removal. Each hair follicle is treated individually with a tiny micro needle. The hair has a natural opening in the skin, therefore we are not piercing the skin. The tiny needle is gently inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical current is released through the needle into the base of the hair follicle. This burns, or cauterises, the root of the hair. This essentially kills the hair root and makes the follicle incapable of producing more hair.
To ensure no damage to the skin and to manage discomfort levels to the client, only a very small amount of current is put into the root of the hair. Therefore several sessions are required to get a permanent result. The follicle needs to be treated until it is no longer able to produce a hair. The hair will get finer, lighter and weaker over the course of treatments, until the hair follicle is unable to produce more hair.
Is the result permanent?
The individual hair follicles we are treating are killed permanently so they are unable to produce more hair. However, new hairs can appear in other untreated follicles. Should you have a medical condition such as endometriosis or be on certain medications, the treatments may take much longer or be less effective. Hair growth is affected by the production or growth of hormones, and clients experiencing hormonal changes can find hair reduction more of a challenge, whether done with electrolysis or by other methods. In these circumstances, although the hair growth will be permanently reduces, it is likely that ongoing maintenance sessions will be required. Advice will be provided on your specific circumstances by the therapist during your initial consultation.
Which areas can be treated?
Smaller areas, especially on the face, are most popular for treatment. These include jaw, chin, upper lip, cheeks, neck and between the eyebrows. Small body areas such as nipples, chest, around the belly button can also be treated. Larger body areas are more likely to be suitable for IPL hair removal. Other areas could be treated where there are no more than half dozen or so sparse hairs.
When is Electrolysis a better option than IPL hair removal?
For larger areas, especially on the body we generally recommend IPL hair removal, as this is safe, effective and very fast compared to electrolysis. Electrolysis would be more advisable where the hairs are sparse, light in colour and few in number. Electrolysis may also be preferred for clients who are unable to get IPL due to medical contraindications, or due to having more photo sensitive skin.
What will my skin look like after the treatment?
There are many factors which can affect how your skin will react. These include the strength of current used, the length of the session, and the size of the area treated. Reactions also vary from person to person. Generally the treated area becomes slightly red, although this usually dies down within an hour or two. Some clients experience some small bumps in the area, again this is just part of the skin’s natural healing process and settles down very quickly. Full advice on aftercare will be given during the consultation and treatments.
Who will perform the treatments?