Hair removal via electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. My device destroys the growth centre of the hair with chemical and/or heat energy after a very fine disposable needle is inserted into the hair follicle. I then remove the hair with sterile tweezers.
Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis. There are generally no side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.
What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?
Excess hair growth can be the result of heredity and hormonal levels. Also, some drugs, and illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it may not be desired such as on a woman's upper lip, chin, or bikini line. Men can also benefit from this treatment.
Number of treatments?
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 over a small area of skin). This means that each course of treatments 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. Those half a dozen hairs on your chin could actually be 30 or more hairs ‘taking turns’ to grow! 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.
Hair growth cycle
Only hairs in the anagen stage of growth fully respond to electrolysis. Hairs can stay in any one growth cycle for many months and each individual is different. It is not possible to tell from the ‘outside’ what growth stage a hair is in.
Contras to receiving treatment
There are very few contraindications that prevent treatment and these will be discussed during your consultation but it is not possible to treat a client with Epilepsy (unless it is under control and a Doctor’s consent letter is required). Hepatitis B, HIV nor Haemophilia nor a client with neither metal plates nor pins in the treatment area. Also listed as contras are psoriasis and acne in the treatment area nor can work take place in the vicinity of varicose veins. Recent use of laser, micro Dermabrasion and chemical peels would prevent treatment due to sensitivity of skin in the treatment area. Some medical conditions may require you to obtain a GP’s letter (e.g. skin cancer)
Treatment is not advised if your skin is prone to Keloid scarring
Immediately following treatment your skin may appear quite red, inflamed and slightly swollen
It is essential that the following advice is adhered to for the following 48 hours:
Apply a soothing (non-perfumed) product regularly with clean fingers to keep the area cool and prevent infection. Witch hazel and Aloe Vera are suggested products
Avoid direct heat such as hot baths (showers), saunas or exposure to ultraviolet light (sun bed or sun light) Use SPF 25 if you cannot avoid the sun
Avoid deodorant for underarm area treatment
Avoid touching the area to prevent infection
Wash and cleanse around the area and pat dry to avoid rubbing
Avoid all temporary methods of hair removal, other than trimming, between appointments