Electrolysis is the only proven method for permanent hair removal with a history of over a century long. Today electrolysis is an ideal alternative when laser is not the right option. Electrolysis will permanently remove unwanted hair to reveal hair-free skin regardless of the cause or hair type, as it can treat all hair types including blonde, red and gray hair.
How does electrolysis work?
The treatment is performed using a medical electrology device and involves inserting of a very fine sterile needle (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the three main hair structures called the bulge, the bulb and papilla, all of which cause hair to grow and regenerate.
The 3 stages of hair growth
Electrolysis treats hair effectively in active growth stage called anagen phase only. Each growth cycle includes an anagen, catagen, and telogen phase. During the anagen phase, the hair grows actively from the follicle. The next phase of the growth cycle is the catagen phase. This is a short transitional period in which the hair stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks in size. The follicle breaks away from the dermal papilla, which supplies nutrients to the hair follicle. The dermal papilla then regresses. The last phase of the growth cycle is the telogen, or resting phase. During the telogen phase, the hair follicle reattaches to the dermal papilla, at which point the follicle re-enters the anagen phase. As a new hair begins to grow, the old hair is pushed out of the follicle.
Will electrolysis work for me?
Most likely. Electrolysis is effective for all skin types, hair types, skin colors, hair colors, and can be performed on almost all areas. It can be applied to most facial and body parts, including eyebrows, chin, upper and lower lip, jaw line and sides of the face, breast, underarms, abdomen, bikini line, feet, legs, and back. Details of your suitability will be discussed during your consultation with our physician, who will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Does electrolysis have any side effects on the skin?
Immediately following treatment, there may be a temporary redness or tenderness, which varies with each individual. You may also experience possible bruising, scabbing or skin irritation for approximately 1 week after the procedure. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. We will provide you with post treatment instructions and any personal attention you may need.
After three to five treatments, spaced out every one to two weeks for the small area, most patients will see considerable reduction. Hair that remains should be thinner and softer.
Electrolysis can be a permanent procedure, so it’s important to be sure about the treatment before you have it. Prior to your treatment, let us know if following apply:
Before Electrolysis Treatment
· Refrain from regular use of aspirin or aspirin-containing products, fish oil, vitamin E or Gingko Biloba for 7 days before the procedure.
· Do not shave or use depilatories prior to the procedure.
· Mild pain is not uncommon. Brufen can be taken if necessary.
· If you have any further questions, please ask us prior to the procedure.
After Electrolysis Treatment
Every step is taken during your electrolysis procedure to provide a clean and sterile treatment. Please help your skin to heal by keeping your hands off the treated area. Please adhere further to the following:
· Don’t pluck, tweeze, wax or use any other depilatory method once your electrolysis treatments have begun
· Don’t scratch, pick, and exfoliate treatment areas for 72 hrs after
· No sun exposure or sun beds on treated areas for 48 to 72 hours, before and after treatment
· Don’t shave or bleach the treatment area for 24-72 hours, this can cause irritation or a chemical burn
· Don’t use deodorant for 24 hours after treatment of underarm area
In the unlikely event that treatment area becomes inflamed, develops pustules, or has ingrown hairs call us immediately on 043388238.