Electrolysis is used to permanently remove unwanted excess hair. Electrolysis consists of three types of services; diathermy, galvanic and blend. A fine needle is used to deliver an electrical current to the hair follicle to destroy the hair follicle tissue, preventing regrowth. Facial electrolysis is used to treat the upper lip, chin, sides of the face, the hair line, the neck and eyebrows.
During an initial consultation we will assess the skin condition and the hair growth of concern. A treatment plan will be identified for the client’s individual needs.
Treatment is often recommended every 7 – 14 days; though this will vary depending on the area and skin type.
Although this is classed as a permanent removal of hair, the result is achieved over a period of time. The hair cycle of growth involves three stages; the first of which is the ideal stage for the hair to be destroyed.
Whilst the hair is resting or breaking down the treatment is not as successful, which is why intervals between treatments are highly recommended.
Furthermore, the cycle of growth cannot be altered therefore a number of insertions will have to be repeated as the hair moves through the growing cycle, although, regular treatments will ensure that all of the hairs are all treated over a period of time. It is imperative to consider skin sensitivity, therefore hair growth is often destroyed in stages ensuring the skin does not suffer any unnecessary trauma.
Can Cross-infection occur during Electrolysis and what does this mean?
This refers to the hygiene procedures performed during the electrolysis treatment. During every treatment new individually pre-packaged and pre-steralized needles are used for each client. During the electrolysis service gloves are worn during application to further uphold hygiene. It is important to understand that cross infection may arise as the result of the client ignoring the recommended aftercare procedure.
Following an electrolysis treatment, touching the skin or applying perfume or make-up may cause infection within the follicle. We will advise you on an aftercare plan following treatment to avoid any pain or discomfort. It is important to follow your aftercare plan and if you have any queries or concerns after a treatment do not hesitate to contact us.
Does Electrolysis hurt?
It would be misleading to say that electrolysis is painless, however the sensation is minimal. As heat is created in the follicle, it will activate the nerve endings. The main sensation is a second of heat when the current is applied. This has been described as a pinprick or a slight sting. It can create more sensation over the centre of the upper lip, which is a more sensitive area.
The degree of feeling differs greatly from client to client, the definitive method to establish such threshhold is to book a consultation and a patch test to discover how you personally tolerate the sensation. However, we pride ourselves on delivering an accurate, smooth insertion into the follicle which is necessary to obtain maximum effect in reducing the hair growth and minimising skin trauma and pain.
The term ‘needle’ has appeared rather frequently on this page, do not be alarmed, the type of needles used are supplied in measurements ranging between thousandths of an inch, therefore can only just be seen by the naked eye.
If you have any concerns or queries in regard to electrolysis treatment please do not hesitate to contact us or alternatively visit our FAQs page. If you would like information on our prices please click here