Hair Removal

Electrolysis is a safe way to remove unwanted hair, which carries fewer risks and side effects than laser therapy. Although the treatment is slower, the results are more permanent and don't need the maintenance sessions required with laser hair removal.

Electrolysis dates back to 1875, when galvanic current was was first used by an Ophthalmologist to remove ingrowing eyelashes. High frequency/diathermy began to be used from the 1920s, and by the 1940s the first Blend electrolysis machine was invented - this combined galvanic and diathermy currents to achieve greater effectiveness.

Galvanic current produces a chemical reaction which destroys the hair follicle, and blended with the warmth produced by diathermy this results in a more rapid and thorough effect.

I use a machine from one of the world leading manufacturers of medical grade electrolysis machines  https://www.sterex.com

Electrolysis is suitable for facial and body hair. Because the hair is destroyed from the root, this eliminates the "5 O'clock shadow" that other less permanent techniques can leave.

Certain conditions may make you prone to developing unwanted hair growth eg:

  1. Heredity issues
  2. Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  3. Certain medications eg steroids
  4. Hormones eg high levels of androgens and menopause.

Clients who suffer from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may find that you have a visible growth of facial hair, often growing around the beard area. This can have a very negative effect on your confidence and self-esteem, but is easily treated with a course of electrolysis.

Similarly, the menopause can result in unwanted hair growth on the chin and upper lip. Around 40% of women notice these whisker like hairs appearing on the face, and may also grow on the chest area. Often these hairs are coarse and dark  - they may result in embarrassment for the woman, but can be individually removed with this treatment.

A very fine needle is passed alongside the hair into the follicle, and the blend of galvanic and diathermy currents destroys the cells responsible for hair growth. Treatments typically last between 15 minutes to 1 hour, and may need to be repeated in an area of skin in order to catch the growth cycles of individual hairs.

Is this the same as electric tweezers?

No - The electric tweezer method is different to electrolysis, and is not a permanent method of hair removal.

Is this treatment painful?

Not usually, although some people may experience a prickle sensation - Electrolysis is very safe and scarring is very rare. It is not normally painful, but if you have particularly sensitive skin a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) can be applied prior to your appointment. This can be purchased from myself beforehand, or over the counter at a chemist.

How is it different to laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal only targets hair in the growth phase. The dormant follicles which are yet to erupt are not affected by this - several sessions of laser therapy may be required to achieve your desired result.

Why does it take so long?

Electrolysis takes longer than other methods of hair removal because it targets each individual hair and results in permanent destruction of the follicle. It requires concentration and a steady hand.

Clients should avoid retinoids products for a week before treatment with electrolysis, and avoid over exposure to the sun. It is advisable to apply a good sunscreen following the procedure - and keep the area clean. Avoid rubbing, scratching or touching the treated area and products that may irritate the skin eg deodorant, perfumed sprays etc. Simple aloe vera can be used to soothe the skin after treatment.

 

Prices

10 mins = £15.00

20 mins = £20.00

30 mins = £30.00

45 mins = £40.00

60 mins = £50.00

 

I am also qualified in Advanced Electrolysis, which is for the removal and treatment of a number of conditions eg skin tags, warts, moles, verrucae, thread veins, senile (age related) spots, spider veins, cherry angiomas etc....

Skin tag, wart removal etc… 2 simple, quick methods

 

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