Frequently Asked Questions
Does electrolysis hurt?
The sensation has been likened to that of plucking a hair. None of the methods where the hair is removed by the root are painless- this is a fact worth remembering when comparing methods as many treatment providers will try to tell you that their method is pain free – I would advise consumers to exclude any providers who make this claim as it is false.
Is Local Anaesthetic used?
Local Anaesthetic is not used routinely but it can be purchased over the counter at pharmacies.
Advice can and should be sought from a pharmacist and the instructions for use should always be followed. Very few people do require a local anaesthetic however, so it’s probably advisable to try the treatment first and see how you get on. Taking some first level pain killers 1/2 an hour before your appointment can be helpful.
What actually happens in Electrolysis?
A sterile, surgical stainless steel or gold probe is introduced alongside the hair to the root and a mild electrical current is applied, gently heating the tissues surrounding the probe or causing an electro-chemical change or both, thus destroying the cells that make up the hair’s growing apparatus.
I use LAURIER INSULATED BULBOUS PROBES and the purpose of the insulation on these highly engineered needles is to contain the current precisely at the point within the follicle where the treatment is required.
This does 2 things: it ensures that the surface of the skin is not affected; and it means that the current is deployed below the level of the most sensitive nerve endings.
What are the risks?
Electrolysis is an extremely safe procedure when performed by a well-practiced, professional operator. Some effects to watch out for are: pigmentation changes-you will be asked whether you are prone to these at your consultation and the risks will be explained: Infection-Every effort is made to ensure that infection is not introduced during treatment and after care instructions are always given to enable you to prevent infection in the hours and days following. These are important and must be adhered to.
What areas of the body can be treated?
It would be simpler to ask which areas cannot be treated: mucous membranes and the areolar area surrounding the nipples.
Areas that can be treated include:
SMALL AREAS: Ears, Ear lobes, Inter brow area, Upper lip, Female chin, Toes and Fingers.
LARGE AREAS: Hair line, Back of neck, Male beard, Neck, Chest, Back, Abdomen, Buttocks, Whole or Half legs, Whole or Half arms, Arm pits and Bikini lines.
Any area which you desire to be hair free can be treated.
You might imagine that permanently removing hair in an area as densely covered as, say,the legs would be next to impossible. However, whilst it is a project, the goal can be reached in manageable, predictable chunks. Do please ask for more information.
Who Is Electro-Epilation For?
Anyone who has hair in a place they would rather not, can have electrolysis. If you are under 16, your parent or guardian will have to be with you but apart from that there are no age restrictions.
People have electrolysis for lots of different reasons. It can be because you are fed up with shaving/waxing your arm pits/legs or because your hair grows faster than you can keep up with. Sometimes, follicles are damaged and even infected following temporary methods of hair removal and clients decide to change to electrolysis.
Men are looking for permanent hair removal to achieve the look desired to accompany a muscular physique. Also, traditionally (but not exclusively) male hairy areas of annoyance are inter-brow hair, ear hair and toe hair.
Many of my clients are women who have begun to notice those fine, often fair but always annoying hairs around the upper lip and chin.
Many women have a medical condition driving their hair growth and examples are; Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Thyroid or Adrenal Gland imbalances.
Last but definitely not least are those who want a feminine appearance either part or full time.TV., TS., GD., MTF., CD.,: all are most welcome and will receive professional treatment for face and body, including genital hair removal.
See also special ‘Treatment Holiday’ package information on ‘Treatments’ page
This is not an exhaustive list – There are many reasons for desiring permanent hair removal -Fashion, Medical, Hygiene, Personal preference, Psychological, Sporting Prowess, Professional and Remedial are a few.