Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method that has been in use for over a century and is still a good alternative when laser is not the right option for your needs. Electrolysis can treat most areas of the body and all hair colours, including white hair, with very low risk of side effects.
Electrolysis uses a fine probe to skillfully deliver a small electrical current to the base of each hair follicle. Every single follicle may require repeated treatments until the hair growth cells have been destroyed. More than one treatment will be necessary since, like with lasers, the electrolysis treatment only affects hair follicles in the growth stage. The length of the treatment will depend on the size of the area treated. For the face, a typical session takes 20 to 30 minutes.
After three to five treatments, spaced out every one to two weeks for the small area, most patients will see considerable reduction in hair. 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 you’re on any medication, especially aspirin. Avoid sun exposure without sunscreen, self-tanners, waxing, threading and plucking for at least two weeks prior to your treatment for best results.
Electrolysis can be slightly uncomfortable and will leave the treatment area red and swollen – though this is temporary. Extremely rare is a bruising or change in skin color (hypo or hyper pigmentation) or scab formation.