How does electrolysis work?

Electrolysis treats each hair individually with a very fine, disposable, sterile probe. The probe is inserted into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening in the skin, then a very small amount of energy is discharged into the hair follicle, this destroys the growth centre of the hair using heat (thermolysis), chemical (galvanic) or both (blend).

Which areas can be treated?

Most areas of the body can be treated using electrolysis, apart from the inside of the nose and inner ear. Areas commonly treated include, top lip, chin, neck, cheeks, breasts, bikini line, legs, eyebrows and underarms.

What is the difference between laser and electrolysis?

Laser usually treats large areas of skin using a laser or light based lamp which can reduce hair growth but does not remove all the hair permanently.  Laser hair removal only works if the hair is darker than the persons skin colour, therefore generally will not work on very blonde or white hair, whereas electrolysis can be used to treat all hair colours.

Permanent hair removal with electrolysis requires a longer course of treatments as opposed to laser, but results in complete and permanent removal of the hair.

How many treatments will I need?

Many factors influence hair growth, the length of each appointment and the number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. The time treatment will take can depend on hair density, hair texture, the area being treated, previous hair removal treatments used and how well skin heals between treatments. It is worth investing in electrolysis because it is a permanent method of hair removal and each follicle is treated individually so it does take time but the hairs will grow back finer and the length of time between appointments will become longer as treatment progresses.

What does the skin look like after electrolysis?

The skin will generally be a little red, there may be some localised swelling, this should disappear reasonably quickly depending on skin sensitivity and skin type.