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How does electrolysis work?

The procedure involves inserting a very fine, disposable, sterile probe (the same diameter as the hair) into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening in the skin. The current is then skilfully discharged into the hair follicle. The client's only sensation is heat passing down the probe to the base of the follicle.
The follicles are destroyed using either heat (thermolysis) or a chemical reaction (galvanic), or both combined (with the blend). The treatment can be tailored to each client's skin, hair, and pain tolerance.
During a course of treatments, there will be a constant, gradual decrease in hair growth until it is completely removed (a bit like watching a man go bald, e.g. 200 hairs reduce to 150 , 125, 100 etc. until there are no hairs left, as follicle destruction has been achieved). The number of treatments required will vary depending on the individual and will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Any part of the body can be treated with electrolysis. No type or volume of body hair is too stubborn to be treated, and no body part is too embarrassing to be treated. All facial areas, legs, bikini line, chest, nipples, back, abdomen, underarms, fingers, toes, arms, hairline, eye brows, and between the brows are all treated.
The first sign that electrolysis is working is that the hair grows softer, finer, and lighter in colour. You will notice and feel the difference throughout the course of treatment, so you will not have to wait until the end to notice a difference.
Clients will be given strict aftercare instructions to follow in order to support the electrolysis treatment.
It's critical to get the amount of destruction in the follicle just right in order to avoid any damage to the surrounding skin tissue while also effectively treating the hair follicle.

What's the difference between electrolysis and laser?

Electrolysis uses a very fine, disposable, sterile probe to permanently destroy each hair follicle's ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth upon completion of the course of treatment.
Laser tends to treat large areas of skin with a laser or light-based lamp, which can reduce hair growth but not permanently remove all of the hair. Hair reduction is used instead of hair removal. Several BIAE members perform both electrolysis and laser (or IPL, which is similar to laser) because the two treatments can complement each other in some cases. Permanent hair removal with electrolysis takes a longer course of treatment but results in complete, permanent removal of all treated hair.
Permanent hair reduction is possible with LASER and IPL [Intense Pulsed Light]. Hair can be permanently removed up to 85% of the time. Unlike electrolysis, they cannot permanently remove all hair from a specific area.
Furthermore, many people and hair types are not suitable for LASER and IPL, such as those with fair, blonde, red, or grey hair, those with a tan, or those taking certain medications.
During LASER or IPL treatment, intense light pulses are applied to each section of the treated area. The light is drawn to and absorbed by the melanin [pigment] in the hair, heating and destroying the cells that stimulate hair growth. This is known as selective photothermolysis, and it requires a course of treatment.

How many treatments do I need?

Because each client has a different density of hair growth, the number of treatments required will vary (e.g. there may be between 50 hairs and 500 hairs packed into a small area of skin tissue, whilst some clients will have less hair which is spaced out). This means that each treatment course will differ, so no exact number of treatments is required, but you will quickly feel and see a difference, giving you the confidence to continue with your treatment course.
Most areas will require regular appointments over a period of time (at least a year, if not more). Not all of our hair grows at the same rate, and it can be surprising to discover that those 3 or 4 hairs on your chin could be 30 or more hairs 'taking turns' to grow! In addition, hair thickness, skin sensitivity, dryness, and other factors influence how quickly each hair is eliminated. Appointment times can range from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the area to be treated.

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.
However as we work on the best machine currently available on the market, we can adapt treatment to our customers individual needs.

Which areas can be treated by electrolysis?

Apart from the inner ear, virtually any area (the rim of the ear can be safely treated). The top lip, chin, neck, cheeks, nose, brows, between the brows, and hairline are all common facial areas. People commonly seek treatment for chest, nipples, abdomen, underarms, arms, shoulders, bikini line, buttocks, fingers, and toes, as well as any other area where ingrown hairs are causing problems. Unlike laser or IPL hair removal, this treatment can be used on people of all skin colours and hair types, so rejoice! Many clients choose this treatment after years of using temporary removal methods such as waxing or failing laser/IPL treatment. Get rid of ingrown hairs. Be hair-free for life.

Can I have electrolysis if I'm pregnant?

Yes, because pregnancy is not usually a contraindication to the Thermolysis/Shortwave diathermy electrolysis method. This method employs alternating current (AC), which generates a very low current intensity during the procedure. Treatment of the breast and abdominal areas should be avoided, especially in the later stages of pregnancy - this is entirely due to the fact that the skin in these areas is stretched and thus under duress - no harm could be caused to the foetus as the current does not pass through the body at all.
However, the 'Blend' or 'Galvanic' electrolysis methods should be avoided during pregnancy. These methods make use of direct current (DC).
If you are unsure which method you may be offered, please ask your electrologist.
If you have been using 'Blend,' please do not be concerned; it can also be used during pregnancy and should not cause any problems, especially if treatment has been to the facial area. Many clients receive treatment before they are aware that they are pregnant, with no negative consequences. If you are concerned, please speak with your therapist/practitioner or general practitioner. (Please keep in mind that some members may decline to provide treatment during pregnancy.)

I want electrolysis but I can't bear the thought of letting the hair grow between?

Between appointments, you can still remove hair by cutting or shaving (yes, even on the face). Hair does not need to be any longer than it would be if you were to remove it yourself.

What does the skin look like following treatment?

Immediately following electrolysis, there is usually some redness and some localised swelling. This will fade over time, depending on the sensitivity and type of skin. The next day, your skin will show very few signs of treatment; however, some people may notice tiny reddish brown pinprick scabs, particularly on body areas or where hairs are distorted or ingrown. Scabs naturally fall off within a few days to a week, depending on the individual's healing ability.

Why shouldn't I wax, shave, tweeze, epilate?

Nothing else is permanent - the British Medical Association has approved electrolysis as the only method of permanent hair removal.
Other methods, such as laser, advertise as permanent, but the best they can do is reduce hair growth. Some methods actually accelerate growth over time. Companies that advertise permanent removal (but not by electrolysis) are gradually being identified and barred from advertising permanency by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Waxing, tweezing, threading, and epilating are all methods of hair removal.
Hair growth will increase if you use a temporary hair removal method that removes hair mechanically by the root (although at first it will appear to reduce as it takes longer to grow back after being removed by the root). This is because the blood supply to the hair follicle is increased as a result of the trauma caused by these methods.
Each time a hair is removed in this manner, it grows back stronger. Even fine hair will grow thicker and darker.

Shaving, Depilatory Creams, Dermaplaning, Cutting & Abrasives:
these methods of removal do not actually increase the hair growth, but they will never get rid of it either! Sometimes they appear to increase it because the hair feels stubbly when it grows back. Because it has been chopped off half way down the shaft of the hair and is now blunt rather than being naturally tapered. Plus, because all the hair grows back at the same time, it may look & feel as if there's more hair than there was before.

If it’s necessary for you to maintain your hair growth between electrolysis treatments you can use one of these methods but the way to get the best and quickest result from electrolysis is to have the length of treatment at each session that allows you to leave the clinic with the area free of hair.

Is there a good time to start electrolysis treatment?

It is best not to begin electrolysis right before a long holiday, a busy period, or an important event when sticking to your appointment schedule will be difficult.
You will notice hair reduction throughout your treatment, so you will not have to wait until the end to see an improvement.


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