- Electrolysis is a time-tested method that was invented more than 100 years ago to remove irritating, ingrown eyelash hairs. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, thighs, abdomen, breasts and legs.
- There are no permanent side effects. Sometimes, a slight reddening of the skin occurs during or immediately after treatment, but this will only last for a short time. Electrolysis is very safe and, unlike depilatories or bleaches, no harsh chemicals are used. Electrolysis is a way of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth centre of the hair with chemical or heat energy. A very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin. The hair is then removed with tweezers.
What causes unwanted hair growth?
Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormonal levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal and some illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Usually, hair growth is desirable. But when the hair is on the wrong part of your body – a woman’s upper lip or chin or bikini line, for example – you may be considering electrolysis.
How many electrolysis treatments will I need?
Since many factors influence hair growth, you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week, as necessary. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments have been completed. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.
Myths about electrolysis
Electrolysis is painful. The truth is, electrolysis usually does not cause much discomfort. Modern electrolysis methods have reduced the discomfort to a mere tingling. A topical anaesthetic may be used in some cases.
How does it work?
An electric current is applied with a very fine, needle-shaped electrode or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend.
The Pros and Cons of Electrolysis
Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn’t on the same stage at any given time, multiple sessions are needed to get the hair in the growth phase for electrolysis hair removal to be most effective – just like laser hair removal.
- It has the best track record. Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method, in removing hair for long periods of time- or even permanently.
- Many different hair and skin types can benefit. Because it doesn’t target hair pigment (colour) like laser, but attacks the follicle itself. People that aren’t good candidates for laser can still get electrolysis.
- Bent follicles can make electrolysis hair removal harder. Previous waxing or tweezing can make hair follicles bent or misshapen, and getting the needle to the root more difficult to destroy the follicle.
- Multiple treatments are needed. You have to truly be committed to electrolysis because you will need anywhere from 15 -30 sessions which will take up a considerable amount of your time.
- Skin can get discoloured. This is most likely to occur if it’s improperly done.
- It can be pricey. See below, under the costs heading.
Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been likened to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it.