Electrolysis has been used for permanent hair removal for over 100 years and has been clinically proven to be an effective and safe treatment method.
During electrolysis, a tiny sterile, disposable filament (needle) is inserted directly into the hair follicle shaft alongside the hair. Then, a low-level electrical energy pulse is sent into the follicle destroying its ability to regrow or support new hair growth.
The most common areas women have treated are face and neck, chest, bikini line, underarms, abdomen, toes and fingers. Men generally use the treatment for upper arms, back, nose, around the ears and brows. Basically any area can be treated safely.
Frequency of Electrolysis Treatments
Everybody has different hair density and each area of the body has its own growth cycle therefore every treatment is different. The length and frequency of treatments can vary depending on the area being treated. Appointments can be anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes and initially 1-4 weeks apart. As the hairs get finer over the course of a treatment the time between appointments will lengthen. The thickness of the hair you would like treated and other factors such as skin sensitivity can impact on the length of time it will take to complete the process. In general, completion of most areas can be expected between 12 and 18 months however, could take up to 3 years depending on growth cycles and if the suggested treatment plan is followed.
One important thing to remember is that although the treatments may take some time you will be able to see a difference with every appointment.
Side Effects and Aftercare
There are some minor risks and problems associated with electrolysis, but the majority of these are temporary. Slight redness and sometimes swelling can occur but this will usually disappear over a few hours following treatment. Treated areas should be kept as clean as possible for a day after electrolysis as any bacteria entering the follicle may cause whiteheads. Tiny scabs may also appear. Do not pick off the scabs as they are the skin’s method of healing. These symptoms may possibly be avoided with the application of anti bacterial ointment to treated areas.
It is also very important to stay hydrated before and after your appointments. Dehydrated skin does not accept the treatments or heal as well as hydrated skin. Regular water intake and a good skin care routine are a must for optimal results.
How Much Does it Cost?
As a baseline, you can expect to pay anywhere between $22 and $60 per electrolysis treatment. The treatment's cost is based on the amount of time each session takes to complete, so these numbers can vary, even from one session to the next.
Contra-indications for Electrolysis
The first priority is to ensure the client is in good health. Anyone with the following should avoid electrolysis. Pacemaker, hemophilia, HIV, hepatitis, epilepsy, skin cancer in treatment areas, recent scar tissue, heart valve disorders, viral fungal or bacterial infections, psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, varicose veins, early stages of pregnancy, moles, endocrine or hormonal imbalances. If you have any of these conditions or are concerned it is best to consult with your doctor.
Book a 1/2 hr consultation with our electrologist Ava for more information. This appointment includes your first 15 minute treatment, discussing any concerns and your future treatment plan.