Electrolysis for permanent hair removal
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a treatment to mainly used to remove unwanted facial and body hair. Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal which is allowed, by law, to be described as permanent. (Laser hair removal leads to permanent hair reduction) It is carried out by inserting extremely fine needles that carry an electrical current into individual hair follicles which lie under the surface of the skin, to destroy the hair at the root and prevent regrowth. When carried out correctly, electrolysis removes hair permanently, although several sessions may be required.
Who is it for?
It can be used on most people including men and women who want body hair removed for cosmetic reasons, women who are suffering from hirsuitism (excess hair in a male pattern), which can be caused by the menopause, conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome or steroid use, and clients who are undergoing gender reassignment from male to female.
Who can't have electrolysis?
Conditions that may prevent treatment include: haemophilia, heart disorders, pacemakers, cochlear implant, contagious diseases and disorders, Hepatitis B, HIV, cancer or epilepsy.
Conditions that may restrict treatment: steroid drugs, endocrine disorders, metal plates and pins, cardiovascular disorders, loss of tactile sensation in localised areas, skin disorders and diseases, nickel allergy, hairy moles, pregnancy, drugs/alcohol, cuts/abrasions/bruising, emotional problems, dermagraphic skin condition, microdermabrasion or dermabrasion, chemical peels, latex allergy (wear vinyl gloves), certain medications or creams (e.g. Ro-accutane, Retin A, retinol), breast implants (contra-indication to underarm treatment), epilepsy, diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermabrasion on the areas to be treated.
How many treatments are needed?
For optimal results, several treatments and after-care advice are usually offered over a period of weeks to several months or longer.