What does it feel like?
You will feel a heat within the hair follicle. This is very temporary however.
How long does the hair need to be?
Long enough for the hair to be grasped with tweezers to remove it once epilated. Absolute minimum 1-2mm.
What if I've been plucking/waxing?
The hair growth may take longer to respond initially as plucking/waxing tends to strengthen hair, certainly on the face. But it will work on any thickness/colour of hair and is definitely worth doing!
Which areas of the body can be treated?
The face, eyebrows, neck, chest, nipples, hands, fingers, in fact most areas of the face and body.
Why have I got superfluous hair?
There is always a reason why hair grows. Usually superfluous hair is caused by hormonal change within the body such as puberty, pregnancy and the menopause. Polycystic ovaries can also cause excessive hair growth as can a thyroid imbalance. There can also be a hereditary cause to hair growth however. We will discuss this during the consultation.
What aftercare will I need to do?
No plucking/waxing. Avoid makeup/sunbeds/direct sun/oily cleansers for 48 hours. Avoid touching the skin to prevent irritation, infection. Apply aftercare lotion as recommended by therapist for 2-4 days after treatment. You may cut back any growth with fine nail scissors between treatments.
How often can I have treatment?
The skin needs a minimum of 7-14 days healing time between treatments. Your therapist will recommend frequency of treatments.
Will I have to have treatment forever?
No, for most people once the area has been successfully treated there is no regrowth. Sometimes clients may come in once or twice a year for a tidy up to remove any stray new or regrown weak hairs.
Electrolysis has existed for over 100 years and is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal has its place but it hasn't been around long enough for anyone to know whether the results are truly permanent. Therefore it can only be classed as a method of permanent hair reduction.
Electrolysis uses a short wave oscillating current to create heat which in turn destroys the cells in the root of a hair so that it cannot grow again.
This heat is delivered via a very fine needle which is inserted into the hair follicle by the therapist. When it reaches the base of the hair follicle, a small amount of current is released which feels like a heat.
Each hair is treated individually which means the amount of heat produced can be varied depending on the strength of the hair. A successfully epilated hair will then slide out of the follicle without resistance.
Generally hairs will need to be treated several times, but with each treatment the hair will usually become finer, weaker and take longer to regrow, until eventually it stops growing.
A course of treatment is required to regularly treat the regrowth, but the treatment frequency will diminish as the hairs do.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of each treatment is dependent on the amount of hair visible and the sensitivity of the client's skin. The total time needed to achieve permanent hair removal may be from a few months to two years or more, depending on the thickness and density of the hair growth and the regularity of treatment.