Electrolysis is the removal of unwanted hair through the means of a probe or needle inserted into the hair follicle. The aim is to damage the base of the growing hair in order to cut off the blood supply and nutrition to the hair, preventing any new growth from developing.
During the treatment
In your first appointment with your therapist, you should clearly explain your expectations of the hair removal treatment. Your therapist should then tell you whether this is the right treatment for you and whether it can achieve the results you would like.
Ensure that you obtain as much information as necessary to enable you to make a fully informed decision about this procedure. You should also find out about other hair removal options before you decide to go ahead with any treatment.
The therapist will ask for your medical history to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undergo electrolysis treatment. You will also be required to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the future benefits and possible risks associated with the procedure.
With your consent, photographs of the area to be treated may also be taken by the therapist for a “before and after” comparison later.
The area to be treated is cleansed with pre-electrolysis skin cleanser. Your therapist inserts a probe or electrolysis needle into the hair follicle. You will not feel the probe going in and there is no pain associated with this. Once the probe is in the hair follicle, your therapist delivers the electric current to destroy the cells around the hair follicle. This is the part that can be painful for a few seconds.
Treatment sessions can last from 10 minutes to over 2 hours depending upon the area treated and your tolerance to the discomfort of the treatment.
All hairs have differing cycles of growth and not all visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Also, hair removed using electrolysis may not necessarily destroy the hair follicles’ capability of producing new hair. Therefore, it is necessary to have some repeat treatments and your therapist will calculate how often you need them based on the area treated, the technique used and the quantity of hair you have.
Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is important to remember that scabs are a part of the normal healing process in some people. If scabbing does occur, you are advised not to pick them off as this could cause scarring in the area treated. No recovery time is necessary. You can resume normal work and daily activities after a treatment.
What should be done after the procedure
It is very important to follow the advice of your therapist carefully after electrolysis for hair removal to reduce the risk of complications.
- Applying and antiseptic cream after treatment
- Not exposing yourself to the sun without applying a high factor sunblock to the treated area.