Electrolysis is a safe, effective, gradual and permanent method of hair removal. It is the only genuine, non-discriminatory, method that can treat any combination of hair colours and skin tone. It is regarded as the only permanent method of hair removal which can also be used alongside other hair removal methods for a comprehensive treatment plan.
Electrolysis can be carried out on any part of the body: face, underarms, arms legs, bikini, intimate area, chest, nipples, back, abdomen, hairline and brow area. With Electrolysis there is no body part that is embarrassing to treat.
A very fine probe/filament, the width of an eyelash, is inserted into the hair follicle (the natural opening in the skin where the hair is located). A small amount of heat or a combination of heat and galvanic current is discharged through the probe to the root of the hair follicle leading to its destruction rendering it unable to produce another hair. The client feels a mild sensation as the heat is passed down the probe to the base of the follicle after which the hair is then gently removed. The process is repeated as every hair is treated individually. The treatment is adapted to suit the client’s skin, hair and pain threshold.
As the hair grows back between treatments, it will become weaker and finer. After repeated treatments, there will be a constant decrease in hair growth until there is no longer any hair left. The number of treatments required will vary from person to person as it depends on the hair growth and the area being treated. The effectiveness of the electrolysis treatment can be seen as the treatment progresses.
Electrolysis has been clinically-proven as the only method of permanent hair removal that is safe for all areas of the body with the exceptions of hairs inside the nasal cavity and inside the ears. It has become a gentler, more comfortable and effective method of hair removal that does not discriminate against skin or hair type. Electrolysis is safe when performed correctly by a fully trained Therapist/Electrologist/Aesthetician.
Virtually any area, apart from the inner ear (the rim of the ear can be safely treated). Common facial areas include top lip, chin, neck, cheeks, nose, brows, between the brows, hairline. Common body areas for which people seek treatment are chest, nipples, abdomen, underarms, arms, shoulders, bikini & towards the intimidate area, buttocks, fingers and toes and most areas where ingrown hairs are causing problems. Electrolysis can be used on all skin tones and hair types.
Side effects of electrolysis are very uncommon. However, immediately after your treatment there may be some redness (erythema) and slight soreness or localised swelling in the treated area. This should calm down within 24/48 hours depending on the skin’s sensitivity and type. In some cases client’s may see tiny scabs appear, usually where the hair follicle had been distorted prior to treatment. The scabs will drop off naturally within a few days depending on the client’s healing ability.
This is a bit of a misconception and there are some who say it is painful and some that say it’s tolerable. Whether they have had personal experience or simply citing what others have said has not always been made clear. However, pain is quite subjective and technology, training and the application of electrolysis by the Electrologist makes a difference.
Most clients have found it bearable with a mild warming sensation or heat and a little slight discomfort depending on the area being treated. It also depends upon the previous method of hair removal clients have been using (waxing, epilating etc), their skin type and tolerance to pain.
Electrolysis treatment is tailored to suit each client by adapting current intensity, timing application and probe type. There is a choice of 3 different methods, all of which will be explained during your Consultation and Patch Test and the Electrologist will review and adapt the treatment to suit you and your needs.
Hair does not all grow at the same time, and it can be quite disconcerting to find that the 3 or 4 hairs you thought you had on your chin were actually many more. Hair thickness, density, skin sensitivity, dryness and other factors will affect how quickly each hair can be eliminated and the number of treatments required will vary from person to person. However, results will be seen fairly quickly, but this will also depend on previous methods of hair removal, the area being treated, as well as the frequency and length of the Electrolysis appointment. Following the treatment plan and being consistent are key in achieving results.
This varies depending on what area is being treated but can range between 15 minutes for a small area to an hour for a larger area. We offer a course of ten 30 minute treatment sessions at a special price. If you would prefer to have longer sessions then please discuss this with the Electrologist during your consultation.
We can discuss the best time to start the treatment during your Consultation and Patch Test when we create a treatment plan for you. We recommend that you do not begin your electrolysis treatment prior to a long holiday, an important event or a busy period as you may find it difficult to keep to the treatment plan.
During your Consultation we will explain the process, discuss your lifestyle, availability and budget and create a personalised treatment plan. The more regular sessions you can attend the better the results will be.
Yes, absolutely. However, the number of treatments required to achieve the desired results will depend on the levels of testosterone. This can be discussed during your Consultation.
Yes we do. Your consultation will be done in absolute confidence and you can be certain of our absolute discretion at all times. We will treat you with dignity and respect using the your preferred name and pronouns. We will do our utmost to make you feel comfortable, however, we ask that should we get it wrong, please correct and educate us so that we do not cause you or future clients distress or embarrassment. If you would like to visit our salon and talk to us before making an appointment we would be happy to show you around.
Pregnancy is not normally a contra-indication for Electrolysis treatment. After the 1st Trimester has passed, you can have the Thermolysis/Shortwave Diathermy method. Although there is no risk to the mother or unborn child, the breast and abdominal areas will be avoided due to the fact that the skin in these areas is stretched and therefore under stress. The treatment, if carried out, would be restricted to the facial or underarm area only. Quite often a GP written referral s required.
At Fresh & Fabulous Aesthetic Beauty Salon, we would prefer to wait until you have had your baby and are no longer breast feeding before we undertake any Electrolysis treatment.
There is no deferral period required after your electrolysis treatment provided there are no open wounds or infections. However, we recommend you check the following to ensure you are following the correct guidelines:
We will not carry out an Electrolysis Treatment without a full consultation and Patch Test as we need to ascertain whether you’re suitability. During your consultation we will go through your medical history, explain the process of electrolysis and all aspects of the treatment. We will discuss the areas you want treated and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Once we have completed the consultation and verified your suitability, a patch test treatment will be carried preferably in the area you would like us to treat. A treatment plan will be created depending on the patch test results and appointments scheduled (where applicable).
In the weeks before the treatment it is advisable no to shave, wax or use other methods of hair removal. For electrolysis to work we need the hair to be visible. If you are using skincare products that contain active ingredients (such as retinol, salicylic or glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid) then do not apply on the area to be treated at least 7 days prior to your treatment. This will minimise the possibility of skin reactions and irritations. Avoid sunbathing or unnecessary exposure to the sun at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment as it may make your skin over sensitive.
After an Electrolysis treatment, your skin will be sensitised and may appear pink (erythema). This is quite normal and it will subside within 24 hours. You will be fully advised what to do post treatment and following our strict after care instructions you will minimise the possibility of scarring, infection and irritation. However, reactions and healing time will vary from client to client including unexpected skin responses.
We encourage you to purchase the recommended after care products listed below. These products have been specially formulated for their antimicrobial and soothing properties post electrolysis treatment. You can use them after every electrolysis session to protect and heal the treated area.
We do not recommend you use an occlusive product such as barrier creams and Vaseline as it will prevent the evaporation of heat present in the skin following your electrolysis treatment. This will hinder the healing process and may cause an unnecessary reaction.
Some skin conditions are contra-indicated and some preventable. Where there is evidence of a skin disorder, condition or disease present in the area to be treated, we may not be able to carry out the treatment.
Some skin conditions may prevent us from carrying out the treatment until the skin in the area to be treated has healed, such as cold sore, eczema or active acne.
During your consultation we will assess your skin in the area you want to have treated and discuss any concerns we may have. Where we are unsure, we will request a letter of consent from your Doctor prior to carrying out the treatment.
Electrolysis is contraindicated for those wearing a Pacemaker and therefore, for the health and safety of our clients we are unable to offer this treatment.
Some Pacemakers ae insulated and it may be possible to offer electrolysis. However, before we do so we would require a letter of consent from your Doctor as well as the Pacemaker manufacturer.
Yes you can. However, you may experience a metallic taste in the mouth if you have a lot of fillings. We would use the Thermolysis/Short Wave Diathermy method to minimise the effect.
Electrolysis treatments for the same area can be booked as close as 5 days apart. However, where there are multiple areas being treated, treatments can be booked soon afterwards. A longer gap between treatments will not affect your results.
Any method of hair removal that removes the hair mechanically, such as waxing, tweezing or epilation. by the root will have distorted the hair follicle causing it trauma. It may/can make the hair grow back stronger and in some cases where previously the hair growth had been fine, it may/can make them come back stronger and darker.
Methods such as cutting, shaving, depilatory cream or dermaplaning does not increase hair growth, though it feels as if it has because the hair has simply grown back stronger and darker. When using these methods, you are cutting off the hair at skin level, so when the hair grows back it is strong and stubby, making you feel there’s more hair growth than before.
Please Note: Removing hair by cutting it as close to the skin as possible in between your Electrolysis appointments, especially where you are unable to attend regularly is acceptable. However, to obtain the best and quickest result from Electrolysis, book regular and perhaps longer treatment sessions that lets you to leave the clinic with a particular area free of hair.
Where you are unsure about which method you may have been offered or are having, please ask. If you have had an electrolysis treatment without being aware that you were pregnant at the time please discuss it with the Electrologist as well as your medical practitioner/GP as soon as possible.