Electrolysis Questions and Answers

  • Q: My unwanted hairs are grey, can they be treated? A: Yes, electrolysis can treat any colour or type of hair and skin.
  • Q: Do I have to grow my hairs for treatment? A: Hairs only need to be just above the skin surface (1-2mm, or 3-4 days growth) to be treated.
  • Q: Do I have to leave my hairs alone between appointments? A: You cannot pluck or wax the hairs, but trimming or shaving can be carried out. Ideally your treatments will be spaced so that the hairs will be eliminated as soon as they’re through.
  • Q: Does the treatment hurt? A: It’s not the most relaxing treatment in my repertoire, however most people say it’s not too uncomfortable for them. There are also lots of things we can do to make it better: reducing caffeine and sugary drinks, consuming plenty of water in the 24 hours before treatment, getting a good night’s sleep, avoiding the 1-2 days before your period etc. There are also different modalities of treatment, various needle types etc that I can utilise for your comfort.
  • Q: Will I be red/swollen/ scabbed after treatment? A: Possibly, which is why we try a patch test with consultation. Electrolysis is a destructive process – your skin may react to warn you that the hairs are being ‘attacked’, and not everyone’s reaction is the same. The skin will get used to treatment after a few sessions and start to settle down, using your aftercare preparation and following the aftercare protocol will help to protect and soothe, as well as tips such as a cold compress directly after treatment. Generally speaking the majority of clients get skin redness for a few hours, some not even that long. A strong histamine reaction is uncommon but scabbing can occur as well as redness and possibly swelling: not touching the skin, nor scratching or picking the scabs will allow full healing.
  • Q: What happens during a consultation? A: I take as much information from you as possible to ensure electrolysis will benefit you safely. I then explain the treatment in detail, answer any questions you may have and carry out a small patch test so that you can experience the feel of the treatment and we can guage how your skin reacts and heals afterwards. You can then make a fully informed decision as to whether the treatment is appropriate for your personal circumstances – there is no obligation, but if you decide to go ahead we will work together to give you permanent results. I am always here for further questions and advice, and regularly review treatment to monitor progress and amend if and where necessary.
  • Q: How long does it take to become permanent? A: I cannot give you a hard and fast answer, especially at the beginning of your treatment. There are many different reasons for the cause of the hair growth, how long it has been present, removal methods prior to electrolysis, medical conditions and some medications, skin sensitivity and healing amongst others. The main thing to be aware of is that hairs are not all present at the same time. The best example is your head hair: if it all grew together you would be completely bald when it fell out and would have to start again from scratch (no pun intended)! Hairs are constantly in varying stages of growth, from emerging bulb to mature hair naturally shedding, which is why you always appear to have a full head of hair. A typical facial hair cycle takes approximately approximately 9-12 weeks from start to finish, which means that any hairs treated in this time are new, not regrowth from treatment. So when you pluck a hair and two days later it appears to have grown back, it is just another hair growing from a follicle close by.

With electrolysis the hairs are treated regularly throughout the cycle as they emerge from the skin. When the second cycle begins, we can see how many hairs were permanently eradicated and treat those hairs not present at the time or too strong to be killed off in one session. Those hairs are finer, lighter and will be destroyed as treatment continues. Treatment time and frequency will reduce until the process is complete.