Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal for blonde, red, grey and white hair.
A very fine needle is inserted into the hair follicle to the root of the hair. A short wave diathermy current is then applied to the needle by way of a foot pedal operated by the electrologist. The current travels down the needle causing the cells within the follicle to vibrate. The heat that is generated results in the cauterisation of the blood supply, which nourishes the hair. After a series of treatments, the hair will eventually stop growing due to a lack of nutrition from the blood supply. With each successive treatment, the hair becomes weaker and softer until the cauterisation process is complete and the hair no longer grows back. The need to retreat hairs often occurs following repeated plucking and waxing as these methods of hair removal can distort the hair follicle making it more difficult to insert the needle right into the base of the hair root.
It is difficult to predict how long a client will need to have electrolysis treatments as the process varies from one client to another. Hair can take from one to three months to become visible on the skin surface. People who have been regularly plucking and waxing may be surprised to discover the extent of their hair problem once these temporary methods of hair removal are discontinued. There is no quick way to permanently remove hair. The length of time for the treatments depends on the extent of the hair problem and the strength of the hairs.
The suspected causes of abnormal hair growth are as follows: hormonal, hereditary, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, hysterectomy, some disease states such as polycystic ovary disease and some forms of medication. Abnormal hair growth is likely to affect about 90% of women at some stage in their lifetime.
There is some slight discomfort involved in the treatment process, which varies in intensity according to the area being treated. Tolerance to pain may be reduced during menstruation but the current intensity can be reduced during these times so as to enable treatment to progress.
At Patricia’s Beauty Clinic we use only disposable needles and the cost of each needle is included in the total cost of the treatment. These needles are disposed of in a proper sharps disposal unit. The electrolysis cubicle is kept clean and sanitised at all times and tweezers and needle holders are routinely sterilised between clients using a hospital grade disinfectant.
There may be some redness in the skin following a treatment but usually this resolves within 24 hours. It is important to keep the area that has been treated clean and free of make up for 24 hours and a good antiseptic cream can be applied on the area following treatment.
Our electrologist has had over thirty years’ experience in delivering this treatment and so rest assured that you are in safe hands.