How does electrolysis work?
Electrolysis involves inserting a metal probe (needle) into the base of
the hair follicle. Heat is then discharged through the probe to cauterise the
follicle, hopefully preventing re-growth. Each hair is treated individually and
then removed using tweezers. Beware of miracle hair removal methods which claim
their electrical tweezers grasp the hair and kill the root of the hair, this is
not possible as hair cannot conduct an electrical current.
Will my hairs re-grow?
Electrolysis is an effective process, but unwanted hairs do not go from
being thick to disappearing. It is very normal for hair to come back a few
times and become finer each time until it disappears altogether.
What areas of the body can I have
Unwanted hair can be removed from nearly all areas
of the body. The most common areas are the upper lip, chin and throat. However
areas such as the cheeks, sideburn area, neck, breasts and stomach can also be
treated. Hairs in a mole can be treated as long as you have taken advice from a
doctor to check that they can be treated safely.
Can I have Electrolysis if I am
During pregnancy excessive hair growth can occur due to hormonal changes
in the body. Once your baby is born and the hormone levels return to normal the
hair growth usually reverts to its normal condition. It is usually advisable
not to treat the hair growth until several months after the birth to allow
your body to return to normal. If the hairs do not revert you can then treat
them with electrolysis.
How do I prepare for a treatment?
Once you have decided to have electrolysis you must
stop any short term method of hair removal for about a week before your first
Is electrolysis painful?
Most people experience a sensation equivalent to
hairs being plucked out. This is uncomfortable but most do not consider this to
be unbearable. It is very difficult to minimise this sensation as each hair is
surrounded in the follicle by nerve endings.