Electrolysis is the only medically approved method of permanent hair removal.
Dr Charles Michel, an ophthalmologist, first discovered electrolysis in 1875 when he used it to remove ingrown eyelashes. He discovered that once these follicles had been successfully treated with electrolysis they were permanently destroyed and did not produce another lash or hair. Since that first treatment, electrolysis has been refined and perfected into the modern methods used around the world today.
Electrolysis is performed by inserting a very fine, flexible needle into each follicle. A tiny amount of current is released which destroys the lower part of the follicle. The destruction is carried out by heat (thermolysis), a chemical reaction (galvanic) or both blended together (blend). Electrolysis is suitable for any gender, any skin tone and any hair colour. It is perfect for dealing with white, grey or non-pigmented hairs that other methods cannot treat, more people have had their lives changed by electrolysis than can possibly be imagined.
Regular appointments are needed as not all superfluous hair is growing at the same time. Due to the hair growth cycle, it can be common to find that those 10 to 15 hairs on your chin can be 100 to 150 or more hairs ‘taking turns’ to grow. You will however, be able to see the hair growth reducing throughout your treatments and these treatments will become shorter and more spaced out over time.
Where can be treated?
Our most commonly requested areas are face (in particular chin, jawline, neck and upper lip) nipples and breast area, abdomen, bikini line, and eyebrows.
For male clients, eyebrows, ears and nose are common but as we are able to carry out 2, 3 and 4 hour sessions, full beard, chest and back hair can also be dealt with.
The only areas considered unsuitable are those with mucose membranes such as inside the nose and inner genitalia.
Does it hurt?
Most people describe it as ‘hot pinpricks’ however it varies according to where the hair is and how you have been removing the hair so far. The Apilus units work so quickly that many people feel nothing. Each appointment can be adjusted if necessary.
How many treatments will I need?
This is probably one of the most difficult questions to answer as there can be so many physiological variables. This can depend on so many different things such as – where the hair growth is situated, how much is visible, the type of hair growth, the reason for the hair growth (genetic, hormonal), how long it’s been there for, what methods of removal have been used so far. We must also consider health, underlying medical issues and medications (both prescribed and non-prescribed) Self-perception also plays a large part.
At any point in time there is only about 30% of hair growth visible, even though there can be as many as 300 follicles per square centimetre of skin.
This means that there’s a huge number of follicles lying dormant under the surface, out of view. When the time is right for each individual follicle a new hair is generated and will eventually show above the surface. This is called the hair growth cycle and is one of the reasons for many treatments. The length of this cycle varies between areas, faces can be a few weeks, scalps can be 3-4 years.
For a huge amount of ladies of all ages, unwanted facial hair is caused by sensitivities to androgen/hormone levels within the body’s blood supply. If these hairs have been tweezed, waxed or threaded at all, this knocks the hair growth cycle completely out of sync. As these hairs have effectively been ‘ripped’ out, taking epidermal skin with them and creating a bleed into the follicle (ever tweezed a hair then noticed a blood spot?) they will be super-nourished by this blood which feeds the hair-growing stem and germ cells and produces bigger and stronger hairs which can become resistant to treatment.
Individual follicles are treated precisely with electrolysis which cauterises the blood supply, stem cells and germ cells which are all responsible for growing hair. The aim is to perform effective electrolysis treatments to both reduce the time of appointments and extend the time between each appointment. Most clients are recommended weekly or fortnightly treatments for the first 2-3 months. This time-frame allows hairs which were previously tweezed to regrow and allows us to see what extent of growth must be dealt with. It can come as quite a surprise to clients that the 10-15 or so hairs they were repeatedly tweezing are closer to 100-150 in number. Within 6-9 months some clients have stretched their appointments to monthly. After a year or so, the monthly appointments have almost halved in time.
Of course, each person is unique, as is their hair growth which is why your appointment schedule is created and adapted just for you.
What about side effects?
There is usually some redness and occasionally little swelling straight after electrolysis. These will disappear after an hour or so. If you follow your aftercare instructions & use your recommended aftercare you shouldn’t have any issues at all. To minimise any post-treatment reaction we use Cataphoresis after every appointment.
I want electrolysis but do I have to walk around with visible hair just for my appointments?
You can still remove hair between appointments by cutting or shaving just so long as there is enough to show where the hair is on the day of your appointment but do not be tempted to tweeze or wax. Ideally appointments should be often enough that you don’t even think about any re-growth.
What equipment do you use?
We use the Apilus Platinum Pure with Synchro upgrade. 27MHz of computerised genius for faster, more comfortable results. With the energy concentration of the Platinum Pure™ It is possible to obtain results more rapidly with this piece of equipment than with any other epilator currently available.
We work from a bank of pre-sterilised, single use, disposable needles which all vary in length, girth, flexibility and material. At the start of each appointment the area will be re-assessed and the correct needle chosen.
Brands used are Pro-Tec, Sterex, Ballet and IBP
Custom designed and produced Carl Zeiss surgical loupes which bring an unprecedented level of magnification.
Any electrolysis equipment which is not disposable is sterilised using a Prestige Medical Autoclave.
What are the costs?
Initial Consultation Free of Charge
Up to 15 minutes £25.00
Up to 30 minutes £30.00
Up to 45 minutes £45.00
Up to 60 minutes £60.00
Up to 90 minutes £90.00
For certain cases 2/3/4 hour appointments are available
Mole Hair Treatment
Specialist electrolysis treatments targeting the hairs growing from facial moles.
Up to 15 minutes £35.00
Up to 30 minutes £45.00
15% discount is given for 6 or more sessions of electrolysis hair removal booked and paid in advance.
Free consultation and appointments can be booked 24/7 using our online system. Please just click on the link – Book Now or call on 01383 625397