WHAT IS ELECTROLYSIS
For over 100 years, electrolysis has been recognised as a safe, reliable method and suitable to treat ALL skin and hair types.
In the hands of a well trained electrolysist it is a perfectly safe and highly effective treatment.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a very fine, disposable, sterile probe to permanently destroy the follicle’s ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth on completion of the course of treatment.
For those who seek complete and permanent hair removal on any part of the body, regardless of skin tone or hair colour, there remains only one method that is approved by the British Medical Association – Electrolysis.
The 3 methods of Electrolysis
Short wave diathermy uses an alternating current at a high frequency and low voltage. This causes the water molecules around the follicle to vibrate resulting in the production of heat, stopping the blood supply to the root, which weakens and eventually destroys the hair.
The galvanic DC (Direct Current) method causes a chemical reaction in the salt and water in the follicle. This reaction creates a chemical called Sodium Hydroxide or Lye, the Lye stops the nourishment to the cells that cause hair growth.
The Blend is the most recent method combines Galvanic (DC) and Thermolysis (AC). This is the most effective method because the lye is more efficient at weakening the hair when heated. This is said to be the quickest and most comfortable method especially good for curly or distorted hair follicles.
For successful and effective results, each individual hair requires repeated treatments. This is because each individual hair has its’ own growing cycle called Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Anagen being the ‘alive’ and growing stage,
Catagen the ‘collapsing’ stage where the hair collapses away from its source of food and nourishment (the dermal papilla).
Telogen stage where the hair is ‘tired’ and dying and disconnected completely from its dermal papilla.
Successful treatment for electrolysis has to target the hair in Anagen to achieve optimum results as it is the destruction of the dermal papilla which is required. Therefore results are not immediate and take a little time… but electrolysis does work and it is permanent.
Electrolysis treatment can be adapted to suit each individual client by adapting current intensity, timing application and probe type, along with the choice of 3 different methods of electrolysis available. A skilled practitioner will review and adapt treatment to suit the clients’ needs.
Which areas can be treated with electrolysis?
Virtually any area, apart from the inside of the nose and inner ear can not be treated. Common areas for woman are facial areas, (top lip, chin, neck, cheeks, eyebrows) breasts, abdomen, underarms, bikini line, legs, fingers and toes.
Common areas for men are the upper arms, around the ears, top of the nose, eyebrows, top of the back, cheeks above the line of the beard, around the
edges of the beard and any areas where ingrown hairs are causing problems.
The skin reaction following treatment
Generally there is some redness and a little localised swelling may occur immediately following electrolysis. This usually disappears in time depending on the skin sensitivity. Normally the next day your skin will show very little sign of treatment, however some people may see tiny reddish brown pinprick scabs. These scabs drop off naturally within a few days to a week depending on the individual’s healing ability.
The first sign that electrolysis treatment is working is that the hair growth becomes softer, finer and lighter in colour. You will see and feel the difference throughout the course of treatment, so you do not have to wait until the end of your course to see a difference.
Following treatment clients will be given strict aftercare instructions to adhere to in order to support the electrolysis treatment.