Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a method of permanent hair removal

  • Successfully treats white and very fair hairs which cannot be treated by IPL.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of “IPL versus electrolysis” with us to decide which method of permanent hair reduction will suit your needs.

CONSULTATION & TEST PATCH – $25
FEE REDEEMABLE ON YOUR FIRST TREATMENT

TREATMENTS:
Twenty Minutes $25
Thirty Minutes $45
Forty Minutes $65
Sixty Minutes $80
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IS IT PAINFUL?
No!  Not really, – but you do feel something happening.   Let me explain:
The first step in electrolysis is to find a comfortable pain tolerance level for the client.  You feel the stimulation, but it isn’t actually painful, though it (sort of) has to hurt just a tiny bit; it’s a kind of a dull sensation which doesn’t last.  It’s certainly not unbearable and most people hardly feel anything at all.  Don’t forget, we ask YOU what level you want us to work at.  The needle doesn’t actually pierce your skin.  It enters the natural opening of the hair follicle.

After the first couple of extractions you become used to the feeling, and we continue to work within your pain tolerance range.  If you begin to feel too uncomfortable we will turn the intensity down to suit.  Likewise, we can increase the intensity a little if you wish.  Too little intensity wastes your time and ours, but too much intensity actually does more harm than good.

A qualified and experienced electrolygist knows how to find the right balance to treat the hairs efficiently and effectively.  As with all treatments in our clinic, we are here to serve you and to do the best treatment with the best results that we can possibly do for you.  This treatment in particular, (electrolysis) should not be all about how fast we can do it.  Thoroughness is our aim.  If we treat the hairs correctly in the first place, then they are far less likely to grow back again.  Each treated hair is removed as it is worked on.

Generally, you should go away from an electrolysis session feeling good, and looking forward to coming back for more. – And you will need to come back several times, to treat a whole area, due to the hair growth cycle.
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WHAT IS THE HAIR GROWTH CYCLE?
Hairs grow in constant cycles of three phases. Firstly they are actively growing, then they become dormant or resting, and finally they loosen and shed, only to be replaced again by more new actively growing hairs.  ONLY HAIR FOLLICLES IN THE ACTIVE GROWTH STAGE ARE DISABLED BY ELECTROLYSIS.

Follicles with hairs in the dormant stage are not disabled by electrolysis treatments.  These follicles will be treated in subsequent sessions.   Hair growth becomes sparser with each session.
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RE- GROWTH OR NEW GROWTH?
Re-growth will occur when a follicle (which holds the hair) has not been treated sufficiently to disable all future hair growth.  Sometimes a new hair has already begun to grow, deep in the dermis, while the hair that we are treating, in that same follicle, is still in the resting stage.  The resting hair will be dislodged, but the germinating cell of the new hair in its first stages of growth wasn’t treated and will continue to grow.  When a live, actively growing hair is sufficiently treated, the germinating cell will be permanently destroyed and therefore cannot produce another hair.

True new growth occurs when a previously inactive hair follicle is hormonally charged to produce a new hair.  This is what happens in puberty and during menopause, and sometimes during pregnancy.  Our bodies have so many inactive hair follicles, that we actually have the potential to be as hairy all over as a monkey.  Thank goodness the vast majority of hair follicles remain inactive in humans.
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MAINTENANCE:
A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time, due to the development of new hair growth appearing as our hormonal balance continues to change with age, or due to the influence of stress, illness, disease or drugs, such as steroids or the contraceptive pill.
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WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ME?
We insert a very fine needle (or probe) into the follicle by sliding the probe down the side of the hair, without puncturing the skin.
The needle doesn’t actually pierce your skin.  It enters the natural opening of the hair follicle.   A hair follicle is a pit or ‘tube’ in the skin, from within which a hair grows and emerges. Probing does NOT hurt, in fact if done correctly, it is very rarely felt.   Once the needle has reached the bottom of the follicle, (we can actually feel this happen), then we turn on the electrical current for between approximately 6 to 12 seconds, occasionally up to 20 seconds, depending on the diameter of the hair and the current intensity, to disable the hair follicle and prevent future hair growth.

Please note that some therapists use the “flash method” of electrolysis, whereby the current is only applied to each follicle for a couple of seconds.  While clients may think this is preferable, there is evidence to say that this technique is not as efficient and can cause ingrown hairs.  Added to this fact, the ‘flash method’ requires a higher intensity and therefore hurts more.  Personally, I prefer to use the slower, more efficient technique.
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HOW DOES ELECTROLYSIS WORK?
There are two types of electrolysis which can be used to successfully epilate hairs.  We can use either method, or a combination of both types.  In most cases we use a blend of two types of electrical current for epilation.

We begin the blend epilation process with the ‘High Frequency’ (HF), method, also called “Short Wave Diathermy” (don’t be frightened, it is also used in hospitals) which is a very mild electrical current that creates heat in the bottom of the hair follicle, which congeals the blood supply from the tiny capillaries, preventing future hair growth from that particular follicle.

The other method of epilation is the ‘Galvanic’ method, using a different type of electrical current, which causes a chemical reaction in the moisture at the bottom of the hair follicle, creating lye which denatures the hair growth cells, preventing re-growth.  By combining the two methods we have the efficiency of lye from the galvanic method, sped up by the heat from the friction created by the HF method.  The blend method is, by far, the most effective.

When a live, actively growing hair is sufficiently treated, the germinating cell will be permanently destroyed and therefore cannot produce another hair.

There is some more intersting information to read, regarding hair growth, on my ‘Waxing’ page and on my “IPL – Frequently Asked Questions” page.