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Electrolysis, Permanent Hair Removal


13 November 2018

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Permanent Hair Removal with Electrolysis

Do you suffer from embarrassing facial hair? You aren’t alone! There are many women out there who understand your problem – and there is a solution!

If you find:

  • You are constantly touching your face to check for bristles
  • You spend minutes, even hours, painstakingly tweezing your face each week
  • You struggle with irritating creams, razor cuts and painful waxing or threading
  • Try and hide your face while you are waiting for hair to grow long enough to remove.

We have a solution to set you free.

How do you get rid of facial hair permanently? Electrolysis. Electrolysis has been proven to be the only permanent hair removal method for almost anywhere on the body, especially for facial hair.

How long has electrolysis been around for?

History shows us that as far back as 4000 BC, the Egyptian people were trying to create creams to help remove unwanted hair. Throughout history, there are traces of these efforts. Sadly, the result always seemed to be the same: the hair grew back.

In 1875, ophthalmologist Dr Charles Michael devised the first electrolysis methods to remove a painful ingrown eyelash. This breakthrough discovery applied a Galvanic Current to a hair follicle, effectively destroying the hair-growth cells, thereby preventing them from regrowing. Electrolysis is the chemical reaction that takes place in this process.

In the 1970s, a less painful electrolysis method was introduced using radio frequency. Electrolysis has proven over time that it is the safest and most effective way to remove hair almost anywhere on the body for all skin tones and dark, light or grey hair. Electrolysis is regularly and effectively used today, although it has undergone significant technological advancements.

How does electrolysis work?

The process of electrolysis involves the insertion of a tiny metal probe into the hair follicle and applying a radio frequency current. The current heats the hair, coagulating the blood vessels that supply the hair. When this blood supply is removed, the hair-growth cells are destroyed, the hair falls out and can no longer regrow. The strands are treated this way one hair at a time.

Once a hair is treated, the skin may temporarily become inflamed. The inflamed follicle is referred to as folliculitis and appears as small pimples.  To minimise folliculitis, we treat sparingly and apply a soothing cream. We suggest you also use a specially prepared soothing cream and avoid any makeup besides a mineral powder for at least 24 hours. Ice can be applied to reduce inflammation. If the hair growth is dense, you may need to have a few treatments over a period of time to avoid too much inflammation.

We recommend you begin with weekly treatments over four weeks, then reduce to fortnightly, and then monthly treatments. The hair must be in the follicle and must be at least 1 mm long for the treatment. Therefore you must stop tweezing, waxing or threading. The hair can be cut with small scissors or a razor. Cutting the hair won’t stimulate hair growth, but pulling the hair out and continually touching the area with your hands will stimulate hair growth.

Is electrolysis painful?

Although most people can tolerate the treatment, for some it can be painful. The most tender part of the face is the top lip, and it may be useful to apply pain relief (see pain relief) to this area.

What is the difference between electrolysis and laser treatment?

Laser and IPL treatments stop hair growth by using heat to cauterise the blood vessels at the base of the hair follicle. In this method, pigmentation is the target, and as a result, can only target brown pigmented hair. Laser and IPL treatments are not effective on white, blonde, grey or even red hair! They also are not very successful on finer hairs. The machines’ light can only penetrate a set depth, which is not always sufficient for hair that grows on the face.

Electrolysis, however, has been proven as an effective method to permanently remove grey, white, blonde or red hair and especially the facial hairs that grow on the upper lip/chin.

Is electrolysis permanent hair removal?

Yes. Once a hair is adequately treated, it can’t grow back. If insufficient current is applied, the hair will become weaker and will return finer. In this instance, a second application will be needed.

Hair grows in cycles. On your face, the hair growth cycle is about three months. This means that once you’ve pulled out a hair, it won’t return for another three months (unless it was broken, in which case it will start to grow back immediately). If you tweeze daily, twice a week, or even weekly, it will be difficult for you to know how much hair is actually growing.

With electrolysis, It will take at least three months to treat each hair in one cycle, once. It can, therefore, take a year or more to obtain total clearance. The hair should begin to reduce from the start, so if you don’t see a visible reduction, then the treatment isn’t working.

What are the causes of excessive hair?

Our hormones govern all of our hair growth. Our hormones, in turn, are influenced by many factors, including genetics, stress or even diet. Sometimes coarse hair appears on our face because we have a hormonal imbalance. If the cause of the imbalance is not addressed, then you may continue to produce new hair. At other times our hormones might be balanced, but our skin overreacts to a normal amount of hormones and creates these unwanted hairs. Electrolysis will still permanently reduce this hair, but you may require a tidy up once or twice a year.

Will electrolysis work if I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS) or Hirsutism?

Hirsutism in women is the excess growth of dark and coarse hair over areas of the body where it ordinarily wouldn’t grow, such as the face and back. About one woman in 10 is affected. Hirsutism is usually a symptom of an underlying problem rather than a medical condition in its own right.”

“Hirsutism (excessive hair) – women.”
Better Health Channel

One condition that may cause excessive hair growth is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS). Whether the cause of your excessive hair is POS, or another condition, this unwanted hair can still be treated with good results, but treatments may be ongoing. The hair will still permanently reduce and give you back your time and confidence, freeing you from constantly having to check for these pesky hairs.

Your Electrolysis Therapist

Marlene has been successfully performing electrolysis for 27 years. She has also taught electrolysis for 12 years in a Government Accredited School. At EDM Beauty, she has had great success with her clients, who no longer require ongoing treatments.

Our goal is to help you look and feel beautiful. We perform all our treatments in a private room with relaxing, soothing music and scents.
Contact us today to chat about your beauty challenges.