What is electrolysis?

Superfluous body and facial hair, although quite natural, is a problem for many women, and its removal is the most popular beauty service today.  Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal, and it involves the insertion of a fine probe into the hair follicle to the hair root.  A mild current is then passed down the needle to the tip to cauterise the hair root, enabling the hair to be withdrawn.  This only takes a few seconds.

What causes unwanted hair growth?

Hair growth is often traced to hereditary factors, and sometimes stress and certain illnesses can stimulate growth.  In addition some temporary methods of hair removal, certain drugs and medications or just the hormonal changes at different stages in life can all affect hair growth.

Can it be performed on any part of the body?

The areas where superfluous hair can become a problem, and which are suitable for treatment are facial areas, upper lip, chin, neck, sides of face, low hair line, thick eyebrows, between the brows, eyebrow shaping, arms, underarms, between the breasts, aroud the nipples, legs, thighs, bikini line, abdomen, back and shoulders, fingers and toes.  Very sensitive areas such as inside the nostril, the ears, lip, nipples and eyelids are not usually treated.

Will you need to know anything about me?

The initial consultation is always an important part of the treatment procedure. The information required will be: the area you would like worked on; type of hair growth on other parts of the body; if the hair has been previously removed by plucking or other methods of temporary removal; if treatment has been carried out at any time by a clinic.  


Age and general health questions will be asked, and if there are any current medical problems, or whether recent illness has required medication.  It will also be necessary to know if you are sensitive to the sun or any particular products.

How will it feel?

The treatment is not generally painful although there may be some slight discomfort and occasionally a feeling of heat in the area for a short time. There may also be a slight redness, which will only last a few hours.  Specially formulated soothing lotions are advisable for use after treatment.

How long will it take?

Everyone is different, and for this reason it is essential to have a full consultation prior to your treatment programme.  Many people believe that the hair never grows back after only one treatment.  This is not so.  The results of the treatment are progressive.  This means that after each treatment the hair grows back finer and fairer, taking longer to return, until eventually it doesn't grow back at all.


If the hairs have previously been removed by plucking or other methods, the growth will be much stronger, as the follicles will have been stimulated, and will require more electrolysis treatments than untreated growth.  Depending on the size of the area requiring treatment, and also the strength and maturity of the hiar growth, this will determine the expected length of time your treatment programme will take.  Your Electrologist will be able to give you an approximate estimate at your consultation, but will have a much clearer idea after your treatment programme has started, as she will be able to monitor your response to the treatment.

Is it safe?

The treatment is approved by the medical profession and has been available for over 100 years.  We always use sterile, disposable probes, recommended by the Public Health Laboratory Service.

The individually packed probes remain sealed and sterile until opened for your treatment.  After treatment the probe is disposed of immediately.  Using this method every client has a new sterile probe for her treatment.