Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Electrolysis destroys the growth center of the hair with heat energy. After 125 years , electrolysis still remains the only 100% effective method of permanent hair removal for all skin and hair types.
We use the Apilus Platinum Pure which effectively targets hairs for destruction while offering comfort the likes of which have yet to be seen in permanent hair removal.
Most clients are pleasantly surprised as the Apilus electrolysis systems are much more comfortable than other machines. There is a slight feeling of warmth when the current is applied but it is usually brief. The methods used are adjusted to the most comfortable for the client.
This depends on many factors such as the size of area to be cleared, hair type, location and density of hair growth. Sessions may take between 10 minutes to two hours. Most areas take a year or more to treat, this is because it takes that long for all hairs to appear in their cycle. Hormonally induced hair growth such as facial hair in women will also take a long time period as the slightly elevated levels of androgen trigger hair growth.
Each case is different, it depends on the hair growth, the area is being treated and how large that area is. We will be able to give you a clearer indication during consultation.
The two most common causes are hereditary factors and the ageing process. Glandular disturbances, pregnancy, stress, certain medications, obesity and anorexia nervosa are other causes of excess hair growth. They stimulate the hormone necessary to grow excess hair. Electrolysis does not cure the causes of excess hair growth but eliminates the effects of the various causes.
Yes it does! I see it over and over again but clients that give up after a few months sometimes stop treatments because they see hairs still coming and feel it cannot be working. Each square inch of skin contains several hundred hair follicles but only a certain amount of these follicles are in an active hair growth cycle. The remaining follicles can grow at any time depending on the hair growth cycle and the causes of excess hair in each individual. A few chin hairs that are plucked out daily can mean that they are actually 30 or more hairs taking turns to grow! The good news is that each area of the body has a set amount of hair follicles and once most or all of the active hair follicles are successfully treated the excess hair problem is basically completed.
Excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism can range from fine, vellus hair to dark, coarse hair on the face and body. Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair growth cells may require additional treatments. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Electrolysis works on all skin and hair types. It can be applied to most facial and body parts, including: eyebrows, chin, upper & lower lip, jaw line & sides of the face, breast & underarms, abdomen, bikini line, legs and back. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design a treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a needle to permanently stop another hair growing. Laser tends to treat large areas of skin using a laser or light-based lamp which can stop hair growing for several months before another treatment is needed, hence it is called hair reduction rather than removal. Laser/IPL is generally sought when a reduction only is desired but electrolysis is the better option for when complete removal is the preferred outcome.
Skin may be slightly red, which will subside. Some people show little effects of post treatment electrolysis. Body treatments may display tiny pinprick scabs and may take longer to heal than the facial areas. After care advice will be given at your consultation. Correctly performed electrolysis will not result in scarring or pitting. Keeping your skin in good condition is a joint commitment, which will give you the best results and treatment experience possible.
Hairs have differing cycles of growth, many of which are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. The follicle produces the hair from the blood supply, and discards it eventually through shedding. The process of growth, rest and replacement are known as the hair growth cycle. The sequence of events is repeated constantly until a hair ceases to be formed.
Most areas of the body can be treated – I do treat the traditional bikini line shape but I do not treat genitalia and hair inside the nose or the ear.
A pregnant woman should generally not undergo electrolysis treatments during the first three months of pregnancy. Why? In order to keep sources of stress to a minimum during this higher-risk period. After the first trimester, she can undergo hair removal treatments using high-frequency current only. We do ask for medical clearance, to make sure her pregnancy is going well amd no complications are expected.
Immediately following treatment, there may be slight redness, which varies with each individual. The latest technology has made electrolysis more comfortable and effective than ever before. Your electrologist will provide you with post treatment instructions and the personal attention you need. You are assured of the best care from a skilled hair removal professional.
Electrolysis can be performed in most moles where licensing regulations allow it. Your electrologist may require written approval from your physician.
Permanent hair removal using electrolysis has come a long way since its beginnings in 1875. Today’s computer technology enables the electrologist to work with more speed and comfort. Epilators are much quicker, utilizing current timings of thousandths of a second over the longer current applications of the past, plus, intensity settings can now be modulated to varying proportions. The instruments and equipment used in a contemporary electrologist’s office are just part of the changes that have occurred in the electrolysis industry.
All three original modalities used in electrolysis treatments have evolved. The galvanic (true electrolysis) modality still causes a chemical decomposition of the hair follicle cells; the thermolysis (high frequency, shortwave) still destroys the hair growing cells with heat; and the blend (or sequential) still combines galvanic and high frequency to disable the hair follicle.
Electrolysis treatments are all about timing and intensity. Electrologists can choose between three different methods of treatment, each with its own variation of comfort levels but with the same comfort, effectiveness and permanency. The electrologist will consider your specific needs and design a treatment plan.
Another factor of comfort is the type of probe used. There are now a variety of probes to choose from: insulated, non-insulated, one-piece, two-piece, stainless steel, and gold-plated. The electrologist will determine the best option for your type of hair growth and skin, providing you with comfortable, quality treatments.