Electrolysis hair removal is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. It does require multiple sessions to achieve best possible results, but permanent hair removal isn’t 100% guaranteed for everyone. An electric current is applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root.
There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend. At East Ivanhoe skin & Body Therapy we use thermolysis. We also do Telegiactasis treatments with special needles for spider veins, capillaries or cherry angioma, skin tags. These are priced according to time also. Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn’t on the same stage at any given time, multiple sessions are needed to get the hair in the growth phase for electrolysis hair removal to be most effective- just like laser hair removal
- It has the best track record.
- Electrolysis has the best overall results, versus any other method, in ridding hair for long periods of time- or even permanently.
- Many different hair and skin types can benefit.
- Because it doesn’t target hair pigment (color) like laser, but attacks the follicle itself. People that aren’t good candidates for laser can still get electrolysis.
- Bent follicles can make electrolysis hair removal harder.
- Previous waxing or tweezing can make hair follicles bent or misshapen, and getting the needle to the root more difficult to destroy the follicle.
- Multiple treatments are needed.
- You have to truly be committed to electrolysis because you will need anywhere from 15 – 30 sessions, which will take up a considerable amount of your time.
- Skin can get discolored.
- This is most likely to occur if it’s improperly done.
- It can be pricey.
- See below, under The Costs heading.
Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been likened to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it. At East Ivanhoe Skin & Body Therapy we have natural numbing spray, topical aesthetic. We also have special type needles that are insulated to minimize skin reactions and therefore helps healing time and recovery time if needed.
After waxing /electrolysis you are advised not to :
- Swim or have a spa bathSunbathe or use a solarium- immediately before or after treatments.
- Have hot showers directly on the areas.
- Do not use any AHA or acidic type cream/lotions on the area.
- Do not pick, scratch any areas that may be healing or are ingrown hairs
- Tweeze or wax the area between treatments only trim.
We recommend a TGA approved commercial aftercare cream -such as Sterex – POST Electrolysis cream, or after wax cream by Caron. As it has a minimum of 5% tea tree oil and antibacterial properties in the cream. Also available is Aloe vera gel and Bepanthen cream. Keep your appointment as advised Skin may be susceptible to irritation or infection for up to 48 hours after any Skin Penetration procedure.
Progressively permanent hair removal We offer natural numbing spray and pain reducing disposable probes. Longer times available on request