Excess facial or body hair is annoying and embarrassing when you are unhappy with the way it makes you look and feel.
Unwanted hair grows for many reasons and can be removed by many methods, some temporary. Electrolysis is a long-term solution to unwanted hair on your face and body.
IPL or any laser cannot reduce and eliminate white, very blond or red hairs, but electrolysis can.
Also, some people’s skin is not suitable for IPL or laser so electrolysis is very a good option for them.
Regardless of your skin colour electrolysis can prove successful in removing the hair long term.
Electrolysis has been used for over 140 years in successfully removing unwanted hair long term.
Not only the face but all other parts of the body can also be treated according to what you would like the hair growth pattern to be or not in this case.
How does electrolysis work?
A fine needle is inserted into the hair shaft and a small electric current, radio wave or heat is passed down the needle to kill the root of the hair so it does not grow back with the same force.
After several electrolysis hair removal treatments the hair just gives up and completely dies, leaving the skin hairless long term.
A sterile probe is used with every treatment and is disposed of afterwards as medical waste. The electrolysis machine itself determines the precise current needed for that particular hair.
Any other equipment that comes into contact with your skin is put through a medical autoclave steriliser, just the same as when you visit your doctor, to eliminate any cross-contamination.
We are a registered, monitored and inspected skin piercing establishment with a recognised background in natural medicine.
What are the different types of electrolysis?
There are three methods of electrolysis. They are:
This operates on direct current (DC). The pad is the positive electrode which is placed in the hand, on the foot or the body. The probes themselves are the negative electrodes, which when inserted into the follicles, produce hydroxyl ions in a solution known as lye and this chemically destroys the hair follicle.
How much lye is produced is controlled by the current (measured in microamps) and the time that current is applied (measured in minutes and seconds).
This method is used to treat areas of thick, dense hair to get the removal started.
This method uses only one probe with a high-frequency alternating current (AC). A short burst of high-frequency radio waves produce heat in the follicle, cauterising follicular tissue.
This is a faster method but with more hair regrowth.
This also uses a single probe and combines the above modalities to produce a small amount of heated lye to destroy follicular tissue.
This is a slower method of removal but the efficiency is up to 80% to 90% per treatment. It is good for cleaning up areas that have already been worked on or on finer areas of hair growth.
We choose the right methods for you at the particular stage of your treatment.
To increase your comfort you can use local skin aesthetic so it is less sensitive. You can apply it at home to reduce your clinic time.
What should I do to prepare for an electrolysis treatment?
To prepare for the treatment you must not pluck, wax or shave the area. We need some hair growth so we can see where the hair follicles are located in order to carry out the treatment and remove the hair bulb.
What do I need to do after treatment?
You are given precise written aftercare instructions so you know exactly what to do after treatment to maximise the condition of your skin and what you must do between treatments to prepare for your next visit.
We recommend the use of witch hazel. It really helps settle your skin down. You can apply this at home, followed by aloe vera.
How long does it take for the skin to settle down after a treatment?
The skin will be red for around an hour or so, but should settle down after that.
What is the situation regarding needles, contamination and hygiene?
We use new, sterile probes for every treatment and the tweezers and other items go through an autoclave steriliser.
Can I have electrolysis done on any part of the body?
As long as we can reach it, yes.
What about skin colour?
Some people may have issues with the pigmentation in their skin, which may be prone to discoloration or patches or over colouring. So laser or IPL cannot be used but electrolysis can.
I have a medical condition in that I recently had skin cancer. Can I have electrolysis?
Yes. IPL or laser is not a good choice for you but we can safely use electrolysis.
How many treatments will I need?
Everybody needs different amounts because they have different hair growth and hair shaft thickness. We make assessments with every client and will advise you during your first consultation.
How effective is electrolysis?
Very effective and long term, as long as you stay in treatment until it is finished.
For some clients we may also able to treat the conditions that cause the unwanted hair growth in the first place. See our naturopathy services for more information.
Our modern, comfortable, air-conditioned clinic is designed specifically to afford the client the best possible service we can offer.
Treatments carried out by Dr Tracie O’Keefe, ND, BHSc, DCH
35 years’ experience in skincare needs
Member of Australian Professional Asetheticians Association
We offer a high-quality service at competitive prices
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