Pain is highly subjective, the general sensation is of a mild warming, creating a slight and very quick discomfort. This sensation varies according to the area being treated, previous methods of hair removal, and hair and skin type along with client pain threshold.
Electrolysis can be adapted to suit each individual client by finding the best working point, most suitable choice of probe and the choice of three different methods of electrolysis that are available.
I work with an Apilus Cleo machine which enables me to use a method called Flash thermolysis, this applies high intensities for a very short period of time(a few hundredths of a second) This technique is becoming increasingly popular, because the speed is so quick it doesn’t give enough time for the nerve endings to react, thus making it more comfortable for the client and can be used on very sensitive clients. The Apilus cleo provides the high precision offered by computer technology and is powerful enough to ensure remarkable results from Flash Thermolysis.
Yes you can, as pregnancy is not normally a contra-indication to the Thermolysis/short wave diathermy method of electrolysis. This method uses (AC) alternating current which produces a very weak intensity of current during the procedure. There is no risk to mother or un born child although treatment of the breast and abdominal areas should be avoided, especially in the later stages of pregnancy, this is because the skin in these areas are stretched and therefore under duress, no harm can be caused to the foetus as the current does not pass through the body at all.
However the blend and galvanic current should be avoided through out the pregnancy because it is a direct electrical current (DC).
The number of treatments required will vary from person to person as each client will have a different density of hair growth, it is impossible to make an exact amount of treatments, we advise a two year umbrella, you would not be in treatment every week for two years, as the hair growth slows down your treatments will of course follow suit, it could be resolved within a year, but if we are not working on virginial hair and it has been tampered with, the treatment will go to the two year length. Other factors including growth cycles, any hormone medication, or heredity factors can influence the number of treatments
Another massive advantage of electrolysis is that we need to treat the hairs when they are just starting to come through because this is when they are at their active stage (Anagen). This means that you don’t have to leave them to grow to a certain length and have the misery of having to look at them. This is the best stage because the base of the follicle is still attached to the dermal papilla this provides oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicle itself so that healthy new hairs may grow, the area is at its most active to kill off the hair growth, the next hair stage is catagen, this is when the hair detaches itself from the dermal papilla thus not reaching optimal results with the treatment.
It really is a joint effort on both sides, keeping prompt with appointments, and getting them hairs in anagen, and listening to all after care advice is paramount for complete success. You will quickly feel and see the difference giving you the confidence to continue with your treatment course.
No unless you stop donating blood for the duration of your treatment. According to the official Give Blood website you should not donate blood if you have had a cosmetic skin piercing treatment in the past four months.
If strict aftercare instructions are not followed, there is a very small risk of temporary marking, provided the treatment is carried out correctly and aftercare is followed then there is no risk of scarring.
There will be some redness, and a little localised swelling, immediately following treatment. This will disappear in time depending on the skin sensitivity and skin type and condition. Generally next day your skin will be back to normal, however some people may see tiny reddish brown pinprick scabs, especially on body areas or where hairs are distorted or ingrowing. These scabs drop off naturally, within a few days to a week depending on the individuals healing ability. This is why it is paramount to follow the after care advice I give.
Virtually any area, apart from the inside of the nose and inner ear (the rim of the ear can be safely treated). Common areas for woman are facial areas (top lip, chin, neck, cheeks, eyebrows) breasts, abdomen, underarms, bikini line, legs, fingers, and toes.
Common areas for men are the upper arms, around the ears, top of the nose, eyebrows, top of the back, cheeks above the line of the beard, and any areas where in growing hairs are a problem.
Transgender women often require facial hair removal, some chest hair removal and pre-surgery genital hair removal for sex re-assignment surgery (SRS)
Transgender men having genital surgery may require donor site hair removal, usually from the arm or leg.
Facial hair removal and hair removal for surgical preparations can be funded by the NHS via your gender identity Clinic at the appropriate stage of treatment.
You must discontinue any short term hair removal for about a week before treatment, this is so that the hairs can begin to re-emerge and more will be removed also I can asses and diagnose a treatment plan.
Electrolysis treats each hair follicle individually with a very fine disposable probe to permanently destroy the follicles ability to reproduce, thereby eradicating hair growth on completion of the courses of treatment.
Laser tends to treat large areas of skin using a laser or light based lamp which can reduce hair growth but not remove all of the hair permanently. It is termed hair reduction rather than hair removal.
Every person has a different pain threshold, if you maintain your waxing most find it easier as the hairs become thinner, lighter and more sparse after a few waxes,
If your pain threshold is particularly low, a couple of Nurofen tablets half hour prior to treatment tends to reduce pain.
Some redness will appear, where the blood is looking for the hair, this is completely common, and perfectly normal, this is what makes the skin sensitive to heat, swimming, perfumed products etc, for the next 24-48 hours, which is why these are to be avoided.
Please ensure you exfoliate regular as this will clear all dead skin and help aid removal of ingrowing hairs. Regular application of body lotion helps the condition of the skin for optimal waxing results. I also highly recommend using the x-it spray, this is a fantastic product created by Lycon for ingrowing hairs which I stock.