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About Electrolysis

British Association of Electrolysists Ltd

The British Association of Electrolysists Ltd. is a non-profit making independent non-allied electrolysist organisation which has enjoyed worldwide respect for over forty years.

A candidate for Membership of the BAE must satisfy a panel of examiners as to her/his practical ability and theoretical knowledge in accordance with a rigid syllabus. The syllabus applies only to three needle methods - short-wave diathermy, the blend method and galvanism. These are the only methods of permanent hair removal which have a proven clinical record of success and are acceptable to the BAE Board of Examiners.

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Only candidates who have attained Full Membership status (MBAE) and have current insurance cover under the BAE Insurance Policy qualify for entry into this Directory. Full Members who are not covered under this Policy are required to give written proof of current acceptable alternative insurance cover before their names are entered in the Directory.

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only safe, permanent way to remove unwanted hair. Unwanted hair is considered to be socially unacceptable in our society and, therefore, not generally talked about. Anyone who finds herself in this situation tends to feel that she is the only one with a hair problem and tries to conceal it at all costs.

In fact, superfluous hair is very common and affects about 80% of women to some degree or another. Furthermore, many women not previously troubled by this condition have found that a temporary period of glandular upset, pregnancy, menopause or merely increased age has meant a sudden appearance of unwanted hair in ‘unfeminine’ places.

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Hygiene and Sterilisation

The Association is aware of the need for a very high standard of hygiene and its Members are kept up to date with the latest techniques and methods as laid down by the Environmental Health Office and the Health & Safety Executive to ensure strict codes of hygiene are adhered to.

Pre-sterilised disposable probes are used for each treatment to ensure a safe and hygienic procedure. HSE approved methods such as autoclaving and liquid sterilising agents are used to keep equipment sanitised in accordance with current legislation and it is a requirement for cover under the BAE Insurance Policy that Members adhere strictly to these rules.

Methods of Electrolysis

The three approved methods of treatment must be carried out with a pre-sterilised disposable probe which delivers a minute amount of electric current into the hair follicle to the root of the hair. Repeated treatments will destroy the hair development. It is very important to realise that the probe must be inserted at exactly the correct angle and depth to be effective. Competent Electrolysists have learned to "see" with their fingers so that they know when to release the current and how much current to release. This skill comes only with experience.

Diathermy: the use of short-wave high frequency current which generates a small amount of heat within the hair follicle leading to cauterisation of the blood vessels which nourish hair growth.

Galvanism: the original form of electrolysis by direct current causing a chemical (as opposed to heat) reaction to take place in the follicle.

Blend: a combination of diathermy and direct current (or galvanism) is a more up-to-date method of inactivating the hair follicle.

The necessity of consulting an experienced and skilful operator cannot be too strongly emphasised.

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Use of DIY or home kits

The amateur use of home kits advertised in many magazines or through mail order, can result in considerable permanent skin damage, pain and little progress, and is no substitute for professional treatment. Although the use of DIY devices affords privacy and avoids the embarrassment of confiding in someone else, a qualified Electrolysist is a trained professional and no-one should be embarrassed by consulting one any more than in seeking treatment from a dentist, nor is the cost excessive when the benefits are considered.

Making an Appointment

The most difficult step is to make the first move to book a consultation. Remember, all BAE Members are trained professionals who are accustomed to seeing unwanted hair growth. On the first visit the practitioner will:

Ask some questions in order to establish a cause and also to check that there are no contra-indications (reasons why treatment cannot be given).

Describe the process of electrolysis and how it relates to the relevant problem.

Give a short sample treatment on a few hairs.

The consultation may be free of charge and there is no obligation to have treatment. The operator will be able to assess how regularly treatment will be needed and will, in the majority of cases, be able to supply you with a copy of the BAE leaflet entitled "Electrolysis The permanent removal of unwanted hair" which gives more detailed information.

Advanced Work

Members who have been in continuous practice for five years or more are eligible to be trained to treat telangiectasia (dilated capillaries or thread veins), skin tags, warts etc. These are highly skilled procedures, and it is for this reason the BAE only trains (or in the case of Members who have undertaken this training outside the BAE.,) assess those with five or more years experience. The letters depicting which Members are qualified to carry out such treatments on our behalf, can be found under their names in the Directory.

Thread veins are small dilated capillaries usually found on the cheeks or around the nostrils and they can be cauterised by the skilled, experienced electrolysist using a fine probe and a minute amount of electrical current. Small spider naevi can be treated in a similar way and may only require one treatment, while a network of fine capillaries will require further appointments to achieve successful elimination. Thread veins on faces respond better than those on legs, but some improvement may be achieved on legs depending on the severity of the problem.

Skin tags (Verruca filiformis), can be cauterised. For treatment on warts, moles to be carried out, it is necessary to obtain permission from your GP before treatment commences.

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Fees

The amount charged per treatment is the responsibility of the practitioner and may vary according to the locality and type of treatment given, and may be subject to VAT.

Where to obtain treatment

You may feel confident of good treatment wherever you see a current Certificate of Registered Membership. The qualification only relates to permanent hair removal treatment carried out with a probe by means of Short-wave Diathermy, Blend or Galvanism. The right to use the letters MBAE, or, in the case of a full member with seven or more years of continuous membership, FBAE, is personal to the Member named on the Certificate, and cannot be used in a manner which implies that other operators at the premises hold BAE qualification.

Members of the public are strongly advised, when booking at a salon or clinic, to ensure that they receive treatment from the Member who is named in this Directory.