Frequently Asked Questions

  1. IS ELECTROLYSIS PERMANENT?

    Yes. Electrolysis is the only scientifically proven permanent method of hair removal. With regular treatments the hair growth will gradually become finer and weaker until eventually it gives up altogether. However electrolysis is only as good as the electrolysist so it is vitally important to go to a suitably qualified operator.

  2. DOES IT HURT?

    Initially it will feel tender because you are nervous at your first appointment, have never had electrolysis before and you and your skin are not used to it, but after 2 or 3 treatments most clients find that they can relax and some even go to sleep! The sensation is less sharp than the feeling of plucking your hairs.

  3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

    This depends on how long you have had the hair, why you have it, what you have done to it and how often you come in for treatment.

    Generally the tougher the hair and the more interference (e.g. plucking) that the hair has had the longer the treatment will take, but it will go.

    Conversely the finer the hairs the quicker they will go.

    All of these factors will be discussed with your electrolysist at the initial consultation.

  4. WHAT WILL MY SKIN LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT?

    It will be very slightly red and may be slightly swollen but your electrolysist will apply an after-care cream, this will take down the redness and help the area to heal quickly.

  5. WILL I BE ABLE TO GO SWIMMING AFTERWARDS?

    No, not for 24 hours after the treatment.

  6. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

    The charges vary depending on the locality, but in general start at about £10 for 10 mins.

  7. IS THERE ANY RISK OF INFECTION FROM CONTAMINATED INSTRUMENTS?

    No.  A new sterilised needle is used for every client. The operator will can demonstrate the needle being loaded into the probe.

  8. HOW CAN THE REMAINING HAIR OR REGROWTH BE MANAGED BETWEEN VISITS?

    Cut the hair with scissors if necessary.  Have the most obvious hair treated first

  9. CAN THE COST OF TREATMENT BE COVERED BY THE NHS?

    Availability varies between different Health Authorities.  GP’s should be approached for local procedures and referrals

  10. DOES PREGNANCY PRECLUDE ELECTROLYSIS TREATMENT?

    Electrolysis is safe on the face but not on the breast after the first two months

  11. IF A MOTHER HAS SUPERFLUOUS HAIR CAN IT BE GENETICALLY PASSED ON TO HER DAUGHTER?

    Possibly but not necessarily.

  12. MAGAZINES CARRY CONVINCING CLAIMS OF HAIR REMOVAL BY LASER.  HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM ELECTROLYSIS?

    Electrolysis is proven permanent.  Laser is not.