Electrolysis Hair Removal

The ONLY medically approved form of permanent hair removal

Electrolysis hair removal can permanently remove hair

Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis is a course of treatment that permanently removes hair growth when performed by skilled and experienced practitioners (like us!).

Electrolysis has the longest known track record together with the most effective results for permanent hair removal. Dr Charles Michel first used it successfully in 1875 to remove ingrown eyelashes. He discovered that once the follicle had been treated with electrolysis the hair was permanently destroyed.
picture of Apilus senior electrolysis machine used in the positive skin clinic

Electrolysis can safely remove all hair types

For over 100 years, electrolysis has been recognised as a safe, reliable method of treating all skin and hair types. Many new treatments for hair reduction or non-permanent hair removal have emerged over the years; electrolysis has remained the only treatment to achieve permanent and complete eradication of unwanted hair when performed by a skilled, experienced practitioner.
For those who seek complete and permanent hair removal on any part of the body, regardless of skin tone or hair colour, there remains only one method that is approved by the British Medical Association – electrolysis.
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Electrolysis can be adapted to suit your hair

Electrolysis hair removal involves the insertion of a very fine, disposable, sterile probe (the same diameter as the hair) into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening in the skin. A tiny amount of energy is then skilfully discharged into the hair follicle. This is one type of treatment, where the skill of the therapist can really make a difference to the results achieved. The British Institute & Association of Electrolysis (BIAE) lists professional Electrolysists in the UK and is where you can find fully qualified Electrolysists near you.
During a course of treatments there will be a constant, gradual decrease in the growth of the hair until it has all been permanently removed. The number of treatments required will vary from person to person and will be discussed at the initial consultation and it is important to remember that this is a long term treatment plan.
close up picture of permanent electrolysis hair removal at positive skin, Radstock on a client
close up picture of electrolysis hair removal on face of client at positive skin clinic Radstock

Electrolysis can be used on any part of the body for hair removal

Electrolysis can be used on any part of the body. No type or volume of body hair is too stubborn for treatment and no body part too embarrassing. Treatment areas include all facial areas, legs, bikini line, chest, nipples, back, abdomen, underarms, fingers, toes and eye brows. And also treat transgender clients, removing intimate body hair prior to surgery.
The first sign that electrolysis treatment is working is that the hair growth becomes softer, finer and lighter in colour. You will see and feel the difference throughout the course of treatment, so you do not have to wait until the end of your course to see a difference.

Following treatment clients will be given strict aftercare instructions to adhere to in order to support the electrolysis treatment.

Frequently asked questions

Does it hurt?

The only sensation felt by the client is heat passing down the probe to the base of the follicle. This sensitivity can be dependent on many factors, including your pain threshold, the area being treated and how they are feeling that day (stress can make people more sensitive). The treatment can be adapted to suit each client’s skin, hair and pain threshold.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the client, their hair type, what area and how much hair is being treated. There are also other factors to consider, such as hormones, medication, stress influence and client time commitment.

If you were to have a treatment every month and ensure that the treatment area is completely cleared of hair. This is a rough guideline of how long it would take to reduce the hairs. Please bare in mind this does not take into account any personal factors such as medication or hormones.

Face         18 months
Underarm 18 months
Bikini        20 months
Legs         24 months

How much will it cost?

Treatments are worked out by how many ‘minutes’ you will need. So if you have an area with alot of hair then you will need a longer treatment session than someone who has less hair to be treated. How much time you will need for each treatment will be discussed in the consultation.

How long does the hair have to be?

The hair can be kept however you want in between treatments. Some people leave the hair, some shave and some cut the hair. But the hair needs to be around 2mm length, so it can be removed with tweezers once treated. This is roughly leaving the hair ¾ days after shaving.

What can I do with the hair in between treatments?

The hair must not leave the hair follicle unless with electrolysis. In between treatments cutting or shaving is recommended. You must not wax or tweeze, this can hinder the treatments and it can take longer for the hair to go.

Can you guarantee 100% that you can get rid of all hair?

No-one can ever give you a 100% guarantee that no hair regrowth will occur following electrolysis. We would advise caution before using any clinic that claims otherwise. However we stand behind our experience of permanently removing the hairs we treat.

Scientific evidence says that electrolysis demonstrates the best results of any hair removal method because it has the best ability to destroy the stem cells that regenerate the hair. The US Food and Drug Administration and the British Medical Association recognise that electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that can be considered permanent.

Proponents of other methods may claim to be permanent, but the FDA’s research and documentation shows that only electrolysis is truly permanent. Our clients routinely report achieving excellent results. 

If any method can claim to be permanent, then it must be electrolysis with its 140 year history of proven results!

How will my skin look after the treatment?

Your skin may be red and feel hot to touch, possibly a little swollen straight after the treatment. This is normal, due to the heat being produced in the skin. You may want to apply a cold compress after. Ensure that you follow the aftercare advice given.

Occasionally, scabs form to protect the skin from infection and ensure your skin heals smoothly. Even if the scabs itch or look like pimples, do not remove them until they fall off or you risk scarring.

Some skin types (people with olive or darker coloured skin) are more prone to getting temporary marks on the skin. People with higher moisture content in their skin are more prone to develop scabbing. People with oily skin have a higher chance of break-outs and, if they pick at their skin, this can lead to scarring.

What is the aftercare for electrolysis?

After the treatment you must ensure you take the following precautions for the next 24/48 hours after, so your skin can heal properly.

Avoid sunbathing or any other heat treatments (e.g. saunas, sunbeds, steam
bath).

Avoid hot baths or showers.

Avoid swimming.

Avoid applying make-up to the treated area.

Avoid applying soap or perfumed products to the treated area.

Avoid wearing tight clothing over treated body areas.

Avoid touching the area and do not pick any scabs that may form.

Can I have a long sessions of electrolysis?

You can have up to 2 hours of treatment in one session, this is due to your comfort and your skin's sensitivity.

Why can't you get rid of all my unwanted hair in one session?

Even though the amount of hair you have looks the same, in 3 months time you will probably be looking at different hair growing from different hair follicles. Hair grows in a cycle, and it can be depending on its location. Please bear in mind there are 120-140 hairs in one square centimetre.

We can only clear the hair we can see during your treatment session. You will need to return when new growth comes. Which is usually every 4 weeks for faces and 6-8 weeks for the body. It may look like the treated hairs are regrowing, but it is usually a hair next to it.

I am on a prescribed medication, can I have electrolysis?

It can depend on what medication you are on, whether you can have electrolysis. It is best to consult with your doctor before having any treatments. Any medication that causes skin sensitivity or healing impairment, such as roaccutane or hydrocortisone would not be recommended. 

Please email us at hello@positiveskin.co.uk to discuss this further.

Does electrolysis really work on all hair and skin colours?

Electrolysis is suitable for everyone and all hair colours. As it treats the individual hair, and destroys the hairs ability to produce more hairs within the follicle.

IPL is an effective method of hair reduction, but they are best suited to people with dark hair and pale skin. For clients who have darker skin or lighter hair colour, these treatments are much less effective. 

Electrolysis is the only answer for people with blond, white, and grey hair.

Can I have treatment while I have a cold sore breakout?

No, it is not recommended to have any treatments while you have an active cold sore and you must wait until it is healed. If you have a history of cold sores, it may be an idea to take an anit-viral medication to prevent them, as electrolysis can encourage cold sores.

I have hairs in a mole, can this be treated with electrolysis?

Yes, we can remove hairs from a mole, as long as the mole is benign.

For any more questions please email hello@positiveskin.co.uk

Consultation procedure

Before your treatment can commence, we'll have a thorough consultation together, in which your medical history is taken to confirm suitability for your treatment and your chance for any questions that you may have to be answered. Before your treatment begins you must also provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out, for your safety.

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