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Electrolysis Hair Removal


Electrolysis is still currently the only FDA approved treatment for permanent hair removal. Other treatments are available, but they are not permanent. Electrolysis destroys the hair follicle on contact, preventing any further growth. The treatment course can be lengthy, but with time, hair growth is slowed and with repeated procedures, can cease entirely.

Who Can Have Electrolysis?

Electrolysis can treat all hair colours and types and is currently the only treatment available for lighter hairs, such as blonde, grey and white. Patients with pacemakers should not undergo electrolysis treatments, but it is safe for virtually all other patients. It should not be performed on the inside of the ear or nose, or on a mole or birthmark, but can be used to treat areas on the face, such as the eyebrows, around the lips, under the chin and around the nose, and also to remove hair from the body, such as from the back, arms, bikini line, breasts and abdomen.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

During treatment, the practitioner will insert a minute, sterile needle into the hair follicle, and then a electric or energy current will be passed through the needle to “kill” the follicle. Over time, and with repeated applications, the cells that produce the hair will no longer function.


Length of treatment can differ from patient to patient, depending on the area to be treated and the density of hair, ranging from between 15 minutes to 45 minutes per session. The treatment has been described as feeling like an “elastic band pinging against skin” and can be uncomfortable. Immediately after treatment, skin may be red, swollen and tender and it is advised that patients keep the treated area clean, free of makeup, products or any heat treatments for at least 24 hours. Patients should also avoid touching the treated area for the first 24 hours to minimise the risk of infection.

For most patients, one treatment will not be sufficient to remove all of the unwanted hair. This might be due to a number of factors:

  • When hair is naturally wavy or kinky, it can be more difficult to reach the hair follicles as they are often distorted. Hair is weakened on the first session but is typically not removed.
  • When patients tweeze or wax the treated area, it can cause greater regrowth. If the patient is treated mid-way through the hair growth cycle, hairs may grow back that were not treated by the electrolysis. This means that the treatment is working, but that hairs are still growing back that were not previously treated with the electrolysis.
  • If the patient has sensitive skin or a hormonal imbalance, electrolysis may need to be performed in stages or in conjunction with other treatments.

Should there be any regrowth, hairs should not be removed using tweezers or a razor. Instead, any noticeable hair should be dealt with using scissors, so that they can be treated during your next procedure.

Electrolysis can result in long-lasting hair removal in a huge number of patients. Talk to us about your hair removal options by booking a free consultation today.

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