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What is Electrolysis?

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What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis has been around since 1875 when it was introduced by an ophthalmic surgeon to permanently remove ingrown eyelashes. Electrolysis is a safe, effective, progressively permanent method of removing unwanted hair. Furthermore it is the only method that is approved by the British Medical Association. It works on all hair colours including white, blond and red.

How does electrolysis work?

A tiny disposable needle is used each treatment, by either heat or a chemical reaction, which is inserted into the hair follicle where a short burst of energy is targeted at the root of the hair. This prevents nutrients feeding the follicle and the new hair growth becomes weaker and finer. After a course of treatments the follicle is no longer able to produce new hairs and complete hair free results are obtained. Results take time.


What causes excess hair?

Hormones can impact the hair growth cycle, medications, pregnancy and certain medical conditions such as PCOS. Your medical history will be taken when you come to your consultation so that the best course of treatment can be assessed for you.

Hair Cycle 

The hair growth cycle is in stages from actively beginning growth from the root to hair shedding. These are known as the Anagen phase, Catagen phase and Telogen phase.  It is important to appreciate that electrolysis only works during the Anagen stage where the hair follicle is attached to the bulb and this is then destroyed so hair can no longer grow. 


Before treatment can commence you will need to come in for a consultation in order to assess the best treatment plan. I will need to find out about your medical history as well as give you a taster (about 10 minutes) session to see if this is something you want to continue with. 

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