TreatmentsELECTROLYSIS | Skin by Lidia Nova

There are several methods that reduce or remove unwanted hair such as laser and IPL. However, electrolysis is the only form of hair removal that is classified as permanent by FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration).

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DOWNTIME
12 - 24 hours
PAIN
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TREATMENT TIME
15 - 30 minutes

What is electrolysis

There are several types of electrolysis, Thermolysis, Galvanic and Blend. At Lidia Nova we use the thermolysis method also known as shortwave diathermy; this modality uses high frequency radio energy to destroy the hair follicle and prevent hair regrowth.

Thermolysis Is the most used method because it is fast and effective. The process of thermolysis involves the applying an alternating current to the probe at the base of the hair effectively destroying the parts of the hair follicle with each treatment. 

Suitability for Electrolysis

Electrolysis works on all types of hair; most skin types are suitable for electrolysis.

Areas that can be treated with electrolysis

  • include lips, chin, cheek, eyebrow, ear, nose, shoulder, armpit, chest, breast, back, stomach, leg, feet and hand.
  • Electrolysis can also remove ingrown hairs, skin tags, milia (whiteheads) and broken capillaries. 
  • It is important to remember that whilst electrolysis can treat many areas it is a slower process and may not be suitable for larger areas which will be discussed during your consultation. Goals and expectation of treatments will be discussed at consultation prior to commencing your electrolysis treatment.

Electrolysis Procedure

A consultation prior to commencing your treatment, goals and expectation of treatments will be discussed at consultation prior to commencing your electrolysis treatment. During consultation you will be also asked about your medical history, indication and suitability for electrolysis.

The procedure involves preparing the skin by cleaning the skin with an a alcohol  wipe, the insertion of a fine needle  probe alongside the hair. A small electrical current is applied to cauterize the lower portion of the follicle. The hair is then removed

  • A single use needle needle is placed in the probe holder.
  •  The treatment the area by cleansing the area with an alcohol swab.
  •  Your electrologist will use extra lighting and some sort of magnification aid during the treatment.
  • The needle is inserted in each individual hair using the hand held probe.
  • One hair usually takes only a few seconds to remove. 
  • The sensation varies between individuals to a great degree. Some feel it as a mild heat, others feel it is very sharp and strong pain. 
  • Once you have completed your session your skin is wiped with an antiseptic wipe  and an antiseptic soothing cream is applied. 
  • Each session is a minimum of 10 minutes.

If you are worried about pain or discomfort during sessions, we can talk you through examples of how other clients have managed this. Your local pharmacy may have numbing creams or over the counter pain relief that may be helpful. They will be able to guide you on this.

Pre treatment care

  • If you are worried about pain or discomfort during sessions, we can talk you through examples of how other clients have managed this. Your local pharmacy may have numbing creams or over the counter pain relief that may be helpful. They will be able to guide you on this
  • It is very important not to wax or tweeze the hair as this encourages the hair to become stronger. Depending on the area being treated you can cut or trim the area.
  • Overall, it is important that your skin is professionally clean, hydrated, moisturised and free of infection.
  • If you are currently tweezing (plucking), waxing or threading the hair that you would like to treat Do not remove the hair 
  • Shave, trim or cut the hair instead.

Pre treatment care

  • If you are worried about pain or discomfort during sessions, we can talk you through examples of how other clients have managed this. Your local pharmacy may have numbing creams or over the counter pain relief that may be helpful. They will be able to guide you on this.
  • It is very important not to wax or tweeze the hair as this encourages the hair to become stronger. Depending on the area being treated you can cut or trim the area.
  • Overall, it is important that your skin is professionally clean, hydrated, moisturised and free of infection.
  • If you are currently tweezing (plucking), waxing or threading the hair that you would like to treat Do not remove the hair 
  • Shave, trim or cut the hair instead.

Post care

For 24 to 48 hrs after each treatment:

  • Do not touch the area with your hands or fingers.
  • Keep the area clean and clear. Do not apply make-up, sunscreen, moisturiser or any products other than those recommended by your electrologist for at least 24hrs, preferably 48hrs.
  • Avoid heavy exercise and any activities which may make you hot and/or perspire.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
  • Apply a mild antiseptic or aloe vera once or twice per day with a cotton tip.

Side effects

The most common side effects after an electrolysis session are

  • tenderness,
  • redness 
  • some swelling. 

Follow up

You will need around eight to twelve electrolysis sessions to permanently remove your hair. This may seem like a lot of sessions but remember that once it is done, that hair is gone forever! The thicker and denser the hair in an area, the more sessions you will need to remove. 

We recommend the first three sessions to be 2 weeks apart, after that three weeks apart with a gradual decline of hair growth sessions will become further apart resulting in absence or reduce hair in the area being treated.

Cost

Starting from $50

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