What is Electrolysis?
For over 130 years, electrolysis has been and remains the only 100% recognised permanent hair removal method.  This technique permanently destroys germinative cells responsible for hair growth by the insertion of a fine probe into the hair follicle and the application of a current which may be adjusted to the type of hair and the area to be treated. Electrolysis is a universal and flexible treatment which offers permanent hair removal to any combination of hair and skin colour and can be used safely anywhere on the body except inside the ears and nose. Other treatments available such as laser and IPL are only able to offer hair reduction, and not permanent removal.  

How long does treatment take and how much does it cost?
It is impossible to estimate how long clearance of the hair will take as although the treatment is permanent it is progressive. To eliminate the hair completely depends on many factors such as hair density, the number of hairs in the follicle (which can range from several to around a dozen depending on the individual), size of the treatment area, and previous treatment of the hair e.g., waxing/plucking, shaving, depilatory creams etc. The overall time taken to achieve the client’s desired result is very much dependent on how aggressive they choose to be with their treatment plan. However, it is important to remember that permanent hair removal even from a relatively small area will take time, several weeks or months depending on the individual. Therefore, cost of treatment is impossible to quote for.

Is Electrolysis painful?
The machine allows the electrologist to tailor each treatment specifically to the client’s individual needs, taking into account differing pain thresholds, with precision settings to deliver more effective, comfortable treatments as well as more rapid permanent results than any other permanent hair removal technique. Therefore, all or any unwanted hair can be treated on women and men, anywhere, painlessly and permanently such as:

  • Facial areas: lip, chin and beard
  • Large areas: legs and back
  • Bikini/genital area and underarms

Most clients will experience a warm tingling sensation and sometimes minor discomfort. While some need pain relief which can be administered by the client in the form of regular pain killers such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen taken before treatment commences if they are more sensitive. There are also topical anaesthetic creams available over the counter, your Electrologist can advise on those available if required.

What are the benefits of Electrolysis over laser?
Unwanted hair can be very distressing to many people and electrolysis remains the only recognised and proven form of permanent hair removal. Isis Clinic uses the Sterex S X B epilator which is considered the Gold standard in electrolysis systems within the industry. Electrolysis is a universal and flexible treatment which is able to offer permanent hair removal to any combination of hair and skin colour, and can be used safely anywhere on the body (except inside the ears and nose). Laser and IPL are only able to offer hair reduction, and not permanent removal. These methods cannot be used completely safely on anything other than fair skin and dark hair, without the risk of burning, as lasers target dark matter/pigment in the hair or skin which absorbs the light to produce the necessary heat!

Is Electrolysis suitable for pregnant women?
At Isis Clinic it is our protocol not to treat pregnant women. This is because hormonal changes in pregnancy can stimulate superfluous hair growth, which will usually disappear after a period of time after the pregnancy.

Can thread veins, Moles, Milia and other Vascular blemishes be treated safely?
Yes, although moles need to be given the all clear by a GP first. At Isis Clinic we do not use Electrolysis for these treatments as we believe that Thermavein Technology is safer and more effective for these advanced procedures.

What is Thermavein technology?
ThermaVein® uses a process known as Thermocoagulation which seals the thread vein walls, causing them to instantly and permanently disappear. It is based on a high frequency wave producing a thermal lesion within the vein. A small probe is used, through which a low radio current of 4Mhz is applied to the skin, changing the consistency of the vein walls so that they stick together and become sealed. The same principle is used to treat other types of vascular blemishes which are listed above.