Electrolysis is a method that involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and applying an electrical current to the follicle root. This procedure actually burns the hair root, preventing it from producing more hair. Each hair follicle is treated individually, and it usually takes several treatments to destroy a follicle. Electrolysis is a permanent form of hair removal. Electrolysis can be painful, and its side effects include infection. It is also not immediately effective. Electrolysis requires repeated treatment for up to 12 to 18 months.
- 450 SEK for the first 0 to 15 minutes
- 150 SEK for each 15 minutes after that
What to do before your appointment?
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine, chocolate or sugar on the day of your appointment.
- Avoid sun exposure 48 hours prior to your treatment to avoid dilation of the blood vessels.
- Do not use Retin A, Tazorac or any serious retinoid for at least 1 week prior to your electrolysis treatment.
- Avoid deodorants, creams or lotions on the treatment areas on the day of the appointment.
- Don’t shave before or between appointments.
Here are our top aftercare tips:
- DO NOT TOUCH. Bacteria is everywhere and on everything, so never touch the treated area unless hands are thoroughly washed. Touching your skin with dirty hands will cause you to break out.
- DO NOT SCRATCH. It is normal for your skin to feel itchy a few days following your treatment. This is inflammation and all part of the healing process. Resist the urge to scratch. You will create tiny cuts in the skin and bacteria from your nails will enter theses cuts causing a nasty skin infection.
- DO NOT PICK. Picking at scabs can cause permanent scarring!!! Light scabbing is a natural part of the healing process. Scabs are lymph fluid that has drained from the treated hair follicle and has dried up at the surface. If scabs appear, allow them to fall off on their own. Never pick a scab off, as this could cause scarring. Using an antibiotic cream on the area for a couple days after treatment will likely prevent scabs from forming. Keeping the area moisturized will help prevent scabs from forming.
- APPLY COLD COMPRESS to reduce inflammation and swelling. Using an Icepack on the treated area following treatment will reduce selling and inflammation.
- STAY OUT OF THE SUN. Immediately after treatment, you must stay out of the sun to prevent abnormal pigmentation. An area that has been treated is extra sensitive to hyperpigmentation. It is also very sensitive to heat. Do not leave the house without using sunblock with a minimum of 15 SPF.
- AVOID HOT TUBS, SAUNAS, AND POOLS. Avoid hot tubs and saunas in the first 48 hours. Your pores are open and can easily become infected.
- DO NOT WORKOUT. Avoid exercising after your electrolysis appointment. Excessive sweating can cause bacteria to enter open follicles causing a minor infection, resulting in a breakout.
- NO MAKEUP. Do not apply makeup for at least 24-48 hours after electrolysis. Your pores are open and can easily become infected. It is okay to wear eye makeup, but no foundation or powder. Application brushes and sponges are full of bacteria that will cause you to break out. Be sure to wash your application brushes with a proper antimicrobial cleanser prior to resuming your regular makeup routine 24-48 hours post treatment.
- DO NOT SHAVE. Avoid shaving the area for at least 24-48 hours post treatment. This can cause microscopic cuts and scrapes allowing bacteria to enter the follicles causing infection. Shaving can also cause ingrown hairs to form. Let the skin heal prior to shaving.
- NO ASTRINGENTS. Avoid any harsh products until skin is fully healed. This includes perfumes, acne medications, astringents or anything with an alcohol base. These products will dry out your skin. Witch hazel is recommended to cleanse the skin and can be used as a toner.
- DO NOT TWEEZE OR PUCK. Tweezing causes trauma inside the follicle, supplying follicle with a nutritious blood source resulting in deeper, thicker regrowth. Remember, some regrowth is to be expected
- KEEP UP WITH A REGULAR TREATMENT SCHEDULE. Keeping on a regular electrolysis maintenance schedule is very important. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, clip, shave, or use a depilatory cream such as Nair to remove the hairs. Treating the new regrowth as soon as it starts to appear, when the roots are not very deep and thick, will result in a more effective treatment. Fine hairs are much easier to treat that thick deep ones. So be sure to maintain a regular treatment schedule!