1: The hair you see is not all the hair you have. Hair grows in cycles. That’s why it takes so many appointments to permanently eliminate the hair. The method that I implement is called ‘Thermolysis’. This is a form of Electrolysis that uses heat to cauterise the Papilla. The Papilla sits at the base of the follicle and provides blood flow to the hair for it to thrive. Electrolysis, when performed correctly, gradually takes away the food supply to the hair, however it is vital that just enough current is emitted to the Papilla as too much heat can damage surrounding tissue and not enough, will be as counterproductive as plucking. Plucking hairs in between treatments may hinder the final outcome, so once you have made that commitment to finally be free of the bothersome hairs, it is very important to put away those tweezers.
Most clients find that when they have an appointment booked ahead of time, it avoids temptation to pluck.
2: For a more comfortable treatment avoid caffeine for a few hours before your appointment. Taking a couple of Paracetamol before treatment could also be helpful.
An over the counter numbing gel such as ‘Emla’ is also recommended, however it needs to be timed correctly as it needs to be applied 30 minutes before treatment.
3: Gently cleansing and exfoliating your skin before your treatment opens up the follicles and lets the unwanted hair slide out more easily.
4: Please avoid waxing, threading, or tweezing before your electrolysis appointment as this reduces the number of hairs I can remove, and the hair needs to be visible to perform electrolysis correctly.
5: Electrolysis/Thermolysis is the only hair removal method recognized as permanent by the TGA.
6: Drinking plenty of water helps unwanted hair slide out more easily.
7: There may be a small amount of swelling and redness immediately after treatment, but this passes quickly. I have a High Frequency machine that is very effective in calming down the area and preventing break-out. Applying ice to the area when you get home can also be helpful.You will receive written post care information.
8: It’s okay to shave or cut hairs between treatments, but never, ever tweeze!
I can’t state this enough. I am committed to supporting you to achieve the best results. When we pluck in between appointments, the papilla becomes stimulated to regenerate itself. This can prolong the time required to permanently remove the hair, which can be discouraging as well as a waste of the investment you have made.
9: Electrolysis is not pain free, but it is quite tolerable, especially if the hair is a cause of distress. The sense of relief and the knowledge that you are not dealing with the hair problem alone, in most cases, compensates any temporary discomfort.
10: Electrolysis is a highly skilled and labour intensive procedure, requiring patience and dexterity. Rest assured that you are in good hands. With nearly 40 years experience, I have complete confidence that you will be delighted with the results.