Thermolysis (also known as RF, shortwave or diathermy)

This method uses only one probe with a high-frequency alternating current (AC). A short burst of high-frequency radio waves produce heat in the follicle, cauterising follicular tissue. This is a faster method but with more hair regrowth.

Blend Electrolysis

This also uses a single probe and combines the above modalities to produce a small amount of heated lye to destroy follicular tissue. This is a slower method of removal but the efficiency is up to 80% to 90% per treatment. It is good for cleaning up areas that have already been worked on or on finer areas of hair growth.

How long does it take for the skin to settle down after a treatment?

The skin may be swollen and slightly red for 24 -48 after the treatment, most skins return to normal within a few hours.

Is there any risk of contamination, needle stick injury or poor hygiene?

We use new, sterile probes for every treatment and the tweezers and other items go through an autoclave sterilizer, contaminated needles are disposed of in a sharps container after each treatment. Personal protective equipment and disposable gloves are worn to prevent cross contamination. Our clinic operates under strict WHS guidelines and the NSW skin penetration act.

Can I have electrolysis done on any part of the body?

Yes, some areas may require a text patch to prevent any adverse side effects.

Are all skin colours safe for electrolysis?

Some people may have issues with the pigmentation in their skin, which may be prone to hyper or hypo pigmentation and laser or IPL cannot be used, generally electrolysis is a safe treatment for all skin types.

How many treatments will I need?

Everybody needs different amounts because they have different hair growth and hair shaft thickness. Your Electrologist will consult with you to determine the best treatment plan for your condition and advise you on your first visit. Most treatments last between 15 minutes and 1 hour depending on the area being treated at 4 – 6 week intervals.

How effective is electrolysis?

Very effective and as permanent as long as you stay in treatment until it is finished.

Electrolysis VS Laser

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal, whereas laser is a permanent hair reduction.

Is it painful?

Most clients can tolerate the discomfort, a stinging sensation is felt depending on which treatment setting and method is selected. To increase your comfort you can use local skin aesthetic so it is less sensitive.

What side effects can occur?

  • Crusting to opening of follicle
  • Skin redness, mild burning sensation
  • Temporary bruising
  • Broken capillaries
  • Blanching or burned skin
  • Bleeding from the follicle
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Blistering – usually superficial
  • Cold sores may be activated
  • In very rare cases, development of infection or scarring
  • Weeping follicles
  • Allergic reactions
  • Reaction to electrical current
  • Heart palpitations
  • Small white pus filled spots
  • Hyper or Hypo pigmentation
  • Keloid scarring

Pre-Treatment Care for Electrolysis:

  • Avoid UV exposure, tanning beds and self-tanning lotions for two weeks prior to
  • treatment
  • Use a sunscreen (SPF 30+) daily on the area to be treated one month prior to treatment
  • Do not shave, wax or tweeze for Commence recommended skin care program at least 2
  • weeks prior to treatment
  • Do not exfoliate for 3 days
  • Do not overheat the area prior to treatment
  • Do not have laser or light based therapies for 4 weeks
  • Allow 45 minutes for anaesthetic cream to take effect

Post-Treatment Care for Electrolysis:

  • Apply cooling gel, cool compresses or ice pack for comfort
  • Do not exfoliate for up to seven days after treatment
  • Do not wax or shave the area for at least three days
  • Apply a light serum to hydrate and heal or antibacterial lotion to heal and sooth the area
  • Apply sunscreen (SPF 30+) every day
  • Avoid UV exposure as much as you can
  • Wash hands before touching the treated area
  • Do not pick or remove scabs from the area, allow to shed and heal naturally
  • For body areas do not wear tight clothing for 24 to 48 hours
  • If planning to be in the sun, wear a large brimmed hat
  • Avoid activities where you are likely to perspire heavily for 48 hours
  • Avoid saunas, spas, swimming pools for 48 hours
  • Advise your Electrologist of any adverse side effects immediately.

Should you be concerned regarding your treatment please contact us on 0415 044 440

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