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What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a treatment that uses electricity to produce either heat or a chemical / electrical reaction in either a hair follicle or in skin tissue. An Electrologist is a trained therapist specialising in treating Unwanted Hair or Red Vein Treatment or Advanced Electrolysis – Unwanted Benign Skin Lesions.
News – Due to high demand Images recently purchased our second Apilus Senior Electronic Computer Controlled Electrolysis Machine from Canada with incredible time and current adjustments which enables Images to offer Gentle, Less Painful Electrolysis to its many electrolysis clients. With TWO full time Electrologists and nearly 150 to 200 electrolysis clients per month, 2 machines will allow greater appointment availability.
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Consultations cost $20 but this price is redeemable against treatment.
Where and why do we do electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a treatment used to permanently remove unwanted hair on almost any part of the body, apart from deep inside nostrils, eyelashes and genitals.
Common areas for treatment are – face, chin, lip, brows, sideburns, back of neck, chest, breasts, bikini line area, back, tummy, arms, legs, toes, and fingers. And yes, a few clients have asked to have their nostrils and ears cleared! Don’t be afraid to ask!
Electrolysis is the oldest method of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis works on all hair colours and any skin colour.
IPL and Laser are fantastic alternative technologies but do have limitations such as skin colour and hair colour and very fine hair and can not be used on some areas of the body such as near eyes (eyebrows), ear lobes.
Electrolysis works on blonde, white or pale and very fine hairs. Electrolysis can be used on very dark skin.
How does it work?
It involves the application of an electrical current to the root of a growing hair.
The hair root is then either killed or partially damaged and when it regrows again it becomes thinner.
When electrolysis is done correctly, it is done gradually, over a period of months.
The hair then becomes either so thin that the hair is nearly invisible or the hair has completely stopped growing.
A very strong painful dose is needed to kill a hair completely in one dose but this is harmful and a very strong dose can burn the healthy skin surrounding the hair and will possibly cause a scar. Your therapist will prefer to give you smaller doses to gradually shrink and kill the treated hairs.
That is why we try to work gently and carefully.
It is very important that your therapist also inserts the electrolysis needle accurately into the hair follicle.
How long does it take to work?
Depending on the thickness of your hairs (to be treated) the average time to kill or permanently eradicate a hair is roughly 6 to 12 months. It may take up to 24 months (2 years) to totally eradicate every unwanted hair in a specific area. It is very important that your hairs are treated within a few weeks of their appearance. The lifecycle of your hair can vary from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. If you do not treat within this time window the hair becomes too old, rises to the surface of your skin and has a white bulb. Healthy growing hair has a dark/ black bulb and is deeper in the skin.
Sadly some clients may never completely become hair free. This does not mean electrolysis is not working, it is however, an indication of another systemic problem, i.e. a strong hormonal disorder that continually stimulates hair to develop. Sometimes, once a disorder is diagnosed, and that disorder is then treated, the symptoms of hair growth can be kept under control.
Who can not have electrolysis? Contra- Indications i.e. health problems.
What is a Contra-indication – Someone with a medical condition or problem that could stop or interfere with procedure?
Metal implants, Pace maker, recent operations in the area to be treated,p
High Blood pressure, Low Blood Pressure, Heart Conditions, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Aids, Herpes, Cold Sores, Skin Disorders, Skin Injuries or wounds, Sun Burn, Burns, Keloid Scarring, Bruises,
Some Conditions require a Doctors Permission – Epilepsy and Moles.
What does electrolysis feel like?
When done correctly, electrolysis feels like a small insect biting you, with a warm pulse and a slight tingling sensation. Some people hardly feel this and can relax easily, after a few minutes you may find your skin warms and you no longer feel much. We are able to experiment with our electrolysis machine settings and lower or increase the current according to the sensations you are feeling. After the hair has been treated, the therapist will then tug on your hair –if the hair has received enough treatment it will gently slide out. If the hair has not had enough treatment, you might feel this tug, your therapist will then reapply the current again, retest by tugging and your hair will slide out.
NOTE – ELECTROLYSIS should not feel like constant tweezing, nor should it feel extremely painful.
When all the hair has been treated and tweezed out, we apply a soothing roller with a small electric charge that soothes, cools and calms your skin and then we apply some Aloe Vera gel to begin the healing process.
Skin reaction of electrolysis treatments
Immediately after Area appears slightly red, raised, swollen with possible small red spots
Redness can last 1-8 hours.
24 hours Skin appears calm- no redness or swelling.
2-3 days Usually there is no sign of swelling, however if hairs are just below skin surface these can start to appear and also cause inflammation as they push themselves through the skin.
If skin heals with small scabs/crusts
These scabs will appear as tiny dots where hair has been treated. These scabs form over each insertion point. These will disappear in 7-10 days. DO NOT REMOVE SCABS!!! But please inform your therapist. This can be an indication of current being too strong. Your therapist will then alter your electrolysis settings to suit your skin.
If skin heals with small pimple
These are like small wounds which can mean a reaction to the after care or cross infection.
Again please inform your therapist.
A change of after care and extra care during the healing period is usually indicated.
Home Care/ After Care
It is important to read the following:
During healing period after each treatment: (3 day +)
- Do not rub with flannels or towels
- No exfoliation, scrubs or peels
- Use masks with care
- Protect skin from the sun
- No picking
- Do not use thick, oily cosmetics
- No soaking baths
- No swimming (especially immediately after treatment)
Products to apply to skin
- Aloe Vera plant – Natural gel / Pure form
- Aloe Vera based gel (Images Burn Cream)
- calamine type products
- antiseptic soothing creams
5 mins $20
10 mins $28
15 mins $35
20 mins $40
30 mins $50
45 mins $60
60 mins $70
over 60 mins $1 per min