Unfortunately electrolysis has become a neglected and poorly promoted treatment in the last two decades, thanks in part to the mass media promotion of newer techniques such as Laser and IPL. However electrolysis is still the only permanent removal method in existence. This may surprise you, but since there are no retail chains of electrolysis clinics in the UK it is simply impossible for independent electrologists to compete in terms of PR and media coverage.
It is human nature to want to try hair removal methods that promise a quicker, easier result than traditional electrolysis, just as the fad diet with quick weight loss seems more attractive than the calorie controlled diet with gradual weight loss. But the weight loss from a fad diet is only temporary and you often end up worse off, whereas the sensible diet results in a permanent change and no need for further dieting. The same is true for electrolysis. Regular appointments spread out over 1 to 2 years will result in permanent hair loss THAT WILL LAST YOUR ENTIRE LIFE (if you do find the odd few hairs growing later on in life you can be assured these are newly developed hairs and not treated hairs returning). Quick fix methods that promise the same results will show an instant reduction, but since the hair will come back eventually you will be in the exact same situation as before.
The hair needs sufficient treatment to destroy the hair root so that it does not regenerate and produce another hair. If a hair has been treated correctly it will come out of the follicle with the lower part of the root, dermal papilla and surrounding cells intact. The reason for using one method over another is decided by trying them all out, and picking the one which is the fastest and most comfortable for you personally. In general the higher the current setting is, the lower the time needed to treat the hair.
I use blend, thermolysis (a.k.a. diathermy). My machines are Apilus Pure. My opinion is we are all individuals and one type of electrolysis is not always the right choice for everyone. For this reason I offer a free consultation and free sample treatment, with no obligation to book an appointment. Electrolysis requires a lengthy commitment so it is important to understand the treatment and how it works.
As electrolysis is a surgical procedure you can expect redness and perhaps raised bumps straight after treatment which last an hour or so. Pinprick scabs may appear the day after, which should not be picked. They will rub off within a week or so when the skin has healed. On the body, especially the stomach and thighs, you may get very red dots where the hair has been removed. Again these will fade, usually within a week or so. You will receive aftercare gel to help the skin heal, although in the vast majority of cases the redness and bumpiness will disappear in a few hours. You may find some treated areas a little sore or itchy the following day.
Please note you will not be able to have any treatment if you are pregnant, have Hepatitis, HIV, electronic implants, bruising, recent scarring, cuts or abrasions, active dermatitis, active herpes simplex and other similar conditions. If you are currently on Roaccutane/Accutane(TM) or have taken this oral acne treatment within the last year you will not be able to have treatment as your skin may react badly. If you are diabetic you will not be able to have any treatment on your hands, feet or lower legs.