Frequently Asked
Questions

FAQs

FAQs 

How Long will it take

How long will it take?
It depends on the area and density of the hair being treated, previous hair removal methods, the texture of the hair, the growth cycle, and if there are curved or distorted hair follicles. Every one is different but if you come for a free consultation we will be able to asses the hair growth and give you some idea of how many sessions it will take, but you will see an improvement fairly quickly provided you stick to the recommended schedule.   Commitment and patience is needed to obtain a fast effective result that is truly permanent. Only Electrolysis will result in permanent hair loss that will last for the rest of your life.

 

How long is a session?

How long is a session?
A session  can be as short as 15 minutes or can last for a couple of hours or more depending on the number of hairs that need to be treated.   We advise that you should be committed to regular appointments to start with, at least weekly and then reducing in frequency.  The procedure is non invasive, but you may feel some discomfort and you skin may go pink and feel mildly irritated but this should settle down quickly.

Is it painful?

Is it painful?
Because the probe doesn’t penetrate the skin but slides into the follicle next to the hair shaft you normally cannot feel the insertion, when the power is applied the sensation can vary from just al warmth to a sharp pain similar to plucking the hair out. The settings can be adjusted to give a more tolerable treatment for stronger hairs. For sensitive areas you may wish to try a local anaesthetic such as Emla cream. Most people can tolerate electrolysis very well, and some even fall asleep during treatment.

What is Electrolysis?

What is Electrolysis?
“Electrolysis” was first carried out in 1875 using a solid needle and battery, a weak current was passed through the needle to the hair follicle which caused a chemical reaction with saline in the body to cause decomposition of the follicle and the hair root protein

How does Electrolysis work?

How does Electrolysis work?
A small metal probe is inserted into the hair follicle next to the hair down to the root, depending on the mode used, the electric current will either destroy the hair root by chemical,  heat or a combination of the two. The hair must be in it’s active growth stage (anagen) for electrolysis to be 100% effective as this is when the follicle is most moist.   However,  it still has an effect at other parts of the growth cycle.    Regrowth may reoccur but if the client is attending a regular series of treatments the finer hair will be treated and killed next time.

What are there different modalities of Electrolysis?

What are there different modalities of Electrolysis?

  • Galvanic (DC) : The hair root is destroyed by chemical action.
  • Thermolysis (HF) : The hair root is destroyed by heat production.
  • Blend : A combination of the above two modalities where the hair root is destroyed by booth heat and chemical action at the same time.

All three methods are safe and effective.

 

Can a pregnant woman have electrolysis?

Can a pregnant woman have electrolysis?
While electrolysis is generally contraindicated during pregnancy, short wave thermolysis has not been found to be a problem, however, any stress should be avoided in the first trimester,  and is usually not recommended in the last trimester,  you should consult with your doctor before starting a course of treatments.

Can someone with epilepsy have electrolysis

Can someone with epilepsy have electrolysis
People with epilepsy are warned against using some treatments involving electricity. There is no evidence that treatments involving electricity such as electrolysis can trigger seizures.

Declaring your epilepsy
If your epilepsy is uncontrolled and it’s likely that you may have a seizure during treatment, it’s a good idea to discuss possible risks with the therapist. You could also talk to your family doctor or epilepsy specialist about whether they feel the treatment is advisable for you.

If you tell the therapist, it would be helpful to explain what happens when you have a seizure and what they should do to help you.

See also www.epilepsy.org.uk[

 

Do you treat male clients?
Do you treat male clients?

Yes, we have seen a big increase in men wanting electrolysis in recent years. Shaving large body areas several times a week can be tiresome for a guy and causes roughness and stubble. Spot, boils, raised rough patches and skin irritation are common problems that are associated with excessive hair. Electrolysis is the only safe permanent way to deal with excessive hair permanently.

Do you treat TS/TG clients?

Do you treat TS/TG clients?
Yes, we work with clients who want to remain discrete by thinning beard hair to fast clearance using a new technique available for the Apilus® Platinum™ Synchro™ or Multiplex™ which is effective for distorted or deeply rooted stubborn hair.  F .   or pre op clients we work with the specialised clinical nurse and/or surgeon before going for surgery.

Do I need to come for the consultation and test patch as I have had electrolysis before?

Do I need to come for the consultation and test patch as I have had electrolysis before?
We need time to obtain a health overview on all new clients and also like to be sure that there is not going to be any adverse any reaction to the type of treatment we offer.    It gives you a chance to get to know us as well as us you,  so that we can offer the best treatment or you can walk away without any obligation.

 

How much does Electrolysis cost?

How much does Electrolysis cost?
We normally charge for a session of either 15 min; 20 min; 30 min; 40 min or 1 hour.  We also have special deal for 10 sessions booked.    comparing cost with other methods of hair removal only electrolysis will result in permanent hair loss that will last for the rest of your life and so over a life time is cheaper than any other.  See Price List

Do I have to let the hairs grow out for treatment?

Do I have to let the hairs grow out for treatment?
The hairs only need to be long enough to grasp with tweezers, which in some cases is as little as 24 hours growth. Hair can be shaved, cut or bleached between appointments.

What is Anaphoresis /Catphoresis

What is cataphoresis
Iontophoresis is the general term for two galvanic or direct current treatments  where Cataphoresis uses the positive pole and anaphoresis uses the negative pole.

Cataphoresis is used after treatment and has the effect of relieving redness, inflammation and irritation, but also restores the skin’s natural pH level, causes local constriction which closes pores and reduces inflammation and redness which in turn promotes healing.

What is Anaphoresis
Iontophoresis is the general term for two galvanic or direct current treatments  where anaphoresis uses the negative pole and cataphoresis uses the positive pole.

Anaphoresis is used prior to treatment and is for used for deep cleansing the skin, has the effect of opening pores and brings blood to the surface.  We normally wouldn’t perform this before electrolysis but would use prior to any facials or massage.

 

What is Hirsutism?

What is Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is the growth of excessive hair and is caused by hormone changes usually associated with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, but medications, obesity and illness may also be a factor. You should visit your doctor if you are worried for a diagnosis of the root cause and prevention of more hair being activated but you will need to see an electrologist for treatment as once the hair has been activated it will not go away on its own.

Unexplained Hirsutism
For unknown reasons, some women have hair follicles that are abnormally sensitive to androgens. Androgen levels are normal and menstrual periods occur regularly in these patients. This tendency to develop hirsutism is genetic but the cause is not known.

You will not be able to have any treatment if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, or have Hepatitis, HIV,  electronic implants. bruising  Recent scarring, cuts or abrasions, active dermatitis, active herpes simplex and other similar conditions on the area should not be treated .   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.

For further information, or to book an appointment, please contact us on

01749 988 250

Please be reassured:

unlike other forms of hair removal, electrolysis is the only method which, with regular appointments, will result in permanent hair eradication, for the rest of your life

Testimonials

What They Say

Met Karyn and Rosie for the first time today. A great team, put me at ease immediately with a friendly, professional approach. The electrolysis went well with no adverse reaction and I will certainly be in contact with them again soon.

Sue”

Such a lovely first appointment with Karyn and Rosie. They made me feel very welcome and comfortable. They are both very knowledgeable about electrolysis and skincare. I had a patch test done which was fine during treatment and afterwards. I look forward to my future treatments.

Polly.”

I have been having electrolysis for years and I couldn’t believe the difference when I went to Somerset Electrolysis, Karyn was really efficient and has virtually cleared my face, Rosie had a go at my thread veins that looked really awful and for the first time in years I go out in public without makeup. Thank you Karyn and Rosie for doing wonders for my self esteem, I can highly recommend you both.   Katie

Scared to deal with the problem?

What really genuine ladies.

I have been wanting to get my embarrassing facial hair dealt with for years but was too scared to go to a salon or anything.

Rosie and Karyn were so welcoming and understanding, I completely felt at ease and like i had finally found a solution to something that effects my life so much.

I know it will take some time to eradicate but it IS POSSIBLE!! I don’t know why I didn’t go earlier! If you are worried about embarrassing hair removal these are your girls to see!!

Very confidential and they have a treatment room in their home so no beauty salons to deal with!!!

Highly recommended 🙂

 I suffer from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) .”

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