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Electrolysis hair removal is a method of permanent hair removal that uses electric current to destroy hair roots. There are several methods used in electrolysis hair removal, including the blend method and the thermolysis method.

Blend method

The blend method is a combination of thermolysis and electrolysis. This uses a blend device that delivers an alternating current that is a combination of direct current and high-frequency alternating current. In this method, a thin needle is inserted into the hair follicle, after which a pulse of electricity is delivered. The combination of the direct current and the high-frequency alternating current destroys the hair root. This method may take slightly longer than the thermolysis method.

Thermolysis method

The thermolysis method is an electrolysis method that uses only high-frequency alternating current. In this method, a thin needle is also inserted into the hair follicle, after which a current is applied. The current used is converted into heat, destroying the hair root. This method is faster than the blend method.

At Face2Face Clinic, the thermolysis method is considered more effective than the blend method. This is because the thermolysis method is able to destroy the hair root quickly and effectively. Moreover, this method can be customized to the individual needs of the patient and using the right settings can help achieve the best results.


How many electrolysis treatments do I need?

It is important to understand that our hair goes through a cycle of growth, transition and rest known as the hair growth cycle. This cycle consists of three distinct phases: the anagen, catagen and telogen phases. To explain these phases:

  • Anagen phase: This is the phase when the hair is actively growing, and the follicle is fully developed. This phase can range from a few months to several years, depending on the location of the hair and genetic factors.
  • Catagen phase: This is the transitional phase when hair growth stops, and the hair follicle begins to shrink. This phase usually lasts several weeks.
  • Telogen phase: This is the resting phase where the hair has completely stopped growing and the hair follicle is inactive. After several weeks, the hair will fall out and the cycle begins again with the anagen phase.

During electrolysis treatment, only the hair that is in the anagen phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. This is because only in this phase is the hair follicle fully developed and the electric current can effectively destroy the hair root. Hairs that are in the catagen or telogen phase are not fully developed and cannot be treated effectively.

Since only part of the hair is in the anagen phase at any given time, multiple electrolysis treatments are required to treat all hair follicles in the anagen phase. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on individual needs and the location of the hair, but on average, about 8-12 treatments are needed to remove all the hair in each area.

In short, multiple treatments are necessary with electrolysis because not all hairs are in the anagen phase at the same time and only hairs in this phase can be effectively treated and permanently removed. It is important to consult a professional and experienced electrolysis specialist to create an individual treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

How long should I wait between sessions?

You can choose between a quick course of 4 weeks between sessions (but this will involve fewer hairs treated per session). Our electrologists recommend a course with 6 weeks between each treatment for the best balance of overall time and cost efficiency.

What skin reaction can I expect after electrolysis treatment?

After electrolysis treatment, the skin may show some redness, swelling and irritation. This is a normal reaction and usually disappears within a few hours to a few days after treatment. Other possible reactions include:

  • Itchy skin: some people may experience itchy skin after the treatment. This can be relieved with a cold compress or by using a cream recommended by your electrologist.
  • Pain and sensitivity: some people may experience mild to moderate pain and sensitivity after treatment. This can be relieved with a cold compress or by using painkillers.
  • Crusting: sometimes a small scab may appear on the treated areas. This is normal and should disappear within a few days.
  • Discoloration of the skin: in some cases, temporary discoloration of the skin may occur after treatment. This usually occurs in people with darker skin. The discoloration usually disappears after a few days to a few weeks.
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