Which areas can I have treated?

All areas apart from the mucus membrane inside the nose.

Chin and Neck  This is the most common areas for unwanted hair.  Not only can this area have coarse hairs but the fine peach fuzz can grow long and thick.  Both situations can be embarrassing and can be treated by electrolysis.  The coarse hairs are often stronger due to previous tweezing or waxing.  When electrolysis is started, temporary hair removal (tweezing and plucking)  must be discontinued except shaving or clipping because electrolysis will make the hair weaker and thinner before it dies.  Hormone imbalance can be another reason why facial hair becomes thicker,  the vellus hair are often more sensitive to free-floating testosterone causing them to grow stronger.

For best results, appoinments should be made weekly to keep up with the hair growth cycles and to treat the hairs when they are weakest.  As time goes on, appointments can be spaced out for maintenance purposes until the hairs are gone permanently. If you feel unable to wait a week without plucking you can make a special arrangements to come more often until the skin recovers.

 Eyebrows  The  eyebrows enhance the eye and we often hear that they are called the frame of the soul’s mirror. Generally the medial (inner) portion of the eyebrow should start at the inner canthus of the eye with the peak arch being over the pupil.  The end of the eyebrow should be at or just past the outer edge of the eye.  It is desirable to shape the eyebrow by removing the hairs between and below the brow and leaving as much of the hair as possible above the brow to give the brow height and thus enhancing the eye area.

The tissue of the eyebrow is very thin and requires accuracy.  Appointments should be made weekly until the brows are naturally tidy.  Appointments can then be spaced out for maintenance pusposes until the hairs are gone permanently.

The hairs of the eyebrow usually die fairly quickly so each hair is discussed with the client to ensure proper shaping prior the extraction.  The client will hold a mirror during the treatment process and have an interactive approach with the electrologist.

– Upper and Lower Lip  The skin here may be somewhat sensitive due to nerve endings overlapping at the mid line of the body.  The tissue of the upper and lower lip areas are fairly thin so appointment times once a week give the best results.  The hair usually dies fairly quickly since the hair root systems are shallow.  Appointments will be less frequent once the areas are cleared of hair, then maintenance is done until the hair is gone permanently.

– Ears  As most men and some women age hair forms on their ears.  Shaving and clipping are temporary remedies but often cannot keep up with the continued growth.  Electrolysis is the only permanent way to relieve you of this problem.

Hormone levels change throughout our life and our facial hair  may be more sensitive to changes testosterone or other hormones called androgens that produce hair growth.  For best results, appointments should be made in weekly increments to keep up with the hair growth cycles and to treat the hairs when they are weakest.

Body

– Underarms  Shaving or waxing can create a rash and nicks since the hairs are course and uncomfortable.  During puberty this area experiences more hair growth because of testosterone or other hormones called androgens that cause hair growth.

The beauty of electrolysis in the underarms is that when the hair dies the entire follicle also dies  When the hair is removed from the underarms the skin starts to regenerate itself, and in most cases the pigmentation developed by waxing or shaving starts to fade.

For best results, appointments should be made in two-week increments to keep up with the hair growth cycles so as to treat the hairs when they are weakest.

– Back  Many people have hair on their backs that bother them.  Whether you have a patch or your entire back is involved, electrolysis is the permanent way to relieve you of this problem.  The hairs of the back are “terminal” hairs and are coarser than other hairs (cheeks for example).  For best results, appointments should be made in weekly increments to keep up with the hair growth cycles and to treat the hairs when they are weakest.

– Bikini  Often clients have electrolysis on this area because they are tired of shaving or waxing which creates a rash or are tired of ingrown hairs which cause spots and boils.   Most women find that having hair in this area is uncomfortable, especially when they try to wear a swimsuit and want to feel confident.

Like the back, bikini hairs are “terminal” hairs that are coarser and more deeply rooted.  Once the follicle is treated, the entire follicle and hair will die.  Dermal cells in the bulge area of the hair follicle will try to replace the eradicated hair with a new, finer hair that does not have an established root system.  If left untreated, this dermal cell hair root system will attach to an existing papilla (blood source) and become strong.  It is important to keep on a strict schedule in order to kill the dermal hair growth in its early stage when it is weakest.  For best results, appointments should be weekly or bi-weekly.

Some of our clients have found that prior to treatment, numbing creams may be used if you are sensitive. 5% lidocaine creams are available over the counter and work best with cellophane to keep the air from deactivating the cream while on the skin, but though these drugs are available over the counter care should be used., and a chat to your GP would be helpful.

– Breasts and Chest  The breasts and chest are common areas for unwanted hair growth, especially around the nipple/aureole area.  Women are very distressed about this growth but a majority of women experience it.  The important point to remember is not to tweeze or wax this hair as it will make it thicker and stronger.  It is important to keep on a regular schedule, as the hairs are weakest when they first start to grow and electrolysis is most effective at this time.

– Abdomen  Many clients have hair on their stomachs, especially the area between the navel and bikini line.  Whether you have a small strip or a large area involved, electrolysis is the only permanent way to relieve you of this problem.

These hairs are coarser  hairs but once the follicle is treated, the entire follicle and hair will die.  Dermal cells produced in the bulge of the hair follicle will replace the eradicated hair with a new, finer hair that does not have an established root system.  If left untreated, this dermal cell hair root system will attach to an existing papilla (blood source) and become strong.  It is important to keep on a strict schedule to kill the dermal papilla hair growth in its early stage when it is weakest.  For best results, appointments should be made weekly.

– Arms and Legs  Most women have unwanted hair on their legs — usually more on their lower legs, but often both upper and lower legs are problematic.  Shaving and waxing are often used to manage the hair but are only temporary solutions.  Electrolysis is the only permanent way to ” end the fight with the daily battle of unwanted hair growth”  no matter what areas bother you.  Many women and some men have unwanted hair on their arms.  Since they are often visible, dark, thick and/or long, arm hair often causes embarrassment.  When the hair is removed, the arms look thinner and cleaner.
 
Regardless of the area, a series of treatments is required to completely and permanently clear it of hair.  In part, this is due to the fact that at any given time each hair will be in either a growth or dormant stage.  In growth stages the hair follicle contains moisture, which improves the efficacy of the electrolysis treatment.  During the few weeks that a hair is dormant, treatments are less effective.  The length of the treatment series and the duration of each appointment are highly individual and must be determined by examination of the area.  Generally, if a person takes the treatments according to the clinic’s recommendation, does not have a hormone imbalance, is not taking a medication which would affect hair growth, and has no medical condition or tumor which would affect hair growth, the treatment series typically ranges from six months to two years.

Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others and a few of our clients use  prescription anaesthesia. However, in our practice, we notice that most of our clients do not want or need it.

The clients skin may exhibit a slight amount of redness and swelling usually lasting no more than 15-30 minutes.

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