Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal treatment for white, ginger, red, and blond hair on all skin types. However, it does not work well to treat ‘blond fluff’ because the hair is too dense, difficult to see (hair can be almost colourless), and follicles are tight. Hair can also be removed from around the eyes, under the eyebrows and from moles (the later requires a letter from a GP to make sure it is safe for treatment). There are many other conditions (blemishes) that electrolysis is very successful in treating but the most requested at The Angel Laser Clinic in London are milia and skin tags.
Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis is an FDA and British Medical Association approved method of permanent hair removal. It is widely used for treating anyone, including ladies that started menopause and anyone that experiences hormone fluctuations and wishes to remove hair permanently. It is particularly suitable for small body areas like upper lip and chin. It is very successfully used on all skin types and all hair colours (including white, red and blond) and all hair thicknesses. It can be used close to eyes, and under and between eyebrows. It can also be used on ingrown eyelashes and hairs that grow out of moles. It is performed by a fully qualified and experienced electrologist.
Electrolysis hair removal requires hair to be treated individually. A tiny probe, the size of the hair, is inserted in the hair follicle. A small amount of current is then realised which stops the supply of nutrients to the hair and causes hair death. The number of treatments required varies from person to person and the number necessary is not possible to determine in advance. The number of hairs on an area of tissue can greatly vary from person to person but you will see the difference just after a few treatments. Treatment progress depends on skin sensitivity, moisture in the skin, hair thickness, your commitment and other factors. A treatment plan is discussed at the consultation after examining the treatment area.
Immediately after the treatment there may be some redness and swelling which disappears in time depending on skin type and sensitivity of the skin. A couple of days later some people see tiny pin prick crusts especially on bony areas or where there were ingrown hairs or hair with distorted follicles. These need to be left alone to come off naturally. If you are someone who is looking to permanently remove hair, maybe have hair that does not respond to laser or has unsuccessfully tried various forms of hair removal, please call us to book your electrolysis consultation with us. In this your suitability will be discussed and your questions can be answered in detail.
Milia are pearly white bumps, keratin filled small cysts that lay quite superficially on the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most common around the eyes and upper cheeks. They often develop where there is a blockage in the duct of the skin surface. They tend to slightly grow in size as contents of milia keratinises. They can present themselves as singular but some people can have them in very high numbers at any one time.
Electrolysis is a very quick, gentle and successful treatment for milia with no extraction, no injury to the skin and therefore very short downtime. Milia removal treatment can be performed close to eyes and on eyelids. It is a superior method to using any sharp object to extract which tends to injure the skin. The treatment is performed by an electrologist with specialist advanced electrolysis training. A tip of a small probe is used to desiccate hard, fatty tissue. This allows it to be dispersed and got rid of by the body. Since there is no injury to the skin the recovery tends to be fast. Small milia usually requires one treatment; bigger ones may need another session around 3 weeks later.
At the consultation the treatment and possible causes of milia will be explained in detail. A treatment plan is discussed and any questions answered. Following treatment you will receive aftercare instructions including points to remember to minimise milia occurring.
Skin tags are small growths of skin usually on a stalk. They are viral in nature and very common. They are usually skin colour or slightly darker. They are normally found on areas of friction or where skin folds. They vary in size from a tiny speck to the size of pea or larger.
Skin tags can be quickly removed with minimal downtime using electrolysis. The treatment is performed by a specialist electrologist trained in advanced cosmetic procedures who can also remove skin tags around the eye, on the eye lid or even on and between eyelashes. The tip of a tiny probe and a small amount of current is used to dry up or remove the lesion and coagulate the blood supply. It sometimes takes only seconds to perform. For removal of a small skin tag usually only one treatment is necessary. There will normally be a small scab left after the treatment which will come off naturally.