Electrolysis is, to this day, the only proven method of permanent hair removal, as approved by the British Medical Association (BMA). Whilst Laser and IPL may achieve a reduction in hair, only electrolysis can guarantee permanent removal.
Electrolysis can be performed on facial areas (upper lip, chin, neck, sides of face) low hairline, thick eyebrows, between the brows, sideburns, arms, underarms, breasts and between them, all lower regions (including thighs, feet, toes), including the genital area. The treatment can be uncomfortable but this can depend on the clients pain threshold. Skin reaction is a common feature for electrolysis such as erythema (skin redness) and occasional weals or bumps from the follicle. This reaction slowly subsides after treatment.
Using industry leading Apilus computer-controlled advanced electrolysis offers pin point precision, high levels of comfort, and one thousandth of a second pulses of current that are able to target hair growth effectively whilst reducing skin irritation.
The treatment involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle underneath the skin, and targeting the hair root. Sufficient current is then passed down the needle to destroy the root, thus enabling the hair to be withdrawn.
Hair growth occurs in cycles. The Anagen phase is the growing stage, which results in the complete restructuring of the lower follicle. To achieve complete removal or destruction of the hair permanently, the hair must be in the anagen phase when it is targeted by electrolysis.
The Catagen phase is a transitional stage where the club hair is formed. The dermal papilla detaches from the matrix and the hair starts to rise in the follicle. This hair follicle will continue to produce hair after electrolysis but the hair regrowth will be fair and weaker.
The Telogen phase is a resting phase. The follicle remains inactive until stimulated into growth again. The club hair is retained in the follicle until the new hair is produced which pushes the club hair out of the follicle. In this phase, the hair will be unaffected by electrolysis.
Apilus Electrolysis due to its flash technique can target the germinative cells and thus protect the skin and prevent new hair growth. Apilus machines are present in all our clinics.
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The Training Programme at Gender Transitions
For the past 20 years, Sara has been working in the field of permanent hair removal for transsexual and transgender clients. For those that are undergoing gender reassignment surgery, electrolysis is a key factor in successful surgical outcomes.
A training programme is offered to all fully qualified electrologists who wish to understand in more depth the procedure and treatment plan involved in preparing those for gender reassignment surgery. Sara is happy to provide this programme based on her knowledge and experience in this field.