Electrolysis FAQ

Electrolysis FAQ

What is electrolysis and how does it work?

Electrolysis is the practice of electrical epilation to permanently remove human hair. A tiny needle is inserted into each hair follicle. Then, a tiny amount of electrical current is applied to create a circuit to destroy the blood supply to that individual hair. The hair is gently released from the follicle with tweezers leaving you hair free.
What are the benefits?

The best benefit, of course, is that it is a permanent method of hair removal. Electrolysis works on all hair types and is a permanent solution to unwanted hair. This method of hair removal is more beneficial for sparse hair growth.

Do I need a patch test?

If you are interested in having electrolysis, the first step is to book in for a patch test at Pebble, where we will undertake a consultation to provide more information and test the procedure in the specific area required to get the correct current for the individual. This appointment is free of charge and takes half an hour, and can be with any of our therapists qualified in electrolysis.

What areas can be treated?

We treat facial areas and some small body areas, which will be discussed during your patch test appointment.

Who at Pebble can do electrolysis?

Our electrolysis team consists of Tracey, Michaela, Olivia, Georgina and Claire.

Can I have electrolysis if I’m pregnant?

Of course, there’s no contra-indication and it’s safe to have electrolysis with us at Pebble if you are pregnant.

Does it achieve permanent results?

Yes, electrolysis is the only legally recognised method of permanent hair removal.

Does it hurt?

There are many factors that can affect this, such as the treatment area, the quality of hair, and personal pain thresholds. The treatment can be adapted for each client, by altering the current intensity. Many describe the sensation as a slight discomfort.

Are there any side effects?

When performed correctly, there are no serious side effects of electrolysis. Sometimes the area may be slightly red after the treatment and can be a little bit itchy, but these are normal contra-actions.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies, depending on the area and the hair growth. You will need to have regular appointments, with appointments at Pebble taking between 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of hairs in the treatment area. You will be able to see a reduction in hair growth as you continue with your appointments.

How long should I leave between treatments?

To start with, clients usually have an appointment once or twice a week, however it is very dependent on the individual’s hair growth. As your treatment progresses, you will notice that your appointments start to become less frequent, as the hairs become weaker and less dense.

How much does the treatment cost?

The cost of an electrolysis appointment depends on the length of the appointment. For a 10-minute appointment at Pebble, electrolysis costs £14.00. For a 15-minute appointment, the cost is £17.00 and for a 30-minute session, you will be charged £28.00.

What is advanced electrolysis and how does it work?

With advanced electrolysis, it is possible to remove skin tags and thread veins. For more information, please book a consultation appointment.

What’s the difference between electrolysis and IPL Hair Removal?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses light energy to destroy several hair follicles at once, so it is often preferred for larger areas such as arms, legs and the back. However, IPL is most suitable for clients with fairer skin and dark hair and will not be effective on grey, blonde, red or white hair.

If you would like to find out what unwanted hair problems electrolysis could solve for you, book in for a free consultation appointment with one of our electrolysis therapists at Pebble. You can make the appointment online or by calling 01462 458885.