Electrolysis Hair Removal

Electrolysis hair removal is an alternative to laser hair removal. Suitable for small areas of hair growth – an ideal treatment for removing unwanted hair from your chin, upper lip or eyebrow area. The treatment inserts a probe, the width of a hair, into the hair follicle and delivers an electrical current. The current passes down the probe to heat and destroy the hair’s root, which prevents further hair growth.

How does electrolysis work?

Electrolysis is hair removal using a probe to treat each hair individually with a high-frequency electric current. At Advanced Skin Clinic, we understand the hair growth cycle and know the best time to treat hair to achieve successful destruction of the hair root.

We know that hair must be treated in the Anagen phase to reach the Dermal Papilla and the ‘live’ part of the hair follicle. When treating hair in the Anagen phase, during active growth, the hair will slide from the root with the darker bulb and sticky sheath around the hair. As electrologists, that is what we strive for and consider this to be a satisfying hair removal.

We do not require the hair to be long for electrolysis treatment. In fact, when the hair has become too long it is not ideal for electrolysis as it could be in its dormant phase, so just a few millimetres of hair is enough for this treatment. Sessions will be spaced approximately two to four weeks apart, and multiple sessions are often needed to achieve the best results.

Will it work for my hair and skin type?

Electrolysis works best on a limited number of hair types that cannot be treated with laser hair removal. If you have lots of hairs, it’s advisable to have laser treatment first. That’s because with electrolysis we treat every hair individually. After laser treatment, any remaining hair can be removed with electrolysis.

What areas of my body can be treated?

At Advanced Skin Clinic, we treat almost every area of the body and face. With electrolysis, we treat each hair individually so the ideal areas to have treatment on are small facial areas such as the chin and upper lip; we can also treat ears and other areas that can’t be treated with laser hair removal.

What results can I expect?

Your Doctor will advise on the optimal number of treatments to achieve permanent hair reduction, but you will start to see an improvement after a couple of sessions. Your treatment sessions will be between 2 – 4 weeks apart to start with, lengthening out as the hairs reduce. You’ll find that the hairs will gradually reduce in texture and growth will slow, with some hairs no longer returning.

Pre-treatment advice

You should limit any sort of hair removal that involves removing the hair from the root for at least four weeks before treatment. This includes plucking, waxing and threading. You should also avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and after the treatment. Prior to the treatment, please advise us if you have used any active skincare products (such as any products containing acids like salicylic acid or hyaluronic acid) or had any recent facial or skin treatments on the area.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed will be determined in your initial consultation with your Doctor. The average number of treatments is around 5 – 10 sessions.


Aloe vera and witch hazel is essential aftercare to keep the area hydrated and clean. We also advise you to use an unperfumed moisturiser such as the vaseline and a sun screen, which provides protection from the UV rays from the sun whilst your skin heals after treatment.

Q: Will I need to rest after having an electrolysis treatment?

A: After electrolysis, the treated area can have mild redness and there may be some localised swelling, which will all disappear after 24–48 hours. Sometimes, a small scab can form where the hair has been removed. This will disappear a few days after the treatment.

Q: How much preparation is needed?

A: You should limit any sort of hair removal that involves removing the hair from the root for at least four weeks before treatment. This includes plucking, waxing and threading. You should also avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and after the treatment

Q: How do I know if I’m suitable?

A: An initial consultation will determine if you are suitable for the treatment. During the consultation, we will assess the area, advise on number of treatments and explain the frequency needed to achieve the results.

Q: How often should I have the treatment?

A: Regular treatments will get the best results. You will need to have treatments every two to four weeks.

Q: Does electrolysis hurt?

A: Most clients describe it as a mild warming sensation. Our practitioners are highly skilled and will adapt the treatment to suit you.

Q: Is this treatment safe?

A: At Advanced Skin Clinic we pride ourselves on having highly skilled practitioners who carry out this treatment to the highest safety standards.

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