Electrolysis

Sterex

safe & permanent hair removal using sterex needles, by electrologist with 20 years experience!

Electrolysis is performed by inserting a very fine, flexible needle into the follicle (the pocket where the hair sits in your skin). Your therapist then skillfully applies a tiny amount of current and destroys the lower part of the follicle, which stops any more hairs growing from that particular follicle. The destruction is carried out by heat (thermolysis) also known as diathermy.

Can I have electrolysis if I’m pregnant? Pregnancy is not normally a contra-indication to the thermolysis method of electrolysis. This method uses alternating current (AC) and as a very weak intensity of current is used during the procedure, there is no risk to mother or unborn child provided both are otherwise healthy, although treatment of the breast and abdominal areas should be avoided, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.

Does it hurt? It is roughly the same sensation as if you were to pluck the hair. However it varies according to where the hair is and how you have been removing the hair so far. Remember the settings can be adjusted to make the treatment more tolerable.

How many treatments do I need? Since everyone has a different density of hair (ie some have lots packed into a small area and others have less hair spaced out) it’s impossible to put a figure on the number of treatments you’ll need. You will certainly need to have regular appointments over a long period of time (at least a year if not more for most areas) as this is how long it takes for every hair to appear at the surface of the skin. Not all our hair is growing at the same time, and it can be quite a shock to find that those 3 or 4 hairs on your chin are actually 30 or more hairs ‘taking turns’ to grow! On top of this your hair thickness, skin sensitivity and other factors affect how fast each hair can be treated. However the appointment time can be as little as 10 minutes or as much as 2 hours or more depending on how large an area needs to be treated. Little and often is the best route to take with electrolysis so try not to start just before a long holiday or before a busy period when you won’t be able to stick to your appointment schedule.

What are the side effects? Will I get scarred? There is usually some redness and a little swelling resembling an insect bite straight after electrolysis. These will disappear after an hour or so. The next day your skin will be clear and shouldn’t show any signs of treatment. The exception is the body which may show tiny pinprick scabs, which will wash off naturally within a week or so. On rare occasions you may see these tiny scabs on the face, usually when the treated hair was distorted or ingrown and hence the surrounding skin was damaged. If you notice any unexpected after effects please make sure to mention them as sometimes it’s hard to tell how the skin will react on first appearance. There is a VERY small risk of temporary scarring if aftercare advice is not followed, such as picking at the area after treatment

I want to have electrolysis but I can’t bear the thought of walking around with hair on my face for months just for my appointments. You can still remove hair between appointments by cutting or shaving (yes, even on the face) just so long as there is enough to show where the hair is on the day of your appointment.

AFTER CARE:

Use of make-up:The skin should be left for a sufficient period of time for healing to take place before any make-up is applied. It must be removed gently & safely with unperfumed products that are suitable for sensitive skins.

Exposure to UVA: It is advisable to avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight or to a sun-bed treatment. If necessary a high factor sun protective cream should be used.

Bleaching: At least 48 hours between treatments.

Regrowth: Hair should not be plucked or removed with a wax or cream remover between treatments. It is safer to simply cut any noticeable hairs with scissors.

Skin Care:Do not apply a rich night cream/moisturiser for 48 hours. If a rash or minor infection appears at any time on the treated area an antiseptic cream as recommended can be used. Cortisone/steroid or same should not be used.

Consultation & trial: free
Up to 10 mins: £12.50
10x10 mins: £100.00*
Up to 20 mins: £23.00
10x20 mins: £184.00*
Up to 30 mins: £30.00
10x30 mins: £240.00*

*Pay for 8 treatments get 2 free, to benefit from this discount course must be paid for at start of treatments.