Electrolysis Hair Removal: Benefits, Cost And Side Effects

Electrolysis Hair Removal Procedure – Benefits, Cost And Side Effects

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Electrolysis is a USFDA-approved procedure for the removal of unwanted hair. An electric current is used to target and destroy hair follicles to prevent the growth of new hair. In most cases, it is permanent, though results may vary.

How Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Work?

In an electrolysis procedure, a fine, needle-like electrode, much like an epilator, is inserted into every hair is adjustable based on the hair type and the treatment area. Consequently, the existing hair falls and new hair stops growing.

Electrolysis Hair Removal works well for people of any skin and hair type or colour. It is also safe for those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

What Results Can I Expect From Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Hair growth progressively decreases over a series of sessions, and in many cases, people see that their hair disappears. Electrolysis is a slower method of hair removal, and the time taken to see results will differ from individual to individual.  Results largely depend upon the size of the area treated.

What Body Areas Can Electrolysis Hair Removal Treat?

Electrolysis can treat the skin anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are:

  • Upper Lip
  • Chin
  • Eyebrows
  • Ears
  • Beard
  • Underarms
  • Abdomen
  • Bikini Area
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Back

What Are The Benefits Of Electrolysis Hair Removal?

  • Long-lasting results
  • No downtime
  • No use of harsh chemicals

Who is the Right Candidate for Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Anyone who is at least 18 years old, not pregnant or lactating, can go for electrolysis.

How Much Does Electrolysis Hair Removal Cost In India?

Electrolysis requires the destruction of every hair follicle, making it a long, time-consuming, and expensive process.

On average, the cost of electrolysis hair removal in India for a small area of the skin could range between Rs. 2,500 – Rs. 4,000 per session. This price varies based on the area treated and the number of follow-ups required.

The total number of sessions required to see complete hair removal varies based on the density of growth and the sensitivity of the treated area. For the average person, it takes up to 20 sessions over 12 months for the best results.

Pre-preparation & Post Care For Electrolysis Hair Removal

Pre-Electrolysis Preparation

  • The treatment may cause some pain and discomfort. The doctor may give you a topical anaesthetic to help, but it can be applied only to small areas.
  • The regular use of sunscreen also prevents the skin from getting damaged before a treatment.

Post Electrolysis Care

  • After a session, do not scratch the treated area which will help avoid bacterial infections.
  • Apply an antibacterial cream or ointment on the treated area at night.
  • If small scabs form after a session, do not scratch them as that may lead to scarring.
  • Strictly avoid makeup application for at least 24 hours.
  • Pigmentation can be avoided by using a sunscreen or covering the treated area with clothing.

What Are The Side Effects & Risks Involved?

  • Skin damage is one of the primary side effects of Electrolysis.
  • Post-treatment, the appearance of blisters on the treated area is a common occurrence.
  • Electrolysis on the face and bikini area may cause swelling and inflammation, particularly if the treated area is large.

The more severe risks that Electrolysis Hair Removal may pose include –

  • Infection caused by the usage of an unsterile needle during the treatment
  • The formation of scars including keloid scars
  • Discoloration or change in skin colour

Electrolysis Hair Removal Vs. Laser Hair Removal

Here is a review of the main differences between Laser and Electrolysis hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal Electrolysis Hair Removal
Targets hair follicles using a laser beam Targets hair follicles with a fine probe transmitting an electric current
Treats several hairs at once and takes less time to complete a session Treats one hair follicle at a time and is a
time-consuming procedure
Takes fewer sessions to show results Takes more sessions to show ]results
Different lasers can be used to treat various skin types. Suitable for all skin and hair type/colour
Minimal post-treatment care required Extensive post-treatment care required
Minor and temporary redness after treatment Risk of scabs and infection from unsterilized needles
Pain-free Painful requires anaesthesia



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Kushneet Kukreja

Kushneet Kukreja

A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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