Electrolysis remains the only 100% permanent hair removal method. It permanently destroys germinative cells responsible for hair growth by inserting a fine probe into the hair follicle and applying a small electrical current.
Here at Beauty Essence, we use the Apilus Platinum Pure. Apilus electrolysis systems have shown repeatedly to be more effective, more comfortable, and faster at achieving permanent results than any other hair removal method.
Apilus is a hi-tech, high speed & very comfortable electrolysis system. There is only a tingle and virtually no skin reaction. Apilus is suitable for all types and colours of hair on any part of the body. Because it is a computer-assisted system, it allows a unique 'tolerance test', which enables us to adjust the current to your level of sensitivity.
Hair grows in three growth stages which are called: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.
The hair follicle can only be permanently destroyed during the Anagen phase (active growth stage). This is because the hair is attached to the dermal papilla (blood supply) which supplies blood and oxygen to the hair. Electrolysis destroys the dermal papilla so that hair can no longer grow.
When hair enters the other two phases (Catagen and Telogen) it detaches from the dermal papilla gradually falling out of the follicle. Treating the hair with electrolysis during the Catagen and Telogen phase is much less effective because the hair is not being nourished and therefore not actively attached to the blood supply.
Electrolysis is most effective during the very early Anagen phase. When new hair begins to surface the skin, it is the best time for treatment. This is because the dermal papilla is at its peak of growing the hair. By treating the dermal papilla with electrolysis at this point, the treatment is the most effective at achieving permanent hair removal. Hair grows at different stages on different parts of the body. It’s important to have regular treatments in order to treat hairs during the active stage (Anagen Stage).
Apilus technology now provides the most efficient, and comfortable - even painless - solution to permanent hair removal. Therefore, you can now have smooth underarms, a permanent Brazilian, or even larger areas such as the legs hair-free permanently and painlessly.
Men's hair is usually thick, strong, and deep-rooted, making waxing and shaving less comfortable options. In-growing hairs and stubble regrowth can also be a problem.
Electrolysis could be the answer – as it removes the unwanted hair permanently. With the power of the computer-controlled Apilus, permanent results are possible with comfort levels never before achieved.
Removing a beard or body hair can be a lengthy process. However, a suitable treatment plan can be tailored to your requirements, ensuring the most efficient route to your goal.
Unwanted hair can be highly distressing. Permanent hair removal is an absolute necessity and life-changing.
While hormone therapy can significantly reduce excess hair, electrolysis is the only way to achieve natural-looking results.
Facial hair can be particularly tricky to remove and with traditional electrolysis could take many hours of treatment over a long time. The Apilus advanced technology allows a reduced treatment time and levels of comfort that were never before possible.
Why not book a consultation, and we can develop a treatment plan tailored to your requirements?
Treatment plans will vary greatly depending on the location, strength, and density of the hair growth, as well as what your expectations and goals are. Initial sessions can be as little as 5 minutes up to about an hour with weekly, fortnightly, or even monthly appointments, reducing to as little as 10 minutes every 6-8 weeks as the treatment plan progresses.
All treatments are progressive. Each hair usually requires more than one treatment, with successive treatments producing fine,r and weaker hair.
Visible improvements in appearance will be noticeable fairly quickly. However, permanent hair removal can take several weeks or months. This is because the minimum growth cycle of a hair is approximately 4-6 weeks (but can be 6-8 weeks), which means that to treat a hair just three times will take between 12 and 24 weeks.
Things to consider – Before, During and After Treatment
Ideally, electrolysis requires 2-4mm of hair growth
Don't wax or tweeze the hair for a month or so before treatment. This allows the hair time to grow to a visible length.
You can shave or trim the hair with scissors up to 3 or 4 days before your treatment. If electrolysis is for facial hair, you may wish to leave the final shave/cut until 48 hours before treatment.
Avoid bleaching your hair for 48 hours before treatment to avoid the risk of increased sensitivity.
Electrolysis is completely safe.
If you usually wear makeup and would like to do so on the day of treatment, this is perfectly fine. Our beauty therapist will gently remove any makeup over the treatment area before electrolysis can commence.
After an initial consultation, the therapist cleans your skin and adjusts the settings on the Apilus to suit the location and type of hair. Your therapist slips a minute probe into the hair follicle during the hair removal process, which you will not even feel. Then, an ultra-rapid current is applied. The therapist removes the hair with a pair of tweezers, encountering no resistance.
We always use gloves and disposable probes. We ensure the highest level of hygiene throughout to prevent infection. After treatment, we apply a soothing, antibacterial, moisturising balm to your skin to encourage healing.
Apilus Platinum Pure is an effective, efficient and comfortable permanent solution for unwanted hair. Thus, most clients do not require any pain relief during the treatment. However, if this is your first treatment and you are at all anxious, then you may prefer to take some paracetamol or ibuprofen an hour before your appointment.
We recommend that you do not apply makeup to the treated area for at least 48 hours, but we realise this is not always possible. To minimise the risk of infection, ensure that you wash your hands and that your makeup brushes are clean before applying any makeup.
If you want to wear makeup after electrolysis, ensure that you remove it at the end of the day with an unperfumed cleanser that is suitable for sensitive skin (recommendations below) and reapply a moisturising gel.
Immediately after treatment and within the first 24 hours, you must leave your skin to recover. However, we recommend that you apply a soothing, hydrating gel (we have recommendations below).
Avoid rich creams/moisturisers within the first 48 hours after electrolysis.
Avoid sun exposure where possible and ensure you wear a good sunscreen.
You are in safe hands
Therapists at our beauty salon in Central London are experienced professionals. Our priority is that you feel relaxed and comfortable during your treatment session. We are happy to talk you through the procedure and answer questions that arise at any time.
If you have questions about any of our treatments, please call us at the salon, and we will be only too happy to help. If you are new to some treatments (e.g. facials, waxing and IPL) or have sensitive skin, why not book a consultation and patch test. This will help us advise you on the best treatment options for your skin and hair type.
Changes because of Covid-19
Some of our procedures may have changed to make your treatments as safe as possible. But you'll find our warm, friendly atmosphere remains, and you'll still come away feeling relaxed and beautiful.
Related products available from our online shop
Any of the Dermatologica UltraCalming products are perfect for calming the skin post electrolysis
Dermalogica's Calm Water Gel is a weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Perfect post-electrolysis moisturiser. Calm Water Gel is a refreshing moisturiser that transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application and forms a weightless barrier against environmental assault.
Consultation - Electrolysis
Apilus Electrolysis (sessions from 5 min – 60 min)
Platinum Electrolysis (sessions from 5 min – 60 min)