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Electrolysis permanently removes hair by passing a electric current along a needle into the hair follicle, thereby killing the hair at the root. Electrolysis can be used to remove hair from all over the body, with the exception of the nostrils and inner ears. However, as each hair has to be targeted directly, the procedure is most suitable to smaller areas.

Electrolysis advice

There are three types of electrolysis hair removal offered in the UK today. The galvanic method is a slow but thorough technique that creates a chemical reaction to kill the hair at its root. The short-wave diathermy technique uses heat to achieve the desire results. Although this method is quicker, it is usually not quite so effective. Finally, we have blend electrolysis, which combines the two aforementioned techniques to create a fast and thorough process. This is the method most commonly used in the UK.

The procedure
An average electrolysis treatment lasts up to 30 minutes, depending on the number of hairs to be treated. To achieve the permanent removal of hair, repeat sessions will be required. The procedure itself is non-invasive but you will feel some discomfort as the electric current passing down the needle. Although you can return home immediately after the treatment, your skin will be pink and mildly irritated.

Risks and side effects
There are no serious risks, side effects or complications of electrolysis hair removal.

Cost and prices
Electrolysis is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic treatment. In the UK expect to pay as little as £15 for a five to 10 minute session. You can have electrolysis abroad but the savings to be made are minimal

NHS, private or abroad
Electrolysis will only be possible on the NHS if there is a clinical reason for the treatment. However, electrolysis is available in many spas, beauty salons and private cosmetic clinics in both the UK and abroad.

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