Electrolysis + Laser Hair Removal = Permanent Hair Removal

Being hair free sounds like a dream, but did you know it could be your reality? There are many forms of hair removal with some methods being temporary, such as waxing, tweezing and threading, and others permanent such as laser hair removal and electrolysis.

Electrolysis was invented in 1875 by Dr. Charles Michel, a St. Louis ophthalmologist, who developed this system to remove painful ingrown eyelashes.  Dr. Michel’s method is still used today, though with significant technological improvements.

Electrolysis is different to Laser Hair Removal in that a probe is inserted directly into the hair follicle, to target and destroy, inhibiting new hair production. Unlike laser technology which is reliant on the dark pigments within the hair, electrolysis is able to treat hair that has very little pigments such as blonde, white and grey hair. Due to its powerful circuits and stable currents, electrolysis is capable of pinpoint precision and we make use of optimal settings, designed to deliver the ultimate result. You can finally say goodbye to unwanted hair, whether it be facial hair or body hair. This technology is efficient, very comfortable and safe for everyone and every skin.

What does the treatment feel like?

At Dermology we use the Apilus system which has been proven to be much more comfortable than other electrolysis systems available on the market. Each hair follicle is treated using a faster and more sophisticated treatment technique with flash thermolysis technology, which can be felt as a short, sharp yet virtually pain-free sensation, however naturally some areas will be more sensitive than others. The treatment of each hair follicle takes place so quickly that the body doesn’t have time to register a pain sensation. No topical anaesthetics, ice packs or pain killers are necessary for this procedure as it is easily tolerable.

How does it differ from laser hair removal?

At Dermology we make use of four different laser hair removal technologies, making laser hair removal possible for all skin types. However, blonde, white and grey hair cannot be treated with Laser as the laser energy can only be absorbed into the hair follicle by the pigment therefore without pigment in the hair, the Laser will not give the best result.

For stubborn and lighter hairs, electrolysis is the best option. The procedure uses a probe to deliver energy directly to each individual follicle and hair, thereby not relying on the pigment within the hair to deliver the energy.

At Dermology, a combination of both Laser and electrolysis applications are recommended, to deliver the best, permanent hair removal result.

Start your permanent hair removal program with Laser Hair Removal, and enjoy the benefits of electrolysis to remove the odd grey or stubborn hair, to achieve the ultimate result. Or, if you are someone with only light hair, embark on a cutting edge Apilus electrolysis program at Dermology to finally be hair free, with the world’s latest Electrolysis option.

What areas can be treated?

All areas of the body can be treated using electrolysis. The hair must be visible to effectively treat it and destroy the active hair follicle. Medical clearance will be required from your doctor or dermatologist to treat hairs that grow from moles.

Popular areas include facial hair, fingers, toes, underarms and bikini. We recommend that if the majority of your hair is dark, you should first complete a course of laser hair removal, especially larger areas such as legs, arms, backs and chest. Then once we are left with stubborn or lighter hair, electrolysis can be done to achieve permanent silky-soft hair-free skin.

How many treatments are required?

This depends on several factors; such as whether the hair is hormonal, if it has previously been waxed or plucked, and the area of the body that requires the treatment. Hair grows at different rates all over the body. Hair on the head will grow for a period of up to 3 years before falling out yet hair on our legs may only last 12 weeks. This means it may take 12 weeks for all the hairs on the legs to show before they can be treated – we are only able to treat the hairs that we can see. Some hairs may require several treatments.

As a general rule, under normal circumstances, you can expect to be hair free in treated areas after 12 -18 months assuming that the suggested treatment program has been followed.

What if I am pregnant?

It is not recommended for pregnant women to undergo electrolysis treatments during the first 3 months of pregnancy. This is to keep stress to a minimum during this higher-risk period.

Other factors that prevent Electrolysis Treatment

  • Blood disorders such as HIV and haemophilia
  • Cancer and history thereof
  • Impaired skin sensations
  • Blood thinning medications
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Cuts, infection or rash in the area to be treated
  • Prone to keloid scarring and recent scar tissue
  • Skin conditions and diseases

Factors that can restrict the treatment

  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Metal plates and pins in the body
  • Sunburn in the area to be treated


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Dermology’s goal is to produce the best results possible for all our patients, however, everyone is different. Responsiveness to procedures, protocols or ingredients may vary from person to person. Consultation are compulsory.