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  • Will electrolysis affect my tattoo?

    Will electrolysis affect my tattoo?

    Electrolysis will have no effect on the ink in your tattoo. Removing the hair from your tattoo will allow your body art to be seen in all its glory. You can have electrolysis to prepare your skin prior to tattooing, or start hair removal 6-weeks after the tattoo is complete.

  • I have a mole. Can electrolysis remove the hair from it?

    I have a mole. Can electrolysis remove the hair from it?

    Yes it can, but we will require a letter from your doctor before we treat it to be sure that the mole is benign.

  • Can I have electrolysis anywhere on my body?

    Can I have electrolysis anywhere on my body?

    Unwanted hair can be removed from almost anywhere on the body by electrolysis. The most common areas are the hairline, eyebrows, cheeks, sideburns, upper and lower lip, chin, throat, neck, back, breasts, underarms, abdomen, bikini line, feet and toes.

    It is recommended that the inside of the ears and nose should not be treated. Basically, if we can see where the hair follicle is, PEACH CLINICS can treat it.

  • How many treatment sessions will I need?

    How many treatment sessions will I need?

    The number of treatments necessary varies with each client and each body area. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and thickness of hair presented, heredity, hormone function, certain medication and stress influence, as well as how fast the hair grows and therefore the treatment program employed. Your own time constraints are also a factor.

    Your therapist will consider your specific needs and design a treatment plan around them. It is important to follow through on the recommended treatment plan to achieve the results you are after.

  • How much does the treatment cost to get rid of all this hair?

    How much does the treatment cost to get rid of all this hair?

    At your free initial consultation with PEACH CLINICS, we will discuss the prices of treatments. Our treatments cost proportionately less the longer they are and so committing the time to take longer treatment sessions rather than many smaller ones will reduce your overall cost. Total costs will also depend on how much hair needs to be removed (density) combined with the size of area being treated.

    We will provide you with a quote for both time and cost at your initial consultation based on the length and frequency of the sessions in your treatment plan.

  • Does my hair need to be visible to be treated with electrolysis?

    Does my hair need to be visible to be treated with electrolysis?

    Your hair should be at least 2mm long when you arrive for your electrolysis session. For most women, this is about 3 – 5 days of not shaving the hair. For men, this can be as little as 1 – 2 days growth.

    Your hair needs to be visible so that:

    • We can see which follicles have hair in them and need treating
    • We can judge the angle the hair is growing at. This makes for more accurate and faster probe insertion.
    • It gives us a length of hair to grip with tweezers when we remove the treated hair.
  • I have really sensitive skin. Is electrolysis OK for me?

    I have really sensitive skin. Is electrolysis OK for me?

    If you have sensitive skin then traditional hair removal techniques such as waxing and shaving are probably already causing you irritation on a regular basis. Electrolysis is actually a great option for people with sensitive skin, as the hair only has to be treated once and it will be gone for good. You won’t have to worry about removing the top layer of skin with waxing or avoiding the dreaded shaver’s rash.

    At PEACH CLINICS, we keep an eye on how your skin reacts during each treatment and adjust the time and intensity of the electrolysis to suit your skin.

  • Is electrolysis more effective than laser?

    Is electrolysis more effective than laser?

    Yes! Galvanic electrolysis is the only truly permanent hair removal method known and the only treatment recognised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being permament. Unlike laser and IPL options, electrolysis eliminates unwanted hair for the largest variety of skin and hair types.

    Lasers work by turning light into heat as it penetrates the dark hair shaft within the follicle to damage the hair root. Laser hair removal is considered a temporary method and only reduces the rate of hair growth, keeping visible hair at bay for between 6 and 12 months. It has not been evaluated for long-term safety and health of the patient’s skin.

  • How young can I be and still have electrolysis?

    How young can I be and still have electrolysis?

    At PEACH CLINICS, we will generally only treat you if you are 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and have dark or unwanted hair growth on your face or body that bothers you, we will consider you for hair removal with the consent of your parent or guardian.

  • Can I have electrolysis while I am pregnant?

    Can I have electrolysis while I am pregnant?

    Excessive growth of vellus hair (the soft peach-fuzz covering your body) can be caused by hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy but will settle down again after pregnancy. This has the effect of masking any underlying problem hair.

    While there are no studies directly looking at the safety of electrolysis during pregnancy, there haven’t been any reported cases where electrolysis has been proven to cause harm to the foetus. Notwithstanding that, at PEACH CLINICS we will not undertake galvanic electrolysis on you while you are pregnant, a position recommended by the British Institute & Association of Electrolysis.

  • What does electrolysis feel like?

    What does electrolysis feel like?

    Treatment with electrolysis stings, but individual tolerance to this discomfort varies enormously from person to person. At PEACH CLINICS, we will discuss various methods of pain reduction and management with you.

    Some people take over-the-counter pain medication before treatment. Warming the skin immediately before treatment also helps reduce discomfort by simply opening the pores and relaxing the follicles. If you are extremely sensitive, there are prescription topical anaesthetics available. For more information about this, ask your doctor about EMLA.

  • Can electrolysis cause bleeding, scabbing or scarring?

    Can electrolysis cause bleeding, scabbing or scarring?

    The chance of bleeding from electrolysis is very rare as the electrolysis probes are inserted using the hair itself as a guide and stop at the hair root. With a skilful insertion, the probe will never pierce the skin.

    Immediately after electrolysis, you should treat each follicle is a tiny open wound and carefully follow the aftercare instructions you will be provided with.

    Occasionally, scabs form to protect the skin from infection and ensure your skin heals smoothly. Even if the scabs itch or look like pimples, do not remove them until they fall off or you risk scarring.

    Some skin types (people with olive or darker coloured skin) are more prone to getting temporary marks on the skin. People with higher moisture content in their skin are more prone to develop scabbing. People with oily skin have a higher chance of break-outs and, if they pick at their skin, it can lead to scarring.

  • I don’t like needles. Can I still have electrolysis?

    I don’t like needles. Can I still have electrolysis?

    Galvanic electrolysis uses blunt probes many times thinner and more flexible than a needle. They slide into the hair follicle alongside the hair so your skin is never broken and you won’t feel the probe being inserted.

  • Can you absolutely guarantee that electrolysis hair removal is permanent?

    Can you absolutely guarantee that electrolysis hair removal is permanent?

    No-one can ever give you a 100% guarantee that no hair regrowth will occur following electrolysis and we would advise caution before using any clinic that claims otherwise. We stand behind our experience of permanently removing the hairs we treat.

    Scientific evidence says that galvanic electrolysis demonstrates the best results of any hair removal method because it has the best ability to destroy the stem cells that regenerate the hair. We also have the US Food and Drug Administration’s statement that electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that can be considered permanent. This can be found on their Removing Hair Safely page.

    Proponents of other methods may claim to be permanent but the FDA’s research and documentation shows that only electrolysis is truly permanent. Our clients routinely report achieving excellent results. If any method can claim to be permanent, then it must be galvanic electrolysis with its 140 year history of achievement!

  • Can I get treated while I have a cold sore breakout?

    Can I get treated while I have a cold sore breakout?

    If you have a history of cold sores, electrolysis around the mouth may trigger an outbreak. Electrolysis should be should be avoided until your outbreak has cleared. You may want to take preventative action if feel a cold sore developing. We suggest that you take appropriate anti-viral medication and also let us know of your situation.

  • Does electrolysis really work on all hair colours?

    Does electrolysis really work on all hair colours?

    Yes it does. Electrolysis doesn’t discriminate on the basis of skin or hair colour like laser or IPL. Electrolysis destroys the hair follicle and its ability to regenerate via chemical means unlike laser which relies on passing through light coloured skin to turn light into heat as it touches the dark hair.

    Both laser and IPL are effective methods of hair reduction, but they are best suited to people with dark hair and pale skin. For clients who have darker skin or lighter hair colour, these treatments are considered much less effective and the side-effects can include burning and increased hair growth. Electrolysis is the only answer for people with blond, white, red and grey hair or for people with darker skin.

  • Do men have electrolysis?

    Do men have electrolysis?

    Yes, men like to feel good about themselves too. Men will often remove unwanted body hair to reduce irritation from clothing, to keep their partner happy or to improve sporting performance.

    Our most popular treatments include facial hair for women and torso hair for men. Common treatment areas for men are the upper arms, around the ears, top of the nose, eyebrows, upper back, cheeks above the beard line, beard contouring and any areas where ingrown hairs are causing problems.

  • How will my skin look after electrolysis?

    How will my skin look after electrolysis?

    Immediately following treatment, your skin will probably be red and swollen in the treatment area but the extent of this varies a lot from person to person. Your therapist will talk with you about appropriate aftercare to minimise swelling or redness.

    When the redness fades, the follicles themselves will stay red for a few days and your skin can look a little like a rash. You can conceal this with makeup the next day and everything will fade away in 3 – 5 days unless you aggravate it.

    The most important thing to do is to be kind to your skin by keeping it out of the sun, clean and free of skin-care products. PEACH CLINICS uses alcohol-free witch hazel and aloe vera to assist in immediate skin relief following treatment.

  • I am on a blood thinner. Can I have electrolysis?

    I am on a blood thinner. Can I have electrolysis?

    Blood thinners will have the effect of increasing your rate of bruising from electrolysis. As long as you are prepared for this then, yes, you can have electrolysis. Please talk to your doctor if you need further information.

  • Why can’t you get rid of all my unwanted hair in one session?

    Why can’t you get rid of all my unwanted hair in one session?

    Even though the amount of hair you have looks constant, in 3 months time you will probably be looking at different hair growing from different hair follicles. Hair grows in cycles and, depending on its location, between 25% and 60% of hair follicles are in a resting or dormant state at any one time.

    We can only clear the hair we can see during your treatment session and will need you to return when new growth becomes evident. It may look like the treated hairs are regrowing, but the closeup photos we take of the treatment area will show the hairs growing from a different set of follicles.

  • What’s the difference between single and multi-needle electrolysis?

    What’s the difference between single and multi-needle electrolysis?

    We only perform multi-needle galvanic electrolysis at PEACH CLINICS as this is the only permanent form of electrolysis.

    Single needle electrolysis is only called “electrolysis” because of the superficial similarity of the 2 methods. Officially, it is called thermolysis as it uses heat in the form of microwave energy, rather than a chemical process, to remove the hair.

    Thermolysis is faster (more hairs per session) than galvanic electrolysis and causes less discomfort. Unfortunately, around 90% of the hairs treated with thermolysis will have regrown after 3 months and perhaps 10% will be permanently gone. Thermolysis also carries risks of permanent side-effects such as hyperpigmentation, if not performed correctly.

  • I really want my hair off fast. Can I have more than one treatment a week?

    I really want my hair off fast. Can I have more than one treatment a week?

    The frequency of treatment sessions is dependent on your skin’s ability to recover between each treatment. A week is a common recovery period. Some people need 3 to 4 weeks between treatments while a lucky few are able to do twice weekly sessions.

    PEACH CLINICS also offers a regimen of intensive treatment of up to 8 hours a day with sessions every second day.

    This form of treatment requires close supervision and intensive aftercare. You will need to take time out from your commitments over the period you are undertaking intensive treatment.

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