The short answer is, “Yes it is” in almost all cases. The long answer may be for a few: “Not right now”, “with a doctor’s letter” or “at a slower rate of treatment”. This is because some medical conditions mean that there are galvanic electrolysis risks to be aware of.
PEACH CLINICS will never knowingly put you at risk. If your current electrologist is not asking these questions, you should consider whether he or she is putting you at unnecessary risk.
At PEACH CLINICS we take a comprehensive medical history from you at your initial consultation. Based on that information and our professional assessment, we will give you realistic advice about the suitability of galvanic electrolysis. If you have a medical condition that makes galvanic electrolysis inadvisable, we may be able to suggest alternative treatments.
Finally, is galvanic electrolysis worth it? The answer is a resounding yes! Galvanic electrolysis IS permanent hair removal. Treat your unwanted hair once and it will be gone forever.
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Yes, with precautions
- Medical devices – If you have medical devices such as a pacemaker or cochlear implant we may not be able to treat you.
- Metal implants – These are a minor galvanic electrolysis risk as they sometimes induce an annoying sensation near the implant. Careful placement of our electrolysis pads can avoid this. We will discuss your particular circumstances at your initial consultation and tailor your treatment accordingly.
- Type 1 diabetes (face and trunk) – Galvanic electrolysis can take place on the face, neck and trunk if monitored closely. In some cases, treatment may not be possible on your limbs because of circulatory problems.
- Anticoagulation medication – If you are taking Warfarin, Heparin or Aspirin, your blood clotting ability will diminish and you will bruise easily.
- Sensitive to latex – Many people are sensitive or have a reaction to contact with latex. To eliminate this, we exclusively use nitrile gloves during treatments.
Yes, with a doctor’s letter
- Epilepsy – If your epilepsy is controlled by medication, galvanic electrolysis can proceed with caution. If medication is not needed we require a letter from your doctor before proceeding.
- Keloid scarring – If your skin is prone to keloid scarring, we need you to sign a release form prior to treatment. We would also prefer you to take advice from your doctor in case keloids occur at the site of the probe insertions. PEACH CLINICS is not able to guarantee that this galvanic electrolysis risk will not occur.
- Moles – We require a letter from your doctor before treatment to be certain there is no malignancy in the mole.
Yes, with parental consent
- Aged under 18 – We can undertake galvanic electrolysis on you if you are under 18 years of age but only with a parent’s written consent.
Yes, but not right now
- Pregnancy – Women can experience an increase in body hair during pregnancy. This will likely resolve itself once your hormone levels return to normal. PEACH CLINICS will not undertake permanent hair removal treatment while you are pregnant.
- Sunburn – Sunburn can impair the ability of your skin to heal. You should wait until the sunburn has subsided before starting treatment.
- Dermabrasion and chemical peel – These treatments increase skin sensitivity. You should wait 6 months after treatment before starting galvanic electrolysis. This will allow your skin to heal properly.
- Cold sores (herpes simplex) – This condition can be aggravated and recovery impaired if galvanic electrolysis is undertaken during a flare up. Postpone treatment on your face until you recover.
- Roaccutane (Isotretinoin, Isotrex, Rocta or Accutane) – We will not undertake galvanic electrolysis for at least 6 months after you stop taking Roaccutane. It causes the skin to become thin and easily irritated, impedes healing and increases your chance of scarring.
- Retinoids – We will not undertake galvanic electrolysis while you are using a retinoid. Your skin will be very sensitive with a rapid skin cell turnover. Please wait 2 weeks after ceasing retinoid use before starting treatment.
Yes, but at a slower rate of treatment
- Dermatographic urticaria – If your skin becomes sore and raised even from light scratching, please advise us and we will closely monitor it during treatment. Taking antihistamine medication and using a topical antihistamine cream can help.
No, galvanic electrolysis is not for you
- Type 1 diabetes (legs and arms) – This condition reduces circulation to the limbs and the galvanic electrolysis risk is too great for PEACH CLINICS to undertake treatment on your legs or arms. Galvanic electrolysis can be performed on other areas if monitored closely.
- Heart Pacemaker – Electrolysis passes an electric current through your body from an external source. There is a small chance of this current adversely affecting your Pacemaker and PEACH CLINICS cannot undertake galvanic electrolysis treatment on you.
- Nervous System disfunction (eg: Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease or Parkinson’s Disease) – These conditions all affect electrical transmission of signals along your nerves. With electrolysis passing an electric current through your body, there is a chance of unpredictable effects from this external current on your nerves. For this reason, we cannot undertake galvanic electrolysis treatment on you.