When you look at a man’s or a woman’s face, you will notice a large number of differences. One of the most noticeable differences, however, is men’s facial hair. This is one external characteristic that is obvious almost immediately. Permanent hair removal takes you another step closer to your true identity. It is a treatment that is visible to you and all those around you. There are two different ways to remove excess body hair: electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal.
When to choose what? The simple rule is: Do laser if you have dark hair and light skin. If your have dark skin or light hair, do electrolysis.
You can discover the most important information about electrolysis by downloading this Electrolysis summary
In our clinic we also offer a unique intensive electrolysis program for the removal of facial hair. You can get rid of your beard shadow in a 6 months timeframe!
During electrolysis hair removal treatment a thin needle is inserted into the hair follicle. This needle then applies a small electrical current which destroys the hair follicle. Finally, the hair and hair follicle are removed using tweezers.
There are mainly three types of electrolysis hair removal:
Galvanic electrolysis offers the major advantage that it roots out the hairs very effectively, because it uses direct current. Your skin consists of salty water, and when a direct current is applied, a chemical reaction takes place within the skin. After two minutes this reaction releases certain substances (lye), which destroy the hair follicle. Although this method destroys up to 80% of treated hairs, the disadvantage is that it takes a very long time, i.e. up to 1 minute for each hair. This means that, in practice, pure Galvanic electrolysis is never used.
Thermolysis electrolysis, on the other hand, is a method that works more quickly, taking only on to two seconds per hair. This method uses heat to destroy the hair follicle. Compared to galvanic electrolysis which uses a chemical process, thermolysis is not as effective. It kills only 50% of hairs and there is sometimes a possibility of scarring (this is very rare when used correctly, but it does happen). For reasons of speed, this technique is used most commonly for initial clearings at 2pass Clinic.
A third method that we use at 2pass Clinic, is the blend electrolysis technique. The blend technique is a combination of the galvanic method and thermolysis, offering the best of both worlds. Using this form of electrolysis hair removal a hair follicle is destroyed in 6 to 10 seconds, and the method is highly effective. Usually about 80% of the hairs treated are removed.
Galvanic electrolysis is more painful than thermolysis. Since this method takes five times longer – and by consequence is five times more expensive because you pay per hour– we only use it for persistent hairs that keep on coming back or small areas with not so much hair. From a technical perspective the blend technique is the best way to remove hair permanently. From a practical perspective, thermolysis wins.
Electrolysis hair removal is the only way to remove hair permanently.
The results of electrolysis hair removal are achieved over a period of time. Each hair goes through a growth cycle, consisting of the growth phase, the transitional phase and the resting phase. It is most effective during the growth phase. The beautician cannot change the growth cycle, so the treatments have to be repeated for those hairs that were not in the right phase. As the sessions go on, treatments will take less and less time.
Anyone who considers that he or she has unwanted facial or body hair. Electrolysis hair removal is for:
Electrolysis hair removal can be used on any skin type, from very light skin to very dark skin pigmentation. With laser hair removal there are limitations if you have blonde, red or grey hair, because laser hair removal works on pigment. Electrolysis works for any hair colour.
The only people not advised to have it done are those with a skin condition.
Say you want to have your beard removed by electrolysis hair removal. How exactly does it work?
The beautician uses two instruments: a computer-assisted epilator and tweezers. The epilator probe is inserted via the hair shaft. The skin is not damaged because the probe is passing through a natural opening. Insertion of the probe is virtually painless.
The number of hours required for an electrolysis treatment or how often you will need to be treated is a personal question. It depends on a number of factors:
Caution: what you book is what you pay!
Caution: what you book is what you pay!
Our intensive programme allows you to permanently remove an average beard and moustache in about 80 hours. In our intensive programme these hours are spread across four sessions over a period of 4.5 to 6 months. The total cost will be around 8,000 EUR.
At 2pass Clinic we advise you to use a pain pump during long sessions of electrolysis hair removal. This allows you to have longer and more intensive treatments, so that we can permanently remove the beard shadow in the shortest possible time.
At 2pass Clinic, electrolysis hair removal is carried out by Evy Vertonghen and Joa Christiaenssen. They all graduated from the Denise Grésiac in Antwerp, a well-known school for beauticians. Evy completed an intensive training course to allow her to specialise in electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal. Evidently these are three talented beauticians who are passionate about their work.
Book your electrolysis hair removal
During your first session of electrolysis hair removal we will look at your skin and your hair growth. We will then draw up a plan that meets your personal needs. So before your treatment, don’t remove your facial hair or body hair, since that will make it easier for them to design your personalised treatment.
After the first session of electrolysis hair removal you will know what is going to happen and how many treatments you will have. Before your first electrolysis hair removal treatment you should be aware of the following:
This ensures that your facial hair or body hair is long enough to achieve optimum results. You should also make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing.
At 2pass Clinic you can also combine your electrolysis hair removal with facial feminization surgery, body feminization surgery or voice feminization therapy. In many cases our patients combine one of the above surgical procedures with a day of electrolysis hair removal. That means that they can make good use of the time while they are recovering from their operation.
What happens after your treatment?
On the day when you have had your treatment, the skin may be red and you may feel a burning sensation. This varies from one person to another and it is temporary. Scabs may also appear temporarily on the skin. It is important to leave these alone, to prevent infection and scarring. There may also be slight temporary swelling of the skin.
After your electrolysis hair removal you should definitely remember the following:
Use our pain pump
Since everyone has a different pain threshold and we want to make electrolysis hair removal as comfortable as possible for everyone, at 2pass Clinic you can use a pain pump. You manage this yourself during the electrolysis hair removal. 2pass Clinic is the only institution in the world where you can use a pain pump of this kind. The computer-controlled pump contains a strong painkiller which is also used in anaesthetics: remifentanil. An intravenous catheter line is inserted into your arm so that the painkiller can enter your bloodstream. You can use the pain pump throughout your treatment. This makes longer and more intensive treatments possible. If necessary, a local anaesthetic (similar to the one used by dentists) can also be injected so that you cannot feel the area being treated. Read more about using a pain pump during your treatment >
If you have a choice though it is probably a more comfortable option to book the electrolysis a few days before your surgery.
The average person has 1,000 follicles per square inch. However, that does not mean one grows 1,000 hairs. Where a man may have 100, to 500 visible hairs in a square inch, a woman may have 0 to 25. You must understand that hormonal problems (like PCOS) work in such a way that new follicles are recruited to start growing hair, where they never grew before. The severity of the problem defines how long it takes for new follicles to be recruited, and how many at a time are stimulated in that term. So, until one arrests the problem that is causing the new hair recruitment, one will continuously gain new hairs, and one may may have to come back forever.
You still have another question? Feel free to ask! We will answer your question and if generally applicable add it to the FAQ of this page.