Electrolysis Hair Removal

Say goodbye to facial and body hair – forever

Electrolysis hair removal

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. All cultures make a distinction of what is befitting for men and women.

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!

Electrolysis hair removal is the only method of hair removal that can claim the term “permanent hair removal” according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has defined permanent hair removal as: ‘the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include several sessions. The number of hairs regrowing must be stable over time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of hair follicles, which varies from four to twelve months according to body location.

Permanent hair removal: electrolysis hair removal vs laser

There are two different ways to remove excess body hair permanently: electrolysis hair removal and laser hair removal.

When to choose what? The simple rule is: Do laser first if you have dark hair and light skin. If your have dark skin or light hair, skip laser and do electrolysis from the start. Right below you will see a youtube video in which we compare laser hair removal and electrolysis more extensively.

Electrolysis hair removal

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.

Electrolysis hair removal procedure

In electrolysis hair removal a probe is inserted into the hair follicle where an electrical current is applied to destroy the hair follicle below the skin surface.


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.

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When will you see results after electrolysis hair removal?

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.

Electrolysis hair removal

Electrolysis hair removal is only effective in the active Growth fase (Anagen phase).

Who can have it done?

Anyone who considers that he or she has unwanted facial or body hair. Electrolysis hair removal is for:

  • any skin type,
  • any hair colour,
  • any part of the body.

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.

The procedure of electrolysis hair removal

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 probe is inserted as far as the source, i.e. the hair follicle. The probe then gives off an electric current for two seconds. This can be painful.
  • Finally, the hair is removed from the skin using tweezers. This is painless.

How long does electrolysis hair removal take and how much does it cost?

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:

  • Your skin type and skin sensitivity: thick hairs are normally removed in multiple treatments so that the skin is not exposed to unnecessary stress.
  • The thickness of your hair: thicker hair is more difficult to remove.
  • The quantity of hair: it takes longer to remove hairs that are close together than hairs that are further apart.
  • Your pain threshold: the higher your pain threshold, the longer we can continue the treatment. At 2pass Clinic you can use a pain pump to reduce the pain. When using a pain pump we can carry out longer and more intensive treatments.
  • The type of (permanent) hair removal that you have already tried in the past: if you have previously had epilation or waxing, your hair follicle may now be deformed. This makes it more difficult to insert the needle.
  • Your cooperation: if you notice that hairs are growing back, it is important to let us know. Hairs that come back are more sensitive for the treatment and are therefore easier to remove.

Price by the hour

Caution: what you book is what you pay!

  • Electrolysis hair removal with pain pump – 100 EUR/hour.
  • Electrolysis hair removal without pain pump – 80 EUR/hour.

Price intensive program

Caution: what you book is what you pay!

  • 800 EUR a day

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.

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Electrolysis hair removal at 2pass Clinic


Permanent hair removal specialists

  • Evy Vertonghen
    Electrolysis hair removal
  • Joa Christiaenssen
    Electrolysis | Makeup Artist
  • Lesley Vandemaele

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.

Your electrolysis hair removal in three steps

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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.

Your 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:

  • No epilation or waxing for the past three months.
  • Stop shaving three days before your treatment.

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:

  • Apply the after-care lotion for a quick and effective recovery.
  • For the first three days after the treatment do not use make-up, sun cream, products containing alcohol or scrubs.
  • Avoid intensive sun exposure for about three to five days.
  • Put an ice pack or wet compress from the fridge on the swelling: 15 minutes at a time, with a 10-minute break.

Learn more about electrolysis aftercare in this article.

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 >

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Risks of electrolysis hair removal

The risk of electrolysis hair removal is epidermal injury and damage to epidermal melanin. Epidermal injury may result in scarring. Damage to the epidermal melanin may result in hypopigmentation spots. If the damage to the dermis is too big also pitting can be a consequence. Finding an electrologist with a lot of experience is key to reduce your change on side effects. At 2pass Clinic with over 1000 patients treated we have seen only 2 cases of very minor pitting.


Do you also remove hair from the genital zone before the sex reassignment surgery?

Yes we do, we strongly advise electrolysis before the operation because laser is not always permanent and after the operation you won’t get a second change to remove the hair.

Can I do Electrolysis at your clinic while recovering form the surgery?

Yes you can. We suggest you book 1 day of electrolysis a few days after the surgery through our website: https://www.2passclinic.com/permanent-hair-removal/booking-electrolysis/.

If you have a choice though it is probably a more comfortable option to book the electrolysis a few days before your surgery.

I suffer from psoriasis, can I still get electrolysis?

On the active psoriasis zone electrolysis is contra-indicated.

I suffer from PCOS, can I still get electrolysis?

It is not a contra-indication, but in some people it doesn’t really help because too much new hair is recruited. In some individuals the problem is less pronounced than in others.

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.