Pain pump

Pain pump

Electrolysis hair removal can be a quite painful procedure. Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Descriptions of the discomfort vary from “no worse than a mosquito bite,” to “like having a rubber band snapped against my bare skin hard.” Electrolysis can give a stinging and pricking sensation, and each hair has to go through it. The degree of also relative to the area of treatment. Certain spots, such as the upper lip, are known to be more sensitive than spots like the brows. In our clinic we work with a patient controlled pain pump (PCA, patient controlled analgesia) which reduces the pain to zero. We are unique in the world to offer this pump for electrolysis.

How does the pain pump work?

  • The computerised pump called the patient-controlled analgesia pump contains a strong pain killer that is also used in general anesthesia (remifentanyl) and is connected directly to the patient with an intravenous (IV) catheter line. To insert a venous catheter, a needle is inserted into a vein, most often near the wrist. A thin plastic tube called a catheter is then pushed over the needle. The needle is removed, and the tube remains.
  • The pump is set to deliver a small, constant flow of pain medication. Additional doses of medication can be self-administered as needed by having the patient press a button. PCA pumps have built-in safety features.
  • The total amount of pain medication that the patient can self administer is within a safe limit.
  • The patient will be monitored using a pulse oximeter that indirectly measures the oxygen saturation of the patient’s blood. In case the patient doesn’t breath deep enough a simple encouragement by the electrologist to concentrate on breathing will be enough to make the patient breathe well again. Therefore this method of pain management is known to be very safe and is widely used e.g. during delivery.
  • Compared to standard electrolysis, as client comfort is greatly enhanced this leads to faster electrolysis as there are fewer recovery pauses needed. Total treatment time is therefore shorter, thus maximising effectiveness.

What pain medication is used inside the pump?

The pump contains a strong pain killer that is also used in general anesthesia (remifentanyl). It works directly on the pain receptors in the spinal cord and the brain.

Caution: people that have a history of drug addiction may feel a reactivation of their desire. If you think you can not handle this, please consider using only local anesthesia.


Disadvantages of the painpump

  • The pain medication works through the opiod receptors in the body. Unfortunately there are also opioid receptors in your intestinal system. This causes the most important side effect of the pain pump: nausea.
  • We give you medication against nausea together with the pain medication.
  • Make sure you have a good breakfast in the morning. The pain pump on an empty stomach is not a good idea.
    Drawing opiod receptor



  • The time spend to prepare the pump does not have to be paid. We do ask our patients to come half an hour before the booked starting time so the nurse has the time to prepare the pump.
  • With the pain pump most people can tolerate electrolysis sessions of up to 8 hours a day. For some people the pain pump is not sufficient. In this case you can ask us to administer some local anesthesia. Apart from the injections, no pain is felt anymore after local anesthesia.
  • Make sure you have a good breakfast in the morning. The pain pump on an empty stomach is not a good idea.

Short video explaning the painpump


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.

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