Electrolyse permanente ontharing

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Haarverwijderring door elektrolyse

Facial hair growth on a woman, transgender or not, can be highly stigmatizing and very embarrassing. Electrolysis hair removal is the most reliable proven option available today to permanently remove transgender facial and genital hair. Laser hair removal can be an acceptable or even a preferable alternative in some cases, but laser is usually not enough by itself to remove all transsexual facial hair permanently.

Getting body and facial hair under control is critically important for trans women that want to go fulltime. For the male beard can be concealed only by hard work, and even then, not with complete success.

Intensive program for clearing of facial and genital areas

It is critical you find an electrologist who is capable of removing your facial hair with a minimum of treatment, but without causing unsightly scarring, pitting, or discoloration of the skin. Aangezien het gezichtshaar van de mannelijke baard moeilijk te verwijderen is, is het belangrijk dat transvrouwen een elektroloog vinden die ervarig heeft met het verwijderen van mannelijke beharing. Bij voorkeur iemand die veel gewerkt heeft met transvrouwen. Dit is echter niet altijd mogelijk, vanwege geografische beperkingen.

At 2pass Clinic we developed an intensive program for the clearing of facial and genital areas that can speed up the process tremendously and solve the problem for transgender women who live far from a suitable electrologist. U hoeft maar een paar keer naar Belgie te reizen (4-10 keer, afhankelijk van uw eigen reactie en bereidheid terug te komen in plaats van de behandeling bij u in de buurt af te ronden). We kunnen zo intensief werken omdat we een pijnpomp gebruiken om de pijn onder controle te houden.

Read more on our intensive clearing program

What does electrolysis cost and how do I book?

Price and booking of electrolysis hair removal


What is electrolysis hair removal?

  • Electrolysis hair removal is a time-tested method that was invented over 100 years ago to remove irritating, in-grown eyelash hairs.
  • Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body.
  • Electrolysis destroys the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy.
  • During electrolysis hair removal a thin probe is inserted into the hair follicle, which is a natural opening of the skin. The skin is not perforated, so this insertion is painless.

    Comparison between a hair follicle and a finger pushing in a balloon to explain the concept of the probe entering a natural opening of the skin.

    During electrolysis hair removal probe is inserted in natural skin opening. The skin is not perforated so this insertion is painless.

  • Through the probe is a small electrical current is sent, which destroys the hair follicle.
  • This part is painful for many people.
  • Finally, the hair and hair follicle are removed using a tweezer. This part is painless.
  • For electrolysis to be effective, only one thing has to be done: killing the stem cells responsible for hair growth. These are located in an area called ‘the Bulge’, in the upper part of the follicle. A complete hair follicle can be regenerated even after the bulb at the bottom has been surgically removed.

    Tekening van een haarfollikel die de plek van de haarbol laat zien waar de stamcellen zitten, in de bol onderaan.

    For electrolysis to be effective only one thing has to be done: killing the stem cells responsible for hair growth. Die bevinden zich in een gebied dat de haarbol wordt genoemd en zich in het bovenste deel van de follikel bevindt.

Two types of electrolysis hair removal

There are 2 basic types of electrolysis that are still practiced today, which we both use at 2pass Clinic. We always start with thermolysis but switch to the blend technique if needed. More information on the difference between thermolysis and blend electrolysis hair removal, and a video of the effect of both inside a follicle.

Drawing showing difference between thermolysis and blend destruction by heat or chemical process.
Drawing of rabbit and turtle to explain the difference in speed between thermolysis and blend electrolysis hair removal.

Pros and contra’s of electrolysis hair removal


  • The only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal
  • Works on all hair colors, skin types and body parts
  • Over 125 years of clinically proven safety and effectiveness. By far the best and longest track record of results.


  • Time consuming process because each individual hair has to be treated
  • Painful process, which is why you need a pain pump for longer sessions
  • Expensive because you need many hours
  • You need to let your hair grow min 3 days prior to treatment.
  • If done improperly, it can result in partial to full regrowth, lasting skin damage, and/or infection.
  • Regrowth rates have not been accurately established and cannot yet be predicted due to numerous variables.


The gender of the hair

  • Roughly 5 million hair follicles cover the human body at birth.
  • No additional follicles are formed after birth, although the size of some follicles and hairs will change over time, primarily under influence of androgens.
  • The precise spacing and distribution of the follicles are established by genes that are expressed very early in the forming of the follicles before birth. Hence, the distribution of the hair comes about at birth.
  • The formation of a beard is genetically programmed to happen and this capacity is already present at birth. Hence, the hairs of men and women are genetically different.
  • In puberty the male vellus (short, thin, slight-colored) hair will transform into terminal hairs under influence of androgens.

Diagram of a vellus hair transforming into a terminal hair under influence of androgens.

Is electrolysis hair removal permanent? What is the difference between electrolysis and laser?

  • Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method which is recognised and approved as such by the FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration). The FDA is an agency of the US government that regulates a broad range of consumer products, services and drugs in order to ensure not only the efficacy of the product, but also the safety of the consumer. The FDA is an agency of the US government that regulates a broad range of consumer products, services and drugs in order to ensure not only the efficacy of the product, but also the safety of the consumer.This means that the FDA have carefully examined the electrolysis technique and have expressed that it’s safe and that it permanently removes hair.

    Stamp of FDA with approved

    Electrolysis is the only hair removal method that can claim to be permanent according to the FDA.

  • Laser hair removal, on the other hand, cannot be marketed as permanent hair removal since the effects are often temporary. And whilst laser hair removal can result in permanent reduction in growth, it can’t permanently stop future hair growth, unlike electrolysis. Lasers can reduce hair counts 40 to 80 percent according to the latest scientific articles.
  • Laser is less effective than electrolysis because it targets the pigment of the hair that is only found in the Bulb, not the Bulge where the growth cells are. The damage to the hair is considerable enough that it will slow the growth cycle for a couple of months before reappearing.The other advantage of electrolysis is that it is suitable for pretty much all skin tones and hair colours, unlike laser hair removal.
  • Laser first? The simple rule is: Do laser first if you have dark hair and light skin. If you have dark skin or light hair, skip laser and do electrolysis from the start. We explained the difference between the 2 types of hair removal in the video below.

Video explaining the difference between laser and electrolysis:

More info on the differnce between laser and electrolysis hair removal



Why do I need more than one electrolysis session to permanently clear an area?

  • Electrolysis is considered a permanent hair removal method, since it destroys the hair follicle stem cells but it requires a series of appointments over a period of time. To fully clear a beard a minimum of 1 year timeframe should be taken as a reference. Why is this?
  • The hair follicle is one of the only organs that cyclically degenerates and regenerates from stem cells. Each hair follicle perpetually goes through 3 stages: growth (anagen), involution (catagen) and rest (telogen).

    Growth cycle of the hair for electrolysis hair removal

    The hair follicle is one of the only organs that cyclically degenerates and regenerates from stem cells. Each hair follicle perpetually goes through 3 stages: growth (anagen), involution (catagen) and rest (telogen).

    Hair cycle of the hair follicle explained with flower bulbs for electrolysis hair removal

    The growth cycle of the hair can be compared to the growth cycle of flower bulbs. During the winter they “sleep” but they are not “dead”.

  • Knowledge of the hair cycle, and particularly, the length of resting is essential for understanding and interpretation of electrolysis results.
  • As we ask you to shave the hair 3 days before your electrolysis session, only hairs in the growing stage will be above the surface of the skin at the time of treatment. The resting hairs are simply not visible at the time of treatment because they do not grow after the shaving. In the face the growing hairs only accounts for 60 procent of all facial hairs. This means at least 40 percent of your hairs are not visible at the time of your first clearing.

The growth cycle helps explain:

  • That permanent results of electrolysis hair removal can only be achieved over a period of time.
  • When you shave 3 days prior to electrolysis only the hairs in the growing phase will grow and can consequently be removed during the electrolysis session.
  • 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.
  • You should make a distinction between apparent “false” regrowth and actual “true” regrowth. False regrowth is the appearance hairs which never received electrolysis, but grow in the same skin area that did.

The video further explains this concept, which is quite complex:


How many hours of electrolysis will I need to clear an area? How much regrowth after electrolysis hair removal is normal?

This is probably the most frequently asked question by our patients. The honest answer is: we don’t know up front. We do know the averages but we see a big variation between patients. We don’t know why one hair responds better to the treatment than the other.

  • The endless controversy about regrowth in electrolysis hair removal is largely due to the fact you cannot tell if the hair is true regrowth or, for example, a growing hair replacing an earlier shed resting hair. You cannot look at a hair and be certain, because “new growth” hairs and true “regrowth” hairs look the same.
  • Everything or nothing—There are electrologist that think a hair has to be treated several times before it is permanently destroyed. While there may be some truth to the “breaking down” concept, we don’t believe in it. We believe that you either destroy the follicle, or you don’t. Als een follikel niet is vernietigd, bereikt de hergroei uiteindelijk weer het oorspronkelijke formaat.
  • There will always be a certain amount of regrowth after initial electrolysis treatments, even when they are performed by a skilled electrologist. If electrolysis is performed perfectly, then theoretically there should be no true regrowth. Due to a variety of factors, this is never the case. Even in the best of hands we estimate a regrowth factor of 25-50%. Whilst opinions differ as to what is an acceptable percentage, most experienced electrologists estimate that for a treatment to be considered effective, at least 40-50 percent of the treated hairs should be permanently removed with each treatment. Experts cannot give a definitive number because there are so many variables which affect outcomes. De vaardigheid van de elektroloog op het gebied van deze variabelen bepaalt het percentage voorgoed verwijderde haren per individuele behandeling.

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    Electrolysis hair removal
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    Electrolysis | Makeup Artist
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Ontharen jullie ook de genitale zone voor de geslachtveranderde operatie?

Ja, dat wij ontharen ook de genitale zone met laser of electrolyse.

Kan ik zelf kiezen wie mij behandelt tijdens elektrolyse?

Jammer genoeg kunnen we niet garanderen dat u één specifieke collega toegewezen krijgt tijdens uw elektrolysebehandeling. Hierdoor zouden er onmogelijke situaties ontstaan gezien we niet kunnen controleren welke patiënten boeken op éénzelfde dag. We kunnen daarentegen wel garanderen dat al onze collega’s een goede opleiding hebben gehad. Voor ons is het het eindresultaat dat telt: dat het haar permanent verwijderd is.

Ik heb last van verkleuringen in mijn gezicht na elektrolyse, is dit normaal? Gaat dit weer weg?

Hyperpigmentatie is mogelijk na elektrolyse. De ontsteking veroorzaakt door de elektrolysevernietiging kan soms melanocyten (pigmentcellen in de huid) stimuleren om pigment te produceren.

Deze reactie wordt post-inflammatoire hyperpigmentatie genoemd. Wanneer dit in de elektrologie gebeurt, verschijnen er 2 tot 6 weken na de behandeling kleine donkere vlekjes of puntjes waar elk haartje werd geëpileerd. Deze vlekken kunnen 4 tot 6 maanden aanhouden, maar verdwijnen als de huid zich herstelt. Deze reactie kan zich bij elke patiënt ontwikkelen. Deze reactie komt echter het meest voor bij patiënten met een donkere huid. Het komt zelden voor bij patiënten met een lichtere huid. Zonlicht lijkt deze reactie aan te moedigen. Daarom raden wij onze patiënten aan om gedurende 2 tot 3 weken na de behandeling te beschermen tegen de zon.

In zeer zeldzame gevallen stopt ontsteking door elektrolyse de pigmentproductie van de pigmentcellen en veroorzaakt witte vlekken, of hypo-pigmentatie. In al deze gevallen herstellen de melanocyten zich en keert de huid volledig terug naar normaal; meestal binnen enkele maanden.

Kan elektrolyse indien ik lijd aan psoriasis?

Elektrolyse wordt afgeraden op de actieve psoriasis zones.

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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