Electrolysis hair removal the good the bad and the ugly

Electrolysis hair removal

So I got electrolysis done in Abuja last week and wanted to share my experience with you.

What is it ?

Electrolysis hair removal

Electrolysis is a method of removing hair permanently. It is done by passing a small, metal probe into the root of the hair follicle skin where the hair grows. Once the metal probe is inserted, a low-level electrical current passed the probe which destroys the hair follicle. This makes it impossible for hair to regrow from that specific follicle again.

Why did I choose electrolysis

First of all apart from the cosmetic issues of having hair on my face and neck (which doesn’t bother me). The reason I decided to have this done was due to ingrown hairs and hyperpigmentation. Because we have kinky hair when it grows out of the hair follicle after it has been cut, it can curl into itself. This means it is unable to grow out of the follicle straight, leading to bumps. Hyperpigmentation and scarring then result from my attempts to remove the painful ingrown hairs.

Electrolysis hair removal

Unfortunately, even when I tweezed my hairs they still did not grow out properly and hyperpigmentation continued. This is one of the reasons I have done a series of chemical peels but need to deal with the cause, not the symptoms.

Procedure

Pre-procedure

I decided to have the procedure done at skin 101 Ng since I had already gone for my chemical peels. For the electrolysis, there is are 2 options less than 30 hairs and more than 30 hairs /1 hour. I chose to go for less than 30 hairs after consultation since the hairs I wanted to be removed certainly not more than 30!  I booked the procedure over the phone and paid via bank transfer to secure the appointment.

Electrolysis hair removal

During the procedure

My session was scheduled for 10 am and I arrived at 20/30 minutes early (I am always early). The doctor started with thoroughly cleansing the area using face wipes and alcohol respectively. She then applied a numbing agent to my neck and covered it with cling film to increase absorption (heat makes the skin more permeable). The numbing agent was left on for an hour for proper absorption.

After the hour the doctor began the process with one side of my neck. Now if you are squeamish this is the part to skip. To destroy the hair follicles, she inserted a fine metal probe into each hair follicle basically like threading a needle. Once the probe was in the follicle a pulse of electric current was turned on. This pulse was done between 3 – 7 times for each follicle. I counted! The process was then repeated for every single hair on my neck. So you can imagine it took some time.

Electrolysis hair removal
The metal probe inserted into the hair follicle

Post Procedure

Immediately after the process, there was swelling and bumps at each hair follicle. This was normal would last for up to a week before it would subside. This is not unexpected because you have had a controlled burn inside your hair follicles which needs time to heal.  The doctor applied sunscreen on the area and provided a burn ointment. The ointment was to be applied every morning and night until the area healed.

How painful was it?

First I have a high pain threshold so take what I say with a grain of salt. From my experience, the probe going into the hair follicle felt like a pinprick. However, the pain from the electric current was slightly more and felt like the pain was turned up. So it would wax and wane with each pulse. I would day the pain level was a 5-6 on a scale of 1- 10 manageable.

Follow Up

It’s been about 5 days since I had the procedure and although my neck feels bumpy it looks normal. I still use ointment daily as told in combination with my regular skincare regimen. My next appointment is scheduled in 6 weeks for a repeat I will explain why on another post.

Key tips

  • Don’t wear makeup because the area will have to be cleaned
  • The process will last longer than you expected so don’t
  • Come an hour earlier so that the numbing agent can be applied

COST:

  • N40, 000 less than 30 hairs
  • N80, 000 more than 30 hairs/more than an hour

Where :

Skin101 clinic in Abuja, you can check out their website or give them a call to find out more

Results

I can’t say yet since I haven’t completed the required number of sessions, but so far I am happy. I will certainly keep you updated. Are you considering the procedure and have a specific question? Let me know in the comments below.

4 Comments

  1. 2019-12-26 / 6:40 pm

    Thanks for explaining that there will probably be swelling and bumps at each hair follicle so I’m prepared for it. I want to get all my leg hair removed for good. I’m glad you mentioned coming an hour early so for the numbing agent. That’ll be really important for me since I have such a low pain tolerance.

    • 2019-12-26 / 8:22 pm

      So happy to help, the numbing agent works really well so the pain is more like a sting. Getting your whole leg done will take whole lit of time, have you explored laser? Although it is not permanent it does giver significant hair reduction and will be faster than electrolysis

  2. Gift Walter
    2020-06-15 / 1:48 am

    Thanks for letting us know… Been looking for a place to get my facial hairs (on my next actually….) Done with for good.. PS: I really don’t care about my few strands too but being a lady with PCOD, I just have fears they might increase with time and then having to deal with these bumps that erupts after shaving and tweezing is one hell of a thing…… I’ll probably checkout Skin101 clinic when I resume( school at abj).. Much love😍😍

    • 2020-06-18 / 3:46 pm

      Hi Gift i am so happy it was helpful. Let me know how it goes

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