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What to Know Before Your Electrolysis Consultation

Electrolysis permanent hair removal in San Diego, CA in Solana Beach, CA.
Permanent hair removal for smooth skin in Solana Beach, CA (San Diego County)

There Are 4 Objectives For Your Consultation:


1. To collect pertinent information from you, including your medical history


2. To perform a skin and hair examination on the treatment area(s), as well as to identify both general and local contraindications, if any, that you may have


3. To provide information to you about how electrolysis works, as well as provide information to you regarding pre-treatment and post-treatment care


4. To develop a treatment plan for you

Introduction to Electrolysis

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What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved permanent hair removal method. Electrolysis is often sought after for its effectiveness in permanently removing unwanted hair, making it a popular choice for those looking for a long-term solution.


How Electrolysis Works:

A sterile, one-time-use probe is gently inserted into the natural opening of each hair follicle alongside the hair in the desired treatment area. A measured amount of energy is then released via the probe into the hair follicle to eliminate the source of growth. Once the probe is in place, a small electrical current is applied to the follicle through the probe. The insertion of the probe into the follicle should not be felt but you may feel the application of the current.

Types of Electrolysis:

  • Galvanic Electrolysis: This method creates a chemical reaction in the hair follicle, destroying the hair root.

  • Thermolysis: Also known as short-wave, this method uses heat to destroy the hair root.

  • Blend Method: This combines both galvanic and thermolysis, using both heat and chemical reaction to destroy the hair root.



Targeting Hair Growth Cycles:​

Electrolysis works on all types of hair and stages of growth, however, to achieve the best results, have the targeted hair treated when it is in its anagen (growth) phase.

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Electro-epilation is considered a permanent hair removal method because it destroys the hair papilla and the germinal cells in the bulge area of the targeted hair follicles. Once the roots of these follicles are destroyed, they cannot produce new hair.


Versatility and Suitability:


Suitable for all hair and skin types, including light-colored hair (which laser hair removal can't always effectively target).


Session Length and Frequency:


The length and frequency of sessions vary based on the area being treated, the client’s hair density, and other individual factors. Most clients need multiple sessions over an extended period of time to achieve their desired results.


Safety and Side Effects:


Electrolysis treatments are generally safe when performed by a qualified practitioner. Please note that normal skin reactions following electrolysis treatments include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site.

A client picture showing a normal skin reaction post-electrolysis treatment (The redness typically dissipates withing a couple of hours but can last up to 2 days) :

Normal post-electrolysis skin reaction that should only last 2-3 hours after treatment. Professional, expert hair removal services for smooth skin.

Pre-Treatment Care

  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly to reduce the risk of skin irritation.

  • Avoid lotions, oils, deodorants, and make-up on your treatment day.

  • Avoid using chemical exfoliants while being treated for electrolysis.

  • Avoid ingesting caffeine or other stimulants before your appointment.

Pre-treatment care prior to professional and permanent electrolysis treatments.

Additional Preparation Tips

  • Stay well hydrated (Drink water, avoid caffeine, and avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your electrolysis service).

  • Consider taking a pain reliever an hour before your appointment. Ask your doctor if this is right for you. 

  • Consider applying a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) on your desired treatment area if it is a sensitive area.

Stay hydrated for effective permanent hair removal using electrolysis. Electrolysis permanent hair removal is the only FDA-approved permanent hair removal. We offer safe and effective treatments for smooth skin in our clean and professional clinic located in San Diego (in Solana Beach, CA) near Del Mar, CA.

Topics of Medical Concern


  • For those susceptible to cold sores, or herpes simplex infections, a reactivation may occur following treatment. Consult your doctor for anti-viral medication prior to treatment.

  • If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, we require a letter from your doctor.

  • For your safety we also require a doctor's letter to extract hair from moles.

We offer safe and effective hair removal services. We require a doctor's note on many occasions to make sure we can provide electrolysis treatments in the safest manner.

Post-Treatment Care


What to Expect - Normal Reactions


  • Redness and slight swelling may occur at the targeted area(s), but they usually disappear after an hour or two. If these reactions last longer than two hours, you can apply ice wrapped in plastic to the treated area(s) to reduce the redness and swelling. 


  • If a tiny scab appears, do not touch, rub, scratch or squeeze the treated area(s).


  • If milia or whiteheads appear, apply a dab of calamine lotion to the area and the fluid will dry them up.

Cataphoresis or High Frequency Post-Treament


After your electrolysis session, I will apply a soothing gel or cream to your face and then use a special device to perform either a cataphoresis treatment or a high frequency treatment on the areas that received electrolysis. These treatments use a mild electrical current to help calm your skin, soothe any irritation, and close your pores. They are also anti-bacterial and germicidal. These procedures are very gentle and are designed to help your skin recover faster after receiving electrolysis.

We use hypo-allergenic skincare products that will leave your skin smooth and glowing.

What To Avoid on the Treated Area(s) for the First 24 Hours:


  • No perfume or alcohol-containing products

  • No deodorant/antiperspirant

  • Do not apply make-up

  • If work was done on the face, neck or hairline, use a fresh pillowcase

  • Avoid working out/sweating

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing on the treated area(s)

  • Avoid excessively hot showers


Further Precautions


  • Avoid exposure to the sun or tanning beds for at least two days after electrolysis. If you must be out in the sun, wear sun block of at least SPF30 and reapply frequently.

  • Wait three to five days before using hot tubs, saunas or pools.


Post-Treatment Recommended Skincare

  • Blot the treatment area(s) lightly with an antiseptic such as alcohol-free Witch Hazel

  • After gently cleansing the treatment area, apply Aloe Vera gel, Yi-ZhiBaume, or Bacitracin Ointment

We educate our clients on the best post-treatment skincare products so they have safe and effective treatments.

Average Amount of Time of Electrolysis Needed For Each Area


The Average Amount of Time Required to Completely and Permanently Clear the Treatment Area Depends On:


  • The location of the unwanted hair

  • Your hair density

  • Your skin sensitivity and discomfort tolerance

  • Your availability in your schedule to get electrolysis services

  • The modality chosen to remove the targeted hair


[Please refer to the chart on the following page to view the average time frames for the 3 phases (Cleaning, control, and maintenance) of electrolysis permanent hair removal. This chart only applies to clients who are committed to receiving consistent treatments, and differentiates the average treatment time frames according to the specific targeted area.

This chart demontrates the three electrolysis permanent hair removal phases: the clearing/cleaning phase, the control phase, and the maintenance phase. This chart also shows average durations for each phase depending on the area being treated with electrolysis. Make sure to follow your electrologist's curated treatment plan for the best results to obtain smooth, hair-free skin.

Elite Electrolysis Standards for Sterilization & Safety Measures

 Our clinic adheres to the recommended national standards for sterilization procedures in electrology offices established by the American Electrology Association in conjunction with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

We use individually packaged/sterilized/single-use/disposable probes, disposable examination gloves, a dry heat sterilizer for our tools, fresh table paper with each client, and rigid sanitation methods before and after each client. 

Our clinic adheres to the recommended national standards for sterilization procedures in electrology offices established by the American Electrology Association in conjunction with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We use individually packaged/sterilized/single-use/disposable probes, disposable examination gloves, a dry heat sterilizer for our tools, fresh table paper with each client, and rigid sanitation methods before and after each client.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
Or call: (619) 356-0041

We would love to answer and questions you may have about our permanent and temporary hair removal solutions. Feel free to book a consultation with us online at Our expert and profession staff would love to join you on your hair removal journey.
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