Electrolysis is the one and only way to permanently remove hairs from the face or body over time.
Owner/operator Helen completed an Advanced Electrolysis Diploma from Victoria University and has 22 years of experience, so you can be confident you are in good hands.
GLEC offers clients the choice of 3 different Electrolysis machines, to help make your treatments as comfortable as they are effective.
I am very passionate about practicing electrolysis; it is a very rewarding profession. Permanently removing unwanted hair is such a relief for my clients and helps them create a positive self-image… it can be life changing. They are so thrilled to eliminate this embarrassing and time-consuming problem. I often hear ‘I can’t believe I waited so long!’ Don’t wait, start your journey to being hair free now! I promise you won’t be sorry.
Electrolysis is charged by time, with cost starting at a minimum of $35.00
Generally, treatment time is from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.
A treatment plan and costs will be discussed during a free consultation, where a test patch will be performed.
Topical numbing creams, if required, are available to purchase.
HIGH FREQUENCY TREATMENT
Complimentary soothing balm is provided for all Electrolysis treatments, which assists with skin healing.
Minimum charge starting at $25.00
High Frequency current works on “toning the skin,” by increasing blood circulation, encourages cell renewal and increases the production of collagen and elastin to soften and smooth away wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve overall skin texture.
High frequency treatments kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, ideal in treating acne scars.
High frequency is unsuitable if pregnant or have a pacemaker or heart disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the ONLY METHOD of PERMANENT hair removal.
Electrolysis, performed with precision by a conscientious Electrologist, will permanently remove unwanted hairs. The procedure involves inserting a fine probe into the natural opening of the hair follicle, alongside the unwanted hair. A current is released, destroying the growth cells of the hair and preventing the follicle from producing another hair. After treatment the hair is removed gently with forceps.
Electrolysis was invented in 1875 by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Michel of St. Louis, Missouri. Some of his patients were suffering from painful ingrown eyelashes. He discovered that inserting a probe into the hair follicle and releasing an electrical charge destroyed the growth cells in the hair follicle, preventing the reproduction of hair from that treated follicle. Dr. Michel realized that his technique could be used on most areas of the body where women and men had unwanted hair. Many years of research and technical improvements have brought us to where electrolysis is today.
Today electrolysis is the only process for PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
There are three different forms of electrolysis practiced today: Galvanic, Thermolysis and Blend. Thermolysis and blend are the most commonly used.
Galvanic: Galvanic is the original form of electrolysis. The galvanic method uses direct current to create lye when it comes in contact with the body fluids found in the follicle. The lye destroys the target area by chemical decomposition.
Thermolysis: Thermolysis uses the short-wave current (also known as alternating current or high frequency current). Heat is created in the follicle and coagulation destroys the target area.
Blend: Blend combines the use of both galvanic (direct) and thermolysis (alternating) currents simultaneously or sequentially to destroy the target area by coagulation and chemical reaction.
All three forms of electrolysis are equally effective and will produce permanent results.
Our epilators are able to perform any mode of electrolysis. If you have a preference, we can accommodate your request.
- Why Do I Have Unwanted Hair?
Statistics show that most people have facial or body hair, which they feel detracts from their appearance. Superfluous hair growth is often the result of normal biological changes in which both males and females undergo throughout life. As humans advance through puberty, pregnancies, menopause, midlife and ageing, fluctuations in hormone levels in both genders may cause increased hair growth in areas that have never before been affected. Excessive hair may also be due to such diverse causes as heredity, medication side effects and stress. It can be associated with endocrine dysfunction, which may cause irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian disorders, and diabetes or thyroid irregularities. We are trained to recognize hair growth patterns, which may require a referral to a physician.
- How is Electrolysis Performed?
A fine disposable and sterilized probe, approximately the diameter of the hair, is inserted into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the unwanted hair. Once the probe is in place at the target area of the hair follicle, a current is released. The current, a minute pulse of electrical energy, is released through the probe destroying the growth cells and preventing that follicle from producing another hair.
- Is Electrolysis Really Permanent?
Yes! For more than 125 years, electrolysis has been proven to be the only safe, permanent method of hair removal. In addition, it is the only method approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL.
What is the Difference Between Electrolysis and Laser Treatments?
Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair REMOVAL approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has approved laser only for permanent hair reduction.
Electrolysis can remove all types of hair from any area of the body, regardless of skin color, or whether the hair is fine or coarse, light or dark in color.
Laser is most effective on fair-skinned people with dark, coarse hair. Laser can’t be used on all areas of the body, especially around the eye area. Laser is not effective on white, grey, blonde or fine hairs, nor is it appropriate for darker-skinned people.
- How Many Electrolysis Treatments will I Need?
The length of appointment and the number of treatments necessary will vary with each client. Many factors will determine how many treatments you will need, for example ethnic background, hair texture, density, the area being treated, temporary methods previously used and the cause of hair growth.
The larger the area and the denser the hair growth, the longer the treatments should be. The time the client has available, the tolerance level and financial resources are all taken into consideration.
The experience and skill of the Electrologist and the technology used may also determine the number of treatments needed.
- Can I tweeze, wax or thread?
Many women attempt to remove unwanted hairs, especially those around the lip, chin or neck by plucking them out by the roots. When a woman tweezes out unwanted hair, it does take longer to grow back than if it has been shaved off at the skin level. But what you must realize is the fact that repeated threading, plucking and waxing can eventually cause hairs to regrow more quickly, multiply and to become darker, coarser and more firmly rooted. Women who tweeze increase hair growth. Increased blood supply is the reason for accelerated growth of tweezed hair. Each time a hair is tweezed out of its follicle, a good portion of the bottom half of the follicle is torn out. The damage is not sufficient enough to stop future growth BUT it is enough to cause the follicle to reconstruct itself a little sturdier with a better developed blood supply system each time. Eventually what may have been a few annoying hairs will have become full grown black hairs.
This is not the only reason to refrain from tweezing, waxing or threading. Occasionally when a hair is plucked, the resulting cavity can become infected with organisms, usually yellow staphylococci. Deep pustules that result leave a white scar or pit. You may also cause ingrown hairs.
Shaving/Cutting on the other hand has been found to have no effect whatsoever on hair growth. Only irritation of an intense nature (tweezing or rubbing the skin, x-rays, ultra-violet lights, constant chafing from being in a cast and even sunburn) sustained over long periods of time is able to accelerate hair growth. It is a myth that hair grows darker or thicker from shaving.
It takes anywhere from 5-12 weeks for a hair to grow back once it has been plucked/waxed or threaded. It is impossible for a hair to grow back in less than 5 weeks. Some women believe they are pulling the same hair every week or two, but in fact, they are pulling hairs that have multiplied in the same area.
- How are Electrolysis Treatments Charged?
Electrolysis treatments are charged by the length of time. The size and density of the area to be treated will determine the cost. Most clients are pleasantly surprised at the affordability of electrolysis. Remember that electrolysis is a lifetime investment and is the ONLY method of permanent hair removal.
Many electrolysis clients are interested in removing unwanted hair on smaller areas such as upper lip, eyebrows and chin. Usually we treat these areas in 15- 30-minute treatment sessions. We can, however, treat any area on the body, including larger areas such as underarms, bikini lines, legs and backs. For larger areas we recommend one-two hour treatments.
- What Areas Can be Treated by Electrolysis?
Any area where women and men have unwanted hair may be treated successfully with electrolysis.
The most common areas treated on women are their face, such as their upper lip, chin/neck, sides and brows. Frequently we treat body areas on women such as the bikini line, underarms, tummy, chest and breast. Also unwanted hairs on areas such as fingers, toes, arms, back, nape, forehead, buttocks and legs can be successfully removed by electrolysis.
The most common areas treated on men are the eyebrows, cheekbones, ears, nostrils and neck. Other areas men want treated include their shoulders and backs.
- What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?
Unwanted hair growth is usually caused by one of three general categories:
- Congenital: genetic hair patterns we are born with.
- Systemic: caused by hormonal changes and glandular problems.
- Topical: caused by temporary methods of hair removal such as tweezing and irritation to the skin.
Congenital patterns are what we are born with. They are pre-established patterns for hair growth that we inherit from our parents. Congenital patterns determine the color, quantity and type of hair we will have.
Systemic problems cause abnormal hair growth, which is directly associated with the endocrine system. Disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome,(PCOS) cysts, malfunction of glands and illness can adversely affect the production of hormones resulting in the growth of superfluous hair. Some surgical procedures like hysterectomies and medications such as steroids and birth control pills may affect the hormone balance producing unwanted hair.
Topical causes are the body’s way of defending the epidermis from irritation. Sustained irritation almost always stimulates hair in the immediate vicinity to grow deeper and coarser, creating a mat of hair that covers the skin and protects against irritation. Whenever there is irritation, there is an increase in blood supply that reaches the hair follicles giving that hair more nourishment and usually producing a stronger hair. One common irritant is continuous tweezing or waxing. Moles and scars also have an increase of capillaries nourishing them, producing more noticeable hairs in that region.
- Are there any Risks from Having Electrolysis Treatments?
For most healthy people there is absolutely no risk. Electrolysis has been performed safely for over 100 years for many satisfied clients. The Electrologist will review your medical history and any medications you are taking, and address any concerns during the free consultation.
Clients who have a pacemaker device require their doctor’s permission before proceeding with electrolysis treatments. Anyone with a serious health problem should speak with their doctor before beginning electrolysis treatments. Electrolysis using the thermolysis method is safe during pregnancy.
- What to do before an Electrolysis treatment?
Shave or clip back 3 days before treatment. This will ensure that hairs are in the most active stage of growth,
Hydrate,hydrate,hydrate! Since ample moisture content is one of the key factors in the success of electrolysis, please drink as much water as possible for 24 hours before treatment. Simple hydration (internally and externally) will make your treatments so much more effective and comfortable.
Moisturise the areas to be treated in the morning before your appointment as per your regular skin care routine.
Most importantly, RELAX! Breath and enjoy the fact that you are becoming hair free permanently.
- What to do after an Electrolysis treatment?
Keep it clean. Refrain from touching, rubbing, scratching or squeezing.
If needed, you will be provided with an aftercare sachet to be applied 24-48hours as directed.
Feel free to use your favorite gentle cleanser.
GLEC carries a beautiful line of cosmeceuticals designed by doctors and dermatologists to optimize skin healing after procedures.
Stay out of the sun for at least 24 hours, especially on the face. Apply a SPF50 sunscreen.
It is vital to protect yourself from the sun during your healing phase, as hyperpigmentation could occur.
Refrain from wearing makeup, particularly creamy foundations, for 24 hours after treatment.
Allow the skin to form its natural protective barriers for healing prior to introducing any potential irritants.
Refrain from hot spas, pools, saunas, steam rooms or extreme workouts that cause you to sweat.
Wear loose fitting clothes on the treated areas to allow the skin maximum breathing and healing opportunitunities.
- How Do I Select an Electrologist?
Select your Electrologist very carefully. In Australia, the electrolysis profession is not well regulated. Electrolysis may be practiced without any formal training or diploma. Ask to see an electrolysis qualification certificate if one is not on display in the office.
Take the time to investigate an Electrologist and educate yourself. Start by booking a consultation. Visiting the office allows you to observe the cleanliness and privacy of the clinic and any other concerns you may have. The Electrologist you choose will determine the success of your electrolysis treatments.
The effectiveness of electrolysis is determined by the skill, expertise and precision of the Electrologist performing the procedure. The Electrologist at Geelong Laser and Electrolysis Clinic is TAFE trained and certified, and has more than 22 years of experience. With the right equipment, electrolysis can be performed effectively and gently.
All Electrologists should follow stringent sterilization procedures according to Health Regulations. We use sterilized disposable probes and sanitize our forceps between each use. Disposable gloves are always worn. Disposable or laundered towels are placed under a client so bare skin does not come in contact with the surface of the lounge bed. Alcohol and creams are stored in a container that does not allow cross contamination and new cotton swabs are used each time an alcohol or cream container is used. Our premises are inspected on a regular basis by a public health inspector from the City of Greater Geelong.
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My electrolysis experience with Helen has been unparalleled. Helen is highly skilled, caring, and honest – I trust her assessment of my skin and know she has my best interests, not my wallet, in mind. I walk out with minimal skin irritation (if any) and NO scars, pits, etc. I highly recommend Helen for permanent hair removal.
I am a 25-year-old male with a mono brow. I have tweezed it for years and wanted to get rid of it. After finally plucking up the courage to do something about it, I am well on the way to losing the dreaded mono.
Andrew, Herne Hill
Geelong Laser and Electrolysis Clinic has given me a true feeling of comfort and confidence. Not only has Helen made me feel good about my hair removal decision, the environment in her clinic makes my sessions very pleasurable. I am glad I choose GLEC for my hair removal treatments.
I came to Helen about a year ago, wanting laser hair treatment on my full legs. Since my hair was darker and coarser on my lower leg, it worked wonderfully. The upper leg was a little more difficult to treat since the hair is lighter there. Although there was success, especially with ingrown hairs on the backs of my thighs and darker hairs near my bikini line I followed up the laser treatment with some electrolysis and I have had wonderful results.
Samantha, Jan Juc
Helen is so welcoming and accommodating, she made what can be an embarrassing situation very comfortable. The results have been great and whilst I appreciate the service and expertise I receive when visiting Helen, I am happy to say the results mean my visits are occurring less frequently.
As a 45 year old male, I had ear and nose hair that I was tired of plucking. Fortunately, I found Helen. She explained that due to the thickness of my hairs, it would probably take about a year of treatments (once a fortnight initially, then monthly). A year later, the hair has stopped. I was really impressed with Helen’s professionalism, she would explain what she was doing and why she was doing it, which was very important to me. What separates Helen from her competition is that she truly knows how her customers feel about unwanted hair and she enjoys helping them get rid of it and seeing the results.