Electrolysis Side Effects & Potential Complications

healthElectrolysis is a good method of hair removal, especially if you want permanent results. Money spent on the process is a good investment because you know the hair is likely to never grow back if done properly.

Compared to other hair removal methods electrolysis isn’t as popular and widely used. This is one of the reasons why many people are skeptical – they lack the understanding of how it works. Often they believe the side effects are worse than they actually are. But are they?

What are the Side Effects of Electrolysis?

Just like most other hair removal methods, electrolysis has its own side effects. These effects are experienced either during the sessions or after the removal is complete. Even before the treatment it may be advisable to sort out any problems with ingrown hairs. This is because hairs which are ingrown can’t be properly treated by electrolysis.

Electrolysis is a safe way of getting hair removal done but below are a few of the side effects you can expect. Luckily most of them are temporary and easy to manage.


  • For some, the skin may become discolored. People with sensitive skin tend to have problems when undertaking electrolysis. This is because the skin can react and change pigmentation. Another way that this can happen is if the procedure is not done properly. The skin discoloration is usually more noticeable in people with dark skin.
  • Sometimes the process ends up being more painful than most people expect. However this all depends on your pain threshold. There are a few things you can do to reduce pain to a manageable level.
  • After the treatment you can expect swelling, redness, dry skin and maybe scabs. With proper creams and care these are easy to manage. Scabs are probably the most serious because if they’re not properly treated and cleaned they can lead to infection. Most of these conditions can be treated with creams. Aloe vera gel is especially good for cooling the treated area.
  • Unfortunately¬†during the process more ingrown hairs may be caused. This happens if the hair follicle is damaged rather than destroyed. However these should be easy to relieve with exfoliation.
  • Bruises can sometimes occur if the needle has been inserted wrongly or too deeply. Bruising should be minimal in most cases, especially with a good electrologist.
  • It may be not suitable for people with pacemakers, this depends on the equipment used. Consult your doctor for more information. Additionally it’s not a good idea for pregnant women to undertake the treatment. The potential risk for your baby are currently unknown.

If you don’t have a professional doing the hair removal, your skin may end up damaged from the electrical currents it’s exposed to.

Almost all of these side effects should be minimized with a professional who knows what they’re doing. They’ll also tell you if the side effects could be worse. For example if you have a certain skin condition or very course hair type¬†you may be more prone to complications. For those reasons try not to find the cheapest clinic available. You may end up regretting it if only half your hairs are removed and the area is full of painful scabs afterwards.

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