Frequently asked questions

Does it hurt?

Of course this is on almost everyone's mind! The truth is, electrolysis can be uncomfortable. That said, it's different for different people, some people report no sensation at all and some people feel a more intense discomfort, and there a number of ways I can adapt your treatment to minimise this.

I always start at a low setting with a new client, and we'll work up to a level that is treating hairs effectively but that is at least tolerable for you! I have three methods of electrolysis and three types of probe available in the clinic, and I'll always work to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment!

Which body parts do you treat?

I can treat any area of the body that isn't inside the nose or ears. This can include the face, arms, legs, chest, back, bikini line, fingers, toes and genital areas. I can provide specific pre-surgical treatment to your surgeon's specifications but I can't currently take NHS clients. This is something I plan to offer as soon as I can.

Obviously some areas such as legs or arms can take a lot of treating, so we'll always discuss your treatment plan and my rough estimate of how many treatments you will need to have an effect on the area so you have a good idea of the committment before we start!

Will electrolysis be effective on my hair colour/type?

Yes! Hair of all colours and types can be treated effectively with electrolysis! Unlike laser treatments which is more effective for people with darker hair on lighter skin, electrolysis is suitable for all hair and skin combinations!

See "How does electrolysis work?" for more on why!

How does electrolysis work?

I take a disposable, sterile needle, the size of an eyelash and insert it into the hair follicle (the opening in the skin from which your hair grows) to the root of the hair, where a small amount of energy is released, damaging the hair follicle and as a result, releasing the hair. The hair is then removed with tweezers.

I have heard horror stories about electrolysis from someone who had electrolysis 20-30 years ago. Should I worry?

The training and technology around electrolysis has developed massively in the last several years. Equipment now allows for the current to be targeted much more specifically on the root of the hair, reducing the sensation and damage to the skin, and training now is much more focused on client comfort and maintaining skin health! Scarring is always a slight risk with electrolysis, but is extremely unlikely now with a client first approach to treatment. I will always work to make sure we're communicating with each other during your treatment, treating your hairs at the lowest practical frequency, allowing for hair to be removed effectively without damaging the skin and whilst limiting the discomfort to the absolute minimum possible whilst getting the results you want!

I will always talk you through the process before starting treatment! And if you want to message, email or call to talk through any concerns, then you are absolutely welcome to!

I have been approved for NHS hair removal funding. Do you accept NHS clients?

Unfortunately, I can't currently take NHS funding. Of course if you are receiving NHS funded treatment elsewhere and wish to come to me for additional treatments you will be absolutely welcome, but will have to pay privately at whatever tier suits you.
This is something that I am working on and I will announce on my website and social media as soon as any changes happen!

I have another question

If you have any other questions about electrolysis, or about Electrolysis by Siobhan, please don't hesitate to get in touch! I'll be happy to chat to you about any concerns you have!

What can I expect at my consultation?

At the consultation I'll tell you a bit about the process of electrolysis, we'll go through some paperwork together, we can talk about any questions or concerns you might have and we'll have a chat about what you want out of electrolysis and what is a realistic goal. I'll treat a small area as a test patch and we'll discuss the aftercare guidelines.

So if you're feeling a bit anxious or uncomfortable about electrolysis, your consultation is a good chance to talk it through and having a small test area treated will give you an idea of what to expect from your treatments!

Will I need to grow out the hair before a consultation or treatment?

Yes. After each hair is treated with the probe, I will remove it with tweezer, so your hairs will need to be long enough to grip with tweezers. The amount of time that you need to wait will vary from person to person, so I ask that you leave two days growth for your consultation and we'll discuss it from there.

Do you only treat trans clients?

Trans people are the focus of this business, but I am happy to treat all clients, trans or cis.