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What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a method of hair removal in which a fine, sterile probe is used to permanently destroy the hair follicles. It is commonly used on the facial areas, including the upper lip, eyebrows, and beard line. The treatment is also popular for fingers and toes, in addition to the bikini line.

Before gender reassignment surgery for individuals looking to become female, electrolysis can be used for full beard removal, and occasionally for pre-surgery hair removal around the genitals.


  • The cost of electrolysis is hugely dependent on the size of the area being treated and the number of sessions required to complete a full treatment programme.
  • Providers of electrolysis usually offer 15, 30, or 60-minute sessions, with each session ranging from £15.00 to £75.00.
  • The number of sessions included in each treatment plan will again depend on the size of the area treated, but for large areas such as the arms, legs, back, and/or abdomen – between 75 and 200 one-hour sessions could be required.
  • The price of larger treatments is usually proportional but could still set you back £4,000.00 over the 12-24 months the treatment would take.
  • For smaller areas such as the upper lip, 30 to 60 sessions of electrolysis could be required costing between £300.00 and £600.00.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Electrolysis works with a similar principle to that of laser hair removal and IPL treatments by working to damage the root of the hair. An electric current is run through the fine probe which is inserted into each hair follicle. The electric current heats up the hair root, effectively burning it, and permanently destroying the root’s ability to grow a hair.

The electrolysis procedure needs to occur several times to ensure that the hair root is rendered dead and to ensure the permanent effect.

Who Should Conduct Electrolysis?

To be a qualified electrolysis technician, an individual must complete a nationally recognised electrolysis course run by an accredited provider which will require anywhere from 120 to 600 hours training. These courses can be done as part of a wider beauty therapy qualification, or alternatively on their own.

Unfortunately, a lack of regulation within the cosmetic industry can allow ‘cowboy’ beauticians to operate without the correct qualifications. In order to be safe and minimise the risk of any side effects, it is important to always check that a treatment provider is accredited and recognised within the profession.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Like many cosmetic procedures, electrolysis can cause a range of minor, and occasionally more major, side effects.

  • Redness and red dots.
  • Scabbing/blistering of the skin.
  • Localised swelling.
  • Acne breakouts.
  • Skin dryness.
  • Infections of diseases (such as hepatitis) from unsanitary needles.
  • Scarring.
  • Pitting.

Certain electrolysis treatments are recommended to be avoided if pregnant as, whilst no know side effects will cause harm to the foetus, the mother’s skin will be stretched, and the treatment may not be as effective. Moreover, some treatment providers will not provide electrolysis to pregnant women as a further precaution.

If any of the above symptoms are experienced after receiving electrolysis the practitioner and/or your doctor should be contacted to ensure that the symptoms are managed to help prevent any long-term effects.




For most, simple aftercare is important in helping to reduce an adverse effect to electrolysis. Similarly, to IPL and laser hair removal treatment, Aloe Vera gel is often recommended to help with the healing process due to its natural anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that reduce redness, swelling, and blistering of the skin.

Again, other treatments for minor side effects are similar to the treatment of sunburn where it is recommended that the skin is kept well moisturised and shaded from direct sunlight.

If infections are to occur, antibiotics may be prescribed by a doctor.

Long-term Complications Prognosis

In the long-term, the side effects of electrolysis can be both psychically and psychologically unpleasant, particularly if the areas affected is particularly visible or caused the patient concern to begin with.

Like most skin-piercing procedures, there are considerable health risks associated infections of diseases which can result in permanent disabilities and paralysis, or even death.

Ultimately, the treatment for side effects caused by electrolysis will vary depending on the symptoms of the patient. Contacting a doctor or other qualified medical professional is the best idea to ensure that you receive the correct advice and treatment you may need.



How Do I Make a Claim?

If you have experience any of the symptoms discussed as a result of anti-aging injections, you should first seek medical advice.

If you wish to pursue a claim, we will require details, where possible, of the practitioner or company whom carried out the procedure, details of the dates this was undertaken and details of what symptoms you are experiencing.

We would also advise that you report the side effects to the practitioner or company who carried out the procedure. We can then assess the prospects of your claim and look to obtain compensation for the injury.

How Long Will My Case Take To Run?

Given the complexities involved in pursuing Cosmetic claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued. Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion.

We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.

How Much is My Claim Worth?

It is often difficult to value cosmetic claims at their outset given the complexities involved. However, we will pursue two forms of compensation for you:

Firstly, we will pursue compensation known as general damages – an award of money for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of your injuries.

Secondly, we will pursue compensation known as special damages – an award of money for all your out of pocket expenses such as travel expenses, medication costs, loss of earnings, treatment costs both past and future. This list is not exhaustive and is very case-specific.

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Why Use Oakwood Solicitors to Make Your Cosmetic Surgery Case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of cosmetic negligence.

We want to ensure at Oakwood Solicitors that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.

How is My Case Funded?

The majority of Cosmetic cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a “no-win, no fee” agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost. If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.

It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has been obtained the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.

The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.

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