Electrolysis is a form of permanent hair removal. The process involves the use of a fine probe that emits heated electric currents directly into the hair follicle shaft, destroying the follicle and its ability to regrow.
Though the procedure is less common than laser or IPL hair removal, its results are just as satisfying. There will always be a need for electrolysis and here’s why: the contrast between the hair and skin colour makes little to no difference, unlike IPL which it does. No matter how fine or fair, dark or coarse the hair, you're probably a good candidate for electrolysis hair removal.
The length of the procedure itself will vary based on a number of factors, including the amount of hair and area of the body being covered. In general, treatments can last between 10 - 25 minutes. In terms of the amount of time it takes to begin seeing results from your electrolysis treatments, it is not a quick fix and will take a while. You may find that you require many treatments before you’re satisfied with the outcome.
The hair growth cycle has three main phases, the most important one being Anagen. The hair will only be treated successfully in this phase. This means that the treatment isn’t instant but it will be permanent. In general, completion of electrolysis treatment can be expected between 12 and 18 months, if the suggested treatment plan is followed. That said, you may need a top-up from time to time.
This is a treatment that is becoming more and more in demand. Skin tag removal is now considered a cosmetic treatment by the NHS meaning it isn’t something they treat, so it has become far more popular here at Serenity.
What is a skin tag?
Skin tags appear as a small fibrous piece of skin, attached to the skin’s structure by a small stalk. They appear on the neck, underarm, around the bikini line and under the breast. Skin tags are non-cancerous but if left untreated they become larger and more unsightly. The main cause is friction to the area, for example, necklaces, bra straps, underwear, shirt collars and tight-fitting clothing can all be problematic areas.
Advanced electrolysis offers a permanent and highly effective solution for removing skin tags. Here at Serenity, we cauterise skin tags using an electrolysis probe. This treatment removes the skin tag without leaving any scars and ensures that the tags don’t reappear. The number of treatments you require will depend on the number of tags you have, as well as their size.
After the treatment, you may be left with small red marks or tiny black dots where the skin tag has been removed. These marks are only temporary and will have disappeared within 10 days of treatment.
Ever dreamed of never using that razor again… many women do! To have a body free from embarrassing and unsightly hair is a wonderful thought. Attempts to realise this dream have probably led to a great deal of effort (not to mention suffering!) in the way of razor blades, electric shavers or the more uncomfortable methods of tweezers, wax or needle electrolysis. As a rule, all the energy is wasted as the hair soon grows back.
Well, why not make a change this Summer and have Ellipse Intense Pulsed Light treatment (IPL), it offers fast, safe and practically painless permanent hair reduction.
Most ladies and men that have this treatment have a flurry of questions before wanting to go ahead. We have put together below the top questions we get asked to help guide anyone who may be interested! Of course, we also advise that anyone that is looking to undergo treatment makes sure they choose a reputable and experienced salon.
How does IPL hair removal work?
Concentrated light from the laser passes through the skin to be absorbed by the hair’s pigments as heat. This heat destroys the hair follicle at its root meaning no further hair can grow.
Who is it suitable for?
Since the laser targets pigment, it works best on those with darker hair and pale skin tones. Lasers are being developed that work on darker skin tones but they can’t eliminate blonde, grey or white hairs due to the absence of pigment.
Can you have it done anywhere on your body?
Yes, IPL hair removal can be carried out on any part of the body excluding the delicate area around the eyes. Protective eye-wear is always provided during treatment.
Will hair be permanently removed?
We prefer to call it permanent hair reduction – that is that hair growth will be permanently reduced by up to 95% after completing a course of treatment. Some slight regrowth is to be expected from hair follicles that weren’t destroyed (see below) so some clients opt for an annual ‘top up’ treatment.
Does the hair come back eventually?
Human hair grows in cycles – follicles have active and resting phases. IPL hair removal can only kill follicles in the active growing phase and once damaged the follicle can no longer grow hair. However, hair follicles that were notin the active phase will need to be treated again hence laser removal is carried out over several appointments and a period of months.
How many sessions are required on average?
Generally, we recommend six treatments to ensure total clearance but since everyone’s hair type is different some clients may need seven sessions, whilst others will have the desired result after just four or five.
Will it hurt?
Most clients liken the sensation to having a rubber band snapped against their skin – so whilst not totally pain-free it can be easily tolerated by the majority of people we treat. It really depends on your pain threshold. The equipment we use employs an effective cooling fan that can take the edge of the heat.
Is it true you need to stay out of the sun before and after treatments?
Yes. It’s absolutely essential that your skin hasn’t been exposed to sun for at least four weeks before treatment. If skin is tanned the laser could cause scarring or burning. The same applies to fake tanning too. Clients must have untanned skin or they won’t be able to commence treatment and some practitioners might carry out a melanin count to assess how your skin will react to treatment. We also advise that strong creams with a high SPF are worn post-treatment.
Now, we’re not talking about Radio 1, or any other channel worthy of mentioning, we mean – Radio Frequency for the skin. This is a real buzzword in the beauty business at the moment and if you are yet to tune it – you probably will very soon!
With more and more facials now combining cutting-edge technology, the demand for treatments such as Radio Frequency is ever increasing. And, we don’t just mean with normal folk like us – superstars like Jennifer Aniston is crediting Radio Frequency for keeping her skin in its enviable youthful state – helping to soften her fine lines while firming her facial contours!
So, if you imagine that Microdermabrasion is the holy grail of ‘skin smoothing’ then consider Radio Frequency the ‘contour refiner’.
Radio Frequency is just perfect for anyone who is experiencing loss of firmness and dullness to their skin. It’s amazing at boosting oxygen levels too, so is great for radiance.
If you are someone that wants to keep their skin looking young but will not go under the knife – skin clinics across the UK, just like Serenity, is where they house a hareem of treatments that can give you dream-like skin, but with no surgeons needed and no pain relief required!
So, what is radio frequency and how does it work? Radio Frequency is all about stimulating your own collagen production. It draws moisture to the surface, so the skin can increase hydration levels very quickly.
During a treatment a machine is used to heat the skin to between 38-40 degrees with Radio Frequency, which feels like a hot stone face massage – you do feel heat in the skin but it’s comfortable.
Benefits can be seen very quickly. You will get an immediate tightening of the collagen fibres, so it’s great to do before an event, but it also gives a long-lasting lift and increased volume. It also continues to promote collagen production over the next four-six weeks following treatment.
At Serenity, we have seen wonderful results on softening lines, especially those nose to mouth lines – as well as lifting cheeks and tightening the jawline.
We always remind clients that there is no downtime required either on this treatment, so you can pop in and even have it on your lunch break!
Serenity offers a whole host of treatments in their newly formed Skin Clinic.
Or our treatment which involves Radio Frequency is our IBeauty Hydration.
*This treatment is currently called iBeauty Hydration Youth Activator on our price list and website.
If you’re looking for a radio frequency facial with dramatic and immediate results, this is the treatment for you.
Not only does this treatment involve the Youth Activator elements, it also treats dehydrated skin by including the Hydration Corrector.
Treat your dehydrated or tired skin to this facial! Following a cleansing, the skin is exfoliated with iBeauty’s sound vibrations technology. Hydrating Sève Bleue from the ocean is pushed deep into the skin using draining, infusing and stimulating motions with iBeauty’s sequential ultrasound technology.
Then, an application of I PLUMP combined with radio-frequency stimulates the fibroblasts to restore their original youth functions. The complexion is smoother, lines are plumped, and skin tissue is firmer and hydrated.
Microdermabrasion – what’s this treatment all about?
Some say it’s a half an hour facelift, others call it the glowing skin miracle worker. But you may be wondering whether the treatment is right for you and your skin type.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals or other exfoliating surfaces to help remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells.
When you remove the stratum corneum or the top layer of skin, the body interprets it as an injury. It then quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones.
Microdermabrasion benefits people with uneven pigmentation, fine lines and clogged pores. It resurfaces the skin, removing imperfections and impurities and leaves clients with smoother and younger-looking skin. Even after just one treatment clients can see a real difference. Many opt for this over collagen injections, the results are that good!
What is the CACI Microdermabrasion treatment?
CACI Orbital Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment. It works by gently removing the dead layer of skin with the use of an orbital rotation handpiece which significantly reduces skin imperfections such as pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and impurities.
Light therapy is also emitted from the device to enhance circulation, wound healing, speed up cell renewal, stimulate collagen and also act as a calming agent.
Microdermabrasion can be used on sensitive skin, normal and mature skin. The disposable abrasion tips come in 3 grades, fine, medium and coarse allowing Serenity’s skin experts the ability to adjust the abrasion level. They are coated in an anti-allergy layer of Silicon Carbide that progressively removes the superficial layer of the epidermis.
The final process to this treatment includes the Hydratone Gel Mask, which is infused with the powerful hydrating properties collagen, hyaluronic acid and rose water. The mask is used in conjunction with active microcurrent rollers that massage the face so that the mask becomes ‘charged’. The rejuvenating energy improves lymphatic drainage, giving your face a softer, radiant, more youthful appearance.
A course of treatments is recommended for optimum results, or you can book this as a one-off treatment.