Electrolysis for hair removal: Danger?


Risks of electrolysis hair removal and precautions to take

Electrolysis hair removal is an effective method of permanent hair removal. Are you wondering about the dangers associated with this type of treatment? Electrolysis can entail risks if not performed correctly, such as skin burns, scarring or infection.

At Epilium & Skin Paris, we take your safety very seriously. Our professionals are trained to minimize the risks associated with electric hair removal, using the latest technologies and following strict hygiene and care protocols. However, it is essential to choose a trusted center to avoid potential complications.

Electrolysis hair removal is a proven method, but it’s essential to understand the precautions you need to take before committing yourself. You deserve to be able to approach your treatment with confidence and peace of mind.

History and principles of electrolysis

Electrolysis was first developed in 1875 by Dr. Charles Michel. It was a revolution in the field of permanent hair removal.

The aim is to destroy the hair bulb with an electric current. This prevents regrowth.

There are three main electrolysis methods: galvanic, thermolysis and blend.

  • The galvanic method uses a chemical reaction to destroy the hair follicle.
  • Thermolysis, also known as high-frequency thermolysis, generates high-frequency heat to remove hair.
  • The blend method combines both techniques for increased efficiency.

All these methods require specialized equipment and a qualified technician.

Epilium & Skin Paris makes sure to use the most advanced technologies for a safe and effective treatment. You’ll benefit from the best recommendations for your skin and hair type.

The treatment may be slightly uncomfortable, but we do our utmost to minimize discomfort.

Electrolysis procedure

The electrolysis procedure is a proven method for permanent hair removal. Below you’ll find the key steps, including pre-session preparation, the course of a typical session, and post-session care.

Pre-Session Preparation

Before starting an electrolysis session, it’s crucial to prepare properly. You’ll need to make an appointment with a qualified practitioner, ideally a dermatologist specializing in electrolysis. Discuss your expectations, the areas to be treated, and any relevant medical history, such as heart disease or diabetes.

To minimize pain, the doctor will prescribe an anaesthetic cream to be applied around 30 minutes before the session. This step is particularly recommended for sensitive areas such as the face.

Make sure the skin is clean and well moisturized. Avoid applying creams or lotions on the day of the session.

How a session unfolds

When you arrive for your session, the practitioner will disinfect the area with an antiseptic solution. A small needle is then inserted into each hair follicle. An electric current is sent to destroy the hair root.

A plate of return electrodes is placed on the lower back to secure the process. The hair must be of a certain length so that the practitioner can grasp it cleanly.

The duration of each session depends on the area to be treated and your tolerance to the procedure. This can vary from a few minutes to over an hour.

After the Session

The doctor will apply a soothing and healing cream to help the skin recover. Redness or papules may appear, but should disappear within 24 hours. In some cases, haematomas or scabs may form, especially on thin skin; these symptoms will resolve in about a week.

Medical follow-up: We recommend scheduling regular follow-up sessions every 2 to 3 weeks at the start of treatment, then spacing out the sessions according to regrowth.

Home Care : Avoid sun exposure and make-up application on the treated area for at least 24 hours. Keep the skin well moisturized and watch for any signs of infection. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

Risk assessment and hazards of electrolysis

Electrolysis hair removal presents potential risks and inconveniences, including pain during the session, skin side effects and risks of infection. This process can lead to temporary complications that require additional precautions.

Pain and discomfort during the session

Electrolysis may cause pain or discomfort during the session. It works by inserting a fine needle into each hair follicle, then applying an electric current to destroy the hair root. This procedure may cause stinging or burning sensations.

Sensitivity to pain varies from person to person. In some patients, an anaesthetic cream may be used to alleviate pain. Nevertheless, it is essential to be aware of these sensations in order to prepare an appropriate management strategy.

Cutaneous side effects

After an electrolysis session, temporary skin side effects may occur. Redness, swelling and sometimes crusting may occur in the treated areas. These symptoms are generally temporary, but may vary in intensity depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

Applying soothing post-treatment products can help reduce these effects. It is also crucial to avoid using make-up or aggressive products on the treated areas for at least 24 hours after the session.

Risk of infection

Although rare, infections can occur if hygiene measures or post-session instructions are not followed correctly. To minimize this risk, rigorous hygiene is essential. Make sure the equipment you use is sterile.

We recommend cleaning the treated area with a mild antiseptic and avoiding contact with hands or other unsterilized objects. In the event of signs of infection such as persistent redness, increased pain or pus, it is imperative to consult a healthcare professional immediately.

Contraindications of electrolysis

When planning an electrolysis session, several contraindications must be taken into account to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Here are the main ones:

  • Diabetics: Avoid electrolysis if you are diabetic, especially if you are taking insulin. Your skin may be more prone to infection and slow healing.
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments: If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, electrolysis is not recommended. These treatments weaken the immune system and increase the risk of infection.
  • Pregnant women: Electrolysis is not recommended during pregnancy. Although there is no direct evidence of danger, it’s best to proceed with caution and avoid unnecessary stress to the body.
  • Heart disease: Electrolysis may be unsuitable for people with heart disease, due to the electrical currents used.
  • Wearing metal devices: Avoid electrolysis if you wear a copper IUD or any type of metal implant. These devices can interact with electrolysis, resulting in undesirable effects.
  • Photosensitizing treatments: If you are undergoing photosensitizing treatment, such as certain acne medications, postpone your electrolysis sessions. These treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to procedures.

By taking these contraindications into account, you minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of electrolysis hair removal. Don’t hesitate to talk to your practitioner for a personalized and detailed advice.

Care and Precautions

To ensure safe and effective hair removal, it’s crucial to follow proper aftercare and take preventive measures to minimize adverse effects.

Post-waxing care

After an electrolysis session, the skin may be sensitive and require special care.

  • Use cold compresses to reduce inflammation and avoid irritation.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours to prevent pigmentation spots.
  • Apply an alcohol- and fragrance-free moisturizer to soothe the skin.
  • Darker skins are more prone to hyperpigmentation and must use specific products to minimize this risk.
  • Wash the treated area with mild cleansers, free from alcohol or irritants.
  • Do not use make-up on the treated area for at least 24 hours. Allow the skin to breathe and avoid occlusive products.
  • Sunscreen with a high SPF is recommended to protect the skin from UV rays.

Preventive Measures Against Undesirable Effects

To minimize side effects such as redness, infection or scarring, it is essential to follow certain precautions. Make sure the treatment area is clean before the session; use mild cleansers suited to your skin type. Avoid scratching or rubbing the treated area to reduce the risk of infection.

Monitor your skin closely for signs of adverse reactions. Consult a professional if you notice any anomalies. Dark skins require special attention due to their sensitivity to discoloration.

Finally, if you’re enjoying outdoor activities, protect the treated area with covering clothing or use a high SPF sunscreen. Avoid activities that increase perspiration, as this can irritate newly waxed skin.

Choosing a good practitioner

When considering electrolysis hair removal, choosing the right practitioner is crucial to ensuring your safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.

We advise you to consult a dermatologist or other qualified and experienced skin specialist. Check the practitioner’s qualifications and experience in electric hair removal.

Take electrolysis rates into account. A good practitioner should offer you a detailed and transparent consultation on costs and expected results. At Epilium & Skin, our fees are clearly explained during the initial consultation.

Look for patient reviews and testimonials. A good online reputation and word-of-mouth recommendations can be valuable indicators of a practitioner’s competence.

Make an appointment for a preliminary consultation. This appointment will enable you to judge the practitioner’s professionalism and empathy. At Epilium & Skin, we make a point of understanding your specific needs and offering you a personalized, respectful experience.

Don’t forget to evaluate the clinic’s hygiene and equipment. A clean environment and state-of-the-art equipment are essential to minimize risks and guarantee optimum results.

Finally, make sure the practitioner informs you of any contraindications and post-treatment care required. Good communication is the key to successful treatment.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at Epilium & Skin. We’re here to support you and offer you the very best in laser and electric hair removal.

Electrolysis hair removal advice from Epilum & Skin

Wassila Benaziza

I had my first electrolysis session on my chin today and I can’t tell you how satisfied I am with it. I’d recommend this institute, a very pleasant person who even made me forget this slightly unpleasant moment (yes, it’s tingling all the same). I can’t wait to go back and see the first results 🤞

Jessica Pilon


The cleanliness and hygiene of the premises are beyond reproach. A simple, concise welcome. The practitioners were very professional, explicit, fast, efficient and particularly reassuring about the treatments they performed.

Jessy Perreira

I’ve been a patient at this center for 10 years, and the kindness, support and follow-up provided by the professionals are to be commended! I highly recommend the laser (follow-up and test beforehand), and it turns out that I have nothing to say about my underarms, legs and bikini line, which I’m continuing to treat electrically. I highly recommend it!

Sophia Sid-otmane

I’m on my third session… and frankly I’m completely satisfied. The quality of our services and the cleanliness of our premises are beyond reproach. The lady who looks after me is admirably kind and remarkably professional.
I highly recommend this institute.

Sandrine Lopes

Second waxing session, result already super satisfying! The person takes care of everything and is very attentive throughout the treatment. Very clean premises, I recommend! Why I didn’t start sooner !!!!

Philippe Sousa


I’m very happy with the Epilium center, the premises are clean and all the staff are very friendly. My treatment is not yet complete, but the results are very promising. Many thanks to Cathelaine, whose professionalism and kindness are a real comfort during the sessions. I highly recommend this center.


I’ve been coming to this center for several years for various services and I’ve never been disappointed. The welcome is top-notch and the staff are very professional. Perfect hygiene and cleanliness. Prices are also reasonable. I recommend 🙂