PERMANANCE ELECTROLYSIS

474 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, California 94610, United States

415.996.0607

Electrolysis is truly the only method of permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis is truly the only method of permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis is truly the only method of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is truly the only method of permanent hair removal.

Pre & Post Appointment Care & Information

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT…

Please follow these guidelines to ensure the best treatment:


  • Stop any tweezing, waxing or epilating in the area you would like treated.  We need to be able to grab the hair with a tweezer to remove it after it's been treated.
  • If you are currently shaving, stop shaving the area you wish to treat about 2 – 4 days before your appointment. The hair you wish to be treated must be long enough for the electrologist to tweeze.
  • Dehydrated follicles are more difficult to treat. Drink plenty of water starting at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Stimulants can affect sensitivity. Avoid drinking caffeine the day of your appointment.
  • Stress and anxiety can heighten your sensitivity. Get a good night’s sleep the night before your appointment, take a deep breath and relax. Many clients enjoy listening to music or an audio book to help them relax during treatment.
  • For pain relief, Ibuprofen is available over the counter. Take the recommended dose 30-60 minutes before your session starts and this will help numb nerve endings.  NOTE: Aspirin isn’t recommended due to its ability to thin blood and potentially cause bleeding.
  • Some lidocaine topical anesthetic creams are available online and over the counter in 4-5%.  Creams work by being absorbed into the layers of skin being treated so that there is less of a sensation during the treatment.  Follow the guidelines when applying lidocaine cream to ensure that it works correctly.  NOTE: It's important not to exceed recommended product application and dosage as it may cause certain side effects.

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After your appointment...

  • Always treat the area like an open wound, even if there are no adverse effects.
  • Do not touch the treated area unless cleaning to avoid infection.  Complications and infection are often the result of dirty hands!
  • Clean the area with a good antibacterial soap.
  • Avoid products containing perfumes and/or alcohol as they will irritate and dry out your skin.  A mild astringent such as witch-hazel may be used if needed.
  • Do not expose area to the sun or tanning for 72 hours to avoid pigmentation.  If you must be in the sun, protect the area by covering and always wear sunscreen.
  • Do not wear makeup for 24 hours.  Mineral or medicated makeup is okay if absolutely necessary. 
  • Normal side effects are redness, swelling and tenderness; occasionally tiny scabs may appear.  This is completely normal.  Do not pick or scratch the area as scarring may occur.
  • Underarms: Do not use deodorant for 24 hours.
  • Stop tweezing, waxing and/or epilating the treated area.  The less you do with your hair between treatments, the better.  However for one’s sanity, this is not always possible.  If there are only a few hairs that really bother you, clip each individual hair with small scissors. If there is more hair than can be managed this way, shaving is acceptable.
  • Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your electrologist.  Electrolysis is a process that takes time, patience and dedication. The reward of hair free skin makes it all worth it!


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Contraindications

We cannot treat:

  • Warts
  • Broken Skin
  • Sunburned skin
  • Cold Sores
  • Herpes- Must be on medication and not currently having an outbreak on the area of concern. 

you must have a doctor's note approving electrolysis prior to your first appointment.

If you have any of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Conditions
  • Metal Implants (pacemakers, pins, rods, plates, etc.)
  • Stimulator (brain, bladder, cochlear etc.)
  • Any disease or medication that may cause slow healing or fragile skin.
  • Any other health issue that may raise concern.  WHEN IN DOUBT, GET A NOTE.