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electrolysisElectrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal and has the longest known track record together with the most effective results for hair removal.

The advantage of electrolysis is that after treatment, the follicle is permanently destroyed, so the hair is unable to grow back.

Electrolysis Treatment

Electrolysis is performed by inserting an incredibly fine needle into the hair follicle. The electrolysis machine then sends a tiny amount of electrical current which through a combination of heat and chemical reaction, destroys the follicle and prevents regrowth.

Facial Hair Removal

Cosmedics’ Putney Beauty Salon offer electrolysis for unwanted hair on the face.

We are unable to offer electrolysis for new clients at the present time.

We recommend laser hair removal for permanent hair reduction on body areas. We also offer waxing – a popular traditional option for regular hair removal on the face or body.


Treatment Information

Electrolysis Costs and Prices

Costs of electrolysis depend on the size and area being treated. Electrolysis treatment prices are as follows:

Duration of Treatment Price
5 mins £15
10 mins £28
15 mins £40

Discounts on Electrolysis

Discounts are available on pre-booked courses of treatment. This option is recommended for best results, as electrolysis works on hair in the active growth phase.

Electrolysis hair removal treatment is available in our Putney beauty salon.

Does electrolysis hurt?

Electrolysis can be uncomfortable for some, but it is very subjective. During an electrolysis treatment a tiny sterile needle is inserted into the hair follicle. A small burst of electrical charge is released which causes a tingle, heat or stinging sensation.

Are there any side effects of treatment?

Correctly performed, electrolysis is very safe and effective. Expect a full consultation and medical history before treatment commences.

How long does a typical treatment last?

Treatments can vary from 10 minute appointments upwards, depending upon the size and sensitivitly of the area being treated.

Will all the be removed at my visit to the salon?

Electrolysis works by killing the active hair folliciles, so only the “present” hair can be treated. That is why a course of treatment is recommended, to tackle all follicles in the active phase. For larger areas, it may be advisable to split each session.

How do the results from laser compare to the results from electrolysis?

Like electrolysis, laser is very effective for removing unwanted hair. In fact, it is often a better option for larger areas, as treatment tackles a number of follicles at once, rather than just one. Electrolysis is the only “medically proven” permanent method of hair removal.

When treatment not be advisable?

Electrolysis should only be performed on a healthy skin. If there are skin conditions causing disruption e.g. cold sores, eczema or active acne, then treatment may be postponed. In some cases the electrologist may liaise with your Doctor before commencing any treatment.

After treatment, your skin may be sensitive with open follicles, so good aftercare is vital to good healing.

For the first 48 hours, these guidelines are important:

  1. Keep the treated area very clean
  2. Wash your hands before applying the aftercare product
  3. Avoid soap or perfumed products
  4. Avoid sun exposure – use SPF30+ at all times
  5. Avoid touching the area
  6. Do not “pick” the area
  7. Do not swim or use steam rooms/saunas etc
  8. Avoid further heat treatments or skin treatments
  9. Wash hands and apply aftercare product to the area using fresh cotton wool

Advantages of Electrolysis Treatment:

Compared to other hair removal methods:

  • It is less expensive than IPL or laser
  • It causes permanent destruction of the hair follicle, so results are excellent
  • It can be used on fine hair
  • Effective on light coloured hair
  • Ideal for facial hair e.g. chin, jawline, awkward hair on moles
  • Suitable for sensitive areas e.g. top lip

Disadvantages of Electrolysis Treatment:

  • Treatment tackles a hair follicle at a time, so can be slow
  • Treatment needs to be repeated in a course in order to tackle each follicle at the correct stage in its growth cycle
  • For larger areas i.e. body treatment, you may consider laser hair removal or waxing – both of these are available at Beauty at Cosmedics in our Putney clinic

What our patients say

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223 Reviews

Katie d

Great, thank you!

Posted 1 day ago

Susanne s

My therapist is amazing. She does the treatment very well and thoroughly!

Posted 2 days ago


Excellent professional service from Dr Brit Vardy, highly recommended. Reassuring consultation and then speedy and painless removal of mole and skin tags. Couldn't have been easier. Thank you.

Posted 5 days ago

Sharon N

Wonderful experience with Dr Vardy, she was very reassuring and the results are great, would highly recommend and I will be back!

Posted 5 days ago

Heroise c

Dr Vardy was clear concise and very professional. Treatment quick and painless. No fuss. Assistant and reception also very helpful and friendly.

Posted 2 weeks ago

James b

Really quick, easy and professional service. Well explained and treatment completed with very little fuss .

Posted 2 weeks ago

Louisa w

I felt very reassured and the procedure was quick and painless.

Posted 2 weeks ago


Was easy

Posted 2 weeks ago

Leanne I

Excellent and professional service. Very happy. Procedure extremely quick

Posted 2 weeks ago

Carmen l

Procedure was extremely fast and painless, Doctor Vardy is very professional but also puts you at ease . Would def recommend the clinic to anyone

Posted 2 weeks ago



18 thoughts on “Electrolysis

    1. Electrolysis is charged based on how long a treatment takes, so we’d have to assess the area to quote a price. However, we do not normally use electrolysis for the underarm area as we find laser a better option here. We would recommend booking a consultation as it’s difficult to say which treatment will be more suitable without seeing the hair.

    1. Hi, we always recommend a course of treatment for best results, as electrolysis works on hair in the active growth phase. Treatment sessions start at just 5 minutes, but the exact duration will depend on the area being treated. For more specific advice, we’d recommend a consultation with one of our beauty therapists. To book an appointment, please call our Putney beauty team on 0208 246 4861.

  1. Hi. I would like to ask if you use electrolysis on genital areas. I had 5 sessions of laser hair removal on bikini area and it took away I’d say 5% of the hair. Very disappointing and very frustrating!!!! Don’t know what to do anymore as the hair is way passed my bikini line 🙁

    1. Hello, unfortunately, we only offer electrolysis for facial areas. However, if you’ve had laser treatment before elsewhere, it may be worth reconsidering. Our laser is state-of-the-art and offers long-term hair reduction on all skin/hair types with a fast and pain-free system. See more information at laser hair removal. It may be worth a consultation to see if it would suit you.

  2. Hello, I have a hormonal condition called Polycystic Ovary syndrome (PCOS), which sadly means I have male pattern hair growth on face, neck, back and stomach and other intimate areas where hair should not be as a woman. The hair growth is that of a mans. The question that I would like to ask is, because I do not want any laser treatment what so ever will it be possible to have Electrolysis on the lager areas? I don’t care how many sessions I will need to come back for the lager areas I still want Electrolysis on the lager areas and not laser so is that possible in your clinic? I kindly wait for your reply, Thankyou

    1. We only offer electrolysis on facial areas at Cosmedics. However, it would be worth reconsidering laser for larger, non-facial areas. Our laser equipment is highly effective on face and body; and unlike other systems is pain-free and also suitable for all hair/skin types. See more information at laser hair removal. It may be worth a consultation to see if it would suit you.

  3. I suffer from bad Ingrown hairs and am curious what the average cost would be to remove the all hair on a man’s face and the amount of time needed. Also does this work for all skin colours?

    1. Sorry but we do not treat full beard at Cosmedics, due to the amount of hair growth and the associated risks. Some other clinics may agree to treat you but we wouldn’t recommend it. Treating a large area such as a beard with electrolysis can cause pigmentation or scarring due to the amount of heat in one area.
      Our maximum treatment time for any client is 20 minutes which usually allows us to remove hairs from a chin or upper lip dependant on the amount of hair in one area. Electrolysis is done by individual hair follicle so it takes a long time and is therefore best for small areas.

    1. Hi, we’re not offering electrolysis to new patients at the moment; but can highly recommend the Soprano ICE laser hair removal for both body and facial areas. More information on laser hair removal. This is exclusive to our Putney clinic. Please contact us on our Beauty Direct Booking Line: 0208 246 4866 to arrange a consultation.

  4. Hello, I was wondering when you will be offering the electrolysis for new customers, as i would like it done on my widows peak, which i’ve been struggling with for years. Thank you

    1. Hello Nadia, we’d suggest laser hair removal in the first instance for this treatment. Our laser hair removal is very advanced and suitable for facial treatment as well as body. It works on all skin/hair types and is pain-free and efficient.
      To discuss your treatment options further, we recommend calling Putney clinic direct on 0208 246 4866.

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