Electrolysis hair removal can be a quite painful procedure. Everyone has their own tolerance for pain. Descriptions of the discomfort vary from “no worse than a mosquito bite,” to “like having a rubber band snapped against my bare skin hard.” Electrolysis can give a stinging and pricking sensation, and each hair has to go through it. The degree of also relative to the area of treatment. Certain spots, such as the upper lip, are known to be more sensitive than spots like the brows. In our office, we work with local anesthesia which reduces the pain to zero.
Lidocaine, also known as lignocaine, is a medication used to numb tissue in a specific area (local anesthetic). It is also used to treat ventricular tachycardia and to perform nerve blocks. Lidocaine mixed with a small amount of adrenaline (epinephrine) is available to allow larger doses for numbing, to decrease bleeding, and to make the numbing effect last longer. When used as an injectable, lidocaine typically begins working within four minutes and lasts for half an hour to 3-4 hours
With the local anesthesia, most people can tolerate electrolysis sessions of up to 8 hours a day.
How to prepare for Long Treatment Electrolysis Hair Removal with Local Anesthesia (lidocaine injection)