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Local Anesthesia (Ledocaine Injection)

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)

Please arrive 1 hour before for an intensive day session so we can prepare you for Electrolysis Treatment.

No shaving at least 3 days before treatment. We need to be able to grab the hair with tweezers, the hair should be minimum 2-3mm long.

No epilation with tweezers or waxing 3 months before your electrolysis session.

Clients should use a water-based (not oil-based) moisturizer day and night. The epidermis needs water to plump up skin cells, allowing a vehicle for the treatment. Daily use of sunscreen with an SPF of 25+ will lower the probability of hyper-pigmentation.

Gently exfoliate your skin and apply a hydrating moisturizer in the days before treatment.

On the day of your electrolysis, your skin should be clean: no make-up or ointments.

Wear comfortable clothing.

Try to come with a relaxed state of mind. Being relaxed has been proven to significantly reduce pain. You can bring some music that relaxes you so you can concentrate on that.

Hydrate internally! Drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water per day is a MUST! You must have water in your system before an appointment. A wet follicle is a much better conductor of the heat/current than a dry one. If you are dehydrated it will take much more intensity to eradicate the hair making the treatment more uncomfortable. Avoid caffeine, salt, and alcohol. Fast food, Chinese food, Mexican food, chips, ham, and beer for at least 24 hours before treatment, can make you retain water which in turn causes your follicles to become smaller and thus cause discomfort.

Avoid caffeine, salt, and alcohol. Fast food, Chinese food, Mexican food, chips, ham, and beer for at least 24 hours before treatment, can make you retain water which in turn causes your follicles to become smaller and thus cause discomfort.

We highly recommend having a Pre-Electrolysis Facial 1-2 days or the night before your treatment. Well-hydrated and properly exfoliated skin helps hair release easier and moisture is essential for the electrolysis machine to operate optimally.

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