Electrolysis for Hair Removal

Electrolysis | Hair Removal in New York City with Marmur Medical

Unwanted hair can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, no matter its location on the body. There are many temporary methods of hair removal, but the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal is electrolysis. Electrolysis is a safe, versatile technique to effectively address unwanted hair in many areas.

At Marmur Medical, our expert aestheticians can help you permanently remove unwanted hair to revitalize your appearance and eliminate self-conscious feelings. With superior care and personalized attention, we aim to help you achieve your aesthetic goals through cosmetic dermatology.

Renew the feel and appearance of your smooth, hair-free skin and boost your confidence with electrolysis hair removal in New York City! Contact Marmur Medical at (212) 996-6900 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today!

What Is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a hair removal method that addresses individual hairs on the face or body by destroying the growth center of each strand of hair. This method uses an extremely fine probe—like a needle or wire—that is inserted into the hair follicle, then an electric current is introduced to permanently remove hair.

As hair growth is influenced by many factors, electrolysis is completed in multiple visits. During your electrolysis consultation, our expert aestheticians will give you an estimate of the number of sessions required to remove unwanted hair. The number of sessions will vary from person to person, depending on the amount of hair and the treatment area. Electrolysis requires patience and time, but unwanted hair is gone forever after completing a series of treatments. On average, patients require 10 to 14 sessions scheduled four to six weeks apart.

Depending on the body area, electrolysis sessions last anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.

As a versatile treatment, electrolysis can remove unwanted hair from many areas of the body, including:

  • Eyebrows
  • Jawline
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Legs
  • Breasts
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line

Typically, patients only experience minor side effects, such as a slight reddening of the skin. During treatment, some patients may experience discomfort; however, your skin may be treated with a topical numbing cream prior to beginning your session.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Electrolysis Hair Removal?

Generally, most patients who have unwanted hair are good candidates for electrolysis hair removal. The best candidates are those in good physical and mental health. There are no limits on hair color or thickness—electrolysis works on any hair color or type. Basically, if you have unwanted hair, then it can be removed. However, electrolysis takes time and patience for full results.

Electrolysis may not be an appropriate treatment for all patients, including those who meet the following conditions:

  • Have active skin infections
  • Are prone to keloid scarring
  • Are on anticoagulant medications
  • Have undergone facial plastic surgery or resurfacing treatments in the last 6 months

What Can I Expect During an Electrolysis Hair Removal Procedure?

At Marmur Medical, our experts customize each electrolysis hair removal session to address our patients’ individual needs. However, here are general steps to expect.


Prior to your electrolysis hair removal session, you should avoid retinoids and sun exposure for approximately a week.

Electrolysis works best on well-hydrated skin, so avoid caffeine, alcohol, or other substances that dehydrate the skin.

Also, you should avoid shaving for at least a week prior to your session. If you are having electrolysis on your face, be sure that it is free of makeup.


As the needle used during electrolysis can cause a pricking or pinching sensation, prior to your appointment, you may be treated with topical anesthetics to maximize your comfort.

Session times vary based on the size of the treatment area and the amount of hair present. Smaller areas, such as the upper lip or underarms, may take 15 to 30 minutes. Larger areas, such as the legs or arms, may take several hours.


Following your NYC electrolysis session, it’s important to keep the area clean and hydrated. Immediately after treatment, the area may be swollen and sore. Cool compresses help to alleviate discomfort and minimize inflammation. You may also be instructed to use antibiotic ointment.

To avoid developing hyperpigmentation, it’s important to apply sunscreen and avoid sun exposure after treatment.

After electrolysis, you may use gentle cleansers or alcohol on the treated skin, but you should avoid:

  • Applying harsh soaps, exfoliants, lotions, deodorants, powders, or body sprays for 24 hours
  • Swimming or coming into contact with chlorinated or salt water for 24 hours
  • Exercise for 24 to 48 hours
  • Touching, scratching, or rubbing the treated area

While you can resume most normal daily activities following your electrolysis session, it’s important to note that your skin will form scabs in one to two days. These may last for one to two weeks.

Patients receive the best results by keeping to a regular schedule for their electrolysis appointments.

How Soon Will I See My Electrolysis Hair Removal Results?

Predicting the number of electrolysis sessions necessary for smooth, hair-free skin is difficult as it varies from person to person. During your consultation, our experts will estimate the number of sessions to achieve your goals. As each session is scheduled four to six weeks apart, treatments may take 12 to 18 months. However, most patients begin to see noticeable results within three months of starting electrolysis treatments.

While electrolysis can take some time and patience, most patients agree that its permanent effects are absolutely worth the wait.

Schedule Your Electrolysis Hair Removal Consultation in New York City Today!

Get ready to enjoy your smooth, hair-free skin permanently with electrolysis hair removal in New York! Schedule your electrolysis consultation with Marmur Medical by calling (212) 996-6900 or completing our contact form.