Differences in Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis

Finding an effective solution for removing unwanted hair is a trying task, but fortunately there are many options available that are safe, effective, and will keep unwanted hair away much longer than shaving. Two very popular methods to remove hair are laser hair removal and electrolysis. Both are extremely effective, but you should know the difference between them before deciding which method is right for you and your cosmetic wishes.

Laser hair removal involves directing a laser beam at clusters of unwanted hair and removing not only the hair but the follicle as well. This is non-invasive and the beams do not cause any damage to the surrounding skin. After the first treatment, many patients experience an 80 to 90 percent permanent reduction in hair, with the remaining hair removed during further treatments.

Ideal Candidates For Laser Hair Removal

The procedure tends to work best on patients whose skin lighter than their hair color. Those with darker skin and hair may need more treatments to achieve the same results, as will those who have fair skin and fair colored hair. Typical permanent results will be seen in approximately 4-7 procedures, but patients who have dark skin and hair or fair skin and hair could require more treatments to achieve permanent hair removal.

The Difference With Electrolysis

Electrolysis is another permanent hair removal procedure, which can be done on any person, regardless of skin and hair color. A thin probe is inserted into the skin to kill the root of the hair with small amount of electricity.

While some report discomfort during the electrolysis procedure, our technicians make it a priority to ensure comfort and relaxation during each treatment. One primary difference between electrolysis and laser hair removal is the time involved. Hair removal on large parts of the body can take up to 150 hours of treatments through electrolysis, but with laser hair removal, the process could only take 2-4 depending on hair type and number of treatments.

Only you can decide which method of permanent hair removal is right for your cosmetic needs. For more information, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our trained beauty technicians.