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Electrolysis versus Laser Hair Removal


Shaving, waxing or tweezing hair is nobody’s idea of fun. If you want to eliminate unwanted hair for the long-term, you have two basic choices – electrolysis or laser hair removal. Costs are comparable when the numbers of visits necessary are considered. While there are various factors to consider, the best treatment for you may boil down to the color of your hair.


With electrolysis, a trained technician inserts a fine needle attached to the electrolysis device into the hair follicle opening. The hair’s growth cells are then destroyed by a minute amount of electricity. Patients may experience some discomfort, equivalent to a pinching sensation, as each hair is removed. Post-treatment, the area may appear red or sensitive for several hours.

Hair loss through electrolysis is permanent, but depending on the location of your unwanted hairs, it’s often a long procedure. The number of sessions required varies according to the amount of hair removal and whether you previously shaved or waxed your hair. If you were a fan of the latter, expect additional electrolysis sessions. It may take over a year before your electrolysis is completed.

If you have light-colored hair, electrolysis is probably more effective than laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by sending a heat pulse via the laser into the hair, disabling the follicle. Lasered follicles stop producing new growth. Prior to undergoing laser hair removal, it is important to stop waxing and stay out of the sun or tanning beds. Most people need four to six sessions of laser treatment, spaced between four and six weeks apart, to accommodate the hair growth cycle. Most people complete laser treatments within six months.

Patients usually experience no discomfort during laser treatment, and individual sessions are much quicker than with electrolysis. You must continue to stay out of the sun during the treatment period. You may experience some minor swelling or redness after treatment, but it should disappear by the next day.

Laser hair removal is semi-permanent, so most people have to schedule annual “touch-up” sessions to remove errant hairs. This treatment works best on people with dark hairs. Because the laser targets the melanin pigment in the hair, it’s not a choice for individuals who have little or no color in their hairs. Previously, laser hair removal wasn’t practical for dark-skinned people, but with improvements in the technology, that is no longer the case.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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