Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both long-term hair removal solutions. Both techniques target individual hair follicles to damage them and slow down or prohibit hair growth. The differences between the two will help you and your aesthetician determine which technique is best for you. Depending on your hair removal goals, you might want to undergo both treatments.
There are several differences when it comes to laser hair removal vs electrolysis:
- Method of hair removal
- Hair color targeted
- How long treatment takes
- Pain level
- Side effects
Let’s take a look at each of those categories.
Method of Hair Removal
Laser hair removal uses light from a high-heat laser to damage hair follicles to slow down hair growth.
Electrolysis uses an electric current to heat and destroy hair follicles.
Hair Color Targeted
Laser hair removal works best on dark hair. Our Elite iQ laser is customizable for any skin tone.
Electrolysis works on any hair color, including blonde, white, grey, and red hairs that the laser cannot target.
How Long Treatment Takes
Laser hair removal treatments take anywhere from 5-60 minutes, depending on how much hair we’re removing, and where it is located. This method can target large areas, such as your legs or back. It is not suitable for around your eyes. You should expect to see major results after 6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Laser hair removal causes permanent hair reduction. There is a chance that hair may grow back due to hormones, medications, etc. But if it does, it will be thinner and finer. You may need to schedule occasional maintenance treatments after the initial six.
Electrolysis can take longer than laser hair removal. That’s because each hair follicle is treated individually. Treatments can take longer, and you may need up to 30 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart, depending on how much hair is being removed. You can have electrolysis anywhere on your body, including your eyebrows. Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal technique.
Laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snap, and creates a slight discomfort, rather than pain.
Electrolysis can be painful, because each hair follicle may need 20 seconds of electric current to destroy it. Some people describe it as a pinching sensation.
Laser hair removal is a great solution for large areas, and sensitive areas, because treatments will take less time and it will be more cost-effective in the long run.
Electrolysis is permanent. You won’t need maintenance treatments like you do with the laser. It can also target all colors of hair.
Laser hair removal can have mild side effects, including a temporary reddening or irritation of the skin.
Electrolysis can also cause temporary reddening or irritation, and it can also cause ingrown hairs in some areas.
To minimize side effects of either treatment, see a trained aesthetician and follow their before and aftercare instructions. Be advised that aftercare instructions are more extensive with electrolysis.
Which Hair Removal Method Is Right for You?
If you have hair in unwanted places and you’re tired of shaving and waxing, both laser hair removal and electrolysis provide long-lasting results. The best way to determine which service you need is to schedule a consultation. Your aesthetician will evaluate your skin type, hair color, hair texture, and the area you want to be hair-free and make recommendations.
If both methods would be suitable, you’ll have to consider how much time you want to invest in treatment as well as your level of pain tolerance. We find that most of our clients prefer laser hair removal if possible.
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You’re in experienced hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health. From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality hair removal and skincare services, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best.
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