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Confused Between Laser Hair Removal & Electrolysis

By 4 May 2020May 10th, 2023No Comments

This post can help you decide

Of the many conventional options for hair removal like shaving, waxing, tweezing, epilating and plucking, you need to repeat the process every few days or weeks. And that is not only a colossal waste of time and effort, but also adds up to a significant cost in the long run. On the other hand, permanent hair removal methods are also gaining in popularity and we aren’t surprised. After all, who wouldn’t like the freedom of enjoying smooth, hair-free skin without the constant bother of having to maintain it that way? In this post, we will be sharing about two of the most common methods for permanent, long-term hair removal – laser and electrolysis.

We have already spoken about these two methods and how they work briefly in our earlier post. Let us now look at the commonalities and differences between the two.

The similarities between laser hair removal and electrolysis

There happen to be quite a few here.

a. They both destroy the root of the hair

At their most basic, both these methods target the hair follicle below the skin’s surface, to curb new hair growth, albeit in different ways. While electrolysis does this by inserting tiny needles inside each hair follicle and passing a tiny electric current, laser works by emitting a specific wavelength of light that gets absorbed by the melanin in the hair and destroys the hair follicles with the heat generated.

b. Both can be used for hair removal in any part

Whether you are looking at getting rid of unwanted hair on the upper lips, arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, chest or back, both the techniques are equally effective for almost all areas.

c. Each will require multiple sessions

There are multiple stages when it comes to hair growth, and both laser hair removal and electrolysis can only target hair follicles which are in the growth phase. What this means is that you will need to come back for multiple sessions, to be able to target all the hair in an area.

The differences between electrolysis and laser hair removal

a. One is invasive, while the other is not

The very method of electrolysis entails using inserting fine needles inside the hair follicle, which makes it an invasive procedure, and a lot more painful as compared to laser, which uses a specific wavelength to target the root of the hair.

b. Number of sessions required

While both methods will require multiple sessions, the fact that electrolysis targets every individual hair makes it a much slower and long-drawn technique. Laser, on the other hand can work on multiple hairs at once, thus requiring lesser number of sessions.

c. Speed of results

It comes as no surprise that laser hair removal will give much faster results. Our clients start seeing significant reduction in hair growth in just 3-4 sessions, whereas it could take as many as 10-15 sessions for the same area with electrolysis.

And now, the verdict

We have attempted to share the most important points of similarities and comparison between the two methods, and we trust you to make an informed choice. If you are confused about what would be the right option for you, do not hesitate to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our experts at the Victorian Laser & Skin Clinic. We will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each of the two methods, and assist you in making a choice you feel happy about.

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