As of late, the question isn’t necessarily if we want to be hair-free, but more how to get hair-free. Between waxing shaving, electrolysis and laser hair removal, we can now choose to get rid of unwanted hair for days, weeks, or a lifetime. Electrolysis and laser hair removal are two front-runners when it comes to permanent hair removal, but what’s the difference between the two? Let’s go over everything you need to know about electrolysis and laser hair removal, so you can choose which procedure is right for you.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is an FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal. This treatment is suitable for all skin tones, skin types, hair colors, and hair types, meaning anyone can benefit from the treatment. Electrolysis is done with a licensed professional, who inserts a probe into each hair follicle to damage the follicle and prevent hair growth. This painstaking process takes multiple treatments to achieve desired results but does not require any upkeep or follow-up visits.
What are the Benefits of Electrolysis?
There are many benefits to getting electrolysis, including:
- Suitable for all patients, regardless of skin tone and hair texture
- Permanently stops the growth of hair in the treated areas
- No upkeep or follow-up appointments required
- Can treat larger areas, like the legs, or smaller areas, like the eyebrows
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is the permanent reduction of hair using mild radiation with high-heat lasers on hair follicles. Because the technician needs to be able to tell where to aim the laser, laser hair removal works best on patients with a high contrast of color between their skin and hair. Laser hair removal works best on patients with a lighter skin tone and darker, coarse hair. Patients who choose laser hair removal tend to get ultimate results in just four to eight sessions and see a permanent reduction in the growth of the hair in treated areas.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
There are many benefits to getting laser hair removal, including:
- Less painful than electrolysis treatments
- Reduces hair in the treated areas
- Recommended follow-ups once a year to maintain results
- Can treat larger areas on the body in fewer sessions than electrolysis
Is Electrolysis or Laser Hair Removal Better?
The answer to this question really depends on the type of result you’re looking for. If you’re looking for 100 percent permanent hair removal, and don’t mind the discomfort and amount of sessions that come along with the process, electrolysis may be right for you. If you’re like most of our patients and are looking for a comfortable permanent hair reduction procedure that produces your desired results in a short time with minimum maintenance, laser hair removal may be right for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can benefit from laser hair removal, like hundreds of our patients have in the past, contact us to schedule your one-on-one appointment with Dr. West today.