Many first-time clients often ask me how electrolysis differs from laser hair removal. In this article, I will elaborate on the difference between the two treatments, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each method.
How to choose between Electrolysis and laser hair removal treatments?
When it comes to permanent hair removal there are two options: laser hair removal and electrolysis. Laser hair removal has certainly surpassed electrolysis in terms of demand and popularity, but there will always be a place for electrolysis because not everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal. Also, at the end of laser hair removal, there may be gray or blond hair that has not been treated with the laser, so electrolysis is a great option for the remaining hair.
Laser hair removal
Laser is a relatively new technique for hair removal, which began in the mid-1990s. The laser uses selective photothermolysis to cause localized damage to the hair follicle. The laser targets the melanin (color) of the hair (the hair must have been colored with the laser).
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When the laser detects the color in the hair, the follicle is heated and the blood supply is cut off. When this happens, the hair no longer grows. The best candidates for laser have very little color in their skin and color in their hair. Laser hair removal is a permanent reduction of hair. Laser hair removal is “unregulated,” which means that anyone can perform the treatment without any training or certification.
Electrolysis is a long-standing form of hair removal; it was first used in 1875. Electrolysis uses electrical hair removal to permanently remove hair. This method delivers electricity directly to each hair follicle.
Electricity is delivered directly to the hair follicle by sliding a thin, solid metal probe into each hair follicle. Any skin and hair color is suitable for electrolysis. Peach fuzz can also be treated with electrolysis. In many places, this treatment is “regulated,” meaning that training and certification are required to perform the treatment.