Compare For Laser Hair Removal And Electrolysis

Working Principle

Laser :

Laser targets just the pigment of the hair and hair root. The laser emits a pulse, which travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair, the light skin around it reflects the light. The laser then heats up the hair's shaft and root, destroying it without affecting the skin or follicle. Then the hair is prevented to regrow any further.

Electrolysis :

Electrolysis targets the hair follicle. A hair-thin metal probe is slid into a hair follicle. When the probes are positioned, an electrical current passes through the follicle, destroying both the growing hair and its root. When performed properly, hairs will permanently removed.

Average Prices

Electrolysis requires at least 15 hours of treatment for a small area such as lip. So it is more expensive than laser.

Laser :

Charges of laser are by the body area of one treatment. Need an average of 4 - 6 sessions for a final result.
Examples (Per Treatment) : Underarms - $125/ ; Upper lip - $110 ; Extended bikini - $180 ; Chin - $125

Electrolysis :

Charges of Electrolysis are by the length of treatment. It requires a series of treatment over a period of time. For example, one treatment on the eyebrows may take 15-30 minutes with an experienced technician beacuse each hair follicle has to be individually treated. Generally, you need about 15-30 visits to see the best results.
$25 / 1-15 mins ; $30 / 30 mins ; $55 / 60 mins

Compare For Laser Hair Reduction And Electrolysis

How Many Treatment Will Need

Laser :

Every body responds individually to the laser treatment. Generally, 80% - 90% of good candidates will need at least 4 to 6 treatments spaced 6 - 10 weeks apart to experience 70% to 90% hair reduction.

Electrolysis :

Every case is different. One cannot know how many times it will take until your hairs are gone. We start out weekly and as the hair growth slows, increased time is allotted before the next treatment. Generally, you need about 15-30 visits to see the best results.


Effectiveness

Laser :

Hair follicle is shrink. The FDA says laser hair removal is a "reduction in the number of hairs re-growing." Hairs not at the anagen stage will grow back. Some will grow back softer, finer and lighter in color. Some are stubborn and laser may not be the best choice to remove it. 80-90% of candidates will need at least 4-6 treatments to experience 70-90% hair reduction.

Electrolysis :

The heat desiccated the hair follicle and it is killed. Electrolysis is the only method which has been proved to be permanent. Hairs not at the anagen stage will grow back and others may have been cycled out and not evident. You will see a slowing of hair growth. Those with moderate to severe hair growth may get frustrated due to the length of time.


Good Candidate

Laser :

Laser works best for the combination of dark hair and fair skin. It is not effective for grey, blonde, red or white hair.

Electrolysis :

It can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color.


Side Effects

Laser :

It is low incidence of side effects which need much less after treatment care. Redness, darkening of skin or scarring are temporary effects which fade out in a given time.

Electrolysis :

After having Electrolysis, people has to take care of skin in a specific way. Studies have shown that long lasting skin damage can ensue if specific protection is not given to the skin. The other problem of being an invasive technique is the skin infections which can become worse if they are transmitted infections and they become systemic infections. In electrolysis the current flowing through the needle can result into electric shock but laser is obviously can not.


Pain Factor

The pain from Electrolysis is greater than laser and it may feel like 20 pricks to your one for laser treatment.

Laser :

It is non-invasive so there is no directly painful stimulus. It resembles a rubber band snapping against the skin.

Electrolysis :

Electrolysis being a skin penetrating method initiates a painful stimulus with every removing hair because of presence of sensory nerve endings in the skin.


Appearance After Treatment

Laser :

Redness like a sunburn. May blister if laser is performed on newly suntanned skin.

Electrolysis :

Redness, hive / mosquito bite-like appearance and occasionally, some scabbing may occur.

Conclusion

Laser has approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. The main difference is that electrolysis targets the hair follicle whereas laser targets just the pigment of the hair. Hair follicle is shrink by laser but it is killed by Electrolysis.

Laser work best on light skin and dark hair, Electrolysis can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color. Currently, there are some lasers successfully remove blonde hairs, but it has not yet perfected them. The average clearance rate of the hairs was 74% by Laser and 35% by Electrolysis six months after the initial treatment. However, some hairs are stubborn and laser may not be the best choice to remove it. After a series of treatment of Electrolysis, hairs may have been cycled out and not evident. Finally, they will completely disappear.

Electrolysis is invasive and focuses on one hair at a time. It can be a tedious process, which makes it ideal for small areas like the brows, upper lip and chin. Generally, one treatment on the small areas may take 15-30 minutes with an experienced technician and need about 15-30 visits to see the best results. The pain from Electrolysis is greater than laser and it may feel like 20 pricks to your one for laser treatment. Taking a long term view, Electrolysis is more expensive than laser hair removal treatment because of long length treatments.

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