Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis: Which one is Better and why?
|Laser Hair Removal||Electrolysis|
|First used||Mid 1990s||1875|
|Effectiveness||Effective on black/dark brown hair||Destroys individual hair follicles on any skin color|
|Pain||Less discomfort||More discomfort|
|Side effects||Redness, swelling, itching||Redness, swelling|
|Regulation||FDA approved for permanent hair reduction||FDA approved for permanent hair removal|
|Preparation||Must shave before every session||No shaving, plucking or waxing required|
|Maintenance||Required after every few months/year||Not required|
|Special care||No special care required||Specialized creams to close the pores & regeneration of collagen|
Can I Use Either?
The mainstream laser unit can only be used on those with light skin and dark hair. It can burn those with dark skin and not give optimal results for people with light hair because the laser targets pigment (dark color). It can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color because it attacks the hair follicle itself and not the pigment in the hair.
How Long Is a Session, and how many are needed?
Laser Hair Removal: Facial zones are small, so they aren't that time-consuming. To give you an idea, a treatment for the eyebrows usually takes about 15 minutes. Usually, four to eight sessions are needed to achieve the best hair reduction results.
Electrolysis:hair follicle has to be individually treated, and approximate times depend on the type of electrolysis used, as some are more advanced than others. For example, one treatment on the eyebrows may take 15- 30 minutes with an experienced technician. Anywhere from 15 – 30 sessions are needed to get the best results.
Which treatment is Costly?
Laser Hair Removal: Based on the size of the area to be treated determines the cost of the laser hair removal treatment. Since large area can be covered in a single sitting, laser hair removal may cost you higher.
Electrolysis: In electrolysis, small areas are treated manually and the treatment cost is usually less as compared to the laser hair removal treatment.
Which treatment is more painful?
Laser Hair Removal: It feels like a rubber band ‘snapping’ against your skin and a heat sensation. Everyone has their own tolerance to pain and discomfort. Coarse, dark hair feels more of the burn. So a man’s laser hair removal in the beard and mustache area will feel more painful than a woman’s lip, cheeks or chin.
Electrolysis: Everyone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been likened to a stinging and pricking sensation, and each follicle has to go through it. Electrolysis is more painful as compared to laser hair removal treatment.
What are the Possible Side Effects?
Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal on the eyebrows can be dangerous if the laser light comes into contact with the eyes, it can cause irritation in the eyes. Therefore, you need to wear protective eye shields and keep your eyes closed for the entire treatment to avoid any contact. Scarring, redness etc can also occur but these side effects are temporary and will fade away within few days.
Electrolysis: Skin can get discolored if it's done improperly. Redness, burning sensation may also occur.
Are the results permanent?
Laser Hair Removal: Approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction. Laser hair reduction can reduce hair counts 40% to 80%. Almost invisible or hair with less pigment content are not removed completely.
Electrolysis: The only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. But results may vary from patient to patient. Ingrown hair from the previous waxing or tweezing makes the electrolysis needle difficult to destroy the hair follicle completely. However, electrolysis is effective for ridding fine facial hair and even white or blonde hair can also be removed.