Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis

There are so many options for hair removal today, it can be confusing deciding which is best for you, or even if it’s time to change up your hair removal routine and try something new. Two of the more popular options for long-lasting hair removal are electrolysis and laser hair removal. This overview of each procedure will allow you to make a side-by-side comparison of the two.

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How Does It Work?

Electrolysis removes individual hairs from the face or body by placing a very tiny needle into the hair follicle, then destroying the follicle with either chemical or heat energy. Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the face, abdomen, and legs, but since the procedure works on individual hairs, larger areas can be more time-consuming to treat.

Does Electrolysis Hurt?

In most cases, electrolysis does not cause much pain or discomfort. The most common uncomfortable after-effect reported is a slight tingling. A topical cream to help numb the treated area may be used in some cases.

What’s the Cost of Electrolysis?

Electrolysis can cost anywhere from $30 to $100 or more per session, depending on the length of the session. The amount of time needed for each session is determined by the size of the area being treated, and the number of hairs to be removed. Cost may also vary from region to region. Most electrologists will offer an initial consultation to more accurately determine your hair removal needs and the associated price.

How Many Treatments?

The rate at which hair grows back after being removed is based on a number of factors, but you will definitely need more than one visit to achieve permanent hair removal. Many clients schedule repeat sessions once a week or every other week as needed.

Laser Hair Removal

How Does It Work?

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. During the procedure, pulses of highly concentrated light are beamed into hair follicles and absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair. The energy from the light destroys the hair. Since lasers target several follicles at once, large areas of skin can be treated more quickly.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

For a couple of days after laser hair removal, your skin will look and feel like you have sunburn. To help with the redness and tingling, cool compresses, ice packs, or anti-inflammatory creams or lotions may be recommended.

What’s the Cost of Laser Hair Removal?

The cost for a laser hair removal session can vary based on size of the area and amount of time required for treatment. According to 2013 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for laser hair removal is about $300 per session.

How Many Treatments?

Ninety percent of patients who receive laser hair removal experience permanent hair loss after three to five sessions on average. But since everyone individual’s results are different, you should continue treatments until the hair stops growing back, usually once every four to six weeks.

If you’re looking for a new approach to hair removal or if you’re wondering whether laser hair removal is the method for you, contact us today and schedule a consultation!


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