LASER HAIR REMOVAL or Electrolysis
Laser Hair Removal VS Electrolysis
If you want a long-term treatment to remove your unwanted body hair, you can choose either laser hair removal or electrolysis. Both of them are popular as long-term hair removal methods and both work by targeting hair follicles located under the skin’s surface.
The popularity of laser hair removal is on the rise, according to American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Since 2013, the popularity of this long-term treatment has increased by nearly 30 percent. Electrolysis is also increasing in popularity, but it’s not as common as laser therapy.
In this article, we are going to provide you with important information about each procedure.
What to expect from laser hair removal treatment?
The pros of laser treatment
- Laser treatment drastically reduces hair growth. After undergoing a few treatment sessions, you can stop shaving altogether.
- You can take the treatment to remove unwanted hair from any part of the body. It can be done on legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, face – wherever you want.
- Laser hair removal is not a painful procedure, neither is it completely painless. In terms of feeling pain, it falls somewhere between shaving (painless) and waxing (hurts a little bit). Our technicians use ice to help numb the area before and after the treatment. However, gradually it gets less painful as treatments continue and hair becomes finer.
What are the cons?
- Each session of laser hair treatment takes a very short time. For example, a session of laser hair removal takes less than a minute. But it takes multiple (anywhere between 3 and 8) sessions to shed hair permanently from your treatment areas and you generally have to wait six weeks between sessions.
- Laser hair removal works best on fair skin with dark hair and not so well with darker skin tones. That is because the laser works by targeting pigment in the hair follicle. When the skin is darker, the laser targets the pigment-rich skin when it is supposed to target only the hair follicle. But if your technician is well-equipped, she will make sure you get the best out of the treatment, whatever your skin tone is. Certain lasers types, like the Nd:YAG, are better at distinguishing between hair and skin on all skin types.
- If your laser technician is untrained, you could end up with burns or scars on the skin. You should always make sure that your technician is properly trained. You should ask where your technician was certified to do the procedure. Keep in mind that even doctors who want to provide laser hair removal treatments need further training.
The overall cost varies a bit depending on how many sessions you need. The starting price is usually $100 per treatment and you may need between 4 to 4 sessions of treatment.
What to expect from electrolysis?
Like laser therapy, electrolysis is an effective treatment option for permanent hair removal. In this process, a small charge of electricity is passed to the active hair follicles to permanently destroy them. Like laser therapy, electrolysis is a safe method to remove hair from most of the body except the inside of the nostrils and inner ear.
- It is a proven method for permanent hair removal
- Effective for all skin types and all types of hair
- Complete removal of hair is possible after the full course of treatment
- If you want to treat a large area with this method, the procedure can be time consuming and expensive
- For permanent hair removal, you may have to undergo several treatments
- Each hair is treated individually, so it is painful
- Only a qualified and trained therapist can do it effectively
- Reddening of the skin, even skin soreness may occur and this uncomfortable side effect may last for a few hours after the treatment.
- Hard to remove bent follicles resulting from previous tweezing or waxing
- It may cause skin discoloration due to numerous sessions
Like laser therapy, electrolysis is not covered by insurance. The cost varies because of several factors. It mainly depends on the size of the area being treated and the number of follow- ups required. Some doctors even charge an hourly rate.
Though electrolysis costs less with each visit, you may end up having more sessions than with laser therapy and thus spending more
Which is better?
Both laser therapy and electrolysis produce longer-lasting effects, compared to short-term solutions like shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal provides quicker and faster results.
There are some downsides of electrolysis. It must be spread out over more sessions. The procedure takes more time because it can not cover large areas at once. You may understand why laser therapy is gaining so much popularity.
Bear in mind that it is not a good idea to do one procedure and then the other. If you do that, the effects of the first procedure will be disrupted. Talk to your dermatologist about the best option for you. If you decide to switch from electrolysis to laser therapy or vice versa, you may need to wait several months before beginning.
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We suggest between 4 and 8 treatments spaced every 4 to 10 weeks for most of our clients. Price Per Sessions. Consultation required for the exact price and how many sessions will be required. Packages price and payments plan available.
Full Face $165
Lip, cheeks or Chin $100
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Full Legs $380
Upper Leg $270
Lower Legs $240
Chest or Back $350
Chest or Abs $210
Arms – Half $150
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