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Electrolysis Hair Removal vs. Laser

The two main forms of hair removal available today are electrolysis and laser. Though the goal of both is to permanently remove hair, there are differences between the two treatments methods.

See the list below for a comparison.

  • True electrolysis dates back to 1875 and is a proven treatment method while laser hair removal is a relatively new form of treatment. It follows that the long term effects of laser treatment are unknown at this point.
  • Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal treatment approved by the FDA. Laser treatment can claim hair reduction but not permanent hair removal.
  • Electrolysis is a 100% effective treatment for permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal treatment reduces hair count by 40 - 80%.
    Studies have shown that hair will begin to reproduce from 12 to 18 months, and some even sooner, after the first laser treatment.
  • Electrolysis can be used on any hair and skin type. Laser treatment works only on darker hair and lighter skin since it targets pigment. The laser interacts with the melanin in the dark hair and effectively eliminates the hair. If your hair is light, laser hair removal is much less effective. If your skin is dark or tanned, the melanin in your skin will tend to absorb the laser. This will not only impede the laser's ability to attack your hair follicles but may cause permanent damage or scarring to your epidermis.
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