What They Don't Want You To Know About Electrolysis & Laser Hair Removal
Don't feel badly if you're confused about your options for getting rid of unwanted hair. All of your choices may seem similar but in reality, they are different. When you compare laser hair removal to electrolysis you realize both will remove unwanted hair but the success you'll have can vary depending on your skin and hair type. This is why it is very important to understand the differences between the two type of hair removal. Here we will discuss a few of the similarities and differences.
When performing electrolysis, each hair is individually treated using a tiny needle. The needle is inserted into each hair follicle to block the blood vessel that nourishes the hair. With the vessel blocked, the hair does not grow back. You will feel some discomfort during the treatment. The sensation has been compared to the feeling of a static electricity shock. The treatment is also quite costly costing on average $100 to $200 hour. Due to the high cost, electrolysis is best suited for small areas such as the eyebrows or upper lip.
Electrolysis will cost more than laser hair removal. Each treatment is approximately $50 for a 30 minute treatment. One disadvantage is that you will need 10 to 15 treatments to achieve permanent hair removal.
Laser hair removal works by using light energy to inhibit the hair follicle. This method causes much less discomfort than electrolysis. Each area must be treated by the laser 4 to 6 times before the best results will be noticed. After the required treatments, 90% of the users say the have very little hair regrowth.
Between laser treatments, the user may need to do an at home touch-up to remove any small hairs that may regrow. Each laser treatment is 15 minutes long and costs about $150. During the 15 minute treatment, the bikini area and the armpit region can be completed. It will take about 1 hour to remove hair from both legs.
Lasers perform best on darker hair and light skin since the laser beam acts on melanin which is found in the hair follicle. There are lasers available that will work on light haired dark skinned individuals but the process can take longer contributing to a higher cost.