Dreaming of permanent hair removal but wondering which treatment to use: laser hair removal or electrolysis? Learn about the differences between laser treatment and electrolysis to help you decide which option offers the best results for the best price.
Laser Treatment vs. Electrolysis
When it comes to permanent hair removal results, which method is best?
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used on most parts of your body to achieve permanent hair removal results. The laser treatment works by sending out a beam of light energy that targets the pigment found in hair follicles. The light energy disables the hair follicle, preventing it from growing back. Because hair must be in the active growth stage to have enough pigment to target, you’ll need to repeat the procedure a few times to deactivate all the hair follicles. Individuals with dark hair and light skin will see the best results with laser hair removal, although different laser treatment wavelengths may work on individuals with darker skin.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis can be used on all parts of the body. The process works by sending an electric current into each hair follicle to destroy its root. There are two main types of electrolysis – galvanic, which uses chemicals, and thermolytic, which uses heat. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis requires multiple treatments to achieve permanent hair removal results. Expect 15 to 30 sessions total with electrolysis (compared to three to four with laser hair removal). Electrolysis does not target pigment in hair follicles. Candidates who aren’t eligible for laser treatment because of skin or hair color can turn to electrolysis as an alternative.
Can I afford permanent hair removal results?
Yes! Both laser hair removal and electrolysis can be worked into your budget. Consider the continual costs of shaving and waxing over the years compared to the initial investment of these permanent hair removal treatments. The cost for electrolysis or laser treatment will vary depending on where you live and the area you are targeting. On average, the cost of a full laser hair removal treatment for one body part is $500. Laser hair removal at home costs around $400 and can be used to treat as many body parts as desired. It’s difficult to give an average cost for electrolysis because the number of treatments needed vary widely from individual to individual depending on the denseness of hair in a particular area. Expect to pay $500 to $2,000 (or more) on average for each area treated.
And the winner is …?
Both laser hair removal and electrolysis offer pros and cons, and individuals may decide one treatment will benefit them over the other. Laser hair removal generally costs less and requires fewer treatments, but it cannot be used on certain skin tones or hair colors. Electrolysis works on all skin tones and hair colors, and can be used anywhere on the body. Both methods are safe – they’ve been approved by the Federal Drug Administration - but be sure to research the technician, facility or laser hair removal kit thoroughly before starting your treatment. Don’t waste another minute dealing with shaving nicks and cuts or cringing at the thought of ripping off those waxing strips – permanent hair removal results are possible! Start your electrolysis or laser treatment today and wave goodbye to your unwanted hair.
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