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Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis


 

Electrolysis is often compared to laser hair removal, but their qualities are inherently different. Laser hair removal is currently the most effective method of hair removal because of several innate properties. Lasers target hair beneath the skin, at the follicle, non-invasively and have the longest-lasting effects. Methods such as tweezing, waxing, and shaving irritate the skin, cause ingrown hairs, and can never be permanent.

Electrolysis is another long-term method of hair removal that also targets hair beneath the skin, but it has its disadvantages. Electrolysis is an invasive, tedious procedure, because a small electrode that feels like a needle is inserted into each follicle one at a time. The procedure can be extremely painful, last for long periods of time, and require many more visits than laser hair removal. Also, due to its invasive nature, infections are very possible. Large areas such as backs, legs, and arms are nearly impossible to complete due to its time-consuming progress and the immense number of hair follicles in those areas. Laser hair removal is quick, targeting hundreds of hair follicles with each pulse which lasts less than 1 second.

Another disadvantage to electrolysis is that the straight needle, when inserted into a follicle that is not straight, may be ineffective and inflicts damage on the skin. Most hair that has any curl or wave also has a follicle that is not perfectly straight. Despite these disadvantages, electrolysis is better in only one area. Laser hair removal does not treat non-pigmented hairs, such as gray, white, and very red hair. Lasers cannot do this due to the lack of melanin.

Laser hair removal is a fast-growing industry, due to its numerous advantages over other forms of hair removal. It is quick, non-invasive, long-lasting, and safe when performed properly. At Cosmetic Laser Solutions, Dr. Goldboss has performed over 10,000 laser procedures and continues to perform all the procedures.

 

 

 


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