The Difference Between Electrolysis & Laser Hair Removal
At Azure Medical, we only offer laser hair removal and not electrolysis. However, we would like to give our patients the information on the difference between both options.
Two of the most common methods for long-term hair removal are electrolysis and laser hair removal, however few people understand the difference, or which one is better suited to them.
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a hair removal technique that involves an electric current being applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode. This probe goes into each hair follicle to destroy the root, preventing future possible growth. This method of hair removal is particularly effective and worthwhile for those clients that have grey, white or white-blonde hair as these hair colours are not suited for laser hair removal. Another positive to electrolysis is that it is recognised by the FDA as a permanent hair removal solution.
There is of course a downside to electrolysis treatments. While it is a very effective solution, the removal process can be painful and much lengthier than a laser hair removal session. In addition to this, if the hair follicles are bent, which can happen as a result of plucking or shaving in the past, the electrolysis probe can find it difficult to reach the hair root in order to destroy it.
Electrolysis is a very safe treatment option but as with many treatments, clients may experience side effects such as redness, red dots and some swelling. These should all subside quickly.
Why is laser different?
Laser Hair Removal uses a concentrated beam of pure light to target the pigment in a hair follicle. As the pigment absorbs this light, the hair follicle is rapidly heated and permanently destroyed.
Occasionally, for those with very dark skin types, you will need to complete a skin test to ensure you do not have an adverse reaction to the laser. However, as our Laser is so sophisticated and advanced, with such a low risk of causing side effects, this has become a rarity. Once the doctor is satisfied that it is safe to move forward, he or she will move the laser over your skin in the dedicated treatment area, zapping the hair follicles in a quick and easy session. Cool air is used to minimise discomfort.
Each client is different; however, the average person will require 6-8 sessions to remove their hair, each session initially 4-6 weeks apart, with the interval becoming longer as more sessions are completed. Once the hair removal goals have been reached, occasional follow up treatments may be required to maintain hair reduction.
Laser hair removal is not effective on grey, white or white-blonde hair. For those who do not have light hair, laser hair removal sessions are faster than electrolysis and is a lot more cost effective and comfortable. As many males have darker hair, male laser hair removal is very popular.
Which treatment is best for me?
To assess which treatment is better suited to you, consider the above information and come in for a free consultation where we can assess your skin and hair type and discuss the ideal treatment for you. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our male or female doctors, you can call our friendly team on 08 9286 9900 or requesting an appointment online now.
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