Ever wondered the Difference Between Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis?

Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis are two very effective methods of permanent hair removal. But what is the difference between laser hair removal and electrolysis? One method may certainly work better for your skin and hair type than the other so read on to find out more.

Both laser hair removal and electrolysis provide long-lasting effects and are far more efficient than shaving, so that’s a good thing. But neither are a one-time treatment and you’re done. Both methods will take several sessions and there may be a few minor side effects associated with laser hair removal.

Electrolysis takes longer than laser hair removal because it has to be spread out over more sessions. It’s a far more precise process, tackling each individual hair follicle at a time. Therefore, if you’re trying to cover large areas at once you’ll need to go with laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal only works if your hair is dark, like black or brown, and your hair must be darker than the colour of your skin. For blonde hair or hair that’s lighter than the colour of the person’s skin, electrolysis is your only option.

Below is a quick reference guide comparing the two methods:

Sessions:

Electrolysis:

Most people require between 15-30 sessions over an average treatment time of 2 years.
Each session takes approximately 30 minutes

Laser Hair Removal:

Most patients need around 3-7 treatments 3-8 weeks apart.
Each session takes approximately 10 minutes

Effectiveness:

Electrolysis:

Certified as Complete hair removal
Works on all hair and skin types
Not suitable for hair removal from large areas

Laser Hair Removal:

Some patients experience regrowth.
Only effective on black or brown hair.
Suitable for large areas

Side Effects:

Electrolysis:

May include redness, swelling, drying and an increase in ingrown hairs.

Laser Hair Removal:

May include itching, pink skin, redness, swelling, a change in skin pigment, some pain, flares of acne, scab formation and infection.

Pain:

Electrolysis:

More discomfort

Laser Hair Removal:

Less discomfort

Length of Session:

Electrolysis:

Approx. 30-60 minutes

Laser Hair Removal:

Approx. 10-15 minutes

Number of Sessions:

Electrolysis:

Takes 15-30 sessions for best results

Laser Hair Removal:

Usually at least 7

The only way to know what will truly be the best option for you is to come in and see one of our trained technicians. We offer both laser hair removal and electrolysis at The Gentle Touch in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC. We also do laser hair removal for men. We offer convenient online booking and our hair removal experts are two of the best in Vancouver!