Facial Hair | 26 November 2018

The Difference Between Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis are two very different procedures/methods that are used to remove unwanted hair from the body.

Laser hair removal works when a Laser machine emits energy in the form of heat and light that targets and heats up your hair follicle. This energy will target a large area of hair on the body (between 12mm – 30mm) every time it is discharged and allows the quickest treatment time of both options.

The laser cannot target blonde, red or grey hairs as it depends upon pigment within the hair to absorb the light energy and deliver it to the hair bulb where it destroys the follicle’s ability to reproduce new hair.

Electrolysis is a very precise method of hair removal and can only target individual hairs with each application and works by using a direct electrical current to remove individual hairs from the body. A very fine needle-shaped electrode is inserted into the skin and an electrical current is delivered which produces heat that will destroy the hair root.

This is a very slow method of hair removal as it can only treat individual hairs but it can be effective at treating some blonde or grey hairs that laser has no effect upon due to lack of pigment in these hairs.

Is laser hair removal or electrolysis better for facial hair?

Electrolysis is a good way to remove excess facial hair and is an excellent option for people with blond, grey or red hairs. Electrolysis provides a reduction in facial hair growth for up to 3-4 weeks after each treatment.

Laser hair removal is the best option for the treatment of excess facial hair for those that have dark coloured hair in the area. The laser can target many hairs at once so is often a lot more efficient and although both methods will require maintenance from time to time laser does provide a far superior outcome on all dark hair types.

How often will I need to have electrolysis treatments on my face?

This will be recommended to you by your specialist but sessions are typically weekly to start and will then move to every two weeks until the hair starts to clear. A number of sessions will be needed to reduce the hair and maintenance sessions may also be required on an ongoing basis.

Although this treatment is clinically proven to deliver results, progress is slow because each hair has to be targeted individually. Laser hair removal is the best option for facial hair removal and will deliver superior results much faster than electrolysis, during a laser session several different hair follicles are targeted meaning fewer sessions and faster results. For the laser to be successful it is essential that all hairs in the treatment area are dark.

If you would like to speak to one of our consultants about our laser treatments for the facial area please do not hesitate to contact us. Our laser consultations are completely free of charge, find out how laser treatment can benefit you by contacting us today.