If you are looking to put down the razor and get more long-lasting hair removal, you have a choice. The old-school method is electrolysis. A more modern approach is laser hair removal. Both options will get the job done, but each one takes a different approach. So, what is the difference between electrolysis and laser hair removal?
What Is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis uses shortwave radio frequencies to damage hair follicles and stop hair growth. Hair follicles are what you might call the pores that grow the hair and surround the root.
Electrolysis targets one hair follicle at a time. As an epilator device targets each strand of hair, it emits radio waves that damage the follicle. This damage causes existing hair to fall out and can keep new hair from growing back.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light to damage the hair follicles, slowing down hair growth. After treatment, new hair may still grow but will likely be finer and lighter.
Should I Get Electrolysis or Laser Hair Removal?
Electrolysis is a standard treatment for hair removal and offers more permanent results. However, since the procedure is more tedious, it may take many treatments to completely eliminate unwanted hair from your target area. You might experience some redness and minor skin irritation following treatment, but there are fewer side effects.
Laser hair removal offers a more convenient treatment option for unwanted hair. Treatment time is shorter, with fewer sessions to achieve a noticeable reduction of unwanted hair. After a while, any hair that grows back is much thinner and easier to manage.
Trust Westchester Dermatology Medical Clinic for Your Hair Removal Needs
Both electrolysis and laser hair removal are only as good as the clinician providing the treatment. You want to see someone like Dr. Sherri Peace, MD. Dr. Peace is a board-certified cosmetic and medical dermatologist who specializes in both hair removal treatments.
Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Peace to determine which laser hair removal method is best suited for your needs. Both are available at Westchester Dermatology Medical Clinic. Call 310-645-6001 today.