Electrolysis Versus Laser Hair Removal - Which is Better?One of the most common questions asked of hair removal experts is "which is better - electrolysis or laser?". In this section we will attempt to provide a definitive answer to this question. It's no mystery that we are electrologists and therefore clearly favor electrolysis as a treatment option, but we believe the hard facts of this debate support our position.
Laser Hair Removal
C ountless laser hair removal services have opened in the past several years and all of them promise great results at unbeatable prices. However, these services rarely mention that laser hair removal is severely limited in its ability to remove hair and is simply not an option for many people.
The device commonly used in laser hair removal treatments works by targeting a dark colored hair pigment. For this reason people with fair hair often see sub-par results from laser treatments and those with both dark hair and dark skin often cannot be treated at all because they risk being burned by the laser. While generally safe for those who are candidates for treatment, it is still possible (although rare) that scarring or skin pigmentation problems can result from laser hair removal treatment. This side effect is not a concern with electrolysis.
Last but most significant is the fact that Laser treatment is NOT a permanent solution to remove ALL unwanted hair. The Mayo Clinic estimates that laser treatment generally reduces hair counts by only 40% - 80%, whereas electrolysis has been proven to completely remove ALL hair.
The Bottom Line: Laser hair removal should really be referred to as laser hair reduction. It's a viable option to reduce problematic hair for people with certain skin and hair types but is unlikely to permanently remove all unwanted hair.
Electrolysis Hair Removal
E lectrolysis has been studied and recognized as a permanent hair removal solution since 1875. Since then the nature of treatments has advanced significantly. Today, leading electrolysis clinics such as Hairless NYC use sophisticated computerized modalities to permanently remove all unwanted hair from any location on the patient's body. Treatments quite comfortable for nearly all patients and consistently yield lasting results.
Electrolysis works very differently from laser treatments. Unlike laser, which targets the pigment of hair, electrolysis targets the hair follicle itself via total electro-coagulation of germinatives cells. In plain terms, it uses a low level electrical current to destroy hair "at the root" and prevent regrowth.
Unlike laser, electrolysis is safe and effective for ALL types and colors of skin and hair. Because it works at the follicle level, it's an "equal opportunity hair remover". Grey, blond, dark, fuzzy, course, ingrown, or any other type of hair can be completely and permanently removed with electrolysis treatment.
The Bottom Line: Where science is concerned, there is only one solution that's truly proven to be effective at PERMANENTLY removing unwanted hair from people of all skin/hair types. That solution is Electrolysis.
Electrolysis is the ONLY treatment option that's Approved by the FDA for Permanent Hair Removal!
Unlike laser treatments, which the FDA have only approved for permanent hair REDUCTION, electrolysis is FDA-approved for Permanent Hair REMOVAL!.
D on't take our word for it, here's the exact language used by the FDA in reference to Laser hair treatments:
"Manufacturers may not claim that laser hair removal is either painless or permanent unless the FDA determines that there are sufficient data to demonstrate such results. Several manufacturers received FDA permission to claim, "permanent reduction," NOT "permanent removal" for their lasers. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair."