Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal – Advantages and Disadvantages

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depending upon where you have your  hair removed can affect the cost of the procedure
depending upon where you have your hair removed can affect the cost of the procedure | Source

Removing unsightly and unwanted hair is a battle waged for many women every day. Many are considering the having electrolysis or laser hair removal done as an alternative to traditional hair removal treatments.

Traditional hair removal is usually shaving, hair removal creams, shaving, plucking and other painful treatments that are only temporary in nature.

One of the most typical questions asked is which method of hair removal is better, electrolysis or laser hair removal. Both of these methods have advantages and disadvantages.


Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. These methods of hair removal have been performed for over 150 years in one form or another. With the advancement of technology leading electrolysis centers have the technology to removal all unwanted hair from any area of the body safe and easily.

The difference between electrolysis and laser hair removal is electrolysis doesn’t target the hair itself but the hair follicle.  A low level of electrical current destroys the root of the hair follicle making it impossible for the hair to grow back.

The benefit of electrolysis is all hair and skin types are safe. You can remove gray, coarse, blond, brunette and any other type of hair regardless of skin type.

Although the expense is more than laser hair removal, the results are much better overall.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is has an advantage of being a fairly inexpensive method of hair removal and this has attracted many people to the services.

The apparatus, a unique laser, commonly used in laser hair removal treatments works by targeting the pigment in hair follicles, specifically the melanin.

Melanin is found in dark colored pigments of hair. Because the laser is targeting melanin in the hair patients that have fair hair, which contains less melanin, will see less than stellar results from laser hair removal than darker haired patients.

People with dark hair will see much better results than their lighter haired counterparts. However, the laser used in laser hair removal cannot differentiate between the melanin in hair and the melanin found in the skin beneath. The laser will target the darker hair as well as the darker skin. This can result in having minor burns, minor blistering, scarring and some discoloration in many treatment cases. Therefore, the ideal patient has lighter skin and dark hair. These side effects are not seen with electrolysis.

Most significant is the patient seeking permanent removal of the hair will not find this the case with laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is semi-permanent. It will not totally eliminate all unwanted hair. The success rate is reducing hair counts by 40% to 80%, but electrolysis can permanently remove unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal should actually be referred to as hair reduction and not permanent hair removal. It is an option for those with lighter skin and darker hair and not a permanent hair removal treatment.

In addition, a repeat treatment or treatments will be needed to keep the results you desire.

Several things to keep in mind when using both methods; use a licensed professional for the services being provided and remember the price of either type of service  is relative to the size of the area being considered for treatment

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SuccessfromHome 5 years ago from Bedford, Ohio

Great Hub! Thanks for the info...

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BDhire 3 years ago

Nice hub :)

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