What is the difference between laser and electrolysis hair removal?

If you have excess hair on your arms, legs or face, then you may want to consider a hair removal treatment to boost your confidence and help you achieve the smooth skin you desire. However, with two options to choose between – laser and electrolysis – which one is right for you? Below, we’ve rounded up the pros and cons of both treatments.


Electrolysis offers complete hair removal


Laser hair removal is only effective when carried out on black or brown hair, whereas electrolysis offers complete hair removal regardless of the colour of the hair. The level of discomfort you’ll experience is dependent on the treatment, too; electrolysis is more painful, or at least more uncomfortable, than laser hair removal.


The process is different between treatments


With electrolysis hair removal, your beauty practitioner will deliver electricity to the hair follicle through a metal probe, which causes localised damage to the cell, removing hair. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, uses photo thermolysis to cause the same localised damage, but unlike electrolysis, this treatment targets the melanin in the hair follicle.


The side effects of electrolysis and laser hair removal


Although the process of removing hair will have side effects regardless of the treatment used, these do vary between treatments. With electrolysis, you can expect redness, swelling, drying and an increase in the number of ingrown hairs on your arms, legs and face. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, can result in itching, pink skin, swelling, a change in your skin’s pigmentation, pain, the potential for acne, the formation of scabs and the potential risk of infection.


It’s important to note, however, that by taking good care of your skin and following the advice of your beauty practitioner when undergoing the treatment, you’ll be able to reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms. Symptoms will vary depending on the sensitivity of your skin and your reaction to the laser or electrolysis treatment.


Cost can determine which treatment you’ll pick


While these figures will vary from person to person, the number of sessions you’ll need to complete the hair removal process is determined by the type of treatment you choose. The average electrolysis treatment lasts between half an hour and an hour, and it takes between 15 to 20 sessions for the best hair removal results. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, has a shorter treatment time of 10-15 minutes, and you’ll need approximately seven treatments to feel the benefits of the treatment. For this reason, laser hair removal is often considered the more cost-effective option, but this depends on the cost of individual sessions at your chosen hair removal practice.


Book your hair removal treatment at Belgravia Cosmetic Clinic


At Belgravia, we offer a range of treatments to remove hair from your body. Our innovative soprano ice laser treatment takes laser hair removal to the next level, is perfect for the whole body, and is virtually pain-free and recovery-free. We also offer a range of electrolysis hair removal treatments, the only solution for removing grey, white and light coloured hairs that lasers cannot target. Get in touch today to find out more.

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