Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis- AFYA Skin and Body Clinic


There are tons of hair removal options out there today. For many people, the upkeep of waxing and shaving can be too much, which causes them to turn to more permanent options. At AFYA, we offer both electrolysis and laser hair removal, and often get asked what the differences are. Here is everything you need to know about these two hair removal options!


Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the most effective treatment for removing unwanted hair on the face and body. A pulsated light beam targets the pigmentation in the base of the hair follicle, destroying it with a quick burst of heat. This safely destroys unwanted hair while keeping the skin safe.


Although laser hair removal is highly effective, it works best on people with light skin and dark hair. The laser can burn those with darker skin as it targets the melanin in the skin, not just the hair. Those with lighter hair might not see as optimal results as the laser can’t easily locate the light hair.


Laser hair removal usually requires between 5-8 treatment sessions, about 4-8 weeks apart. Luckily, laser hair removal isn’t too painful depending on the location. Clients compare it to a mild snap and heat sensation.


Electrolysis Hair Removal

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal treatment that works on all hair and skin types. It works by inserting a thin metal probe into a hair follicle without penetrating the skin. A low-level electrical pulse is then delivered to the follicle, causing it to fall out.


This is the best treatment option for people with darker skin or people with blonde, grey/white, or red hair. Because this treatment targets the hair follicle, not the pigment in the hair, it can be used on any hair or skin color. However, it’s better suited for smaller areas as each individual follicle must be treated so it may take longer for those wanting larger areas.


Electrolysis hair removal sessions take longer than laser hair removal, as each hair follicle has to be targeted. This requires more sessions, usually 15-30 with about a month in between. It’s slightly more painful than laser hair removal, with people describing it feeling like a brief pinch and a heat sensation.


Wondering which hair removal treatment is best for you? Contact us today to book a complimentary skin consultation!


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