Electrolysis versus Laser and Intense Pulse Light Treatments

If you are trying to decide which is the best treatment for your hair removal needs, it can be really complicated. Here is some information about both treatments which should hopefully give you the advantages and disadvantages of electrolysis and laser and Intense Pulse Light so that you can make a more informed decision about which treatment is the best for your needs.

Electrolysis is the only treatment on the market that can offer permanent hair removal. It can treat all hair colours including blonde and grey, and is also suitable for all skin colours. It can also be performed on skin that has a suntan, though it wouldn’t be advisable on sunburn! It can be slow as each hair has to be treated individually, and it can take more than one treatment for that hair to be permanently treated. So how many treatments are required? This is a common question that is often asked and one that can’t be clearly determined at the start of treatment as many factors have to be taken into consideration. It can depend on the extent of the condition, how often treatments are given and hormonal influences. Treatment is progressive and with time and patience results can be very successful for most people. Electrolysis is more suitable for hair conditions that are refined to smaller areas, though can be carried out on large areas if time and budget constraints are not an issue. For genital hair removal prior to transgender gender reassignment it is the only recommended treatment due to the permanent option. Transgender clients often prefer it as facial hair removal because of the fact that it can offer permanence, even though it can take time, money and patience.

Laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments offer permanent hair reduction. In other words it won’t clear all active hair follicles but will reduce them back to a lesser level. If a clearer result is required then often electrolysis can be performed to ‘mop up’ the remaining hairs. It only works on darker hairs as pigments are required to heat the follicles in order to render them unable to produce hairs. It is also better if the skin is fair to provide a greater contrast between hair and skin colour. Laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments cannot be performed on skin that has a recent sun tan. Because the hairs aren’t being individually treated it is beneficial for larger areas requiring hair removal as it can be quicker and cheaper. On the down side it has been reported that sometimes the hairs treated can regrow after a couple of years. Intense Pulse Light is often more successful if the skin is fairer and lasers can be the treatment of choice for darker skin colours.

It is always important to have a thorough consultation prior to whichever treatment you choose. Ensure that all your questions are thoroughly answered and that you feel confident in the hands of the therapist performing the treatment. It is important to have a patch test especially prior to laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments to ensure that treatment is appropriate, and hairs are responding at the required level of the machine.