Electrolysis vs Laser Hair Removal

Electrolysis Hair Removal Laser Hair Removal
Hair removal/reduction amount Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method, as corroborated by the FDA.

It is currently the only method of hair removal that will last for your entire life.


Laser hair removal is a long-term method of hair reduction that lasts for about 2 years. You can expect about 45-90% of hair growth reduction.

Laser can in some cases actually stimulate hair growth, and make the hair coarser and darker, especially on the hormonal areas (face, nipples, stomach).

Who can have hair removal?


Everyone can get electrolysis hair removal. Laser hair removal only works on people with light skin and dark hair. The darker the hair, the better.

The main people that see results with laser are non-hormonal people, working on non-hormonal areas, with the perfect blend of “light skin, dark hair.” Arms get really bad results from laser.

Method of hair removal A metal probe that looks like a tiny needle is inserted into the skin until it reaches the follicle. Electricity is sent into the follicle in order to permanently destroy it. It’s much more precise than the laser. It’s not killing the actual root of the hair.

The electricity makes the follicle incapable of producing any more hairs. And that’s why electrolysis is the only permanent method.

Pulses of laser light are sent to the follicle, which should permanently destroy it. However, the follicle is not permanently destroyed unlike electrolysis. The follicle only pauses from producing hairs for a certain amount of time, on average, 2 years.

Laser may produce short-term results results faster, and the sessions are shorter, but for the long term electrolysis is more effective.

How long to complete


It can take between 9 months up to 18 months to treat a single area. It depends on the surface of the area you are having treated. The difference is also made by fine hair growth or heavy growth. If instance, if it’s leg hair removal, it will take possibly 2 years of sessions to complete.


Each session lasts from 15 minutes to an hour. You may want to start with weekly sessions then change to monthly sessions.

Often 3 – 6 sessions are needed for reducing hair growth for 2 years, but it may take up to 10 sessions or even 20 sessions depending on your hair. Maintenance is required about every 6 months to 1 year.


Amount of pain Electrolysis is mostly pain-free. Discomfort is felt, like a warming sensation, but not pain.


Laser is known to cause pain. That’s why there’s even a special numbing crème used. It can be really bad for some people, but others describe it as a pinch or rubber band snap.

Laser burns the skin, not the root of the the hair like electrolysis.


The Proof is in–With Electrolysis Vs. Laser Hair Removal, Electrolysis Wins

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