What’s the Difference Between Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis?
Many people have questions about the different types of hair removal available to them, and which ones are actually permanent. Some people haven’t heard of electrolysis or don’t know the difference between it and laser hair removal.
The short answer is that electrolysis is the ONLY FDA certified PERMANENT hair removal. Laser, in comparison, is considered by experts to be hair reduction, rather than permanent removal, and often is only available to individuals with darker hair and lighter skin. Electrolysis, in comparison, can be performed on nearly anyone, regardless of skin color or hair type.
Here are some more difference between the two methods:
What is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is the only FDA certified permanent hair removal. Surgeons trust this method to permanently remove hair for surgery prep. Electrolysis works by a small wire being inserted into the hair follicle. Once inserted, two separate but coinciding currents are induced within the wire, alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The alternating current creates heat that coagulates the blood supply that feeds the hair. The direct current creates electrons that combine with the salt and water in your skin to form NaOH (lye), a base. This chemical decomposes the hair follicle. When these techniques are combined, the lye is liquified from the heat and better absorbed by the coagulated tissue. This causes the total destruction of both the hair germ and its blood supply without causing permanent damage to the visible skin.
What is Laser?
“Laser” is actually an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The FDA classifies it as hair “reduction”, not permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair. The color black absorbs light very well. It works on hair dark enough to absorb the laser and skin light enough to reflect the laser. Many people cannot receive laser, especially those with blonde or red hair, or those with darker skin tones. On darker skin, the laser may burn before it creates enough damage to kill the hair. Even if you are a good candidate for laser, a change in hormones can often cause hair to return.
Which One is Best?
If you are looking for FDA certified Permanent Hair Removal, electrolysis is the way to go. Look for a licensed electrologist near you to find out more.
Jewel Hayes is the only licensed electrologist in Northwest Arkansas. Contact her today.