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Laser Hair Removal

by Aziza · December 1, 2020

Hair removal treatments are common procedures that a beauty clinic undergoes on regular basis. Naturally, there are any options available, each with its own benefits and risks. This article is going to explain two famous methods of hair removal i.e. electrolysis hair removal and laser hair r vs.emoval to give you details so that you can decide which option is better for you.

  • Electrolysis Hair Removal
  • Benefits and Risks of Electrolysis Hair Removal
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Benefits and Risks of Laser Hair Removal
  • What is the Verdict?

1.

Electrolysis Hair Removal

Electrolysis is a hair removal technique that targets hair roots and follicles. It interferes with hair growth and diminishes it many electrolysis sessions over time.
This treatment uses shortwave, radio frequencies and targets it at hair follicles to disrupt its growth. The hair follicles are damaged which causes hair to fall out and the new hair doesn’t grow as easily as it normally would.
electrolysis hair removal at beauty clinic

Different body parts can be treated with this method including facial hair, upper lip, eyebrows, chin, arms, legs, abdomen, breasts, bikini line etc. Except a slight reddening of the skin, there are not side effects of this procedure.
Procedure of electrolysis hair removal treatment:
During this treatment a device or an epilator is inserted in your skin which emits shortwave radio frequencies. These waves are meant to target hair follicles in order to solve the problem of unwanted hair at its root. The follicles because of the action of the energy produced by those waves disrupt the hair growth causing hair to fall out.
It not only causes hair to fall out but also inhibits new hair growth which has the potential to make this procedure a permanent solution to the problem of unwanted hair. Electrolysis is an approved process of hair removal and is known to be a permanent solution to unwanted hair problems.
This process is done by inserting a device in your skin so it can be painful. Therefore, the process must be done by a trained dermatologist. In order for the process to be permanent, you need to go through this process in a number of sessions with your dermatologist.
Generally, it might take 8 to 12 appointment with your dermatologist but how long it really takes for you depends on what you are treating. Your dermatologist will give you a better idea on how long the process should take for your case.

2.

Benefits and Risks of Electrolysis Hair Removal

Electrolysis has following benefits:

  • Permanent removal of unwanted hair
  • Inhibits new hair growth
  • Suitable to all skin and hair types
  • Can be used on any body part
underarm laser hair removal treatment

Risks:

The process can be a little painful as the device is inserted inside the skin to target hair follicles with radiofrequencies. It can be done for all skin types and skin color. The doctor can give you anesthetic cream to deal with the pain. Other than that, you might experience some redness after the procedure which subsides fairly quickly afterwards. Pain after the procedure and swelling are rare occurrences.
Other possible risks could be because of the equipment used. If it is not used by a trained dermatologist, there could be a chance of infection through unsterilized needles. You might get left with scars in such cases. As mentioned before, see a properly trained and experienced dermatologist for this procedure.

Follow-up Procedures:

Having a permanent hair removal solution is what many of us desire and this procedure promises that result but it cannot be achieved in one appointment; especially if you are getting treated for a large surface of your body or for an area that has thick hair growth.
There must be multiple sessions of this procedure as prescribed by your dermatologist. Once you are done with all your appointments and procedures and you have results, they last you a lifetime. There is no more need for follow-ups or maintenance once your hair is gone.

Costs:

Costs really depend upon the area of your body getting treated and the number of sessions deemed necessary by your dermatologist. Based on these factors, the cost may vary greatly. Generally, it is costly and not covered by insurance. With each appointment, the cost might drop but you might have many sessions to see through already.
Whatever any salesman might say to you, at-home epilators are not the same thing and are not as effective in removing hair.

3.

Laser Hair Removal:

Laser hair removal is a popular hair removal treatment at beauty clinics. It is more popular than electrolysis and its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. As the name suggests, it uses laser to target unwanted hair.
a man undergoing laser hair removal treatment
Laser hair removal can be used on any part of your body including face, arms, underarms, chest, bikini line, legs, eyebrows, upper lips, chin etc. It essentially can target any part of the body for the removal of unwanted hair.
This treatment provides you long term solution to unwanted hair problem but its is not permanent. The hair might grow back after some time, but the new growth will be light. In this case as well, you need multiple sessions to achieve what you require in terms of hair removal.
Similar to electrolysis, this procedure also targets hair follicles or the root of the hair and provides 50 to 95 percent of hair removal.
Procedure of laser hair removal treatment:
In laser hair removal treatment, a concentrated laser beam is directed at an area on your body that is being targeted for unwanted hair. It uses mild radiation from high-heat lasers. The laser beam heats up the hair follicles and they are damaged inhibiting normal production of hair in the future.
This treatment does not permanently solve the problem of unwanted hair. It slows down hair growth. After some time, the hair might grow back but they turn out very fine hair as compared to before. This is why you need to arrange multiple appointment with your doctor so that you can achieve a long-term solution to unwanted hair.
The doctor takes into account the color of your skin as laser reacts differently with darker skin and light-colored skin tones. Dark colored skin may react with melanin in your skin and may cause an effect of burning of skin. Light colored skin does not experience any such thing and the procedure works better on lighter skinned.

4.

Benefits and Risks of Laser Hair Removal

Following are the benefits of this procedure
Painless Treatment
Inhibits new hair growth, new hair is very light and manageable
More suitable to lighter skinned people
Can be used on any body part
Has no downtime
Minimal side effects
unwanted hair removal can be achieved with laser hair removal or electrolysis

Risks:

This procedure might cause redness in some people. It can change the color of skin in dark skinned people. In some rare cases, it might cause blistering or crusting of the skin. It may also cause irritation.
During the procedure, you might a slight feeling of discomfort for which your doctor can apply numbing cream.

Follow-up:

You can expect great results from laser hair removal that can be long-term, but they are not achieved after one session. You need to go through all of the sessions as prescribed by your doctor. The number of sessions you require depends on what area is being treated.
Laser hair removal works wonders, your hair does not fall right after the first treatment. The treatment destroys the hair after few sessions. It takes some time for it to shed after follicle(damages the hair follicle) is targeted. Even if you experience hair growing back, don’t worry, it is part of the procedure. With new hair growth laser works better when hair follicles are in early growth stages.
Very likely you will have a few appointments to complete before you start seeing results. Different people experience different results depending on their hair growth. The results can last months for some people and for others, years. It is therefore important that you keep maintaining the results of your laser treatment over time with new hair growth.

Costs:

The cost of laser hair removal treatment depends on how big of an area of your skin is being treated. It depends on how long it will take for results to appear and how many sessions your dermatologist has advised you. Based on these factors, the cost may vary. The expenses of such treatments are not covered with insurance.
There are certain devices available in the market that claim to remove unwanted hair with laser as laser treatment does. It should be noted that these machines are not as effective as the procedure done in a clinic in professional environment.

5.

What is the Verdict?

Both of these procedures have their own advantages and disadvantages. This article goes through both process in great detail. What stands out in electrolysis hair removal treatment is that this treatment is permanent. Once you get done with this procedure and you see its results, you do not have to go back for maintenance over time.
clean smooth legs devoid of any hair after treatment

Laser, on the other hand, has to be maintained over time. Although the hair growth is light, you would still need to see your dermatologist to get rid of those hair. Laser is not al all painful while electrolysis can be a little painful.
Based on results and maintenance procedure, electrolysis procedure seems to work the best. You get rid all of your unwanted hair at the end of the procedure with no more appointments. The only downside is that it doesn’t cove large body areas at once, so they need to be done over multiple sessions.
Your particular case and what might be best for you may be different and may depend on your medical history, skin condition etc. Therefore, a professional advice is what you need before opting for any treatment. Do your research so that you are more involved in this procedure but take your dermatologist’s opinion into account while deciding what procedure to undergo.

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