If you have unwanted hair, you’ve probably tried a few different methods of removing it. You might have also found that it just keeps coming back unless you find a long term or (ideally) permanent hair removal solution.
Electrolysis and laser are two of the most popular long-term hair removal methods. But did you know that only one of them gets permanent results? So what’s the difference between the two? And how can you make sure the time and investment in unwanted hair removal is worth it in the long run? Never fear, we’ve got the answers to all your questions about laser vs electrolysis right here.
How do they work?
Galvanic electrolysis works by delivering a tiny electrical current via a fine sterile probe to the opening of the hair follicle, which then permanently halts the hair growth cells in the bulge. In Victoria electrolysis hair removal is a safe and hygienic process undertaken by a trained technician and does not require any preparation by you prior to treatment.
Laser treatment works by delivering pulses of highly concentrated light emitted from a handheld wand into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light which then zaps the hair and slows the regrowth cycle. The day before laser treatment you will need to shave any area being treated (even for a brazilian).
Are both methods suitable for everyone?
Laser treatment works on most areas of the body for darker hair, but won’t pick up blonde, red or grey hair as there is no pigment for the laser to target. For some people, the heat generated by lasers can cause discomfort and heat-related side effects such as rashes and swelling after treatment.
Electrolysis is for everyone, regardless of your skin tone, hair texture or colour. It’s safe and suitable for all areas of the body including the face, neck, torso, hands and feet and even sensitive areas like the bikini line and beyond.
Is it permanent?
Laser slows down hair growth and makes hair regrowth finer, but it isn’t permanent. Over time, hair will regrow and you will need to go back for follow-up treatments. From a cost and time perspective this can add up, so consider it a long-term commitment.
The benefit of electrolysis over laser is that once you have finished your galvanic electrolysis treatment, you’re done for good. That’s because electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method. By permanently halting the hair growth cells in the follicle, the hair cannot grow back. It’s also the only permanent hair removal method to be given the tick of approval by the American FDA.
The other benefits of electrolysis over laser is that it suits most hair types, textures and colours, and it is suitable for every skin tone. Basically, it’s the only permanent solution for everyone. You can find out more about the benefits of galvanic electrolysis here.
To find out more in person, get in touch with Advanced Electrolysis Melbourne to book a free consultation. One of our highly skilled technicians will listen to your concerns, assess your needs and recommend an electrolysis treatment plan just for you. They’ll take you through the time your treatment will take, the number of sessions you will need and an estimate of cost. They will also explain aftercare, how to look after your skin after each treatment and everything you need to know so you can get rid of that unwanted hair for good.