Getting to the Root of Electrolysis Laser Hair Removal

Getting to the Root of Electrolysis Laser Hair Removal

Electrolysis laser hair removal: This one phrase is actually two separate procedures that are somewhat similar. All too often they are interlaced and thought to be one in the same. The separate procedures both have the same end result; it is the actual procedure that differs. With varying number of treatments and the actual process necessary, it is important to note how each procedure works and who would be eligible to receive treatment.

So, what is the difference?

For an electrolysis treatment, a small needle is inserted into the hair follicle. Once it is in place, an electrical current is sent through the needle to reach the hair root. The root dies and prevents the regrowth of hair. Conversely for laser hair removal, Intense Pulse Light, or IPL, is focused on the unwanted hair.  This flash of light targets the hair, or more specifically the melanin, heats it to a point of burning, and thus destroying the entire follicle.

Will it work for me?

Of the two procedures mentioned, electrolysis should work any patient because there is no fear of damage to the surrounding skin. However, due to the light being directed not only to the unwanted hair but also at the skin level, laser hair removal should only be applied to those patients that have dark hair and light skin. Other patients may experience skin burns.

How many treatments do I need?

The actual number of treatments is going to vary and can only be determined by the amount of hair that is needed to be removed. For cases that will involve multiple treatments, both procedures will need to have a month of recovery time in between sessions. Time involved with treatments will typically be quicker with the laser treatments; the average session ranges from fifteen to twenty minutes. An electrolysis session typically takes about an hour.

There are advantages and disadvantages to either hair removal procedure. By talking to a certified specialist, he or she can answer all specific questions and help decide the best course of action for each patient.

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