Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis - What Should I Get?

how long would it take to get laser hair removal all over the body? and how long would electrolysis take? i want to permanently remove hair all over the body but i heard electrolysis takes too long and its painful but laser isn't permanent hair removal it's only reduction im so confused so which one would you recommend?

Doctor Answers (3)

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis - Which is Best?"

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Both electrolysis and laser hair removal result in a permanent reduction in the amount of body hair.  Laser would be more practical, in that it would take much less time, be less painful and I believe would give better results.  Shop around and do your research, real lasers, as opposed to light based systems seem to do a better job.


Medford Plastic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal might be extremely long term

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laser hair removal might not eradicate 100% of hair, but it can eliminate in some patients all the hair for many, many  years. It certainly is much more effective in terms of time of treatments than electolysis. laser hair removal is best on dark hair with a light-colored skin background for safety and effectiveness.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Laser hair removal and electrolysis work in different ways

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Both electrolysis and laser hair removal are effective ways to decrease hair.  Laser only works on dark hair, it is not effective on blond or grey hair.  Electrolysis works on any hair color.  Laser is quick and treats many follicles all at once.  Electrolysis is slower, each follicle is treated individually.  Laser requires more quick treatments of the same area, electrolysis fewer.  Both methods permanently destroy the follicles treated.  More hair follicles become active as we age so touch up treatments may be needed over time with either modality.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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