Laser hair removal VS electrolysis on face? (dark hair, light skin)

I have dark hair and light skin and I'm looking into hair removal on my face (upper lip, chin, cheeks, sideburns, forehead, and cleaning around eyebrows). Since I am a candidate for both, is LHR or electrolysis better in terms of scarring, permanent hair loss, price, etc? Furthermore, I use Proactiv on my face - and I've heard that needs to be discontinued before LHR.

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Laser Hair Versus Electroylsis

E is best on the hair line and for shaping this area, laser hair removal is best with large areas that are very dense.  Best, Dr. Emer.


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal

Thank you for your question deepseteyes. Laser hair removal can lead to permanent hair reduction after a series of six to eight treatments. Those with light skin and dark hair are the best candidates for laser hair removal. Both laser hair removal and electrolysis provide long-term results, neither is associated with scarring. I am not familiar with pricing for electrolysis; pricing for treatments will likely vary from one region to another. Products containing salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide can irritate the skin. For my patients I recommend avoiding such products for a few days before and after any type of treatment such as lasers, electrolysis, chemical peels, etc. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
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