Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis - Which is Best?

Can someone reccomend, which process works best. Laser hair removal or electrolysis?

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Laser hair removal vs electrolysis

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Laser hair removal is not permanent. Electrolysis can be permanent.

Laser hair removal covers large areas much quicker. Electrolysis treats one follicle at a time.

Laser hair removal only works for dark hairs. Electrolysis is color blind.

Laser hair removal requires multiple treatment spaced apart by 4 weeks. Electrolysis kills the hair follicle upon treatment once.

Both have the potential to scar.

West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

If the hair has pigment, LHR will be better

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We have had the candela gentle lase for hair removal, and also an aesthetician for electrolysis available for the last couple of years. Patients that used to get electroylsis are so mauch happier with LHR.

Laser hair removal in many patients can be almost permanent(there may be some minimal regrowth over many years requiring perhaps yearly "maintenance" tx). The more pigment the hair has the better and quicker the results will be. The energy created by the laser seeks the pigment in the "root" of the hair and heats up the follicle. Unfortunately if there is no pigment, grey or blonde hair it doesnt work.

In those patients with blond or gray hair electrolysis may be helpful. Electrolysis isnt permanent and will require maintenance tx.

John E. Gross, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis

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Laser hair removal is superior to electrolysis in most cases.  A laser can cover large areas that are just not practical to treat with electrolysis because electrolysis is a technique that literally treats one hair at a time.  On the other hand, laser hair removal requires dark brown or black hair to be effective.  Therefore electrolysis is the procedure of choice for white, blonde, or grey hair.

Laser hair removal is also not precise enough to do detail work like shaping eyebrows.  This is another case where I refer to my nearby electrologist.

Todd Minars, MD
Miami Dermatologist

Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis

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Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both effective and permanent -- when performed correctly. For thick, dark hair -- on any skin type -- lasers will be faster and less costly because many hairs are treated simultaneously. For fine, blond, red or gray hair, lasers will not be effective and electrolysis is a good option.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

LASER hair vs electrolysis

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Both laser hair removal and electrolysis can be effective treatments.  Some important considerations are:

-LASER hair is much faster than electrolysis.  Laser hair removal of the back can take as little as 15 minutes.  Electrolysis will take at least 4 hours for this area

-Laser hair is much cheaper than electrolysis since it is much more efficient

-Electrolysis can treat blonde and white hair, laser hair removal can not

-Laser hair can only target hair in anagen phase, while electrolysis targets all hairs irregardless of phase

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 181 reviews

Both Are Good Options

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Laser hair removal is the gold standard for hair removal of dark hair follicles. We do recommend Electrolysis for patients with blonde or grey hair - it will give those patients a better result.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis

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Laser light sends heat to multiple hairs and destroys the cells. Electrolysis targets each individual hair, surgically removing one follicle at a time with a needle. you could have some scaring involved if not performed correctly. Laser is a permanent reduction. Focuses on large areas and has no down time.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

Both achieve lasting reduction but Laser Hair Removal is usually best.

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Laser hair removal and Electrolysis are the two technologies that offer you lasting reduction in hair growth. Electrolysis uses electrical energy to create a thermal and chemical  injury to mature hair follicles. When done professionally, this can result in lasting hair growth reduction. The problem is that only mature (larger) hair follicles can be treated, the process is tedious and there is some potential for damage to the skin surface that may cause scarring. This is often impractical for anything other than small areas. You can count on many sessions (>10) to see a worthwhile impact on commonly treated areas. For very small zones, light colored hair,  sparsely located coarse hairs on delicate areas or hairs associated with moles that are not going to be removed, electrolysis is still a primary strategy.

Laser hair removal (LHR) can effectively disable hair with follicles (hair shafts) of many different sizes. Less damage to the skin surface occurs newer technologies and very careful technique. LHR can also treat small or larger areas very efficiently with most patients achieving lasting reduction after 5-6 sessions. The limitation of LHR is that light colored (blond, grey and red) hair does not respond well. If you think the options through, going to a reputable clinic with current technology is the safest, most efficient and most economical solution for unwanted hair growth.

Dr. Mosher

Mathew C. Mosher, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis

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Laser hair removal covers areas faster than electrolysis which targets individual hairs. It depends on the size of the area you wish to treat. 

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis

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when we compare to Electrolysis vs. Laser hair removal, I can say Laser hair removal works best unless your hair is white.

Jhonny Salomon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon

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