Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal

Electrolysis is an only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal from face or body. For best results, it’s required to have multiple sessions.

How does electrolysis hai removal work?

The process of removing hair follicle with a very fine needle-shaped electrode or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root.

There are three types of electrolysis:

  • Thermolysis
  • Galvanic

Electrolysis is the best method for permanent hair removal while laser offers permanent hair reduction that lasts for about 2 years.

Electrolysis is suitable for different hair and skin types. It doesn’t target hair pigment like a laser, but attacks the follicle itself, so people who aren’t good candidates can still get electrolysis. That being said laser unit can only be used on those with light skin and dark hair because it can burn those with dark skin and not give optimal results for people with lighter hair.

How many sessions are needed?

Laser:  Small areas like facial zones aren’t time consuming. Usually it takes between 6-9 treatments for permanent hair reduction.

Electrolysis: It’s time consuming, you will need about 15-30 sessions for best results. Also treatments last very long since because it’s necessary to treat the center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers. It can take up to 18 months to treat a single area.

Pain level

Laser: It’s a feeling of a rubber band snapping against a skin with heat sensations. Laser treatments on dark, coarse hair feel like a burn.

ElectrolysisEveryone has their own tolerance to pain. Electrolysis has been linked to a stinging and pricking sensation for each follicle.


Laser: Each visit averages from $200 to $900 based on the treated are and clinic.

Electrolysis: An average 30 minute session is about $45 if a small area is being treates such as eyebrows.

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