Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both long-term solutions to reducing unwanted hair from any part of the body. Unsightly hair growth can cause aesthetic concerns to many people, and it can be confusing for an individual to determine the best treatment option in their case.
Rejuvenate Medical Spa, led by Dr. Bijan Farah, is a state of the art facility providing anti-aging, aesthetic, skin care and hair removal procedures. The med spa receives patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, CA, and surrounding areas. The aesthetic experts at Rejuvenate will explain the pros and cons of various treatment options to help the patient make the right choices.
Skin and Hair Color
One of the key differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis treatment options is that each treatment may be more suited for a particular skin and hair color. The medical spa may recommend laser hair removal treatment for patients with light colored skin and dark hair. The laser beam will naturally target the pigmentation or the dark color. Therefore, the dark hair will be eliminated most effectively because it will have maximum absorption of laser energy.
However, if the skin is dark it can get burned with laser. Sometimes a combination of laser and radiofrequency may be used to overcome this limitation of skin and hair color. Electrolysis, on the other hand, can be used by any person irrespective of their hair or skin color. This technique focuses directly on the hair follicle, and not the pigmentation, which makes it largely free of color limitations.
Rejuvenate med spa aims to provide the most efficient and convenient solutions for skin care, anti-aging and hair removal. Patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, CA, and nearby locations have an opportunity to receive state of the art treatments at the facility. Laser hair removal treatments are typically faster and require fewer treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
For instance, a laser hair removal treatment for eyebrows may take about 15 minutes for a single session. A total of four to six sessions, spaced about a month apart, may produce the optimal hair reduction outcomes. However, in case of electrolysis, each hair follicle must be treated individually, which can be longer procedure. A single treatment session for eyebrows may last between 15 and 30 minutes, and the number of sessions required may be significantly higher than in the case of laser.
Pain and Discomfort
Pain and discomfort in case of both laser hair removal and electrolysis can vary from one patient to another, depending on their pain tolerance and the area of treatment. Laser treatment will usually produce a heat sensation and the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin.
If the hair quality is coarse, the patient may feel more of a burning sensation. Therefore, a man may feel a stronger sensation in the beard and moustache area compared to what a woman would feel in the lips, chin, or cheeks. Electrolysis typically involves a stinging or pricking sensation in each individual follicle during the treatment.