Electrolysis versus Laser Hair Removal comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartElectrolysisLaser Hair Removal
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Effectiveness Complete hair removal Only effective on black or brown hair. Some patients experience regrowth.
Pain More discomfort Less discomfort
Process Practitioner delivers electricity to the follicle through a metal probe, causing localized damage. Uses selective photothermolysis (SPTL) to cause localized damaged to the hair cell by selectively targeting the melanin in the follicle.
Length of a session Approx. 30-60 minutes Approx. 10-15 minutes
Number of sessions Takes 15-30 sessions for best results Usually at least 7
Cost $65-90 per session (approx.) $150-$200 per session (approx.)
Side effects Redness, swelling, drying and an increase in ingrown hairs Itching, pink skin, redness, swelling, a change in skin pigment, some pain, flares of acne, scab formation and infection.
Regulations FDA Approved for Permanent Hair Removal Unregulated-Permanent REDUCTION
First used 1875 Mid 1990s