LASER VERSES ELECTROLYSIS
What is the difference between laser and electrolysis?
Whether to get laser or electrolysis, this is a modern question that only can be answered by the individual. I do both laser and electrolysis. Here is some information to help you make that choice for yourself. First I will explain how laser and electrolysis are similar.
BOTH are effective tools to achieve permanent hair removal. Both are a process of treatments. How many treatments for both varies for each individual depending on their needs.( Hairs have 3 growth cycles; anagen, catagen, telogen which means growing, resting, shedding, so not all hairs are present during treatment). This explains why whenever someone waxes they think they are growing less hairs, because if you pull a hair out by either waxing or plucking, that hair will take about 3 months to regrow (depending on the area of the body, since the growth cycle varies), so the hairs that come out in a day or two after waxing are the hairs that were already going to pop out. It takes about 3 months to allow all waxed hairs to regrow. People will then say to me “ Oh no, my hair come back the very next day” but like I said it is physiologically impossible for hairs to reform that fast. Actually waxing or plucking will increase hair growth in the hormonal areas, such as women’s face, breasts, and abdomen. Waxing or plucking non hormonal areas not affected by hormones are fine to wax, ei legs, eyebrows etc. The reason being the blood nourishes the papilla (the part of the root that produces the hair, which is what we target to destroy). The blood also carries hormones that produces and increases hair, in the hormonal areas.
Hormonal conditions, such as; polycystic ovaries, thyroid problems, endometriosis, and others, usually are going to take the longest, I usually tell these patients that we are going to become good friends. This is because the body will usually continuously stimulate new hairs. I can only destroy hairs that are present, I cannot destroy future hairs. Often after all the hairs are removed, they may need what I call maintenance treatments of about 10 minutes once a month, until their body stops spitting out new hairs. But actually you never can tell, I’ve actually had some polycystic ovary syndrome patients that finished treatments sooner than normal. Gentics is another very important factor, Mediterreanians are the hairiest while Native or Asian are the least. It is different from person to person, I’ve had people fall asleep during treatments others have to use EMLA numbing crème to help them through. Both require a hair, skin and medical history evaluation during consultation.
was invented in 1875 and is a proven and effective method of permanent hair removal for any color of hair. The treatment begins with sanitizing the area to be treated with usually witch hazel. Then a needle is inserted into the follicle opening. This is not piercing the skin but sliding the needle into the follicle. You should not feel this part if your Electrologist is any good. Then heat is applied to the papilla (the part of the root that produces the hair) which destroys the hair from growing. This hair is then removed with tweezers. After all the hairs are removed. The area is sanitized again, then usually Neosporin or aloe vera is applied. The skin is usually pink for about 15 minutes after, but as you can imagine this also varies from person to person depending on skin type. If your skin is pink longer or you have any other problems you should tell your electrologist she may need to adjust your settings. Settings are set during the consultation depending on patients tolerance as well as their skin tolerance. I’ve had patients ask to have a stronger treatment, but their skin could not handle more so I have to stay within the limits of what the skin will allow.
We don’t want any scars or hyper pigmenting. Patients are advised to not touch the area treated because oil and bacteria are on their hands and the follicles are open for about 24 hours. This is hard to do since hairs are often removed from the face people want to touch the hair free area. I had one patient complain of pimples after treatments, (which is usually what occurs if touched). She insisted that she wasn’t touching, I finally asked her if she rested her chin on her hands during class and she realized she did. When she stopped, her pimples went away. Patient returns for next treatment depending on their hair growth needs, could be twice a week at first, once a week, every 3 weeks, just depends. Length of treatment time and frequency of visits will diminish over time as patient progresses. Usually for about 2 years, but could be more could be less, everyone is different. Women’s facial hair represents about 90% of my electrolysis patients. Unwanted facial hair is caused by genetics and hormones and usually develops during puberty, pregnancy or menopause. When hormones are imbalanced. This is also why treatments can take up to 2 years or even longer, until hormones get balanced the body can continue to spit out new hairs.
Only works on dark hair, black or brown, because the laser targets the pigment of the hair. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment of the hair and converted into heat which burns the hair resulting in destruction of the follicle. The treatment consists of first shaving the area to be treated. This is because we want to direct all the laser energy below the skin where the papilla (root) is. Then the laser is scanned over the area. The dead hairs fall out on their own, usually in about 3 days. Patient returns for next treatment in about 6 weeks. Total number of treatments is about 3-5, I'm having excellent success with this new laser I'm now using. Total numbe of treatments.