The Difference Between Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal

May 9, 2019 3:04 pm Published by

If you’re actively looking to get rid of some unwanted hair, there’s a chance that you’ve heard of both of these options. If you’re trying to make a decision between the two, it’s important to educate yourself on how they’re similar and how they differ. 

What Is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a method of hair removal that utilizes a specialized device to disrupt hair growth. The device emits shortwave radio frequencies to the hair follicles, which damages them to the point where hair will no longer grow.

Don’t worry, this is not a painful process. The most common side effect that patients experience as part of their electrolysis treatments is some slight redness of the skin. All treatments are incredibly safe when performed by a licensed professional. Electrolysis is even backed by the FDA as a permanent hair removal solution. Currently, the only providers allowed to perform electrolysis are licensed electrologists who have graduated from a full time electrology course and passed practical and written state tests.

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Laser Hair Removal in St. Petersburg, Florida

Another common treatment method for unwanted hair on the body is laser hair removal. Instead of using radio frequencies, this method is performed with high-heat lasers that administer small, controlled amounts of radiation to the targeted area in order to damage the hair follicles and prevent new growth.

Just like electrolysis, laser hair removal requires several treatments before results will become permanent. There are, however, more minor side effects associated with this course of treatment, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Irritation
  • Changes in skin color
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Blisters

If these symptoms do not resolve themselves within a few hours of your laser hair removal treatment, please contact Meenakshi Jain, MD to address them. These risks, and those associated with electrolysis treatments, both worsen considerably if you choose not to have your hair removal procedure completed by a professional.

If you would like to learn more about each of these treatment options, please contact us today at (727) 343-9004 to schedule a consultation! You can also request an appointment online