Although cultures vary from one country to another, most modern societies have embraced the fact that being hairy is out and being hairless is in.
In most Western societies, hair removal has been the accepted norm since the 1800s. Initially, hair removal started as a fad. Today, most people see it as a part of a self-care regimen or even as a status symbol.
And it is not just the members of the fairer sex who endure the pains of plucking, shaving, and waxing. Even men remove unwanted hair from their bodies.
It’s not just a matter of aesthetics. Unwanted hair, due to either hormonal conditions or genetics, can adversely affect one’s confidence.
A long-lasting solution
Fortunately, you do not have to suffer in silence about your hairy conundrum or deal with the hassles associated with shaving, plucking, or waxing unwanted bodily hair.
Two solutions that you can look into are laser hair removal and electrolysis.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal, as the name suggests, makes use of a laser to eliminate unwanted hair. The laser damages hair follicles, which, in turn, inhibits hair growth. Take note that, according to the American Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association unwanted hair is not all permanently removed; some hairs will still grow back.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, the hair in the area that will be treated will be trimmed down or shaved. After which, the technician needs to match the equipment setting based on both your skin tone and the thickness of hair in the area to be worked on.
A cold gel is then applied to the skin for protection. In some instances, a topical anesthetic may also be used to minimize discomfort. The laser does not work for light-colored hair or dark skin tones.
How electrolysis works
How does electrolysis hair removal work? Instead of a laser, electrolysis uses electrical current in the form of heat to remove unwanted hair. This heat passes through the hair follicles; these become damaged, and further hair growth is prevented.
Before undergoing the procedure, you will need to meet with your service provider for a consultation. Here, you will need to discuss your state of health as well as your medical history.
On the actual day of the procedure, a technician will insert a very thin probe into the target area. After that, the hair root will be permanently damaged, creating this permanent hair removal result.
Weighing the pros and cons
Laser hair removal and electrolysis rank as the most popular hair removal options for both men and women.
If you are still undecided between the two, it would be beneficial to know the pros and cons of each option.
Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal can quickly treat dark, coarse hair in just a matter of minutes. Furthermore, your technician can work on multiple areas during just one session. Many patients report seeing reduction results in only a few sessions.
One of the primary drawbacks of laser hair removal is that it works best only for people with light skin and dark hair.
Apart from that, the use of a laser can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. This means that you should avoid exposure to the sun for at least six weeks prior to treatment.
Other disadvantages include side effects like skin discoloration, blisters, scarring, and swelling.
There have also been reports of severe or life-threatening side effects due to the use of numbing agents.
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method approved by the FDA as permanent. More importantly, it is the only permanent hair removal option currently available.
Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis can work on all hair and skin colors. It can even be used to remove hair from practically any body part.
Electrolysis does not make use of any harmful chemicals and does not require maintenance sessions like laser once the treatment plan is completed.
After undergoing the procedure, you can resume your routine because it does not require any recovery time.
One of the significant drawbacks of electrolysis is that it requires a person to visit the service provider multiple times in order to experience permanent results.
Patients may also experience some discomfort, but this can be countered by taking pain relievers before each session or applying ice to the affected area during and after each session.
Finally, there is a risk of scarring and infection if the equipment used is not properly sterilized and/or if the operator is not well-trained.
The clear advantage
Upon seeing the pros and cons of both laser hair removal and electrolysis, the answer to the question of which procedure you should choose becomes clearer. If you want to banish unwanted hair permanently and safely completed, choose electrolysis.
Mariela Marcantetti is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Furless with centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company offers the latest and only FDA-confirmed treatment to provide permanent removal results to unwanted hair. Mariela is deeply committed to responsible corporate practices and has an active role in her staff’s professional and personal advancement within the electrolysis field and beyond.