Electrolysis VS Laser Hair Removal

Laser is, without a doubt, leading the beauty industry in the hair removal category, from celebrity endorsement to the ever-growing laser center locations across the country. Questions arise, though.

  • Is laser hair removal permanent?

  • Are you a good candidate for laser hair removal?

  • What is the difference between laser and electrolysis? Why should I choose electrolysis hair removal?

Laser hair removal works by emitting light to destroy the follicle and prevent more hair production. Although laser can prove effective in some instances to REDUCE hair growth, it has not been verified to remove the intended hairs forever. Laser results typically do not last forever; some hairs often grow back. For this reason, laser manufacturers received FDA approval for "permanent hair reduction."


What is the difference between electrolysis and laser hair removal?

  • Hair/Skin/Permanency

Laser targets pigment: the darker the hair, the better the result, but there must be a contrast in skin tone. The darker your skin tone is, the lower the success rate; the lighter your skin tone, the better your chance of success. Laser is also ineffective on blonde, grey, white & peach fuzz hair.


Electrolysis directly targets the cause of your hair growth. Electrolysis process: a very thin probe is inserted into the follicle to attack the structure that causes hair growth; the hair follicles are treated individually. Compared to laser, electrolysis might seem tedious because it treats individual follicles vs. an entire area at once, but electrolysis will result in permanent hair removal.


Unlike laser, electrolysis is effective on all skin tones and hair types; that includes blonde, white, grey hair & peach fuzz. Electrolysis is also FDA approved to remove unwanted hair permanently.


Are you a good candidate for laser?


Laser treatments are recommended for large areas with dense, dark hairs (i.e., underarms, pubic region, male-patterned beard). It will often be suggested (if you're a laser candidate) to start treatment of these areas with laser hair removal to reduce the number of hairs before starting electrolysis. If successful, this process will save you both time and money overall!


In conclusion, Laser treatments can benefit the right candidate before starting electrolysis treatments. Still, it can also offer no success on certain hair types, hair-skin tone contrast & areas of the body. So research your options or schedule a consultation to see what choice proves best for you!