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Electrolysis? Or Laser?

Electrolysis? Or Laser?
Did you know that both laser and electrolysis remove hair permanently, and that they have some quite important differences you should know about?  How much hair are you targeting, and what colour is it? Electrolysis treats one hair at a time, approximately 200-800 hairs per hour. Light can treat tens of thousands. Because electrolysis is less costly per hour than light, the rule is, if you have only a few hairs to treat (200 or less) it would make more sense to go with electrolysis.  For large areas or large amounts of hair, light treatments are the most cost effective.What colour is your hair? Electrolysis can kill hair of any colour.  Light can only target pigment, and so it works better on darker hair. Red hair is targeted very poorly by light. Although our Elos technology can successfully treat grey, light brown, and some reds, we may augment treatments with electrolysis. Also, if you have a combination of hair colours, we would recommend using light in combination with electrolysis.How well do you tolerate electrolysis?Most individuals find the sensation tolerable, especially when analgesics are used. If sensation is an issue for you, then light may be your choice. Although it is not sensation free, it is usually acceptable even to the most sensitive individual. The coarser, darker and denser the hair growth, the more the stronger the treatment will be felt. Electrolysis requires the insertion of a probe into the hair while Light can penetrate the epidermis non-invasively. Although we are experts, this may be a consideration for you. Post-treatment effects with these methods differ.  Facial responses to electrolysis are usually quite acceptable, consisting of reddening and slight swelling which normally dissipates with minutes or hours. In some cases a rashy look or a few whiteheads might be a delayed result. Light produces only a slight pinky look with no swelling, and no delayed skin reaction. Light treatments are less likely to result in ingrown body hair. With Electrolysis, body areas develop little reddish brown eschars which last 1 – 2 weeks and this always has to be allowed for when scheduling a treatment. With Light, this does not happen, meaning there is no downtime.Electrolysis can treat hairs in very hard to get at places like ears, nose, it can be selective and therefore do precision sculpting.What is your skin colour? Electrolysis is colour-blind. It treats the follicle only, whereas light, being attracted to pigment will want to heat the skin as well if it is darkly pigmented. ELOS has a distinct advantage over other Light technologies in this area. Because it has Radio Frequency added to Light, the need for Light energy is minimal, and it is therefore safer for dark skins. Efficiency may be somewhat reduced due to lower energy being applied. Dark hairs on light skin will respond optimally. If your natural skin colour is medium or darker, a consultation and test is necessary. Tans should be minimized as much as possible.  If your skin is too dark for light, electrolysis may be your choice.Treatment protocols are different During electrolysis, each hair along with it’s root is removed. You can come in for your treatment with short or long hair, it is up to you. For example, if you’ve been waxing or plucking, you don’t have to let it all grow out and it doesn’t matter what length it is as long as it’s long enough to grasp with a tweezer.  In order to do a Light treatment we prefer that you haven’t waxed more recently than 3 weeks. and we usually prefer that it’s clean shaven (with some exceptions). As the roots shed for up to 2 weeks after the treatment,  It can be shaved during this time. Shedding may involve 10-90 percent of the hairs depending on what kind of candidates they were. There can be a very long period of hairlessness, 4-8 weeks.Treatment scheduling differs somewhat. Electrolysis treatments can be scheduled as needed, every 1-6 weeks depending on the rate of growth and personal preferences. Light treatments, because they’re more costly are done more infrequently in an effort to affect the maximum number of hairs at a time. This is usually every 4-8 weeks. Because of the greater frequency of electrolysis treatments, the whole process may be completed sooner. With adequate regularity, electrolysis may achieve 75% permanent reduction in 6 months.The issue of permanence will not be confusing as long as you remember this. Yes we do permanent hair removal. But hair growth patterns aren’t always complete when you start to eradicate them. After puberty most body areas are complete, and if you treat these you will never see hair there again. Hair growth of the female face and male backs in particular is not always complete and they can have growth spurts continuing into old age as hormones change. How can you know if this will happen to you? Genetics is a clue. Also the density of your fine, as yet unstimulated hair is a clue. A male back that already is completely stimulated from the shoulders to the small of the back is not likely to experience significantly more hair growth. A female face is more difficult to predict, but it’s really irrelevant because a choice of permanence will always result in years of minimal maintenance.Personal consultations are the best way to the find the answers you’re looking for, and they are free!