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 Electrolysis reigned absolute until the 1990s

Although laser hair removal technology is truly a game changer in the industry,  it has important significant limitations and  electrolysis still has a very important place in permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis (more accurately known as thermolysis) destroys the hair by the same process as laser does.  This process is heat. The big difference is, in electrolysis the heat is generated through a probe which is manually inserted into each hair follicle.  Usually the skin is more irritated by this procedure and may become swollen for a short time and there may be minimal temporary discolourations.  Since the introduction of laser hair removal, the use of electrolysis is usually used only when:

  1. The hair is white or blonde
  2. the hair is very fine
  3. The hair is growing in a hard to get at place, like in the nose or ears
  4. Eyebrow shaping
  5. The  skin is too dark for laser
  6. There are only a few hairs. If you can easily count them, then it would be cheaper to do electrolysis.   If there are a lot, then it’s generally more economical to go with laser.

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