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Laser or electrolysis for darker skins

The chart provides laser fees for common areas

Laser is the preferred method of permanent hair removal,  but can everyone benefit from it?

The combination of light skin colour and dark hair is ideal.  Why?  Laser destroys dark hair better than lighter hair because the darker the root is, the more the laser is attracted to it generating more heat.  However, it could also be attracted to dark pigment in the skin itself which could cause damage.  Therefore, lighter skin will tolerate higher treatment levels and will respond more quickly because of it.  Dark skins can benefit too provided that the hair is relatively coarse.  In fact, skins that are Fitzpatrick type IV with coarse hair, can have superior results, often requiring fewer than the recommended 6 – 8 treatments.  This is because the hair in dark skins is intensely black.

It is recommended for darker skins to begin with laser before they proceed to electrolysis if there is a significant amount of coarse hair. Is it safe? Hyper-pigmentation is a skin’s response to injury, and the treatment of a follicle with heat is an injury on a very small scale.  Fitzpatrick type V skins may react this way, resulting in a speckled or mottled appearance for a number of weeks or even months.  Generally Type IV do not. Nevertheless, laser may be  less likely to cause hyper-pigmentation in dark skins than electrolysis will.  Finer hair will respond very well to electrolysis with very minimal after effects while coarser hair responds more slowly to electrolysis than to laser.

Is it possible that the laser could stimulate hair?  Studies indicate that ‘paradoxical stimulation’ does occasionally occur.   At Genie Solutions we have found very few clear cut cases of stimulation.  There can be other causes of stimulation during treatment such as stress, certain health conditions, weight gain, natural hormonal changes and medications.

If there is a suspicion that hair stimulation is occurring, treatment intervals  should be increased and the client should not shave for several days prior to a treatment so that the progress can be documented.

 

 

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Results in darker skins

On the plus side of the laser pulse

On the plus side of the laser pulse

Go with laser... When the hair is visibly dark and there's a lot (a few dozen or more). Electrolysis would be suitable as well in this case because the end cost would be similar.  The more hair there is though, the more cost effective laser becomes. Sometimes it comes...

How long will it take?

How long will it take?

6 - 18 months (with regular treatment) When receiving efficient electrolysis  treatment regularly for a any area, 75% of the offending hairs can be eliminated within the first four to six months.  The key is clearing the area once every two weeks.  If the hairs are...

Have you heard that laser isn’t permanent?

Have you heard that laser isn’t permanent?

 Why the confusion about the permanence of laser? Electrologists provided the first and only permanent relief from disfiguring hair for over 110 years.  Then in the 1980’s a new method emerged that would be a real game changer in this field.  Sufferers of hirsutism...