Does laser work for everyone?
The differences between electrolysis and laser treatments used to reduce hair are many, but the main difference is how energy is converted for destruction of the lower follicle. With laser, light energy turns into heat energy when a dark hair (or dark skin) absorbs the light and produces heat.
Think of two cats in the sun, one white and one black. When you touch them, which one feels hot? The black one, right?
Laser light works in much the same way. It must pass through the skin and into the lower tissues beneath the epidermis, including the hair follicle. The concentrated laser light is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) of the hair growing inside the lower portion of the hair follicle.
Hairs that are light and hairs in the resting (telogen) stage, dehydrated and close to the surface of the skin are not successfully treated with laser. The optimal condition for successful laser treatment is light skin growing very dark hairs. In those with dark skin, the epidermis may absorb the light as well, creating heat on the surface of the skin.
This can lead to skin damage such as hyperpigmentation and significant scarring.
Treatment using laser light which produces heat can also contribute to hair acceleration, which in a year or so, can cause finer, lighter hairs to grow back darker, thicker that can actively grow for a much longer time before they shed out.
If the hair is dark colored, in the actively growing stage and fully engaged in the depth of a well-hydrated follicle in very light skin, chances are that it will absorb the light and heat of the laser adequately enough to produce the damage necessary to reduce the hair growth cells and the hair follicle.
Unlike laser treatments, electrolysis is successful for eliminating hair of any color, thickness, depth in any stage of growth, with skin of any color.
Electrolysis uses three modalities of electricity to cause direct destruction of the hair growth cells within lower hair follicle itself. Each, or a combination thereof, causes the tissue to coagulate and renders the growth cells permanently disabled. The treatment is focused, exact and targets each follicle. The electrologist will work with you, your skin and comfort level to obtain the best results. Their skill along with your commitment to the treatment process will determine the success of permanency.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments vary. Electrolysis isn't measured in the number
of treatments as is laser. Electrolysis is measured in clock hours combined with frequency of treatment over a period of time for permanent hair removal.
with each person. Factors are considered such as the hair growth cycle, the
quantity, density and structure of hair presented, previous use of temporary
hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes,
certain medications and stress influence the treatment program for each
individual. It is very important to adhere to the recommended treatment schedule
to achieve optimum results in the shortest period of time.
It doesn't take as long as one would think; with consistency, the time between treatments can lengthen and treatment time in the office is reduced within just a few months with fewer and finer hairs. Most facial areas around the mouth are sucessfully treated within a year.
Compared with laser treatments, threading, waxing, tweezing...Within a relatively short investment of time and cost up front per treatment, Electrolysis offers far more success and value to you, especially in the years ahead.
Are all hairs eliminated in one
treatment or is regrowth to be expected?
Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ (or basal) cells may require additional treatments. During the course of treatment and due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as
hairs emerging from a dormant phase will be treated and may be visible at the
same time as finer hair regrowth. Only hairs that are visible can be treated.
Finally, the main difference between the two is how the
FDA allows the methods to be labeled.
Laser can only be called “Permanent Hair Reduction.”
Electrolysis is the ONLY method that is:
“Permanent Hair Removal.”