Southcenter Electrolysis
Southcenter Electrolysis 


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 being dehydrated and close to the surface of the skin are not successfully treated with laser. The optimal condition for successful laser treatment is very light skin growing very dark hairs. In those with dark skin, the epidermis may absorb the light as well, creating heat and damage to the skin such as hyperpigmentation and significant scarring.

Treatment using laser light can also contribute to hair acceleration, which within a year or so, can cause previous finer, lighter hairs to return with a vengeance appearing even darker, thicker and actively growing much longer in time and length before they shed out.

If the hair is dark, 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 within 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.

 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 and tweezing, electrolysis offers far more success and value to you, especially in the time and expense you would save in the years ahead.


Electrolysis is the ONLY method that is:

“Permanent Hair Removal.”


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.”



Read what the FDA says about Laser for Hair Removal:



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