When it comes to removing hair from your face (and body, for that matter), there are really only two methods that work for a long time: electrolysis and laser hair removal. And if you are like most people, you are probably wondering which method is best.
We all know that hair on your face is really the most annoying and the most undesirable of all the hairs on your body because you can’t hide it under clothing, unlike the other hair on our bodies. Everyone, especially women, who battled with a lot of facial and body hair knows how annoying certain procedures are in the quest of becoming hairless. In this article, we’re going to talk more about laser removal and electrolysis side by side so you can make a decision on which method is best for you.
The laser method is really best used on individuals with light skin and dark hair. It may burn individuals with dark skin and never give optimal results for those who have light hair since the laser targets the pigment or the dark skin color. Advancements in laser technology allows treatment for individuals that typically do not fit the hair and skin profile.
Electrolysis, on the other hand, may be used on anybody despite their skin or hair color since it attacks hair follicle itself, and never the pigment within the hair. So, right off the bat you can say that electrolysis is a better procedure, however, this really isn’t the case all the time. Like anything else, laser and electrolysis are technologies, and just like any other technology, it’s how you use it that counts. So, when trying to remove facial hair, finding a good technician also counts.
How often and how long do you need to do each procedure in order to see results?
Usually not that long. In the case of laser, working on the eyebrow area usually just takes fifteen minutes. This is because facial zones are small. Most technicians will recommend four to six sessions spread out within a month apart to have the best hair reduction results.
With electrolysis, each follicle needs to be individually treated, and results rely on the kind of equipment used as well as the specialist who administers it, as many are preferable over others. For instance, one treatment around the eyebrows might take 15 minutes to half an hour by having an experienced specialist work on you. In general, however, in order for this procedure to work, you would need between 15 to 30 sessions. You can expect great results with this procedure.
But effectiveness aside, you are most likely also wondering about the costs involved. With laser, each visit can set you back by $200 to $900 each time. But this really depends on the size and the region receiving treatment and also the facility. Because the facial zones are fairly small, you can expect the cost to be lower when you do the math. With electrolysis, a typical 30-minute session costs around $45 and can treat a little area, such as the eyebrows, with each brow being pulled out from the tips.
Lasers feel like a rubber band that snaps upon your skin along with warmth you feel. Everybody has their very own ability to tolerate pain and discomfort. On the other hand, those with coarse and dark hair will most likely feel a lot of burns. So men’s laser treatment within the areas of the beard-mustache will be more painful than the usual woman’s upper lip, brows or face.
With electrolysis, the pain level really depends on the patient, as everyone has their own ability to tolerate discomfort. Electrolysis treatments have a stinging as well as pricking sensation to it, and you can feel it with every follicle.
When it comes to the risks, laser treatment around the eyebrows could be harmful when the light beam gets in contact with your eyes. Also note that skin could possibly get discolored when it’s done incorrectly.
Speaking of results, it’s been proven that laser can help eliminate 40% to 80% of hair. Electrolysis has better statistics, however, the results are not guaranteed for everybody as follicles could be bent or misshapen because of tweezing or waxing, affecting the results of the treatment.
Anyway, if you’re still undecided on whether or not you should go for laser or not, you should check first which facilities are found in your area, and if they’re any good. As mentioned, both are technologies that are tools for removing hair, and just like any other tool, it’s not what you got, it’s how you use it. So, go ahead and do some research.
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