Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal: Which Procedure is Best for You?

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If you are tired of shaving every other day, are annoyed with ingrown hair, or irritated with painful waxing procedures, then it is time to start looking at alternative hair removal methods. When comparing electrolysis vs. laser hair removal, you will see that both are common ways to get rid of unwanted hair through the prevention of growing hair follicles under the skin. Targeting hair growth in this manner can lead to long-term results.


What the Procedure Entails

During electrolysis, a skincare professional inserts a small, delicate needle into each follicle of hair. The needle delivers an electric current that destroys the follicles, which are then removed individually using tweezers. Electrolysis may be painful and may feel like a hot pinch. As the procedure works on the hair in an individual manner, it may take a number of sessions to destroy all of the follicles fully.


Some of the advantages of electrolysis include:

  • Removes hair permanently, so there is no maintenance
  • No chemicals are used in the removal process
  • Works well for all skin types and colors
  • Effective on all areas of the body including the eye area


Depending on the area of the body, most guests will need to return for a series of sessions before complete removal. Treatments occur one or two weeks after the previous one. For the most part, there is little to no aftercare instructions that clients must follow after each treatment.

Laser Hair Removal

What the Procedure Entails

In a laser hair removal treatment, a professional technician will use light-energy to target the hair follicles. The energy damages the follicles to the extent that it slows the growth down significantly. While it is not a permanent removal solution, the effects do last longer than traditional at-home methods. When the hair grows back, it grows in lighter and finer.

Before starting the treatment session, the laser technician reviews medical history, exposure of sun, and develops a treatment plan. When the treatment begins, a gel is applied to the treatment areas to help the laser glide smoothly across the skin. The procedure is comfortable, and the laser has a cooling tip that helps make the treatment more pleasant. Both the technician and guest will wear eye protection while the area is being treated. This treatment is excellent for guests who have dark hair and fair skin, although the technician can adjust the settings of the laser to target different colors and thickness of the hair.


Guests who choose laser hair removal notice a variety of benefits such as:

  • A versatile procedure that can be done on all areas of the body
  • It is a fairly fast procedure, and small treatment areas can be completed within minutes
  • The lasers are very precise
  • Long-term results may be seen after only a few sessions
  • Lighter and less dense regrowth of hair
  • Very little, if any, recovery time


Before and after the procedure, sunlight should be avoided, and for best possible results, guests should schedule follow-up procedures four to six weeks apart. Depending on the person, it may take up to eight sessions to see the desired results. However, after this, maintenance is only needed once or twice a year.

Contact Focal Point Salon and Spa

If you are looking for a better way to remove unwanted hair, you may want to explore these two long-term options. For electrolysis or laser hair removal in Phoenix, contact us at Focal Point Salon and Spa. One of our salon professionals will sit down with you and discuss your goals and individual situation. Based on what you want and your skin and hair color, you can determine which treatment is the best for you.


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