Laser or Electrolysis?

Which should you choose

Electrolysis Treatment Room

Methods of Hair Removal - ELECTROLYSIS & LASER

Electrolysis and Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) are two methods of hair removal.  Electrolysis is the term used to describe the thermal and/or chemical decomposition of hair follicles using radio waves and/or direct electrical currents. Radio waves and direct currents are introduced into hair follicles by very fine, sterile needles.  Laser hair removal creates a photothermic effect on hair follicles by passing a pulsating beam of light through the skin.  The dark hair roots absorb the laser light and create heat rendering the hair follicles inactive.

The effectiveness of laser hair removal depends on factors such as hair color, skin tone, and treatment area(s).  Dark objects absorb light and radiate heat so lasers target the dark hair roots under the surface of the skin. If hair is white, grey, red, blond or very light brown the laser light is not absorbed by the hair root. Laser is most effective on people with very light skin and very dark hair. Electrolysis is not dependent on the presence of melanin in the hair and absence of melanin in the skin so it works on all hair color and all skin tones.

Laser has the advantage of speed (per treatment session) over electrolysis so it may be the preferred method of hair removal from large areas of the body such as legs and back.  Multiple hairs can be treated with one pulse of light while electrolysis treats one hair follicle at a time.  Electrolysis offers more targeted, individual hair removal and is an ideal method for defining eyebrows, straightening hairlines, shaping beards, and treating lip lines.  Electrolysis is also the recommended method of hair removal for clients with darker skin tones due to laser’s paradoxical side effect.

A paradoxical side effect of laser hair removal has been noted in people with darker skin tones. Middle Eastern, Hispanic, Indian, African American, and Mediterranean individuals whose skin was exposed to laser light during the normal coarse of laser hair removal treatment, started growing excessive amounts of hair.  The phenomenon is known as Laser-Induced Hypertrichosis and appears to have the most profound effect on the face and neck. Research continues into the cause of this phenomenon.

Laser or Electrolysis?

A combination of laser hair removal and electrolysis works well for many people. Laser is a fast method for removing dark body hair from lighter skin toned people. Electrolysis is the recommended method of hair removal from the face and neck and is often used as a follow-up treatment to laser hair removal on the body.  Laser treatments can reduce the strength of body hair and render the follicles inactive for long periods of time. Electrolysis is the only method of permanent hair removal.

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Laser or Electrolysis?

Laser or Electrolysis Hair Removal

Find out which is best for you!

Hair Removal With Permanent Results

The term electrolysis is used to describe all methods of permanent hair removal. The electrolysis modality was the first method used to remove hair permanently back in 1875. The term electrolysis branded the process of permanent hair removal.

Find out everything you want to know about electrolysis, the only method recognized as permanent hair removal by the FDA.


computerized Aplius xCell

Chantilly Electrolysis invests in quality equipment, including the computerized Aplius xCell, to ensure that your treatment is comfortable, safe, and effective.

Chantilly Electrolysis Location

Chantilly Electrolysis | Permanent Hair Removal near Chantilly, VA

Chantilly VA Office

Call 703-543-5677
4460 Brookfield Corp. Dr., Ste B
Chantilly, VA 20151

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The Proven Hair Removal Solution

Whatever your hair removal needs may be, electrolysis has a solution. Get answers about how electrolysis can address unwanted hair issues just like yours.

For curly, wavy or coarse hair
For dark skin
For hormone imbalance or PCOS
For men
For teenagers

Electrolysis tips from hair removal professionals

Did you know?

Gently exfoliating your skin before your treatment opens up the follicles and lets the unwanted hair slide out more easily.