Laser Hair Removal versus Electrolysis Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal versus Electrolysis Hair Removal

Laser hair removal and Electrolysis hair removal are the only two types of permanent hair removal currently offered to the public. Many of our guests are unsure of what the best method is for them. At our laser med spa we offer laser hair removal service and do not offer electrolysis, however we’ve broken down the key differences between the two for anyone who may be on the fence.

What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a form of hair removal typically performed by a dermatologist or skincare professional. This technique works by inserting an epilator into the skin, this device administers shortwave radio frequencies into the hair follicle. The damage caused to these follicles results in no new hair growth and for old growth to fall out.  Many treatments are required for full results, as only a small area can be treated at a time.

Side effects and risks

Common side effects of electrolysis hair removal include minor redness, swelling and/or skin irritation. These side effects usually subside within a day. A bigger risk associated with electrolysis hair removal is the possibility of infection from needles that haven’t been properly sterilized. This can result is permanent scarring.

Aftercare and follow-up

Electrolysis offers permanent results because of the destruction caused to the hair follicles. The thicker the area of the hair being treated the longer it can take to reap the full results of the treatment. Sessions are usually booked weekly or bi-weekly, electrolysis requires many more treatments than laser hair removal as only small areas of the skin can be treated at once.

Laser Hair Removal

Urban Body Laser is Vancouver’s most trusted laser med spa for permanent hair removal. We believe laser hair removal to be the most effective, innovative and efficient means of permanently stunting the growth of hair. Laser hair removal works by targeting the darker pigment contained in your hair, this leads to a damage in the follicles that over the course of a series of treatments permanently removes hair from the body. Permanent results are achieved after up to 12 treatments spaced roughly between 6 and 11 weeks apart.

Why Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be done on almost any area of the body one may face unwanted body or facial hair. You can expect to go about your regular activities immediately following your treatment, there is no downtime required! After just your first treatment you will notice a dramatic reduction in hair, when hair does grow in it’s much finer and generally lighter in colour. Our laser med spa has four different hair removal systems to treat just about any skin or hair type.

Side Effects

Side effects from laser hair removal treatments are minimal- some guests may experience mild redness or sensitivity, however when these symptoms are present they tend to resolve within a few hours.

What to Expect

Most guests report minimal amounts of pain during their treatments however if you have sensitive skin you do have the option to have a numbing gel applied prior to treatment. At our laser med spa we take every precaution to ensure your treatment is as safe and comfortable as possible. Some guests enjoy an ice pack or cool compress on the skin immediately following their treatment.

Laser hair removal works by preventing hair growth not by physically removing it. We do ask our guests to do a thorough shave of the skin the day of treatment.  

Follow up treatments are required, with our “Touch ups for life plan” you’ll receive 12 treatments and free follow-up touchups if you ever experience any regrowth.

Depending on the equipment our technician selects for you it may be advised to minimize your sun exposure up to a month prior to treatment. Tanned skin may put you at risk for increased sensitivity, burning or pigmentation issues.

Are you ready to ditch the razor for the laser! Get smooth skin for life with laser hair removal at Urban Body Laser!

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