Laser, IPL & Electrolysis Hair Removal Explained: What Are They and What Are the Differences?
We get these questions, in not every day, every second day….
What is laser hair removal?
What is IPL hair removal?
What is Electrolysis hair removal?
What are they and what are the differences?
We like to summarize all of them as, “The Hairline Differences”
Now-a-days, hair removal and hair removal devices are all the new rage! Gone are the days of ‘hair’ being in fashion. Now we want it gone, all gone. Kinda like it never even existed. However, even with all this new technology, it’s not unusual to have users shy away from these new products, most often because they fail to understand the intricacies of how these specific methods work.
The three most prevalent methods currently are Laser Hair Removal, Hair Removal through use of IPL (Intense Pulsated Light) or Electrolysis Hair Removal. The oldest among these three methods appears to be the Laser, which is why most of us have a vague understanding of what happens with the use of the Laser and allow that knowledge to be our footing for the alternate two methods. A little known fact is that while the oldest among these three methods appears to be the Laser, it’s actually Electrolysis that is the oldest.
Since there is 3 methods of permanent hair removal in the current ‘Hair Removal Rat Race’, these methods can be extremely confusing, so I decided to help you understand the intricacies of each method and help you decide for yourself which one is the one for you! Don’t worry, it is not that uncommon not to understand the differences, often the terminology with hair removal is interchangeable between all hair removal methods of IPL, Laser and Electrolysis Hair Removal.
|Name||Laser Hair Removal||IPL (Intense Pulsated Light)||Electrolysis Hair Removal (Epilation Laser)|
|How it works||Laser Hair Removal, works by emitting pulses of laser light which permanently damages the hair follicle at its root.||IPL or Intense Pulsated Light works by emitting an intense light travels through the skin and on reaching the hair bulb changes into heat and basically fries the hair at its root.||Electrolysis, works by injecting a fine hair like probe into the hair follicle and then emitting a electric shock which kills the hair at its root.|
|Level of Invasiveness||Laser Hair Removal, is only mildly invasive, as it is conducted through a slight light emission that pierces through the layers of skin to the hair follicle.||IPL or Intense Pulsated Light is also only mildly invasive, as it is conducted through a similar, light emission that pierces through the layers of skin to the hair follicle.||Electrolysis unlike Laser Hair Removal or IPL is an intensely invasive procedure conducted through a fine needle which pierces through every hair follicle to send the required electric shock.|
|How long the procedure takes||Laser Hair Removal, takes about two sessions to show minimal results, and can span over a time of 8-10 minutes per body part, or slightly longer if the surface area is larger, such as a leg, or forearm.||IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light, takes about five to six sessions to show proper results, and like Laser Treatments can span over a time of 8-10 minutes per body part, or slightly longer if the surface area is larger, such as a leg, or forearm.||Electrolysis, takes about twenty to thirty sessions to show final results, and can span over a time of 5-10 hours per body part, or slightly longer if the surface area is larger, such as a leg, or forearm.|
|How Painful is it?||Laser Hair Removal, is a relatively pain free procedure if undertaken by a seasoned professional and even where pain is prevalent the pain is minor and temporary, like the reflex snap of a rubber band.||IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light, similar to the Laser Hair Removal Procedure is for the most part pain free and any pain can me noted to be so minor and temporary in nature that it is not worth note.||Electrolysis, unlike the other two methods is extremely painful. It is not unbearable, but an electric shock being sent into each hair follicle makes sue the pain factor in Electrolysis is in no way negligible.|
|How long does it last?||Laser Hair Removal, is and continues to be a huge leap in Hair Removal Technologies, it can remove up to 90% of growth and last up to a year.||IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light, much like the Laser Hair Removal Technology is not a permanent solution, but does offer the same 80-90% reduction in hair growth and can last from 6 months to a year.||Electrolysis is the only truly permanent factor in Hair Removal Technology today. While the process is lengthy and painstaking it is also the only permanent method to gets rid of hair.|
|Who will it work on?||Laser Hair Removal, works on almost everyone, but works best on those with light skin and dark hair combinations, as the light targets the melanin to vaporize the hair follicle.||IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light, doesn’t have as much as a target group as Laser Treatment and instead can be afforded to almost all skin types, and is adjusted as necessary by technicians.||Electrolysis is similarly non exclusive to skin type and can be applied to all skin colors. It is recommended due to the shock based nature of the treatment that pregnant women avoid Electrolysis for the period of gestation.|
|How much will it cost?||Laser Hair Removal, costs roughly about 150-200 dollars per visit and can require up to five or six visits.||IPL, or Intense Pulsated Light, can cost about$200 per session.||Electrolysis costs around $60 per visit and after about 20-30 visits totals under $2000 for a full hair existence.|
|Recommended Machine||Tria Laser||
Remington I-Light Pro
In regards to facial hair removal, to remove facial hair permanently and most commonly on the upper lip, chin and lower lip and cheeks and sideburns, the Tria P Laser is the laser machine you should buy.
By know you probably have a pretty clear idea of the three methods and their ultimate pro’s and con’s! Here’s to hoping that the ‘hairline’ differences have helped you decide which hair removal treatment is the one for you!