Laser hair removal vs electrolysis

Laser hair removal and electrolysis treatments are very different and deciding which is most suitable for you very much depends on what you feel comfortable with and the type of hair and skin you have. Below are some questions and answers that will explain the main differences and you can talk this through with our experts during your free consultation.

Laser hair removal

How it works
Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ works by using pulses of infrared diode laser energy to gradually heat the hair follicles in the subdermal layer of skin until they can no longer produce new hair. Using unique, IN-Motion™ technology and a patented DualChill™ treatment tip, the surface of your skin stays cool and comfortable. The sweeping motion also eliminates any skipped or missed spots common to other types of laser hair removal.

Is it safe?
Hair removal is one of the aesthetic medical industry's most well-known and researched uses of lasers. Pain-Free, Hair-Free's Soprano®XL laser has provided permanent hair reduction for thousands of patients worldwide, safely and successfully since it was cleared by the FDA in 2005.

Pain-Free, Hair-Free uses the most successful photoepilation wavelength (810 nm), which makes it the gold standard for laser hair removal. In addition, a patented DualChill™ mechanism ensures the surface of your skin stays cool and even more comfortable throughout your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
There are a number of factors that can affect the success of a series of hair removal treatments, but generally, after each treatment, you'll see a noticeable, permanent reduction in the number of hairs that regrow in the treatment area. Typically, it will require 4 – 6 treatments or more to permanently reduce the number of regrowing hairs by more than 80%, six months after the last treatment.

Will my hair ever grow back?
The short answer is no. Once the hair follicle is damaged, it cannot grow new hair. However, there are invariably a few hair follicles that manage to partially escape the laser during each treatment. Some of these follicles may be only stunned and will need to be retreated.

Do I need to plan for time off, for the treatments?
No. Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ requires no down time or recovery time. You can have a treatment and return to work or school immediately.

How do I know it won't hurt?
Most people find Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ very comfortable. While pain tolerance is subjective, many patients often describe the sensation as soothing as a "hot stone massage."

If you would like more information, or you would like to book a FREE consultation at our Wirral based clinic, call us today on 0151 678 5353.

Electrolysis

How does the treatment work?
Here at Aivilo we offer three types of electrolysis, blend, diathermy and galvanic. The most suitable method is selected for the individual client to ensure that it is comfortable and effective.

Electrolysis is a progressive treatment meaning that the hair will grow back but it will get weaker throughout the course of treatments. The hair is attached to the blood supply whilst it is in the growing phase of the hair growth cycle.

During electrolysis a disposable probe will be introduced into the base of the hair follicle, you will not feel any discomfort. Heat is then released for a couple of seconds into the follicle to cut off the blood supply from the hair. The hair is then removed. As soon as the hair grows through the skin the process is repeated. Eventually the hair will stop growing.

Is the treatment painful?
The hair type, location and the individual determines the level of sensation experienced. During your FREE consultation Nichola will treat a couple of hairs for you to experience the treatment before continuing.

How many treatments will I need?
Permanent hair removal via electrolysis is a progressive treatment. The amount of treatments will depend on the cause and size of the hair growth. It is important to follow the treatment plan as advised to obtain the desired results. As the hairs become finer the treatments can be further apart.

How many hairs will be treated in one session?
The amount of hairs treated in one session will depend upon several points:
The treatment time
The sensitivity of the skin
The density of the hair growth
The treatment method

How will my skin look after the treatment?
Following treatment it is normal for the skin to look pink and feel warm and sensitive. If the Blend method is used then the skin could look slightly raised. This could last for up to 24 hours and it is important to follow the after care advice given.

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