Electrolysis is different from laser hair removal. We are going to tell you the difference between Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal Nyc.

How It Works:

During electrolysis, a tiny needle is inserted into the skin. The needle is placed deep into an individual hair follicle that holds one hair. Then, a low-level electrical energy pulse is sent into the follicle to destroy it. The existing hair falls out, and the process is repeated hair by hair. Electrolysis is a time-consuming endeavor, and most often contained to smaller areas as the treatment calls for each hair to be treated separately.

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser an intense, pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Large surface areas can be treated at one time vs hair by hair in electrolysis.

FDA Cleared Technology

Electrolysis is currently the only form of permanent hair removal approved by the FDA.

Laser hair removal is currently approved by the FDA as long term semi-permanent to permanent, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include several sessions.”


Electrolysis can remove hair more effectively for patients with light, red, blonde, gray colored hair or darker skin. Laser hair removal works ideally for patients with coarse black or brown hair and light colored skin. Though, many lasers today work with dark hair on any ethnic skin type.

Electrolysis is an invasive procedure and can be painful, most likely on the level of continuous plucking or stinging.

Laser hair removal treatment is a non-invasive no-downtime immediate result procedure often compared to the feeling of snapping an elastic band against the skin with heat.

Number of Sessions/Time

Electrolysis requires between 15 to 30 sessions for best results, while laser hair removal requires about 6 to 10 on average. The length of time for laser hair removal session is only 10 to 15 minutes, whereas electrolysis takes up to an hour.

Both treatments can be performed by a licensed and certified practitioner. In general, laser hair removal is the more favored treatment by patients, for its convenience, effectiveness and more comfortable experience.

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