November 12, 2018

Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis?

Laser hair removal or electrolysis

Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis?

Some people are making a mistake by thinking that laser hair removal and electrolysis are the same procedures. And even though both hair removal treatments have its similarities, there are some differences which we are about to discuss.

 So what is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal uses a beam of light to damage hair follicles to stop hair growth and reduce the amount of the hair on the treated area. The laser is used on the skin surface.   The laser works on different areas of face and body destroying multiple follicles at a time.

And what about electrolysis?

Electrolysis removes hair by inserting the device in the skin and sending shortwave radio frequencies.

Laser hair removal vs. electrolysis

Side effects

Both laser hair removal and electrolysis have its side effects. The most common side effects for both laser hair removal and electrolysis include skin irritation and redness.

How long does it take?

For the laser hair removal, it takes on average 8 sessions spaced every 5-6 weeks to reduce hair growth on a treated area for the maximum results. As for electrolysis, it takes up to 18 months with daily treatments at first, then weekly, then monthly.

Which one is more painful?

Everybody is different, therefore sensitivity will be different for each person. Also depends on the area and skin thickness. There is no significant difference in pain levels between laser hair removal and electrolysis.


Laser hair removal is usually charged depending on the size of the area. For example, for underarms in NYC, it can go from $90 to $300 per session depending on the place. As for the electrolysis, the price in NYC can go from $70-100 per session for underarms area. However, timewise laser hair removal for underarms will take 10-15 min per session, and electrolysis 45-90 min per session.


Which method of hair removal to choose is up to the customer.  Here are few tips how to get the most of your hair removal sessions:

  • decide which area you would like to get treated and read what method of hair removal is the best for that specific area
  • research the place you are intending to schedule an appointment with on social media, Yelp, Groupon, Reddit, and other platforms
  • find someone with your skin complexion who tried the method and on the area, you chose and ask them questions directly

Feel free to give us a call: (374) 385-1426

Infinity Laser Spa

866 6th Avenue, Second Floor





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