Laser Electrolysis...?

January 7th, 2013
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Questions About Electrolysis Permanent Hair RemovalRecently, I started seeing the term "laser electrolysis" showing up in various hair removal articles and ads. I'm up to my neck in electrolysis terminology, but I had no idea to what this referred. Is it a special technique? A new type of equipment? How does it combine laser hair removal methods with electrolysis hair removal methods?

Naturally, I had to find out, so I started researching. I read through a whole pile of material that used this term only to discover that it still didn't seem to mean anything. Baffled, I posed the question to my group of electrologists, who were finally able to explain the mystery. As it turns out, I was correct. It doesn't really mean anything.

If you are really splitting hairs (no pun intended), laser hair removal could be described as a kind of thermolysis, where a heat source is used to destroy hair. In the case of laser hair removal, the light acts as the source of heat at the bottom of the follicle.

In common usage, however, there isn't any such thing as laser electrolysis. There is laser hair removal, which provides permanent hair reduction using light-based equipment. Then, there is electrolysis hair removal, which provides permanent hair removal through various electricity-based modalities. Laser and electrolysis hair removal are often used in concert to best achieve an end goal, but there is currently no true combined technique or equipment that produces "laser electrolysis."

So, if you've seen this term used and been confused, you're not alone. It mainly appears to be something that both laser hair removal providers and electrolysis hair removal providers say to attract consumers seeking permanent hair reduction and/or permanent hair removal services. When you call the provider, make sure you get a clear explanation of which hair removal methods they employ and under what circumstances.

Many thanks to these wonderful people for their input!
Stephanie Shields, CPE
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