IPL Vs Electrolysis: Which is Better for Permanent Hair Removal?

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IPL Vs Electrolysis: Which is Better for Permanent Hair Removal?


Electrolysis is a hair removal treatment. A trained electrologist inserts a thin wire into the hair follicle under the surface of the skin. An electric current moves down the wire to the bottom of the follicle, destroying the hair root.

How does electrolysis work?

A trained electrologist inserts a thin wire into each hair follicle. A very small amount of electrical current travels down this wire and destroys the growth cells at the base of that follicle, short-circuiting them so they can't produce another hair.

How long does electrolysis take?

Every person is different, but it takes between 15 minutes and an hour to treat each area. When you come in for your initial consultation, we'll discuss how long your session will last based on your unique hair growth patterns.

Is it painful?

Many people report only mild discomfort during their electrolysis sessions. However, you can use topical numbness cream if you're worried about any pain you might feel during your appointment. We also have other options available to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

What are its benefits and drawbacks?

Electrolysis is a method for permanent removal of hair from the body. This method involves using a probe that is inserted into the hair follicle. The probe will then send a current of heat or chemical energy to the follicle, which will kill the root and prevent re-growth. Electrolysis has been in use since 1875 and has been used successfully by millions of people.

This electrolysis is an effective method compared to creams, ointments,waxing and medication in removal of hair from the body. It is also cheaper compared to other methods and generally the results are permanent. Electrologists usually recommend this method for removing facial hair.

Electrolysis is not good for removing large areas of hair because it takes too much time. It can take up to several months before you see visible results from electrolysis treatments.

Electrolysis is not recommended if you have diabetes, epilepsy or heart problems or if you are pregnant. If you have sensitive skin, electrolysis may cause itching or burning sensation on your skin.

For more details, refer to The Complete Guide to Electrolysis vs. Laser Hair Removal.

IPL: How does it work?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light technology. Home IPL hair removal devices apply very gentle pulses of light to the hair root. This makes the hair go into its resting phase: the hair you have falls out, and gradually your body grows less hair in that area.

The IPL device uses a light cartridge that emits pulses of light over your skin. The cartridges are built to last for years, so unlike other hair removal methods, IPL only costs a little upfront.

IPL is an incredibly effective and convenient way to remove unwanted body hair at home. It's much cheaper than salon-based treatments, especially in the long run, and it works on all skin tones and most hair colours (although not grey or blonde). There's no pain, no risk of burns or irritation — just smooth, stubble-free skin!

How long does IPL hair removal take?

IPL treatments are relatively quick, taking between 15 to 60 minutes depending on the treatment area. The bikini line can take around 15 minutes and legs can take up to 45 minutes.

You will need multiple sessions for best results. How many sessions you need depends on your hair growth cycle.

What are the benefits?

Intense Pulsed Light, also known as IPL, is a non-invasive treatment that has multiple benefits, including the following:

There’s no downtime: Forget scheduling time off from work for recovery.  There’s no need for incisions or stitches, so you can get on with your busy schedule as soon as you’re done with your session.  Side effects are minimal, with most patients experiencing slight swelling, redness, and flaking.

Procedures are fast: Most IPL treatments last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  Patients will need about 3 to 6 treatments in order to see their ideal results.

Anyone can undergo IPL: The FDA has approved IPL treatments for anyone who wants to improve their skin tone and texture.  Even though the treatment was originally designed for people with light skin tones, it has since proven effective for all patients, regardless of skin color or type.

Treatments are affordable: Unlike some other types of cosmetic surgery, IPL treatments don’t cost a lot of money.  This makes them attractive to patients who want to improve their appearance without breaking the bank.



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