Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both methods of removing unwanted hair, but that's about where the similarities end. We’ll go over the main differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis, as well as give the pros and cons of both methods. Interested in learning either or both? We’ll explain what training you must take to offer these services as a professional.
Learning Laser Hair Removal
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal (LHR) involves directing a concentrated and intense beam of light onto hair follicles. The beam is absorbed by the pigment of the skin, which subsequently reduces the future growth of hair.
Pros of laser hair removal
LHR procedures don't take as long as electrolysis procedures and are typically a lot less expensive. For an example, the typical underarm laser hair procedure takes about 20 minutes to do. Electrolysis procedures for the same area can take three to five times as long.
Cons of laser hair removal
LHR results vary widely from person to person, and the effects can last several months to a couple of years. It might work very well for one person, but may not work at all for another; results generally depend on the color of the hair in question. Laser hair removal doesn't work very well with lighter colored hair, and the procedure can take up to eight treatments to be effective, even with darker hair. Additionally, large patches of hair may require additional follow-up treatments.
According to studies performed by the physicians and scientists at the Mayo Clinic, LHR can only reduce overall hair follicles by 40-80 percent. Additionally, the effectiveness also dependent upon your skill as a technician, as well as the laser technologies used during the process.
How does electrolysis work?
Electrolysis involves removing hair with electrical currents. You’ll insert a thin needle with electrical current into the root of the hair follicle, and then the hair is removed with tweezers. The face, legs, bikini line, eyebrows, breasts, armpits, back, fingers, toes, and the abdomen can all be treated with electrolysis hair removal.
Pros of electrolysis
The FDA and the American Medical Association both consider electrolysis as an effective and permanent way to remove hair, and electrolysis is effective on all hair types and colors.
Cons of electrolysis
Just like laser hair removal, effective and permanent electrolysis treatment can take several visits. Some patients consider electrolysis painful, and sessions can last an extremely long time.
Laser Hair Removal Training And Electrolysis Training
A laser hair removal certification is required in almost every U.S. state to become a LHR technician. Laser hair removal training programs involve learning how to use laser equipment safely and accurately when removing hair follicles from patients. Classes might also involve light anatomy study topics. It is possible to gain a laser hair removal certificate in about 2-3 weeks. It’s a good idea to become certified as well; clients will feel more comfortable in your skills, and you might find employment easier. The Society for Clinical & Medical Hair Removal, Inc. is one certifying body that tests your knowledge.
Electrolysis training is much more involved than laser hair removal training, and a license is required in many states. Classes cover theoretical and clinical components of electrolysis, as well as how to use all equipment. To gain a license, you need to complete the required number of hours set for your state as well as pass an exam administered by a nonprofit organization, such as the American Electrology Association (AEA).
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