Electrolysis vs Laser/IPL

The Major Differences




Technology has been around for  over 135 years and has excellent  track record Technology has been around for  about 25 years and is a completely  unregulated field in Canada
Is the ONLY method FDA approved for complete permanent hair  removal Only approved by the FDA for  Permanent Reduction (most common results 40% to 80%)
Targets one hair at a time, ensures accuracy and high kill rate Targets melanin(pigment colour in  the skin) and BEST results are on  dark hair and light skin
Electrolysis can treat ALL hair types on ALL skin types Not effective in treating blond, grey,  red or hairs that are dark but thin.  Also not safe on tanned skin or dark  pigmented skin (with the exception  of ND YAG laser)
Can be done anywhere on the  body(except inside nose and ears) Hairs treated take from 3-21 day to  falls out
No stimulation of more hair production Can induce hair growth in areas  where hair is not dark enough
Electrolysis permanent hair removal  works in all hair cycles, requires  destruction of “the bulge” where  germinative cells rest. Requires anagen hair(growing hair)  to be present for hair destruction
Permanent scarring from repetitive  under or over treatment of follicles  and skin can happen and is localized  to actual mistreated follicles. Permanent scarring from burns can  be wide spread on treated area and  permanent hyperpigmentation can  occur.
Some insurance companies will cover electrolysis for medical/psychological reasons No insurance companies will cover  laser hair removal for medical or  cosmetic reasons.


2011- Susan Hersh demystifies the differences between electrolysis and laser hair removal LINK: https://youtu.be/m9XgGcHSVA4 

CTV-W5 Investigated Laser Hair Removal (and lasers used for other cosmetic purposes) in the  Toronto area. A must see to understand the risks that are involved with the technique.   

2012- W5 Investigation: The painful side to laser skin treatments  

LINK: http://www.ctvnews.ca/w5-investigation-the-painful-side-to-laser-skin-treatments-1.759779 

2012- Answer from the Canadian Dermatology association (in response to W5 investigation) LINK: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/laser-training-requires-more-than-an-afternoon-session-canadian-dermatology association-509509891.html 

2016 – Alberta woman scarred by laser hair removal calls for regulation LINK: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/alberta-woman-scarred-by-laser-hair-removal-calls-for-regulation-1.3137237 

2016- Going Undercover for Laser Hair Removal  

LINK: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=984456