Electrolysis or IPL: Which One Fits You?

The unwanted hair on your body may have bothered you for a long time, now you are looking for a permanent way to remove it. What is the best option for you? Electrolysis or IPL? Before you take money out of your pocket, keep reading this article. We will explain to you what these two methods are and their differences.     


What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a process that involves passing an electric current through a hair follicle, killing the cells and preventing new hair growth. It needs to be done by a professional electrologist, who uses a special machine with a very fine needle. The electrologist will insert the needle into the opening of the hair follicle, delivering a pulse of electric current into the hair root. Thus the cells responsible for hair growth are killed. This process is repeated for each individual hair and takes multiple sessions to achieve permanent hair removal result. 

The advantages of electrolysis

• The most significant benefit of electrolysis is that the result is permanent. Once a hair is removed, it is removed permanently.

• It is effective on all hair types and skin tones. You don’t have to worry electrolysis is not suitable for you.

• Electrolysis is extremely effective at targeting very precise areas because it treats individual hair.

• There is no need for recovery time. People can resume daily activities immediately after each treatment. Most people schedule follow-up sessions every week or every other week. Besides that, little aftercare is needed. You may experience pain or redness on your skin, it usually disappears within a short period of time.

The disadvantages of electrolysis

• You need to go to a salon. Due to the nature of electrolysis, it’s extremely important to have the treatments done by a professional. When you look for the salon, make sure to choose a reputable one.

• It takes time to treat each individual hair, so the appointments are very time consuming.

• Professional electrolysis is very costly, a whole treatment course can be more than $2000, depending on the skin areas to be treated.

• The length of the treatment cycle is also a concern. Certain types of hair, especially those thicker, darker hair types may need to take several more treatments. For some patients, they need as many as 30 treatments or more to achieve the desired results.

• Due to the nature of electrolysis, it is common for patients to experience pain during or following a session. The pain normally disappears over a short period of time.

• In some rare cases, there may be some side effects like infections caused by improperly cleaned electrolysis equipment. It is essential to choose a reputable and certified clinic even the cost may be higher, your safety and health should be the top priority.

 IPL treatment

What is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. The IPL device emits the light of a wide range of wavelengths. The light penetrates into the dermis and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. It delivers the energy to the hair root, raises the temperature of melanin, heat follicles and cause them enough damage to slow down hair growth.

The advantages of IPL

• IPL is an easy hair removal method. It does not require a fully trained technician to do it for you. You can purchase an IPL handset and do the hair removal yourself all from the comfort of your own home, just remember to follow the product manual carefully.

• Unlike electrolysis, IPL treatment is pain free. Some people may experience uncomfortable feeling similar to the mild snapping of a rubber band, but it is totally bearable.

• Each IPL treatment only takes minutes, it is a quick procedure. You can easily fit the treatment into your lunch break or any fragments of time. Usually within 8 - 12 weeks of treatments, you can achieve permanent hair removal result.

• IPL is cheaper. One IPL handset costs from $50 - $500, and it can be used for many years. Compared to professional electrolysis that could easily take more than $2000, IPL is very cost-efficient.

The disadvantages of IPL

• The way IPL works is that it targets melanin in the hair root. If you have light hair color or dark skin tone, it won’t work for you. In fact, if you have darker than milk-with-coffee skin tone and you still use IPL, it may cause damage to your skin.

• After each treatment, you need to take some necessary actions to protect your skin. For example, you need to apply sunscreen to the treated skin areas, you should avoid hot showers for 24 hours after each session, etc. If you choose IPL as your hair removal method, make sure to read the product manual carefully or consult your technician, so that you know what to do and what not to do before and after each treatment.

What is the best choice for you?

It depends. Both methods are totally safe when done properly. When it comes to result, both methods can remove your hair permanently, but electrolysis is more effective. If you have dark skin tone or light hair color, electrolysis is your only option, because IPL is not effective for you.

For those who want a more convenient, comfortable, and affordable way, IPL is the best. You can do it all from the comfort of your own home with only a fraction of the money. If you want the most effective result, or you need to treat very precise skin areas, electrolysis is the right option for you.