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Laser Hair Removal vs Electrolysis Comparison

facial hair removal

If you are considering laser hair removal for permanent hair reduction, you may also have considered electrolysis.

These are the 2 most popular techniques in the market for permanent hair removal. Both are approved by FDA, which signals both efficacy and safety.

However, there are some distinct differences too, as the systems work in very different ways.

Laser hair removal works by ‘blasting’ an area with laser energy to destroy the hair growth in the follicles. The laser moves quickly over the skin and can cover a large area quite efficiently.

By comparison, electrolysis treats a single follicle at a time, so is a very slow and painstaking process. It also tends to be quite uncomfortable, especially in the sensitive bikini and facial areas. In its favour, electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal procedure with negligible hair re-growth, as the follicles are individually damaged to stop regrowth. The procedure can also be used on any combination of skin and hair colour.

Laser hair removal traditionally tends to be best for those with a good colour contrast between skin and hair colour e.g. pale skin, dark hair. This is because the laser seeks out the colour contrast in order to stop the hair from regrowing. However, certain laser types can be used on a much broader variety of skin and hair types, so anybody interested in having laser hair removal should ask the clinic what sort of equipment they are using and how it performs on their personal colouring.

In general, laser hair removal is considered cheaper in the long run compared to electrolysis. It is also faster, both in terms of the length of treatment sessions and the number of sessions.


Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal centre in Clifton offers a choice of 2 state of the art laser hair removal machines depending on each patient’s unique requirements:

  • Candela elōs Plus with Motif
  • Lumenis Lightsheer

Staff are fully trained and as Quinn Clinics is a doctor owned and led business, clinical standards are very high.


While many competitors charge for the initial consultation, at Quinn Clinics there is a free consultation and skin more without any pressure.

68, Oakfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BG.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 924 4592

Email: info@quinnclinics.co.uk

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