These are the possible hair removal treatments available at the o2 Clinic:
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Laser depilation versus electrolysis: what's the difference?
In o2 Clinic we offer both laser depilation and electrolysis. But what exactly is the difference? This comparative study will show how laser hair removal and electrolysis hair removal work, and why electrolysis is the only real permanent hair removal technique for all types of hair and skin color.
What are the main conclusions of our comparative study?
- Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that can claim 'permanent hair removal'.
- Electrolysis works for everyone on all hairs and all skin types.
- Laser does not work in 60 percent of cases
Anatomy of the hair
In order to understand the different types of hair removal, we must first give a small anatomical lesson. The hair is located in a downward inversion of the skin, which is called the hair follicle. It gets its nutrients from a blood supply at the bottom of the follicle. At the bottom of the follicle you will also find the pigment cells that give the hair its color. The growth cells are located on about one third of the surface of the skin. They are the real bad guys in our unwanted hair story.
Shaving and epilation: a temporary solution
Shaving and plucking will cut or remove hair, but if the follicle remains untouched, the hair will always grow back. This solution is therefore temporary and needs to be repeated regularly. The side effects most visible with these hair removal methods are ingrown hairs. Even if the hairs are very dense, a shadow often remains visible after shaving. Home shaving is the most practiced method of hair removal.
Laser hair removal: permanent hair reduction
The technology for laser hair removal has been widespread since the 1990s.
The laser is basically a lamp that produces a certain wavelength of light. This light is absorbed by the pigment cells on the underside of the hair follicle, warming them up and destroying the surrounding tissue.
But here comes the problem: laser does not work in 60% of cases.
- This method cannot be used on fair hair (such as red, blond, grey or white) as it doesn't contain a lot of pigment or has no pigment at all. Therefore the light cannot be absorbed all the way down to the hair follicle.
- If you have dark skin or richly pigmented skin, the laser would burn the surrounding skin area.
- Last but not least: do you remember the aforementioned bad guys, the growth cells? They don't contain pigment, so chances are that the hair just grows back in time, brown or not. This is why the FDA only allows laser treatment to claim 'hair REDUCTION' instead of 'permanent hair REMOVAL'.
Electrolysis: permanent hair removal
With electrolysis hair removal, a small probe is applied into the natural opening of the skin. There is no perforation of the skin, making this introduction painless. The upper part of the probe is insulated in order not to damage the skin. A small electric current is then sent through the probe which heats and destroys the surrounding tissue. It will not only destroy the blood supply of the hair follicle, but also the real bad guys: the growth cells. That's why electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method that can claim the term 'permanent hair REMOVAL'. So no matter the color of your hair or skin, electrolysis works for everyone. All unwanted hairs can be permanently removed with electrolysis hair removal.
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