Facial Hair Removal For Women – Laser Hair Removal Vs Electrolysis

Facial hair removal for Women can be very embarrassing. Tweezing and pulling hairs hurts, takes forever and it is annoying to have do this for the rest of your life. Waxing is not much better – it is painful, messy, and expensive. Shaving is not painful, but it will result in rough, scruffy hairs when the hair grows back in. Facial hair removal for women is a top priority for looking smooth, sexy and beautiful in today’s society. The only permanent solution for female facial hair removal is either laser hair removal or electrolysis. Whichever is the better option for you will be determined by your personal features, such as your hair color and skin color.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works by firing a beam of intense light into the hair follicle and attacking the melanin, the pigment that gives our skin and hair its color. The laser burns and damages the hair follicles—but is not necessarily a permanent means of facial hair removal, as not all the hair follicles are permanently destroyed.  Sometimes able to recover and grow back, so you will require more than one treatment.

Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?

The best candidates for laser hair removal are people with dark hair and light skin. If your hair is lighter than your skin, or close to it, you will not respond well to laser hair removal and should consider alternatives. Sometimes people with dark skin and dark hair will get white spots where the hairs were zapped as a result of destroying the melanin, which gives skin its pigment. If it sounds like you may fit into this category, do not get laser hair removal, and opt for electrolysis instead. Facial laser hair removal may be slightly painful, but generally it does not hurt as much as electrolysis.

How Does Electrolysis Work?

Facial hair removal by electrolysis will result is more permanent results than with laser hair removal, but it will take much longer and require more treatments. With electrolysis, each hair follicle has to be treated individually in a pain-staking process. One by one, a tiny probe is inserted into the follicle and zapped with electricity, which will kill the hair follicle permanently. Once zapped, it will not grow back. The treatment can be a somewhat painful. Some patients report the shock feeling like being snapped by a rubber band. Not unbearable, but at the same time, it is not pleasant. But if you are seeking permanent facial hair removal, electrolysis will do the job.

How Long do They Take?

Facial hair removal is quicker with a laser than it is with electrolysis. The laser has the ability to treat many follicles at once, while with electrolysis, each follicle must be treated individually. It also depends on the size of the area being treated, obviously. Facial hair removal for women with a laser on the upper lip or around the chin will only take around 30 minutes to an hour. However, with electrolysis, this same process will take hours.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

Facial hair removal will usually require more than one treatment, especially with electrolysis. With a laser, there will typically be several treatments, but generally fewer than with electrolysis. Regardless of whichever you choose, each session will need to be spaced out by at least 3-4 weeks to see which hair follicles were in fact killed and which survived. It hard to say how many treatments you will need, but with a small area on the face, expect at least 2-3, and more in some cases.

How Much Does Facial Hair Removal Cost?

Of course this depends on lots of factors such as how much hair needs to be removed, you skin/hair type, how many treatments you require, and area you get it done in. The facial hair removal cost should be roughly about $1,500. This estimated cost factors in multiple treatments.

Facial hair removal via electrolysis will depend on many factors as well, but expect to pay a bit more, about $2,000, because you will probably need more treatments than you would with a laser.


Laser facial hair removal is quicker, less painful, and providers quicker results. In just a one hour treatment, you can hit thousands of hair follicles. However, many of the hairs will grow back. With electrolysis, it will take longer, be more painful—but with each treatment, each follicle that is zapped will result in permanent hair removal. The follicles will never grow back with electrolysis.

A clinical trail was conducted on the effectiveness of laser hair removal vs. electrolysis. In this experiment, three to four treatments were used for each. The researchers found that laser hair removal was more expensive on average, but about sixty times quicker and less painful than electrolysis, and also needed fewer sessions to achieve desired results.

So, if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal—that is, you have dark hair and light skin, definitely go with a laser. If you are very poor candidate for laser hair removal, and you have hair that is lighter than your skin or they are very similar in color, it would probably be better to go with electrolysis. Of course, always consult an experienced cosmetic surgeon first.

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