Unwanted facial hair is usually more of a problem for women than men. The 2 most common ways of permanently removing unwanted hair, regardless of where it is on the body, is laser hair removal and electrolysis. And for facial hair, both of these techniques result in permanent hair removal. But, there's a lot of differences between them. Today I‘ll explain those differences and why I believe that in most cases, laser hair removal is much better.
Laser hair removal usually requires 3-6 treatments, spaced anywhere from four to six weeks apart. At each treatment, the entire area of unwanted hair is treated. With Laser removal, there's a small amount of discomfort, and if that is a problem for you, it can be controlled with a topical anesthetic cream. All hair lasers require that the hair be darker in color than the surrounding skin. This applies to all skin colors.
So, laser hair removal doesn't work for blonde, white or grey hair. Treatments are relatively quick, they take five or ten minutes for most facial hair treatments because dozens of hairs are treated with each laser pulse. And there are no marks or scars after the treatment.
Electrolysis on the other hand, takes much more time for each treatment, because the electrolysis needle needs to be inserted into each individual hair. So many more treatments are needed if there are a lot of unwanted hairs since relatively fewer hairs can be treated during each treatment. Pain is minimal but on occasion electrolysis can cause permanent small pitted scars.
But... there's one big advantage to Electrolysis: it can remove any colored hair... even blonde, white or grey…
So, if there are relatively few unwanted facial hairs, electrolysis can compete effectively with laser hair removal, but if large areas of hair need treatment, laser hair removal is the better way to go, as long as the hair isn’t lighter colored than your skin.