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Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis: Which is Better?

Laser Hair Removal or Electrolysis: Which is Better?

We are often asked about the differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis.  Laser hair removal was actually developed to replace the “older” technology of electrolysis.  Let’s take a look at some of the differences:

Side Effects

When considering laser hair removal or electrolysis, laser hair removal has much less risk of side effects than electrolysis. Scarring and/or infection may occur with electrolysis. When performed by an experienced professional, laser hair removal using an FDA cleared medical laser is completely safe.

Treatment Time

Most areas can be treated with a laser in a few minutes.  Electrolysis takes much more time per session.  And, in most cases, electrolysis requires an average of 30 treatments whereas with laser hair removal, the desired result can often be achieved within 10 treatments.


Bottom line, electrolysis hurts!  Electrolysis involves placing a needle into the hair follicle and passing electric current through the follicle.  This not only results in pain and discomfort but swelling as well. It is for this reason alone that when many people are asked if they would like laser hair removal or electrolysis, they choose laser hair removal.

Full Body Hair Removal

When it comes to full body hair removal, laser hair removal is much more practical and comfortable than electrolysis.  The number of electrolysis treatments needed for full body hair removal is extremely high compared to laser hair removal.

Why settle for electrolysis when you can get the best laser hair removal in NYC.  Manhattan Laser Centers is experienced, affordable and gender agnostic.  We happily welcome both men and women.  Give us a call to book your appointment today!