If you are looking for a permanent way to remove hair, then your choices would be narrowed down to two popular procedures: laser and electrolysis. These permanent hair removal methods work similarly. They stop the growth of hair by destroying the follicle.
There are some major differences in the two procedures, like speed, cost, and type of hair that can be removed.
Here are the two methods of hair removal in detail:
Electrolysis makes use of low-level electrical currents to destroy the hair follicle and prevent hair growth. In this procedure, electric current is run through each follicle to create heat that destroys the hair at its root. Since the process is done one hair follicle at a time, it can be extremely can be time consuming (laser procedures have been reported to be up to 60x faster). Electrolysis is a procedure that must be done by a qualified technician, as improper technique can lead to extra time, higher costs, more pain, and even scarring.
Most professional electrologists today charge anywhere from $50 to $120 for a 1 hour session. For permanent results, some people require multiple sessions and maintenance, which should be calculated into your costs. However, once the hair follicles are permanently destroyed, you should be hair-free for the rest of your life.
Laser hair removal is also very effective at preventing hair growth over a long period of time. This methods also works by destroying hair follicles, but through heat instead of electricity. Multiple laser treatments can lead to permanent results, although maintenance and followups may be required. With laser treatment, the light beam targets melanin in the hair, which in turn destroys the hair follicles where they are usually located.
Once the hair follicle is damaged, hair growth is halted. Note though that laser treatment works best on light skinned individuals with dark hair. You might want to consult a laser treatment specialist whether you are a right candidate for this hair removal method.
Laser treatment however, can cover a much larger area during application. This means that unlike electrolysis, shorter treatment sessions are required with laser. Laser hair removal sessions can cost from $100 to up to $200 depending on the amount of hair and the area to be treated. There are also multiple treatments that may be needed for desired results, although there might be fewer sessions necessary.