Electrolysis or Laser? Look at Pics!

Hello everyone, I am a female with type IV skin, and black hair on my face, although the hair is not coarse. I am attaching a pic of my side. Right now I bleach the side of my face because the hair is not coarse and can be bleached, but I want a more permanent solution. I know electrolysis is permanent, but I was thinking of maybe lasering the sides and hairline and then going for electrolysis to clean up whatever the laser left behind. The only thing im scared of is that laser may cause more hair growth if the hair being treated is fine, which in my case the sides of my face are. So I don’t know what to do. Please let me know what you guys think. Thanks alot <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Hi Jewel,

I would think long and hard about using laser. Besides being expensive, laser works by inducing large-scale, high intensity light into the dermal layer of the skin. While the skin is not affected as much as the pigmented hair follicles, some effect is still produced in the surrounding tissues. This produces an effect very much like a sunburn, which requires a lot more healing than the localized applications of heat and/or chemical effects of thermolysis or blend.

One thing that causes an increase of thicker, deeper, darker hairs, is an increase of blood supply to an area of the skin. As laser does more damage to the middle layer of the skin, the body’s response is to increase the blood supply, via the growth of new capillaries, to the treated areas to expedite healing. This will also increase the levels of naturally-occuring androgyn (a powerful hair growth stimulant) to the area. This is what causes hairs to accelerate to anagen growth in the first place. More androgyn, and a lot of those fine hairs will become deeper, darker and thicker.

Also, with the hairline, make sure that whoever does the work realizes that a straight hairline (resembling the appearance of a wig) is considered a disfigurement. Hair naturally grows in a somewhat ragged boundary which must be simulated during hair removal in this area.

If you do not wish to persue electrolysis at this time, I would suggest that bleaching, shaving, or dipilitories (such as Nair) be used in the interum. These will not damage the hair root structures, thus stimulating additional growth.

Avoid waxing or tweezing as these will also stimulate hair growth, even though the results of these methods will not be evident for 6 to 8 weeks.

All the best in whatever you decide to do,
Joanie, R.E.

Hi Joanie,
Thanks for the reply. I was leaning towards electrolysis for my face as well, after doing research and reading other people’s responses to laser, I think electrolysis is the best way to go since my hair isn’t that coarse to begin with!
Does any one know of any good electrologists in the Toronto/Mississauga area?