Nice Mayo Clinic overview on laser hair removal

Laser hair removal: Zapping unwanted hair

The Mayo Clinic does a better job than most with their written information about laser hair removal. However, when I did a search for information about electrolysis on the Mayo site, this is what I found:

"Hair removal

Several options exist for hair removal. They include shaving, plucking and over-the-counter remedies such as waxes, gels, creams and lotions (depilatories). However, depilatories may irritate your skin, so follow package directions and on first use, apply the product to an inconspicuous area to determine if it’s suitable for you. The results last for weeks, then you must repeat treatment.

Options for longer lasting hair removal include:

Electrolysis. To permanently remove excess hair, some women undergo electrolysis in addition to medical therapy. A fine needle is inserted into the hair follicle and electric current is applied to kill the follicle. Because only one follicle can be treated at a time, this method isn’t useful for large areas of the body. Several treatments are usually necessary. Scarring or, rarely, skin infections may occur. Home electrolysis kits usually are ineffective because the hair follicle is deep in the skin, so seek care with an experienced, certified electrologist."

Now this isn’t so bad of a description except for the scarring part. Laser can scar facial and body areas, but that is never highlighted. We have seen many pictures here on hairtell of what poorly administered laser hair removal can do to a persons skin. There have been multi-million dollar lawsuits won by consumers who were scarred and the pictures are just awful to look at.

The biggest point I wanted to point out is how I found this information about electrolysis on the Mayo Clinic site.

When I typed in ‘electrolysis’ three titles came up:

  1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  2. "Does Shaving Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?
  3. Laser Hair Removal

On page seven of the Polycystic Ovary Article, I found the above information about electrolysis. Made me smile a bit, because this is how an old friend called electrolysis is treated all the time. Relegated to the back of the bus and offered very little respect for it’s true, simple and permanent accomplishments over a 130 year period of use.


There have been multi-million dollar lawsuits won by consumers who were scarred and the pictures are just awful to look at.

Just to be fair and balanced, there have been multi-million dollar lawsuits filed, and settled out of court with gag orders. Since no case has ever gone to conclusion, there is no precedent nor case history to look to for legal findings against LASER Hair Removal, and they plan to keep it that way. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Thanks James for helping out and making that more precise. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />