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Is Electrolysis More Painful Than Laser?

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Laser and Electrolysis. Which one is more painful, and which one should you choose? This is what we will discuss in this article. Both methods offer impressive results, but electrolysis is the most painful and it’s the only one offering permanent results. Wondering why? Let’s break it down in this article. 

Electrolysis Hair Removal

A professional electrologist inserts a very fine needle (usually thinner than the hair being treated) into the natural opening of the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. A tiny amount of electrical current is then applied to destroy the hair growth cells. Based on a personal and confidential consultation, your electrologist will design an electrolysis hair removal treatment plan that addresses your specific hair removal needs. The sensation is often described as a tingling or picking feeling, and some areas of the body are more sensitive like upper lip or bikini area.

Laser Hair Removal

According to Mayo clinic, Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair.

During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth. The discomfort during laser treatments is often described as a snapping rubber band sensation on the skin. But advancements in technology have led to cooling mechanisms in many lasers that significantly improve comfort compared to older laser models. 

The Pain Perception Verdict

Generally, electrolysis is considered more painful than laser hair removal. There are a few factors influencing the discomfort. Let’s break it down:

  • Your skin type and sensitivity
  • Skin hydration
  • Hair thickness
  • Quantity of hair
  • Your electrologist’s experience
  • Your cooperation

Tips for a Smoother Experience

  • Consultation is Key: Discuss your pain tolerance and desired results with a qualified professional who can recommend the most suitable method.
  • Numbing Options: Some clinics offer topical numbing creams to reduce discomfort during either treatment.
  • Post-Treatment Care: Proper aftercare, like using cooling compresses and avoiding sun exposure, can minimize irritation.


Both methods can cause some discomfort, but the most painful one is electrolysis hair removal. Greater results come with greater pain. Electrolysis is painful but advancements in technology and numbing options can significantly improve your experience for both methods. If we talk about electrolysis, some clinics in the US started to offer pain management options like lidocaine injections, Oral Sedation, IV Hydration, Intravenous IV Deep Sedation, etc. These pain management options allow patients to get large volume electrolysis treatments of 7 hours straight. Great options for transgender individuals and other people requiring large volume electrolysis treatments.