Hair removal treatment: Laser treatment or Electrolysis treatment
Written by Marie
Laser and Electrolysis both are permanent hair removal techniques. Unwanted hairs, especially facial hairs, can be removed with the help of either of two techniques. In Laser treatment, a hand-held unit or light bar emits an intense light that damages the hair bulb and follicle which can be normally performed at a spa or dermatology clinic. In Electrolysis treatment, a dermatologist or physician inserts a hair-like, tiny probe into the actual follicle and delivers a tiny electrical shock to the hair root which results in permanent damage to the hair, root and reproductive cells of follicle itself. Electrolysis treatment can be considered as a tedious process, as each hair is treated individually in this process and the roots of the hair are destroyed one by one individually.
Both hair removal treatments can be done in order to remove hair permanently. Both these treatments have equal advantages and disadvantages. Following is a short discussion on advantages and disadvantages of both the hair removal treatments. First we shall start discussion with laser hair removal technique and later on continue our discussion with electrolysis hair removal techniques.
Laser Hair Removal:
- Less time: This treatment is less time consuming as compared to electrolysis. As this treatment covers a wide area in one time so it takes less time in treatment.
- Pain factor: This treatment is relatively pain-free treatment but depending on the part where you go and who does the treatment. If any pain is felt, then it usually feels very mild, almost like getting a small spot of hot cooking oil on the skin.
- Availability: Laser hair treatment centers are easily available at your near by places.
- Number of treatments: To get optimal result, one has to visit the laser treatment center regularly for 5-6 times, each costs money!
- Cost: As per laser treatment is concerned, the treatment cost is quite high. Each visit costs $150-$200.
- Not permanent: Laser treatment is not a permanent option. Instead it reduces the growth of hair.
Electrolysis Hair Removal:
- Permanent: It removes hair permanently and a better option to get rid from unwanted hair.
- Cost: It requires 25-30 regular visits each costing around $60, to see better results.
- Finding a licensed electrologist: Licensed electrologist is hard to find in your near by areas. You have to search a lot for finding a reliable electrologist.
- Time: Process of electrolysis is quite lengthy. Each hair is treated individually which results in more time.
- Pain factor: A small electric current is passed through hair follicle which is not unbearable, but slight more than that using laser hair removal treatment.
- These are some of the points to choose which treatment is better to use. Considering time factor, pain factor and availability, best hair removal is lasertechnique. While considering cost and lifetime permanent effect, electrolysis technique can be opted for getting more effective results.
About the Author
Marie, a dermatologist has experience on both these hair removal techniques. Based on her experience on both the techniques she has well-versed the topic and tried to make out difference between the two type of treatments. Considering her personal view, she considers best hair removal treatment is laser treatment.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”