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Permanent Hair Removal in Portland OR: Laser vs Electrolysis

Permanent hair removal by laser treatment is one of the most promoted “permanent hair removal” options on the internet. Unfortunately, laser hair removal is not yet FDA approved, nor is it proven to be as effective for permanent hair removal as electrolysis is.

Additionally, permanent hair removal using laser treatment is not not risk free. Depending on your skin type and skin condition, you may find that laser hair removal can leave unwanted scaring or pigmentation effects.

A brief comparison:

Laser: The mainstream laser unit can only be used on those with light skin and dark hair. It can burn those with dark skin and not give optimal results for people with light hair because the laser targets pigment (dark color). Advancement is being made in laser technology for those that don’t fit the light skin/dark hair profile using a combination of radio frequency and laser, however no laser treatment has yet been approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis: Can be used on anyone despite their skin or hair color because it attacks the hair follicle itself, and not the pigment in the hair

Pain Factor

Each person has a unique “pain tolerance”, so it is hard to tell any individual which method they will find more comfortable:

Laser is described by most as a sensation of a rubber band ‘snapping’ against your skin along with a heat sensation. Coarse, dark hair feels more of the burn. Thus, a man’s laser hair removal in the beard and mustache area will feel more painful than a woman’s lip, cheeks or chin.

Electrolysis:  Electrolysis has been described as “a stinging and pricking sensation”, the level of “pain” depends on the electrologist and the equipment that is used.



Thank You!

Shyanne at Eastside Electrology has changed my life! I have dealt with unwanted facial hair for over a decade. I’ve spent many years tweezing, waxing, bleaching, shaving and laser hair removal. All of these methods were just a temporary fix and have left scares on my face and chin. My last hope was trying Electrolysis. […]

Becca H

I was amazed

Tangee, I cannot thank  you enough for the work you have done on my face. When I came to you my “beard” was so bad I was plucking every single day. The first thing you did was educate me about the myth of shaving and make me stop tweezing immediately! I had no idea I […]

Harmony C.

Thank You

Hi Tangee, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful way you treated Me at My appointment on the 18th. You made Me feel very comfortable and the Work you are doing for Me is another step toward a dream I have had for about 66 years.I don’t know how often I will be […]


I got more results

I had been receiving Electrolysis for many years with very little results.  In my case, I have sensitive skin so a normal setting for me was really considered too hot, which would leave my skin a bit red and at times damaged.  When I met Tangee, I knew she would be my last hope for […]


I have beautiful eyebrows

I am so elated, excited, over the top jazzed and so grateful.  I just went to the mall to get some smell good (body spray) and the lady who helped me, after talking for about ten minutes, looked at my eyes and said, “What beautiful eyebrows you have.”  Totally unsolicited, asked for, or even hinted […]

Vikki R

Thrilled with electrolysis treatments

After nearly a year of electrolysis treatments with Tangee, I can honestly say I am thrilled with the results.  It is not the most pleasant experience, but Tangee has made it so rewarding.  My only regret is waiting so long in going to her.

Jeannette, Portland, OR

I highly recommend Eastside Electrology

Being new to electrolysis, I had no idea what to expect as far as the process or the results, I am so happy to say it has been an all around great experience!  Not only has Tangee been successful with removing my in-all-the-wrong-places embarrassing hair, but she also made it a very comfortable and pleasant […]

Laura, Portland, OR