Permanent Hair Removal Options

The Kopelson Clinic is pleased to offer laser hair removal, one of the most effective permanent hair removal options currently on the market. Let’s review how it compares to other permanent hair removal options.

Laser Removal

Laser hair removal works by destroying hair roots using “strong beams of light.” Dermatologists frequently agree about its effects, with some noting that it’s “about as permanent as it gets.” Laser removal takes between six to 12 sessions to see permanent results, and sessions are scheduled with hair’s growth cycle. This option works best on those with dark hair and light skin. It is not particularly effective on blonde hair.

Temporary swelling or redness may develop, but such side effects usually subside in less than a day. The procedure itself isn’t painful, though some note it feels like a tiny rubber band snapping against the skin.


Electrolysis involves inserting small needles into each hair follicle to destroy the root with an electric current. It takes a very long time, and is subsequently used on small areas such as the chin or upper lip. The procedure is utilized every one to two weeks until hair is completely gone. An invasive method, it works well on those with blonde hair, and is arguably the most expensive treatment available. Side effects include temporary redness and swelling. Scarring is also a possibility.

Over-the-Counter Creams

Depilatory creams and lotions supposedly dissolve hair proteins, leaving skin smooth. However, effects only last a few weeks, and how well creams work to begin with is debatable. Another problem arises if left on flesh too long–the creams dissolve skin in addition to hair.

Other Options

Waxing and shaving are the two other main forms of “permanent” hair removal, though again hair still grows back. Waxing effects last three to six weeks, while shaving lasts mere days.

The Argument For Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is not only one of the most effective forms of permanent hair removal, it is also one of the least expensive if looking for real results. And unlike electrolysis, it is neither painful nor invasive.

For more on laser hair removal options available through your favorite West Hollywood dermatologists, please contact The Kopelson Clinic today