The cult of getting unwanted hair removed through laser treatment has become widely popular in the UK and other parts of the world. You can see hair reduction centers visited by both men and women, who look for effective procedures to reduce and remove their excessive body hair. There are some people who feel that they can practice laser hair removal at home and do not need to visit a professional salon for the same. It is true that the process can be convenient and more affordable when done at home. However, the big question is if the it effective and safe, or not! Let’s help you take a closer look:
There are several IPL (Intense Pulse Light) machines in the market today that promise to deliver amazing results. Brands such as Tria, Boots, E-One, and No No all claim to leave your skin silky smooth and hair free. But, are these laser hair removal machines really worth the investment?
Depending on your needs and how far away you live from the salon, laser hair removal at home hair can have many benefits. However, people often find that, when compared to professional services, these at-home devices are not nearly as effective. Before you spend a lot of money on an IPL machine you should look at both the advantages and disadvantages so you know exactly what to expect from your purchase.
More affordable: Good quality equipment can cost £1000 or more, but considering that laser treatments at a salon can total anywhere from £500 - £3000 per body part, this adds up to quite a savings. And, your machine is a onetime investment that you will be able to use on other areas of your body without a lot of additional costs.
Flexibility: When you have the machine at home, you don`t have to worry about fitting scheduled appointments into your busy schedule. You can use the equipment at your own convenience.
Privacy: You may not feel comfortable going into a clinic, especially to have certain areas treated. With laser hair removal at home, you can get results without feeling self-conscious or nervous.
Safe: If you use approved equipment, follow instructions carefully, and heed all warnings, at home devices have proven to be a safe way to remove unwanted hair.
Pain Regulation: Since you can control the intensity of the machine, you will be able to go at your own pace and find a comfortable balance between achieving the results you want with a tolerable pain level.
Results: With equipment for laser hair removal at home, you really do get what you pay for. Less expensive machines do not seem to deliver the best results; whereas, the more costly products have been shown to reduce the amount of hair re-growth by 50-80% with results lasting anywhere from 6 weeks to one year.
Time Consuming: The intensity of at-home machines are not nearly as high as those found in professional salons so it will take a long time to do even a small area. Multiple sessions are also required at professional establishments but more will be accomplished per visit and fewer treatments will be needed.
Regrowth: Although home laser systems work much the same way as professional ones, the lower intensity means less effectiveness. Many people find that the hair grows back faster and the treatments are less permanent than professional hair removal. Results will usually last longer than waxing but may not be as long-term as you expect.
Ease of Use: Some machines are quite complicated and can be difficult to use.
Replacement parts: IPL machines work by sending light pulses into the hair follicles, and these light bulbs will need to be replaced regularly. This cost should be taken into account when deciding if purchasing your own device is worth the investment.
Not Appropriate For Every Skin Type: Typically, laser treatments are only recommended for those with dark hair and fair skin. In fact, many of the at-home devices available will warn that their product is not appropriate for people with certain hair colors or skin types. Some machines will also ask you to select your skin type before using. Incorrect use can result in permanent damage such as pigment changes or scarring.
Discipline: While laser hair removal home kits allow you to use your machine at your convenience, you must be much disciplined to complete treatments, especially at the beginning, or you will be disappointed with the results. You will need 2-4 sessions a week for several weeks, and it can be easy to skip sessions if you are too busy or too tired. Making appointments at a professional salon will be less convenient, but you may be more likely to stick to the schedule and complete your treatments.
Intensity: At-home machines have intensity level options that you can adjust if you find the treatments too painful. Unfortunately, if the intensity is too low, you will not get good results. If you think you may be tempted to reduce the level too much then visiting a salon may be a better option. Many clinicians will use a topical anesthetic to help minimize the pain so you can get the best results from your sessions.
Home laser hair removal machines can offer some advantages, especially if cost is an issue or there are no salons in your area that offer this treatment. However, professional laser treatment will give you better results in fewer sessions, with the added skill and expertise of a trained clinician.