Disadvantages of a DIY Laser Hair Removal Treatment
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.