At Home Laser Hair Removal vs Professional Laser Hair Removal

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Is at-home laser hair removal safe? Is the technology different from professional laser hair removal? Are there any risks? If so, what are the risks? Does at home laser hair removal actually work? At home laser hair removal devices have become more accessible due to a rise in popularity in social media. As laser hair removal professionals, we are here to answer all your burning questions and give you some insight on deciding what route may be best for you.

Is at home laser hair removal safe? Are there any risks?

There are some risks associated with laser hair removal in general, but those risks increase significantly when patients are using at home devices. The biggest risks with at home laser hair removal include skin burning, irritation, hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation. Skin burning, irritation, hypopigmentation, and hyperpigmentation all can occur when the wrong settings are used for your skin tone or even in sensitive areas, such as bikini, underarms, face, and brazilian.

Another risk with at home laser hair removal devices is children getting a hold of their parents device which can lead to the child burning or irritating their skin. Additionally, improper wear of eye protection can lead to ocular tissue damage from the laser beams.

At Aesthetica Medical Spa, our Laser Specialists have the training and knowledge to safely treat every skin tone, reducing the risk of skin irritation, burning, and unwanted and/or uneven pigmentation. Additionally, we have professional products and aftercare instructions to reduce irritation and the proper eyewear to make sure your eyes aren’t damaged in the process. Call us to schedule your complimentary laser hair removal consultation today at 801-785-8884.

Is the technology different from professional laser hair removal?

Yes. The technology of at-home laser hair removal devices is different from professional laser hair removal devices. At home laser hair removal devices use IPL, intense pulse light, instead of a spectrum of light and wavelengths, which is used in professional laser hair removal machines. Although we love IPL technology to treat skin conditions like age spots, brown spots, and other forms of uneven pigmentation, it’s not the best technology for laser hair removal.

A study found that patients treated with professional laser hair removal devices showed 80% improvement in hair reduction versus patients treated with IPL at home laser hair removal devices who had about 50% improvement. Additionally, at the one year follow up, patients using professional laser hair removal had minimal to no hair growth, whereas IPL treated patients had larger hair growth areas and more hair.

Does at home laser hair removal work?

At home laser hair removal can work for the right person whose skin isn’t prone to unwanted and/or uneven pigmentation. At home laser hair removal devices work best for people with Fitzpatrick I-IV with dark hair. At home laser hair removal devices are not meant for patients with deeper complexions, Fitzpatrick V-VI. Even when all the criterias are met, at home laser hair removal needs to be done more frequently, one to two times a week, and for a longer period of time to see the best results.

With professional laser hair removal, patients come in every 6 to 8 weeks. The number of sessions varies from person to person, but overall, patients will see a change in their hair growth after the first 2-3 sessions and will see optimal results after 8-12 sessions. Professional laser hair removal is customizable to cater to patients with deeper skin tones as well as patients with light brown hair.

Why choosing professional laser hair removal is ultimately your best choice

Although at home laser hair removal devices can help some people, it’s unsafe and won’t work for patients with deeper skin tones, patients with light brown hair, and those who are prone to uneven pigmentation. With professional laser hair removal, you are in professional hands and our Laser Technicians will use the right setting to safely treat your unwanted hair.

Professional laser hair removal devices use focused laser light to only target the melanin in the hair follicle, not all melanin like at home IPL laser hair removal devices. Laser hair removal when done professionally is safe and effective on all skin tones. Although results vary from person to person, most patients will be 70-90% hair-free when they complete their sessions. Some patients may require maintenance treatments only in some areas once or twice a year.

Aesthetica’s highly trained laser technicians can create a customized treatment plan for each patient to ensure great results. Hard to reach areas and larger areas can be done more efficiently and in less time. Laser hair removal at Aesthetica is quick and easy with no downtime. A full body laser hair removal session only takes 30-45 minutes. Our laser device also has a cooling feature to reduce discomfort and pain during your appointment.

Patient comfort and safety is our top priority at Aesthetica Medical Spa. Schedule a complimentary laser hair removal consultation today with one of our providers. Call us at 801-785-8884.

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