Question: I saw an online ad for an at-home laser hair removal device. Are these devices just as effective as in-office treatments?
Short answer? No. Though we can see why such devices are appealing – who wants to constantly shave for the rest of their lives? And who can afford a series of laser hair removal sessions? But the truth is the lasers used in these devices are much less powerful than the ones used during in-office treatments. They are designed for non-medical users with no formal training. As a result, at-home laser hair removal devices are significantly less effective, more time consuming, and run greater risks. In-office treatments guarantee up to 90% hair reduction after a series of two to six sessions.
At-home laser hair removal devices, such as the Tria series, really only promise up to 60% hair reduction three weeks after the first treatment, with much more modest reduction thereafter. In comparison, in-office treatments guarantee up to 90% hair reduction after a series of two to six sessions. That’s a huge difference! Plus at-home laser hair removal devices aren’t cheap, either – some of them cost up to $700! In contrast, the typical cost of a laser hair removal session is $150 to $500, depending on the area being treated (the smaller the surface area to be treated, the lower the treatment cost).
Here’s another thing to consider: the pain. Most people say using at-home devices are significantly more painful than getting in-office treatments. Imagine trying to remove hair from a larger area like your legs – that’s over a few hundred pulses! Ouch! During an in-office procedure, a lot of patients say the laser feels like a rubber band being snapped against their skin as the laser pulses away hair. But before an in-office treatment, the doctor uses a topical anesthetic, and in-office lasers also have a built-in cooling device to ensure you’re comfortable the entire time.
Yet another factor to consider is your skin tone: a lot of at-home laser hair removal devices are not safe and effective on darker skin tones, and results can be disastrous if attempted on darker skin. Who wants to risk hyperpigmentation, scarring, and burning? In-office treatments use a special type of laser, typically the Nd: YAG, to safely remove hair on people with different ethnicities.
The ten participates in the study received four to six at-home treatments. The results – four weeks after the last treatment – demonstrated an average of only 36% hair reduction. Twelve weeks later, most of the treated hair had returned
If all of these things aren’t enough to dissuade you, consider this: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine recently published a study of an FDA cleared laser hair removal home device. The ten participates in the study received four to six at-home treatments. The results – four weeks after the last treatment – demonstrated an average of only 36% hair reduction. Twelve weeks later, most of the treated hair had returned, and the amount of hair loss was not considered statistically significant. What’s most shocking is that four of the ten participates had a higher hair count after twelve weeks than when they started!
Bottom line is: don’t waste your time and money on at-home laser hair removal devices. If you’re serious about permanently removing your hair, then you should definitely go for a series of in-office laser hair removal sessions. Like they say: if you want something done, do it right the first time.
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