No matter what product or service, we’re all searching for the best we can get at the lowest price. We want quality and value. When researching laser hair removal, many people wonder if laser hair removal at home actually works. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the science and technology to help you make an informed decision.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal works by concentrating light to target the hair follicle. The follicle is killed, thus rendering future hair growth from that follicle impossible. We have discussed the laser hair removal process at greater length so won’t go into further detail in this post.
Devices for Laser Hair Removal at Home Are Constrained
The at-home laser hair removal device manufacturing industry has grown significantly in the past few years. The promise of a device to use on many areas of the body at a ~$500 price point in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule is alluring.
But, of course, there’s a catch. Remember what your parents used to say: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
The FDA has strict rules regarding the power output and other safety features to help protect the consumer. The rules essentially require safety features that minimize the risk to even the most careless person (and children) from accidentally harming themselves. Skin burns, eyesight damage, and accidental “firing” (or shooting) are three of the main risks.
Companies often use the FDA clearance as a selling point. It’s a good strategy. People tend to assume that if the FDA approves a device, it is effective. Buyer beware: FDA approval does not mean a device is effective.
As a result of the FDA restrictions for safety, devices for laser hair removal at home require more treatments (slower progress) and are less effective. They cannot target hair follicles as well and are less effective than clinical devices that require the operation of a professional who is supervised by medical staff. At-home laser hair removal devices are also more limited on the range of hair and skin types that they can treat effectively.
Clinical Laser Hair Removal Devices Are Proven (and Fast)
Professional laser hair removal devices, on the other hand, have more than just higher power. Clinical hair removal lasers have been around for decades with proven results. They’re also able to generate the laser pulse more quickly. This means the treatment can be done much faster. Legs, for example, can be done in just 15 minutes with a professional laser hair removal device.
But, there’s more:
All Professional Laser Hair Removal Technology is Not Equal Either
There are 3 main types of professional hair removal lasers: alexandrite, IPL (intense pulsed light), and an 810 nm diode. Studies have shown that, while results are not drastically different between the 3 types, “hair reduction was found to be higher using the diode laser.” Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal of Chicago and Northwest Indiana uses a diode laser.
Laser hair removal equipment is in optimal operation when newer and serviced regularly. The lasers must also be in the hands of an experienced technician. Be sure to ask your prospective laser technician about their experience and the age and service history of their laser device.
Laser Hair Removal Results Can Be Great, But Vary
Regardless of the laser device you choose, results will vary based on the individual. Lighter skin types with dark, coarse hair respond faster and with better final results than light or thin hair and than on darker skin types. This is one reason why some of your friends may say laser hair removal works great and others will tell you it doesn’t work.
If you are curious whether you are a good candidate, Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal has 3 clinics around Chicago. We are happy to offer free consultations. Book online at BareRemoval.com.