With the emergence of do-it-yourself (DIY) laser hair removal devices, it’s only natural for people to wonder about their effectiveness and safety when compared to professional treatments. Here, we’ll delve into the options available and the key factors to consider.
Professional Laser Hair Removal Choices
At Bergen County Hair Removal, we offer a range of laser hair removal technologies tailored to individual needs. What sets professional treatment apart is the expertise of our physicians. They possess extensive knowledge and experience in working with various laser systems, allowing them to make the right settings adjustments for optimal results and safety. Importantly, only trained physicians administer our laser procedures. Once the appropriate laser system and settings are determined, the treatment is relatively quick and comfortable.
During professional laser hair removal, patients may experience a brief prickly or hot sensation, but this discomfort typically subsides rapidly. These systems also incorporate technologies that enhance comfort during the procedure. Cooling technology is especially crucial for patients with Fitzpatrick skin types between 4-6, as excess heat can lead to pigmentation issues. Our laser devices use either a Cryogen spray or cooling technology alongside each laser pulse to ensure comfort and safety. In contrast, at-home devices lack such cooling features, and their guidelines often exclude skin types 4-6 due to safety concerns.
At-Home Hair Removal Choices
Among the at-home devices, the Tria device is generally recommended by our physicians. It works effectively for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4 with brown or darker hair. However, it’s worth noting that this at-home version is less powerful than its professional counterparts, so multiple treatments may be needed.
Some influencers have endorsed the Kenzzi device, which relies on intense pulsed light (IPL) rather than a laser. IPL devices like Kenzzi emit a full light spectrum, requiring more treatments for hair removal. While these devices are less efficient than professional treatments, Kenzzi’s IPL device is generally reputable and safe.
Do DIY Laser Hair Removal Systems Deliver Results?
While some individuals may see results with at-home laser hair removal devices, there are notable limitations and concerns regarding their efficacy. In comparing professional in-office lasers to at-home devices, two primary concerns emerge: the energy output and the treatment area size.
Professional in-office lasers can emit significantly more energy (measured in joules), making them much more effective at destroying hair follicles. At-home devices, being smaller, can only treat a small area at a time. This results in longer treatment times and potentially less effective results.
Moreover, at-home lasers typically do not provide permanent results, requiring frequent maintenance. With the most reputable at-home laser, you may need treatments every month, while at-home IPL devices might demand weekly sessions.
At-Home Laser Hair Removal Risks
When opting for professional laser hair removal at Lasting Impression Medical Spa, a physician will carefully assess your needs and safety considerations based on your skin type. This assessment is especially crucial for individuals with medium or darker skin tones, as they are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and burning with lasers. These risks can be mitigated by choosing a physician with extensive laser expertise.
Once your skin type is evaluated, our physicians can tailor the laser device’s settings to your unique requirements. This customization ensures safe and effective treatment. At-home laser devices lack this level of personalization, and without professional guidance, it’s challenging to determine their safety for your specific skin type. Those with Fitzpatrick skin types of 4-6 should exercise extra caution when considering at-home options.