At-Home Laser Hair Removal: Cost Saving or Costly?
With more options than ever to remove unwanted hair at home, you might ask yourself – why seek out a professional? There are many things to consider when making this decision. Overall, a professional will accurately assess your skin needs and offer a solution that is much longer lasting than anything you can use at home. Let’s walk through the pros and cons of both at-home laser hair removal and professional laser hair removal.
At-Home Hair Removal – The Good
The main reason some people opt for removing hair themselves is to save money. It can be much cheaper to purchase an at-home laser hair removal machine.
There is also the convenience factor. People like their privacy, and their homes provide that sanctuary. You don’t have to make appointments and set aside time for travel to a clinic. And you control how often and when you are treated.
At-Home Hair Removal – The Bad
The biggest downside to at-home laser hair removal is the fact that results are not consistent. Due to safety concerns, at-home devices are weaker, which requires more treatments. At-home machines are not truly laser – they are Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machines, which are not the most effective option for hair removal. This can lead to more time spent on removing those pesky hairs.
Another downside of at-home devices is that they are only good for certain skin types. Below is the Fitzpatrick Scale, which explains the differences in skin types based on the amount of melanin pigment in the skin. At-home devices are generally only effective for skin types I to III.
|Skin type||Typical Features||Tanning ability|
|I||Pale white skin, blue/green eyes, blond/red hair||Always burns, does not tan|
|II||Fair skin, blue eyes||Burns easily, tans poorly|
|III||Darker white skin||Tans after initial burn|
|IV||Light brown skin||Burns minimally, tans easily|
|V||Brown skin||Rarely burns, tans darkly easily|
|VI||Dark brown or black skin||Never burns, always tans darkly|
At-Home Laser Hair Removal
- Affordable for most
- Replacement parts expensive
- Only good for certain skin types
- Results not consistent/weak technology
- Time consuming
Professional Laser Hair Removal – The Better Choice
The best thing about seeing a professional for laser hair removal is the results and the expertise you receive. Your practitioner will take the time to assess your skin, giving you recommendations for your unique needs.
The results from professional services last much longer than an at-home laser hair removal, and take less treatments to remove the unwanted hair. It can cost more to see a professional, but with less treatments, quicker sessions, and better results than at-home removal, it can be worth the expense. And professional laser hair removal works on all levels of skin types on the Fitzpatrick Scale.
While you will likely still need an occasional touch-up session, it will be much less often than if you were treating yourself at home. Having a professional to guide you through the entire process and formulate a plan for your after-treatment care is something you just won’t get if you go it alone.
Professional Laser Hair Removal
- Professional service and attention
- Fewer treatment sessions
- Treats all skin types
- Faster sessions
- More expensive
- Need to travel to a clinic
- May be more painful due to intensity of laser
If you want long-lasting results led by a professional who understands your unique skin, go pro. There is no doubt that you get what you pay for when it comes to laser hair removal. While it may be convenient to just do it at home, you’ll be happier with the results you get from a professional.
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