Laser hair removal will eradicate unwanted body hair on a semi-permanent basis. After going through several sessions of hair removal spaced over a couple of months according to the hair growth cycle, you’re free of unwanted hair except for an annual touch-up. Laser hair removal for at-home use is gaining in popularity, and the devices are becoming both more technologically sophisticated and user-friendly at the same time. Since these devices cost a minimum of a few hundred dollars each, is this a good investment for the average person? Perhaps – if you’re looking for convenience. Keep in mind that at-home devices are not recommended for use in the genital area or on the face.
These devices are available in both Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser formats. Both depend on light manipulation, damaging the hair follicle via melanin absorption. IPLs reduce hair growth, while lasers zap the hair follicle and growth is over. If you opt for the IPL, you will have to redo areas where the hair regrows once or twice a year.
Shave the area you plan to treat before using the home device and avoid waxing or plucking for at least two weeks prior to using your home laser or IPL. It’s also important to stay out of the sun or a tanning bed for a few weeks beforehand. When ready, choose the intensity level on your device with which you are most comfortable. For many people, that’s the “gentle” choice.
If you use an IPL, you should see significant reduction in the amount of hair in the treatment area by the fourth or fifth time you use it. Most people use their IPL weekly to get rid of hair, so you should notice a difference in about a month. If you have a home laser device, use it every other week and you’ll see a noticeable difference in about two months.
Because they target the melanin in hair, lasers work best on people with light skin and dark hair. They do not work at all on those with red, gray or blond hair, since these shades lack sufficient melanin. Dark-skinned users should probably opt for laser hair removal with a trained technician, as laser may cause burning or skin discoloration on darker-skinned individuals. If you want to go the home treatment route, make sure the device you choose is clearly rated to remove hair on darker skin tones. These devices have a safety mechanism installed, so if buy the wrong one for your skin tone, it locks and you can’t use it.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!