Considering DIY Laser Hair Removal? Here’s What You Should Know First
In the spirit of do-it-yourself projects inspired by social media outlets and viral internet videos, some may be drawn to the idea of trying out DIY laser hair removal methods at home instead of heading to a medical spa for professional treatment. While there are a few at-home laser devices that have hit the market, do these methods offer the same quality of results as the real deal, and, more importantly, are they safe? Here’s everything you need to know before you DIY your laser hair removal.
Does At-Home Laser Hair Removal Work?
The concept behind devices that have been designed for at-home laser hair removal is similar to that of professional laser treatments, but with a few key differences. First, the strength of the laser light used in at-home laser devices is lower than is possible when you go to a medical spa. This can interfere with the quality of your results, and actually require more passes of the laser than you might require when you employ a professional.
Secondly, laser technology has come such a long way since it was first used for cosmetic hair removal treatments in the mid-1990s. Today, many med spas utilize innovative laser technology that contains a built-in cooling device to make the experience more comfortable and relaxing (Lasers in Surgery and Medicine). At-home devices may be uncomfortable or even painful to use without the technology and precautions that professionals have access to.
Is It Safe?
While several of these devices have been FDA approved for at-home use, the drawbacks mentioned above may muddy the waters when it comes to their true efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. When not in the hands of a trained professional, laser light can damage the skin and lead to unwanted side effects (Mayo Clinic).
Why You Should Leave It to the Professionals
At first glance, it might be tempting to invest in a DIY laser hair removal device to use in the convenience of your own home. But in the long run, your best bet is probably to leave your cosmetic treatments to the professionals for these reasons:
- Safety first. Although each professional laser hair removal session is generally quick and easy, laser technology still needs to be handled by a trained and experienced technician to ensure your safety and the quality of your results.
- Timing is everything. Laser hair removal is a process. Because the laser light only targets hair in its active growth phase, multiple treatment sessions are necessary in order to achieve your final results (American Academy of Dermatology). The same is true for at-home laser hair removal devices, so extensive knowledge of when to begin a new round of treatment and how long to wait in between is crucial to the success of your procedure.
- Get the results you want… the first time. The truth is that although it may seem like you’re saving time and money by performing your own laser hair removal, it’s highly likely that you won’t be satisfied with your results and will need to seek professional help. Get the smooth, high-quality results you want from the start and consult a trained laser technician.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to DIY projects, you may want to leave your laser hair removal treatments to the professionals. In the long run, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your skin is in the hands of skilled, experienced laser technicians and that you don’t have to worry about planning out your procedure on your own.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality laser hair removal in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ana Busquets is equipped with the skills, training, and experience necessary to deliver excellent results in a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment.
For more information about your laser hair removal treatment options, or to schedule a consultation with one of our certified aestheticians, please contact us at (724) 933-1800 and let us guide you through your journey to getting smooth, hassle-free skin.