Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth. Although it might seem expensive to start with, you save money over time. After all, good razors and high-quality waxing products are costly, and you have to buy them often.
Lasers use pulsed light that heats and breaks down the hair follicles, so there's a drastic reduction in ingrown hairs. Not to mention, you'll never suffer from razor burn again.
Instead of stubble, you'll have smooth, soft skin.
These days there are a host of products you can buy to do laser hair removal at home. But at-home treatments require purchasing equipment costing hundreds of dollars and with no guarantee of long lasting results.
A DIY hair removal treatment can only come so close to the same level you'll receive from professional treatments. In order to be used by anybody without professional training they are actually weak, and can only be effective on the very early stages of reduction.
DIY Laser Hair Removal vs. Professional Lasers
Hair grows in cycles. The active growth phase is known as anagen. Catagen is the transition phase, and the resting phase is called telogen.
These growth cycles mean it takes repetition for both professional and home laser treatment to capture hair in the anagen phase successfully.
Laser hair removal uses light to penetrate the skin, targeting hair follicles. The devices and how long it takes to achieve the desired results are vastly different between DIY and Professional laser treatments.
At-home hair removal uses intense pulsed light (IPL) devices in which fragmented light targets the skin's surface and just below. IPLs aren't a safe option for treating tanned or dark skin.
Additionally, laser treatments often require more precision than you can get with IPL. And some areas may not be as safe to treat at home.
So, you have to ask yourself if it's worth the time, expense, and risk to do laser hair removal at home.
If you work with professionals, licensed estheticians will assess your skin and hair type to determine if the treatment is appropriate.
IPLs are a less targeted approach than a professional Nd:YAG laser treatment which can reach the area beneath the epidermis. ND:YAG laser treatments by licensed estheticians are the Gold Standard in laser hair removal.
YAG penetrates deeper than IPLs, targeting the hair follicle directly without damaging the epidermis. The YAG's deeper penetration makes it a safer choice for darker skin pigmentation.
Understanding your skin type is vital in achieving the most successful laser hair removal treatment. If you're thinking about DIY laser hair removal you would have to pick a product for your skin type.
Licensed estheticians use the Fitzpatrick scale to measure the skin's melanin content. Fitzpatrick skin types include:
- Types I to III, which burn easily and tan poorly
- Types IV to VI, which burns less but may develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Understanding skin type and choosing a suitable device is vital because of the different skin types' varied reactions to laser treatments. But finding an at-home solution might be challenging, depending on where you are on the Fitzpatrick scale.
However, professional equipment can accommodate differences in skin types. To that end, choosing professional hair removal means you'll receive a laser treatment customized for your skin.
Why Satori Laser Hair Removal?
At Satori Laser, we use state-of-the-art Candela Lasers. The Candela's GentleMax Pro® hair removal system provides a dual-wavelength, combining a 755 nm Alexandrite laser and 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser for maximum results. We guarantee between 75% to 95% hair reduction depending on the amount of sessions you decide to receive.
Our trained clinicians are licensed estheticians with extensive experience and education in best practices for treating all skin types. With at-home laser hair removal, there's no skilled professional to turn to if something goes wrong.
Why risk it?
Satori Laser has clinics in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Get in touch today for a free online consultation.