Since the boom in the popularity of laser hair removal, there has been an accompanying boom in various “home laser kits” which are often sold as “professional” or described as the same technology used in clinics. Firstly many of the machines on the market for home use are nowhere near as precise or as powerful as professional machines and secondly, in order to safely remove hair with laser technology, some quite intense training is necessary!
Trying to save money in the long term by purchasing a home kit is not only a false economy as the difficulty lies in getting enough depth to remove the hairs permanently but it is also dangerous and can put those people using the machine at risk of burns, hyper pigmentation and scarring.
Risk of Burns and Skin Damage
A simple image search online will reveal disturbing photographs of the damage inflicted by untrained people using laser hair machines….red, livid and sore looking burns to the areas which have been treated are commonplace. Many of these burns will cause permanent scars.
The difficulty arises from the fact that in order to safely implement a session of laser hair removal, stringent and thorough training is required in order to fully understand the issues which can arise during or after a treatment and to understand how to deal with complications if they should arise. The settings on the average laser machine are complex enough that the average person would not understand how to choose the right level for different people’s skin.
Not everyone has the same amount of pigment within their skin and this is crucial to understanding how to choose the right levels of laser light to apply…allowing an untrained person to practice laser hair removal is not advisable under any circumstances.
Cheap isn’t Always Good
Some consumers, on the look out for a cheap laser hair removal machine will purchase an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) in the mistaken belief that they are the same as a laser machine; they’re not…and neither are they the best option for hair removal. These machines do have their uses but as far as hair removal goes, they’re not the best choice because they’re not able to provide as direct a light source as a laser hair removal machine. IPL machines are better for other skin problems such as acne scars or uneven pigmentation.
The amount of knowledge needed to safely and successfully remove hair with a laser machine is too great to risk attempting this procedure yourself…a professional can examine your skin and your hair, discuss your medical history and any medication which you may be taking and take all of this into account to ensure the safest and most effective treatments are carried out on your skin.
So when it comes to choosing a home kit or a professional? There’s no contest…the risks of home laser removal are simply too great.