Laser hair removal is an investment, but the treatment can be long-lasting. Is it worth spending the money to get rid of unwanted hair? It can be, but if going to a professional salon is not in your budget, there are at-home devices that can achieve similar results. SKINNEY Medspa in NYC is featured in a piece on Byrdie.com called “10 At-Home Laser Hair Removal Devices You Can Trust.” The beauty team deciphers which devices work the best at home.
At-home laser hair removal devices are not as effective as machines used by licensed laser technicians. Although, it does slow down hair growth over time. Josie Holmes, an esthetician at SKINNEY Medspa in NYC, says, “Most at-home laser hair removal devices utilize intense pulse light to damage the hair follicle.” She adds that devices used from home are safe, but the results won’t show up as fast. It typically can’t cover large areas of the body, but using it on small areas like the underarm or upper lip can be useful. Holmes points out that at-home treatments can be good for touch-ups or in-between office sessions.
buying at-home devices
Laser hair removal devices from at-home treatments should be FDA-approved. Professionals say these devices are required to operate at lower levels than the products used by professionals. At-home devices have safety features that make sure the light beam doesn’t fire unless the device is properly against the skin. It will protect your eyes from damage. Holmes says to look for other features, “Beyond FDA approval, look for an at-home removal device that offers multiple energy settings so you can customize and tailor your treatments.” She adds that potential buyers should look out for a product with a certain number of light pulses. “Most laser devices will run out of pulses after a certain amount of uses, so always check the label,” said Holmes. This is not a product that you want to cheap out on. If you want to see results, you have to spend some money.
who can benefit from laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal isn’t for everyone. If you’re trying an at-home device, it works best on people with dark, coarse hair. Darker hair has more melanin. The product can absorb more energy into the hair follicle. This translates into the best results. Blonde and white hair typically don’t respond to laser hair treatments.
precautions you should consider
Professionals warn at-home users to be aware of potential side effects. Devices could cause redness, burning, crusting, or hyperpigmentation. Test out the product on a smaller area before moving on to a bigger one. Make sure your hair is short. It won’t be effective on longer hair and can lead to burning. Don’t tan or use deodorant, makeup, and lotion before the treatment. Lastly, it’s important to stick to a routine. “All laser hair removal services stick to a schedule of four to six weeks between each treatment,” said Holmes. This is because of the length of the hair growth cycle.
SKINNEY Medspa near me
SKINNEY Medspa in NYC has three convenient locations in Manhattan. Our team of professionals are ready to meet your beauty needs. The health and wellness spa is taking virtual consultations. Schedule here or call (212) 754-6639.