Laser hair removal can have exceptional results, significantly reducing hair growth after the right number of sessions. Although, to ensure that you’re actually undergoing an effective treatment, you want to make sure that you’re choosing the right method of laser hair removal. The recent invention of at-home laser hair removal gadgets can make some people feel a little confused, wondering whether or not in-clinic sessions are worth it. In this blog, we’ll compare at-home laser hair removal to in-clinic sessions, to reveal which one is a much better option.
Clinic-based laser hair removal
Performed by an experienced and trained physician with a patient-tailored approach, clinic-based laser hair removal uses professional-grade laser technology, that is solely designed to target unwanted hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin in the treatment area.
These state-of-the-art devices are designed with extensive research, putting the patient’s well-being first. The goal is to achieve the best results, while minimising downtime and side effects, such as redness and irritation.
At a clinic, you’ll get to have a consultation with a professional to discuss your skin health, your desired treatment areas and your goals, to get a personalised treatment plan and receive expert advice on how you can optimise the results.
During your in-clinic session, you’ll receive a high level of care, if you make sure to choose the right clinic with experienced physicians. Your session is well thought out, including a pre-treatment cooling gel, and the use of a specialised laser to target the unwanted hairs at the right depths. The laser technology works by emitting pulses of lights that are absorbed by the hair pigments, damaging the follicle and slowing down hair growth. For it to work well, it needs to be able to achieve the right depth and accurately target each follicle.
Creating a personalised treatment plan and being able to adjust the laser settings to suit your needs, your physician will be able to design the treatment around achieving the best results for you. Personal factors like skin tone and hair colour mean that the laser technology needs to be correctly adjusted to be the most effective, and these adjustments can only really be done correctly by a professional.
At-home laser hair removal
At-home laser hair removal devices have recently gained some popularity, which has made some people wonder if in-clinic treatments are worth the money. However, these far less powerful devices are built differently than professional lasers.
Without the ability to be customised to the level of professional lasers, at-home devices can take a long time to deliver any noticeable results. The devices may not be able to distinguish between the pigment in the hair and the pigment in the skin, which can not only mean that the device won’t deliver in terms of results, but it can lead to skin damage. At-home devices aren’t typically able to be adjusted to suit your skin tone and hair colour, and even if they were, it would require an experienced technician to be able to make the right adjustments to achieve the best results.
One of the reasons at-home devices are less powerful is because they are designed for consumer use, so they have to avoid causing harm as much as possible, since consumers are unlikely to be trained to use the device efficiently. However, because it is still a laser, incorrect use can still cause damage to the skin.
The idea of removing unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home can be very appealing, but essentially, you won’t be getting the same results as an in-clinic treatment – and you may even do more harm than good. Although at-home devices seem cheaper than paying for in-clinic sessions at the beginning, the ineffectiveness will make you wish you had just put the money towards professional hair removal that works, and you could even end up paying for treatment to address any skin damage you may cause, which doesn’t end up cheaper in the long-run.
So, which is best – in-clinic or at-home?
If you want effective results, with treatments that are tailored to your needs and can be performed in a way that demands minimal downtime and prevents side effects, you will want to book an in-clinic laser hair removal session.
At-home laser hair removal devices are not as powerful as professional laser hair removal technology. These devices are also not as customisable and can even cause damage to the skin. In-clinic treatments puts you in the hands of experienced technicians, who are trained to use state-of-the-art laser technology and can create a personalised treatment plan to achieve the results you desire.
Begone Skin & Body Perth
At Begone Skin & Body Perth, we use the medical-grade, gold standard GentleMax Pro Laser by Candela. This state-of-the-art laser can perform effective treatments on any skin type, with greater accuracy than other devices, delivering exceptional results. GentleMax Pro, as hinted by the name, also causes less discomfort than other devices, minimising downtime.
For a personalised laser hair removal treatment plan with advanced laser technology, book your consultation today.