Laser hair removal machines specifically designed for home use have become more popular in recent years, as more people are looking for a less expensive means to permanently remove unwanted body hair.
What is the difference between the machines used in a professional setting and the ones you would use at home?
Trained professionals use lasers and IPLs or intense pulsed light devices to remove hair at the root, which means you can enjoy permanent hair loss on your legs, bikini area, underarms and even the facial area after as little as 5 treatments. Some people undergo as many as 7 treatments to rid themselves of unwanted hair.
Of course, the disadvantage of office visits is that you'll pay more money for the treatments. Costs can be $500 to several thousand depending on the areas treated.
The interest in at-home machines for hair removal is increasing and a few companies are responding by manufacturing products that can be used at home to remove unsightly hair. These machines are designed to target the hair follicle and eventually kill it over a series of treatments. Of course, these lasers are not nearly as strong or concentrated as the ones used in a professional doctor's office.
Which one is the best for effective home use? There are several on the market, but two machines come to the top of the list for at-home laser hair removal: TRIA and Silk'n.
This laser machine is ideal for people with fair skin tone and hair that is somewhat dark to very dark in color. Unfortunately, it won't work for red, gray, or blonde hair.
Positive reviews seem to outweigh the negative reviews. Some people found that the TRIA worked wonders at removing unsightly hair whereas others said it was a complete failure. Customer service was not rated highly by many of the people who purchased the TRIA, especially when they wanted to return the product. Those who tried both the TRIA and the Silk'n said the TRIA stings less than the Silk'n.
The Silk'n SensEpil is considered a laser hair removal machine because it uses a light-based pulse to kill the hair follicle. People with dark skin or tanned skin should not use this machine.
The general consensus about the Silk'n is that is does seem to work, but it takes a very long time to effectively remove hair. The light cartridges don't seem to last as long as they should and the cost of replacing the cartridge is $50 each time. A few others said this machine didn't work at all for them and that when they tried to get their money back, customer service was very poor.
Avance and Biotechnique Avance manufacture laser hair removal machines at the top end of the price range. Their machines tend to look more professional despite the fact they are specifically for home use and the price tag seems to reflect that difference. Expect to pay $325 to $2,400 for one of their machines. The negative reviews outweighed the positive ones. The IPL600 Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System by Quazar claims to remove hair permanently with several uses.
The price tag of just under $1,500 is rather high to determine whether or not it would really work. No reviews of this product were found. A company called SkinAct has a multi-purpose machine retailing for just under $25,000. It promises to remove hair permanently, reduce acne, and rejuvenate the surface of the skin. No reviews of this product could be located, which could indicate it's not worth the hefty investment.
The answer, unfortunately, is not clear-cut. Your physician may be able to help you with the answer, but what it comes down to is that your skin may react favorably to at home laser hair removal machines or it may not. There are many potential side effects of using laser treatments yourself, so you should be aware of them before purchasing any hair removal product or machine.
Ladies, the mirror can be our enemy at times if we allow the reflection we see to be distorted in our own minds and hearts. Remember that despite the frustrations with the physical body, our inner beauty does truly shine through on the outside too!
Take good care of yourself and your skin by exercising, cleansing properly, eating well, and staying spiritually healthy and your inner beauty will make you beautiful on the outside too!