With the surge in popularity of laser hair removal treatments in recent years, people have become more willing to try new methods for getting the job done. As the market grows and laser treatments become more of an established part of many people’s beauty regimes, it’s natural to expect that new opportunities will arise. This has happened relatively recently with the advent of cheaper, DIY options for laser hair treatments in the form of personal, hand-held machines that you can buy from normal cosmetics retailers.
Of course, many people are still happy to pay a premium for professional laser treatments conducted with full-size machines and overseen by experts. Obviously you are getting a higher standard of service here, and for a lot of people the investment is certainly worthwhile. If done properly, these procedures are intended to ensure no further hair removal is necessary. Paying just once for permanent hair removal is an attractive prospect for many people, so the high prices can be justified. You’re also paying for the expertise of the professionals who would normally offer you a personalised consultation as well as follow-up advice and assistance.
So stacked up against these benefits, why would someone choose to go for home treatments instead? The main reason is of course the cost, since handheld laser or IPL machines cost a fraction of what it costs to buy a full sized machine or even book a single session. For around $300 you can get hold of a machine by a leading brand and conduct your own hair removal treatments in your home. The convenience and low cost are obviously attractive, and the market is continuing to grow.
Unfortunately, there are some key differences between the kinds of treatment you’ll be getting when you look at it scientifically. Simply put, the machines do exactly the same thing whether they’re small, store-bought models or full-sized professional ones. The only real difference is the level of power used, and it is a big difference. This is what could make the difference between needing constant treatments and just having one to last you a lifetime, a major factor which should influence your choice.
The reason for the very low power level on handheld machines is pretty much down to health and safety regulations – in Europe the European Union is responsible for deciding standards, and they are fairly strict. In the United States the rules are even tighter since the FDA set particularly cautious limits on what is considered an acceptable and safe power level for home laser machines. This may be for the best as it certainly protects users from accidental damage, but it means these machines are so limited in terms of effectiveness that we can confidently say you’re better off saving your money.