If you struggle with unwanted hair on your body, you’ve likely tried everything to remove it. Shaving can cause nicks and even permanent scarring. Waxing is painful, and to get it done professionally as often as it needs to be done is expensive (and painful). Chemical removers can cause nasty side effects. But you don’t just want to let your hair grow wild, so what do you do?
Laser hair removal is an option that many people consider when they are fed up with other options. However, there isn’t a lot of easily digestible information out there about the process. Worst of all, a lot of information about laser hair removal that is available on mainstream media is inaccurate. We’re here to break laser hair treatments down for you and give you your best options for getting rid of unwanted hair using these systems.
At-Home Laser Hair Removal Systems (And Why You Should Steer Clear)
We live in an age of advanced technology. Moreover, we live in an age where much of the technology created for consumers is focused on making once obscure products available to the average person. While this has made life much more comfortable and more entertaining in some ways, it has also brought us products that might not be safe or wise to use. One of these products? At-home laser removal systems.
At-home laser hair removal systems were created as a way to bring a procedure that was once mainly inaccessible to people to them for less. The reality is, shaving and waxing add up. Ten years ago, a study that looked at women’s shaving routines revealed that the average woman spends about $10,000 in her lifetime on shaving products alone. The average cost of an at-home laser hair removal system is about $400.
It’s important when thinking about the cost of laser hair removal to consider the full picture. Sure, it might cost you less to buy a machine to use at home than to get professional laser hair removal done in a studio, medspa, or clinic. However, if you do it incorrectly (and many do), it can cost you more than you save. Here are some reasons why you should avoid DIY laser treatments.
- Professionals know what they are doing. It should go without saying, but part of what you pay for when you go for professional laser treatment is the know-how. Professionals understand how to do the treatment less painfully, more safely, and as accurately as they can. DIY laser treatments run the risk of causing undue pain and even scarring in more serious cases.
- You cannot laser certain areas at home. At-home kits might work on hairy legs or armpits, but they are not safe to use on sensitive areas like the groin or your upper lip.
- You might not be a candidate for laser hair removal. Believe it or not, there are many restrictions for laser hair removal. Most options are not suitable for those with darker skin, are not to be used over moles or tattoos, and often cannot be used by those with light hair. If you purchase a DIY laser hair treatment and don’t know whether you’re the right candidate for it or not, you run the risk of wasting money and potentially hurting yourself.
- The only people for whom at-home laser hair treatments work are people with light skin and dark hair.
- If you don’t do it correctly, you will end up spending more time trying to remove your hair at home than you would just by getting it done professionally. It is a painful procedure, so it is best to do it in as little time as possible.
So, while you might initially save a few bucks upfront by purchasing an at-home laser hair removal device, most people ultimately save more time and money by visiting a professional.
Professional Laser Hair Removal
Professional laser hair removal offers many different options based on your skin and hair characteristics. Unlike at-home removal units, professional offices have a variety of different laser treatment options that can work with you depending on your hair color and skin color. These systems are the most precise ones available on the market, meaning that you spend less time going through the removal process than you would at home.
Additionally, professional laser hair removal is much more predictable. Although neither can remove all hair, most people see a reduction of the hair that has been treated between 75% and 90% within three to seven sessions.
Most medical spas have professional laser hair treatments available, although not all have the same quality hair removal systems. If you live in Pittsburgh, Warrendale, or the surrounding area, you can remove unwanted hair with fewer restrictions at Cosmetic Laser Centers.
What Laser Hair Removal Options Are Offered At Cosmetic Laser Centers?
Cosmetic Laser Centers utilizes Lumenis® LightSheer™ technology for their patients’ hair removal needs. Although there are many different laser hair removal treatments, we believe that Lumenis® LightSheer™ is the best laser hair removal option available on the market. It works for a range of skin tones and hair colors, which means that you don’t have to worry whether or not the treatment will be right for you. The system has an average 80% hair reduction rate, which remains one of the best rates in the industry. Additionally, it boasts less pain than laser hair removal systems it competes with.
However, the best devices are only as good as the people operating them. Cosmetic Laser Centers is staffed with the most highly regarded aesthetics-focused medical professionals in the greater Pittsburgh area. Dr. Terrance Krysinski, MD, RVS, RPhS founded Cosmetic Laser Centers. He is joined by Sarah Abraham, MPA, PA-C and Maria Brosovic, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C as a full team dedicated to helping the people of the greater Pittsburgh area look and feel their best.
Getting professional help with the removal of unwanted hair can be hard to do. It requires seeking help with something that you might find embarrassing. However, laser treatments are nothing to be ashamed of, and with the help of Cosmetic Laser Centers, you can say goodbye to unwanted hair.