The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal at Home

There are some people who feel they are born with too much body hair. The areas that usually concern most people are the underarms, forearms, thighs, and legs. Occasionally, some people are also bothered by excess hair on their chest and back. In the past, if people didn’t like it, they would just suffer through it. However, research and experiments have come up with effective solutions. Today, unwanted hair is temporarily removed by shaving, applying depilatory creams, or waxing. Because many people wanted a more permanent solution, another method was developed. Today, you can choose to have laser hair removal, either at home or in a specialized skin clinic.

The home treatment is the more convenient and cheaper of the two. All you have to do is get a home unit for yourself. It comes with easy instructions to follow. If you are very conscious about exposing your body to other people, this home solution will definitely appeal to you. However, it seems the home versions have certain limitations. Because there will no certified professional supervising this treatment, manufacturers have made it a point to have a lower maximum energy level of the light beam in these units as compared to the more professional units found in the clinic.

There is always that possibility that the individual will misuse the product, so they are making sure that the risk of burning the adjacent hair follicles and skin is lessened during a home laser hair removal treatment. The problem with this lower level of energy is that it may not be high enough to effectively kill your hair follicles, so you’ll probably be seeing some growth despite the treatments.

Another concern with home treatments is that a different kind of light system from the professional version is used. The latest units available use an older system that has proven to be ineffective on people with dark or tanned skin. For such people, you really have to make an appointment with a specialist clinic, where a professional skincare expert can provide you with the more advanced laser hair removal treatment.

Although you would probably prefer the home treatment for the advantages mentioned above, it seems that the professional system is still the definitive treatment if your priority is total removal of unwanted hair. Consult with a professional so you can get a better look at your options.

What, though, if you’re pregnant, and you want to get rid of unsightly hair on your body? Obviously, laser hair removal treatment will be out of the question especially since it hasn’t yet been determined what its possible effects on the fetus can be. Laser hair removal around the breast area is likewise forbidden especially if you plan to breastfeed the baby.

Nevertheless, if you really want to remove excess and unwanted hair, using hair removal cream while you’re expecting is okay. In fact, it’s the best solution to get rid of unwanted hair while you’re pregnant. The only downside is the cream may irritate your skin, doubly so since you’re pregnant. At any rate, if you want to get rid of unwanted hair while you’re heavy with a child, opt for depilatory creams. It’s your safest bet.