Does At-Home Laser Hair Removal Work?

With today’s mainstream fashion demanding sleek, smooth limbs and the removal of unwanted body hair, we can all get tired of that constant cycle of depilation. So anything to make it easier is welcomed with open arms.

We’ve tried waxing and sugaring, shaving and creams, so when IPL machines came onto the market aimed at home hair removal, the packs were a sell-out.

What’s the difference between IPL and laser hair removal?

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is the technology that allows fuzz removal at home. The handheld device delivers visible pulses of light that target the melanin in each hair. Melanin is the natural pigment found in hair, both on the head and body hair. The hair absorbs the light which transforms into heat and travels down the hair shaft into the follicle. Once there, the heat destroys the papilla – the cells that actually produce the hair, preventing the hair from regrowing.

Sounding good in theory, papilla take a lot of heat to destroy completely, and this is can be difficult as shop-bought IPL devices lack the powerful lasers that salon machines possess. As a result, IPL at-home treatments have to be repeated frequently, and in many cases, make little difference at all.

Salons have access to more powerful laser hair removal machines, with staff receiving professional training and being covered by industry insurance.

The lasers in this type of machine use light wavelengths to pinpoint the melanin, meaning that each pulse is stronger and more effective. Called selective photothermolysis, or SPTL, it can precisely target each hair, creating the optimal effect without affecting the surrounding tissue.

With the ability to create heat within the hair follicle that is powerful enough to destroy the papilla, often in one sitting, laser hair removal is far more effective than any home treatment you can perform.

What’s best for me?

Using a shop-bought IPL machine is likely to leave you out of pocket with very little difference to show for your trouble. Lacking the power that laser hair removal technology possesses, the follicle can easily resist the small amount of heat applied and continue to produce hairs.

Salons not only provide their staff with professional quality training, but their machines offer a highly effective performance. Each and every papilla within the follicle is quickly and easily destroyed, permanently prevented from developing hairs, making this choice by far your best option.

What’s the best laser hair removal machine?

One such machine is the award-winning Nu TriLaze Plus. This state-of-the-art machine is FDA & Medical CE Approved, offers SuperCool technology and three advanced lasers – Alexandrite, diode, and Nd:YAG delivered via an ergonomically comfortable handpiece.

Producing results that are designed to be permanent, several treatments with the Nu Trilaze Plus are necessary to complete the programme as each hair will be at a different point in its growth cycle, either in one of the resting phases or actively growing. After a series of appointments, the follicles will no longer produce hairs and your skin will remain smooth and hair-free.

Although the market is full of IPL machines, none have the same powerful lasers that salon technology has access to. Therefore save yourself the hassle, and book an appointment at a salon that hosts a Nu TriLaze Plus.

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