Hair removal using laser technology is one of the most common procedures in the cosmetic world. According to research, the number of people that go through laser hair removal process grows at the rate of 18% every year. Initially, hair removal for the purpose of beauty was very common among women. Actually experts have claimed that all women above the age of 12 has engaged in hair removal in one way or another.


Currently, hair removal has become common among men as well.  Men are also seeking to have a permanent solution for hair removal; be it on the chest back or even on the neck. This mostly performed for cosmetic reasons. With the increase in demand for permanent hair removal solutions, new research has been conducted to help satisfy this need. You will learn about home laser hair removal and how it compares to professional laser hair removal procedures right here. First let’s go through a few quick facts about laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal uses laser beams that are directed to the melanin that is on your hair. These beams damage the hair follicles and therefore make it impossible for the production of new hair. After going through the laser hair removal procedure continually the hair follicle dies completely and therefore hair cannot grow anymore. Initially, this procedure was only suitable for light skinned people with dark hair. Technology advanced and now it is possible to get remarkable results on dark skinned people.

Now that you are aware of how this technology let’s now do a comparison of home laser hair removal and professional hair removal performed at laser stations.

Light source and wavelength.
Most of the home laser removal devices function using an intense pulse light (IPL). These devices are considered to be less effective and more likely to cause injury to the users. This is because the light that is being emitted is not focused and therefore it can easily get to the skin before getting to the hair follicile. There are a few home laser hair removal devices that are suitable for dark skinned people. Therefore shop appropriately or simply seek for the services of professional laser hair removal providers.

The energy level

The energy level of the laser beams will determine how effective the hair removal procedure will be. Energy is usually measured in Joules per Square centimeter(J/cm2). Home laser hair removal devices have been designed with an energy level of about 7 to 20 joules. You should therefore adjust the energy level to a level that can completely damage to the hair follicle so that the hair removal becomes permanent.

Most of the professional hair removal performed at laser stations use energy levels of about 50 to 80 joules. Such levels of energy levels are very risky and should only be performed only by a professional. When you consult with the best laser hair removal providers, they will not use too much or too little energy levels. Too much energy levels will cause skin damage and too little energy levels will make the process ineffective.

True medical lasers used for laser hair removal, such as the Cynosure Apogee Elite (Alexandrite, and Nd:YAG) have maximum fluence levels selectable by the laser practitioner of between 50 and 80 joules. An experienced laser practitioner will normally select an energy level of between 25 and 60 joules for an effective treatment. The practitioner must be careful to not provide too little energy, which impairs the effectiveness of the treatment, and also must be careful not to provide too much energy, which can damage surrounding skin.

So there you have it. The handheld devices are slightly cheaper than a single full-body professional laser hair removal treatment. They are not appropriate for tan or dark skin, and their energy levels are much lower than what is commonly used by medical professionals. As these products are still new, only time will tell how effective they are.