Laser devices are the latest wave of at-home skincare tools to crop up over the last few years. IPL hair removal devices and even at-home fractional lasers are now just an “add to cart” away—and often at hard-to-resist prices. It’s understandably tempting to want to give these trendy gadgets a shot. After all, who doesn’t love a good beauty DIY?
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. From a lack of effectiveness to risks of skin damage, these devices are often more trouble than they’re worth—especially when you have a team of trained laser skin resurfacing pros you can trust right here in Omaha.
In this blog post, we’ll explain why laser treatments belong outside of your bathroom walls and in the hands of a trained laser tech.
At-Home Laser Devices Are a Waste of Time & Money
Saving money is often the main reason people go for at-home devices over in-office treatments. However, these devices just aren’t worth the investment when you look at long-term results.
To keep devices safe enough to sell straight to consumers, manufacturers have to keep invasiveness and risk to a minimum. That means turning the strength and potency of these treatments way, way down—so far down you may never be able to achieve the results you want, even after countless sessions.
You’re also very limited with the types of treatments you can access when you go the DIY route. Consumer options are slim compared to the many effective technologies medical providers offer. Just take a look at our previous blog post to explore the many laser devices we use on a daily basis.
Laser skin resurfacing in particular requires more power, ablation in some cases, and customization to really deliver great results. You just won’t be able to find a consumer device that can safely and effectively provide that. Save the expense and invest it in a treatment that really works.
At-Home Devices Are Potentially Dangerous
Eye issues, burns, scarring, hyperpigmentation—these are just a few of the possible complications that await you if you use your at-home laser incorrectly. There’s a reason laser technicians go through extensive training before ever treating clients.
Then, there’s the issue of FDA approval. Most devices on the market are FDA approved or FDA cleared, but some are only approved for certain skin tones, often leaving out the deeper Fitzpatrick types 5 and 6. That’s true for some in-office devices too, but laser techs know which treatments to recommend and which alternatives to suggest if a particular device may put you at risk of unwanted effects.
Trusting the Pros Is So Much Easier & More Effective
It’s in the best interest of your wallet, schedule, and safety to let trained med spa providers handle your laser treatments. Many laser treatments are quick and more affordable than you may think, especially when specials or package prices are available.
You won’t have to worry about wasting your time trying to solve your skin issues to no avail. Med spa providers have a broad menu of options beyond just lasers to choose from. If a laser’s not the right fit for you, they can even recommend products or alternative aesthetic treatments that will help you get your dream skin for good.