Laser hair removal products on sale as effective as ones used by professionals?

Should i see a professional or do laser hair removal treatment myself by some product that is sold in stores?

Doctor Answers 6

See a professional

It is the best to see a professional for laser hair removal to avoid and minimize the risk of burns and pigmentation. Laser hair removal tools sold for private use are usually not as strong and will not give you desired results. Best of luck

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Laser hair removal better by a professional or over the counter treatment

Our treatments at the office are FDA approved for hair removal with a laser on brown or black hair.  We do recommend five to six treatments at one month intervals.  Having a certified professional is important not only for safety but for expertise and efficacy.

There are many areas and options for men and women.  Gentlemen can benefit from laser hair removal on the neck, back of the neck, shoulders, back and even beard.  Female patients can do lip, chin, sideburns, underarms, bikini, brazilian, legs and feet.

At our practice we recommend a consultation before beginning treatment for best outcomes.

Hope this helps.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal

Thank you for your question in regards to laser hair removal. It is best to see a professional when it comes to lasers. To be sure what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Seeing an Expert = Priceless: Laser Hair Removal

For best results I always recommend seeing a professional. Laser hair removal does take a series of treatments. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Home laser hair removal effeciveness?

Though the paid commercials, often times late night when people are most vulnerable to suggestions, mention glowing testimonials, they don't work well and often not at all. They might have some effect in some people for bikini line, but generally have been disappointing. There is no comparison between a $100,000+ worth of state of the art professional laser machine and a $300-$500 home tool. The very low power used can be counterproductive by not "killing" the hair but rather stunting the growth, in which case even future proper high powered laser hair treatments can become less effective and difficult. 

Ram Chandra, MD
Edison Physician

Laser hair removal at home vs at a doctors office

The power of the office machines is significantly higher than the OTC lasers. The results will be very modest with home treatment. The machines for the office can be adjusted according to skin type, hair type, and area treated.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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