At Home Vs. Professional Laser Hair Removal

Written by Andera Benavides, LA, Licensed Esthetician on January 30, 2024 No Comments

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Laser hair removal has become a popular choice for those looking to get rid of unwanted hair without the hassle of shaving or the pain of waxing. The market has seen a surge in at-home laser hair removal devices offering users the convenience of performing the treatment in the comfort of their homes. However, the question remains: is at-home laser hair removal as effective and safe as the professional alternative?

Warning: FDA Approval Matters

It’s crucial to highlight the importance of using FDA-approved at-home laser hair removal devices. Non-approved devices can lead to ineffective results or, worse, cause major burns, pigmentation issues, scarring, and other skin damage. Safety should always be a top priority when considering any form of laser treatment. For this reason, we always recommend patients to use a certified FDA approved device for any form of at-home laser hair removal.


Professional laser hair removal stands out as the more effective option. The laser technology used by professionals is far more powerful, ensuring that all pigmented hair follicles are adequately addressed. The result of professional hair removal is over 90% hair-free skin.

On the other hand, at-home laser hair removal devices, with their lower power, often deliver less satisfactory results. Users commonly experience patchy outcomes, and many struggle to achieve complete hair removal.

Treatment Session Time

The time required for a laser hair removal session differs significantly between at-home and professional options. At-home devices, which treat smaller areas with less power, can extend treatment sessions. In contrast, professional laser hair removal treatments are swift, with major body areas like legs completed in as little as 30 minutes.

Number of Treatment Sessions

While both at-home and professional options may require multiple sessions for full hair removal, at-home users typically need more sessions. Professional laser hair removal achieves 95%+ hair removal within 7-9 sessions. In contrast, many at-home laser devices max out at 70% removal after 3 months of consistent use, necessitating more frequent maintenance sessions.


Safety is a paramount concern, and professional laser hair removal offers a distinct advantage. Experienced skin professionals can monitor the skin during the session, ensuring a safe and effective treatment. At-home devices, however, carry the risk of causing various skin issues, from minor irritation to moderate/severe burns. This risk underscores the importance of using only FDA-approved devices, and most at-home options should never be used on the face.

Use On Darker Skin Tones

Individuals with darker skin tones face unique challenges when it comes to laser hair removal. Both at-home and professional options can lead to issues such as burns and hypopigmentation. However, newer laser technology used in professional settings enables safer hair removal for individuals with darker skin tones. At-home options, therefore, may not be recommended for people with darker skin tones.


Both at-home and professional laser hair removal options are minimally painful. At-home devices allow users to adjust the intensity to minimize discomfort, with overall lower intensity levels than professional lasers. Professional laser hair removal often involves the application of a topical numbing cream, ensuring a pain-free experience despite the more powerful lasers.


At first glance, the lower cost of at-home devices may be appealing. However, when factoring in replacement cartridges, attachments, and electricity usage, the cost of at-home options becomes more comparable to professional treatments. The initial savings may be outweighed by the ongoing expenses associated with maintaining at-home devices.

While at-home laser hair removal offers convenience, professional treatments remain the more effective and safer choice. The precision, power, and expertise provided by professionals make the investment in professional laser hair removal worthwhile for those seeking optimal and long-lasting results.

Andera Benavides, LA

Andrea Benavides is a skilled aesthetician and laser technician with a passion for helping people look and feel their best. Andrea obtained her Esthetician license in 2017 at Ogle School Hair Skin and Nails in San Antonio. Shortly after, she obtained her Laser Technician Certification at Texas Laser Advanced Training Academy in Austin. Andrea’s dedication to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in laser technology ensures that her clients receive the most effective and innovative treatments available.

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