Laser hair removal in London: At home -vs- Therapie Clinic

Your London laser hair removal choices

If you’re thinking about getting laser hair removal in London, then you’re probably weighing up two different options. You could get your treatment at a professional clinic or purchase an at-home laser hair removal machine and go it alone. Both have their disadvantages and advantages, which we’ll be laying out here, so you can make an informed decision about which is the best route for you.

How laser hair removal works

Before we can delve into the differences between these two options for laser hair removal treatments, it’s crucial to understand precisely how laser hair removal works. The machine produces a laser light that is absorbed by the hairs below the skin. This light transfers heat down into the follicle and destroys it, stopping any future hairs from growing.

However, this only works on hairs that are in their growth cycle. This is why around 6-8 sessions are required to achieve permanent hair removal. By spacing out the treatments, you’ll be able to catch all the hairs during a growth phase.

The difference in laser hair removal machines

You are almost certainly aware that there are dangers involved when using lasers. As they transfer heat, this includes burns. When you attend a medical clinic, such as Therapie Clinic, you will be treated with a highly sophisticated laser hair removal machine that uses medical-grade lasers. These are only suitable for use by trained and qualified professionals but do produce far superior results due to the strength of the laser that can be used.

These lasers would not be safe for someone to use at home. In fact, a few adjustments need to be made to laser hair removal machines designed for use at home. While it might be much more convenient and a little cheaper to go for the home treatment option, the lasers in these machines are not as strong. Therefore, they do not get the same quality results. It’s likely that permanent results will not be achieved.

Another downside of at home machines is that they are not as sensitive and do not have as many adjustment options. This can make them unsuitable for some skin types. For example, they can result in burning darker skins. Some machines now have a safety mechanism that prevents them from being used on darker skin, so this doesn’t happen. However, the devices used at Therapie Clinic can detect far more differences in skin tone and hair colour and can be adjusted accordingly.

Other differences between at-home treatment and laser hair removal clinics

However, it’s not just the laser hair removal machine that is different when you opt for treatment at a clinic.

When you’re at home, you’ll be relying on the instructions you receive with your machine and your own skill. For example, you’ll be told to avoid pigmented areas, tattoos and moles. This can induce anxiety as you wonder how close is too close. Plus, it’s also important that the laser is kept away from your genitalia. Yet, instructions will still say that they are suitable for doing your bikini line. While some people are comfortable working near such a delicate area and have the precision and coordination required, others may struggle with this.

However, if you’re willing to attend a clinic, all this stress is taken away for you. At Therapie Clinic, we also include a consultation before and after your laser hair removal treatment. This allows our trained medical professionals to assess your suitability before a laser goes anywhere near you. This allows for adjustments to be made for skin tone or hair colour and for examination of the area to be treated. A trained professional will also be able to offer the precision needed, and let’s face it, treating someone else is far easier than trying to do it yourself in hard to reach areas.

The consultation after your treatment ensures you get all the laser hair removal aftercare advice you need to optimise results and reduce side effects. These too can vary depending on whether you receive your treatment at home or at a professional clinic.

Laser hair removal side effects

The laser hair removal side effect that most people worry about is the level of pain they will receive during their treatment. This can vary greatly and, again, comes down to the machine that is being used.  At Therapie Clinic, we use the most advanced technology, and these machines blow cooling air over your skin at the same time as the treatment is being delivered. This results in it being virtually painless. Many of our customers remark on how little they felt and how much better it is than alternative treatments such as waxing.

Unfortunately, at-home laser hair removal machines tend to cause more pain due to the fact they lack advanced features that can only be used by professionals. While some are less painful than others, this tends to be because the power is turned down. You, therefore, get a sub-standard result. It’s also worth noting that many of these machines aren’t true laser ones. Laser hair removal and IPL (intense pulsated light) machines are not the same, and IPL is definitely more painful than laser. Plus, the higher the intensity with IPL, the more pain you feel.

With both types of treatment, there are a couple of other side effects that you might experience. These primarily relate to the heat that is being transferred. This can cause redness to the skin, and direct heat from things such as baths and the sun should be avoided for the first few days. If you choose to have your treatment with Therapie Clinic, all of this will be covered in the consultation we have with you, and we are always available for further advice. If you choose to do the treatment yourself at home, then it is a case of reading the instructions and following them religiously.

How long will the laser hair removal take?

We often talk about how you can get laser hair removal in London during your lunch break. With laser hair removal clinics all over the city and in convenient locations, you can easily pop in, and the treatment takes just a few minutes. This is because we are using sophisticated machines and your treatment is being carried out by a professional. This means a relatively large treatment area can be covered in a short time.

However, this is very different to treating yourself at home. Yes, you will not have any travel time as you can do it from the comfort of your own home. But the actual treatment will likely take you longer. Plus, the laser hair removal machine that you use will be much smaller in size, extending the length of the treatment further.

And of course, there’s also the fact that many of us have been cooped up inside for long enough recently. You may find you welcome the opportunity to get out and see new people.

Comparing laser hair removal costs

It is indeed likely to cost more to get your treatment from a medical clinic. However, that doesn’t mean that it is expensive. For example, our laser hair removal prices start at just £19. Costs do increase with the size of the area you want to treat, and remember that around 6-8 sessions are required for permanent results. We like to be upfront about our laser hair removal costs which you can find here.

Prices for at-home machines vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere between £250 and £450. Obviously, this will vary depending on the level of quality you choose. However, it’s worth noting that none of these machines will get the same results as those you find in clinics.

Summary of laser hair removal in London

Laser hair removal at home can offer you some good results, reducing the number of hairs you have growing. It’s an affordable option that you can do in the comfort of your home. However, if you’re looking for permanent hair removal and a more comfortable and professional experience, then laser hair removal at a clinic like Therapie Clinic is well worth the small additional cost.

With an increasing amount of clinics offering the best laser hair removal in London, there’s bound to be one near you. Led by a team of doctors, you can be confident that you’re in the best of hands and will experience the best possible results. Book your free consultation here or give us a call on 08000 121 565. It’s time for pain-free and permanent hair removal!