In this article we look at what to do if your at home laser hair removal device is not working. Click here for more frequently asked questions.
Why is my at-home laser hair removal not working?
Your at-home laser hair removal treatment may not be working for several reasons.
- Firstly, your skin tone and hair color may not be suitable for the device you are using.
- Secondly, incorrect usage, lack of patience or using it on too high or too low intensity may also cause it to fail.
- Thirdly, not preparing your skin for treatment or not following the post-treatment instructions can impact the results.
- Additionally, the quality of the device and its age may affect its effectiveness.
Ultimately, it is recommended to seek professional advice, especially if the hair growth persists or you experience skin problems.
How long do I need to use my at-home laser for it to work?
The duration needed for at-home laser hair removal treatment to work can vary depending on several factors. These factors include skin color, hair color, and the power of the device being used.
Generally, it takes around six to eight sessions spaced four to six weeks apart for desired results to be achieved.
However, it is important to note that the results may not be permanent, and touch-up sessions may be required. Additionally, proper use and maintenance of the device are crucial for effective treatment, including regularly cleaning the device and avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment.
Am I using the correct settings on my at-home laser?
To determine if you are using the correct settings on your at-home laser, consider several factors.
- Firstly, ensure that you are using the appropriate device for your skin type, hair color, and skin tone.
- Secondly, read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them precisely. Pay attention to the recommended energy levels and pulse duration.
- Thirdly, carry out a patch test to determine your skin’s reaction to the device.
- Lastly, monitor your skin’s response during and after your hair removal session. If you experience any discomfort or adverse effects, reduce the energy level or consult a professional.
How often should I use my at-home laser hair removal device?
The frequency of using an at-home laser hair removal device depends on the individual’s hair growth cycle and the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, it is necessary to use the device once every two weeks for the first 4-5 treatments, and then as needed thereafter.
Consistency is key to achieving optimal results, so it is important to follow the recommended treatment schedule diligently. Overlapping treatment areas and failing to fully cover the entire treatment area can also hinder results. It may take numerous sessions before seeing a noticeable difference, but when used properly, an at-home laser device can significantly reduce hair growth.
Is my skin tone or hair color appropriate for at-home laser hair removal?
At-home laser hair removal treatment is suitable for individuals with fair to medium skin tones and dark hair colors, as the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicles. Individuals with blonde, red, or gray hair may not see effective results from at-home laser hair removal treatment.
Skin tone plays a significant role in the effectiveness of the treatment, as darker skin is more prone to burns and hyperpigmentation.
It is essential to choose a device with adjustable intensity levels and to follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging the skin. Consulting a dermatologist before starting any at-home laser hair removal treatment is recommended.
Should I shave or wax before using my at-home laser hair removal device?
Yes, it is recommended that you shave the area before using at-home laser hair removal devices. This is because the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, not the actual hair, and if there is too much hair present, the energy from the laser will be absorbed by the hair shaft instead, rendering the treatment ineffective.
Waxing removes the entire hair follicle, which also removes the pigment, so it is not recommended to wax before using the laser. Additionally, waxing can make the skin more sensitive and increase the risk of burns and skin damage during the laser treatment. Therefore, it is best to shave the area one to two days before using the laser.