At-home gadgets vs. in-office treatments
Until recent innovations in home spa tools, if you wanted body hair removed, it could cost you thousands. It would take up to 45 minutes to get to a cosmetic dermatologist or medspa for laser treatment, another 15 minutes or so for the procedure and you’d have to do it about five times over six months for almost permanent results.
Now, you can stay home and take 30 seconds to “flash” a small area with a light-based hair removal device.
How do home machines for hair removal, wrinkles, deep cleansing and acne reduction stack up to in-office procedures? “They both get you from A to B,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist in Toronto, but the in-office procedure “is significantly superior and will get you there faster and more effectively.” That’s because the intensity of home devices is toned down for safety reasons. Even so, Kellett cautions you should check with a physician and read the literature that comes with the products before using them. And expect sensations such as tingling or mild discomfort. (Photo: Veer)