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In the never-ending battle to look our best, another cosmetic procedure that has seen an increase in popularity over the last few years is laser hair removal. The vast improvement in laser technology has enabled many cosmetic surgery practices and medical spas to completely eliminate unwanted hair for patients on a variety of areas on the body, including the legs, bikini area, arms, and even the face.

Recently, some people have opted to try at-home laser hair removal devices in hopes of achieving the same results that a certified professional can deliver to patients. At-home laser hair removal treatments may have their own benefits, but are they really as effective and safe as in-office laser procedures?


Although there exist many at-home laser hair removal devices that promise to get rid of hair completely, the fact is that even if some of these machines do live up to their word, the results vary greatly as do the number of treatments that are needed in order to see any improvement.

At a certified practice or spa, patients can achieve the superior level of effectiveness for permanently removing hair. This is accredited to the higher grade of lasers that can only be utilized by professionals and are not available for at-home use.


Another issue of concern is the safety of at-home laser treatments. Many people may assume that because a laser hair removal device has been deemed safe for personal use there is no room for error. However, oftentimes a laser in the untrained hand can cause severe burns, allergic reactions, and even permanently scar skin.

When a patient has their procedure performed in-office, their safety and well-being are constantly observed and tended to. There is less worry for the patient when they know that a certified professional is performing their laser hair removal treatment.

In the effort to undergo a safe procedure and look your best, it is always best to seek professional help when desiring permanent hair removal through laser treatments. If you are looking to enhance your appearance through any type of laser treatment, feel free to contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery at (626) 449-8910. Our board certified surgeon, Dr. O’Toole, routinely performs many procedures to provide patients with the appearance they desire.