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For more than 20 years, clinicians and beauticians have been testing and commercially applying a relatively new method of hair removal - Laser Hair Removal.
This technique uses pulses of laser light to target the chromophore molecules sitting in your hair follicle and skin. These are called melanin, a term you may have come across before. There is a higher concentration of melanin in your hair compared to your skin.
Through HoneySkin experiments, this method has been found ineffective on pale skin tones in combination with blonde hair, or black hair in combination with deeper skin tones, due to the lower ratio of melanin in hair:skin.
The light emitted by the device is absorbed by these pigmented areas to specifically disrupt the hair follicle. Therefore it is especially effective when your skin and hair colour has visibly high colour contrast as the higher melanin content in the hair shaft allows better targeting of the follicle with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.
After several treatment sessions, the regular disruption to the hair follicle dramatically reduces hair growth. Over the years we have perfected the technology and today, many are using this as an approved, safe and efficient method of hair removal to treat the growth of hair on the body; including facial hair for women and men.
Although this method has long-term, stable reductions in hair growth, overtime some hair will grow back because the treatment does not permanently stop growth from all hair follicles. They may claim permanent facial hair removal and best laser hair removal with the best laser hair removal machine, but it is not permanent!
Depilatory Creams are chemical-based creams you must place on your skin to remove hair. This is not permanent hair removal. We do not recommend this as there have been many cases where individuals have burnt themselves due to allergic reactions.
If you are interested in learning more about Depilatory Creams please read our other article Depilatory Creams - The Complete Cheat Sheet.
Every country and state has its own regulations for the usage of laser hair removal.
In some countries/states, laser hair removal is a procedure that is unregulated, which means anyone can do it.
In other countries/states, laser hair removal can only be performed by doctors.
Whereas in other countries/states, laser hair removal can only be performed by licensed professionals.
But do you really know the regulations of laser hair removal in the state you're living in?
If you are not a medical practitioner (a physician or surgeon), the licensing requirements needed for the operation of lasers for cosmetic use are:
New South Whales - UNREGULATED - No Licensing Requirements
Victoria - UNREGULATED - No Licensing Requirements
Northern Territory - UNREGULATED - No Licensing Requirements
South Australia - UNREGULATED - No Licensing Requirements
Australian Capital Territory - UNREGULATED - No Licensing Requirements
Queensland - License Required
Tasmania - License Required
Western Australia - Registered Medical Practitioners Only 
In summary of the results above, any individual can be hired and instructed to do laser hair removal on your skin if their business is located in NSW, VIC, NT, SA, ACP.
For this reason, most companies will make the customer sign a consent form prior to treatment, which will contain in the fine print that burns are possible (basically covering themselves in case of an accident).
However, Laser hair Removal operators in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia are legally forced to have specific licenses.
In the United States, Laser Hair Removal is considered a separate procedure in most states.
When studying the laws and regulations of Laser Hair Removal in the United States, it is evident that there is a lack of clearly set rules in most states.
Here is a complete list of the regulations in place for the operation of lasers in the different states of the United States.
Note: Only a few states have no searchable information regarding regulations, guidance, statues, or laws on the operation of laser devices.
States where only physicians can operate Lasers:
New Jersey. 
States with no clear rules or regulations to operate Lasers (anyone can do it):
Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Massachusetts. 
States that Consider Laser Procedures to be a "Practice of Medicine", and they all have a variety of definitions of what is considered to mean "practice of Medicine":
Note: If your state falls in this category, we recommend you do in-depth research to find out specifics.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. 
In conclusion, New Jersey is the only state that exclusively limits the operation of a laser to licensed physicians.
There are thirteen states in united states that literally anyone can be operating laser hair removal devices at your local clinic.
Lastly, the remaining states all consider the operation of lasers to be considered "practice of medicine" and all have their own individual regulations according to this.
According to Health Canada, "Laser therapy facilities are advised that they should only purchase laser hair removal devices that have an active Canadian medical device license in accordance with the Medical Devices Regulations." [Source 23]
This implies that the buyer of these laser machines should follow the safety procedures while purchasing their machine.
However, there is no written official requirement as to who can actually use these machines for hair removal treatments.
Dermatologist Dr. Vince Bertucci has seen patients with permanent disfigurement, skin discoloration, and burns as a result of complications from laser hair removal — a procedure largely unregulated in Canada. [Source 24]
Non-surgical laser treatments are currently not regulated by the UK government, meaning that there are no restrictions on who can perform laser tattoo removal treatments or what equipment/premises they use. [Source 25]
Practitioners who use IPL or lasers for exclusively cosmetic purposes don’t have to register with the CQC. [Source 26]
This is a question that can only be answered by you. We can only give you the reasons why it is not worth it. Don't be one of those individuals that just decides to search "laser hair removal near me" and contacts the first result without any prior research.
In summary, Laser Hair Removal at Clinics is effective to stop hair growth, but it is a costly procedure with fee's easily adding up into the thousands.
Furthermore, it offers a false sense of security by indirectly persuading you that you are in the hands of a professional.
Professionals are not legally required to operate such powerful machines.
And then we wonder why there are all these stories of accidents happening but the victims cannot pursue legal actions?
Because in most cases, you must sign a form prior to your session, and in this form states that burns can happen and when you sign it, you agree that the operator and business are not to be held liable for any of this.
Don't be fooled, you may not be in the hands of a professional.
Well, is laser hair removal permanent? When you talk about both "permanent" and "laser clinics", it may get a bit tricky. There is no doubt that Laser Hair Removal may result in permanent hair reduction.
This means that these treatments on specific areas may permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, but it will not result in permanent removal of all hairs.
Furthermore, even after you have gotten the results you desired, ongoing treatments are required to maintain these results.
At Home IPL's have been proven to work for permanent hair reduction results just like those of Laser Clinics.
For all the reasons in this article, we believe At Home IPL is definitely the safer and smarter option.
At Home IPL's can be bought for a one time purchase and last up to 15 years worth of weekly treatments. Some may say that you would prefer to be in the hands of a professional at a clinic, but in this article, we've explained this is not always true.
Others may argue that the Laser Hair Removal machines at Clinics are stronger; this is true, but could you imagine what these machines could do to your skin if something was to go wrong, especially in the hands of an individual with no licensing requirements.
Not to mention, At Home IPL's usually, such as this one, have an energy output of 4.9J/cm2 which is more than plenty to achieve permanent hair reduction results in a safe manner by individuals who are not licensed, professionals.
See the recommended At Home IPL Laser for more information.
Recommended Reading: How Do At Home IPL's Help with Acne?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states the laser energy in hair removal procedures use non-ionizing radiation. The pulses of light energy used in laser hair removal treatments are only designed to heat and destroy hair follicles. “The light energy from these lasers actually remains superficially, it remains at the level of the skin,” Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City told FoxNews.com. No research as of today has shown the light energy from hair removal lasers can cause cancer. [Source 30]
No, Laser hair removal results do not last forever. You are required to do consistent 'touch-ups' in order to maintain results.
Every individual is different, but on average, whether you are using an At Home IPL or receiving Laser treatment at a clinic, some users may see results as early as after the 2nd session, while others may not see results until after the 10th session. We are all different, and everyone reacts differently to laser treatment.
See Honey Skins' At Home IPL Before and After Results Page.
You might notice redness and/or swelling on the treated areas after your first treatment of Laser Hair Removal.
The specialist might advise you to take some sort of anti-inflammatory tablets or to apply some sort of anti-inflammatory cream (they most likely sell it at their clinic).
To reduce the discomfort and swelling, it's recommended you treat the area with ice. Also, avoid sun exposure after your first treatment; they will advise you to use a specific sunscreen for this.
The average time to avoid sun exposure is around 6 weeks after your treatment, however, you will need to double-check this with the clinic that did your treatment.
It is not recommended to pluck or epilate the hair after a laser hair removal treatment because your skin will be sensitive and needs time to recover.
You need to remember your skin will be irritated and tweezing over this will not be a good idea.
You should wait at least a week after your session before tweezing. If you are in desperate need of smooth skin, you can, however, shave.
To answer this question, we interviewed Jenny, a 21-year-old female volunteer from Sydney. Jenny is experienced with both waxing and laser hair removal at clinics. "In my opinion, laser hair removal is less painful and a lot more tolerable" she explained. "It just costs too much though", adds Jenny.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that it doesn't hurt! It feels like someone is repeatedly snapping you with a rubber band! It definitely is uncomfortable!
Most Laser Clinics will tell you it's nothing, but truth be told, go grab a rubber band, and place it next to your skin. Now stretch it, and let it swing back to slap your skin. Now do this repeatedly. This is the best way I can describe to you how it feels to get Laser done at Clinics.
On your underarms however it is a different story, this is hands down the most painful area on the body to be treated with laser hair removal. If you have sensitive skin, read our other article on At Home IPL's and Sensitive Skin.
See below a video of the live process of Laser Hair Removal:
NOTE: Armpit Treatment Begins at 7:15.
Every Laser Clinic recommends differently. Some recommend you do your first 6-8 treatments in 6-8 weeks.
While others recommend each treatment should be 4 weeks apart. This depends highly on your skin tone, hair color and area of the body you are treating.
How much is laser hair removal?
Laser Hair Removal prices in 2020 are highly dependant on the size of the body area you want to treat, and the clinic you are at, therefore it is hard to say the exact price.
However, Honey Skin did a study on the average price of twenty different Laser Clinics in Sydney and Brisbane.
Read our article on Laser Hair Removal Costs to see the whole study.
Over the years, dermatologists concluded that IPL is a safe, effective and more affordable solution to permanent hair removal. The IPL's light 'waves' are absorbed by the dark pigment in the skin (hair). When those 'waves' are absorbed by the dark pigment it’s then converted to heat which causes damage to the hair follicle.
The Honey Skin At Home IPL utilizes intelligent technology adapted for safe at home use, such as a full filter censor; the device will detect when it is properly placed completely flat on your skin, and if it is not placed accordingly, it will not allow you to continue.
See the video below for a visual representation on how to use your very own At Home IPL
Truth be told, IPL and Laser work in a very similar way to each other. Both treatments utilize heat and light in order to damage the hair follicle, in the aim to permanently prohibit hair regrowth.
The main difference between the two is that laser uses a single, more focused beam of light whereas IPL works like a flash lamp, covering larger areas at a time with light 'waves'. "It works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it," explains laser specialist Debbie Thomas. "The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair" Thomas adds.
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At Home IPL and Sensitive Skin
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[Source 23] https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/
[Source 24] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
[Source 25] http://www.bmla.co.uk/faqs/
[Source 26] https://www.gov.uk/
[Source 30] https://www.foxnews.com/