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Educate yourself before you buy!  Professional-Grade vs Home-Use Laser and IPL Epilators

It is no secret that a new boom in the self-care industry is happening with the staggering number of Home-Use Laser and IPL Epilatorshome-use laser and pulsed light epilation systems that are entering the market each month.  New brands such as Tria, Rio, No No, Phillips and more are sweeping the internet with exposure.  So what is the real story here?  Are these home use machines as good as the professional ones that cost thousands of dollars?

 No....... and here's why.

Limitation Number 1:  The Output Power is Insufficient.  Did you know that Federal Law requires the manufacturers of laser equipment (medical and non-medical related) to list the classification of the laser, the wavelength and output power in watts (or in the 'toy home use' machines, milliwatts)?   Strange that none of the brands listed above do so.  Maybe it is because they don't want you to know the real numbers.   What limits their power?  A combination of things, but it is mostly the power supply which drives the semiconductor diode (what creates the laser beam).  Professional units have high-amperage power supplies which are actually quite big and heavy.  It takes a full 30 amps to run a 50 watt laser, even in pulse mode. That is more than ten times what the typical household wall transformer can provide.  Home-use machines use batteries (or meager wall transformers) and produce only 'milliamps' (fractions of a watt).  There is no way to cheat electrical science or physics.  High powered lasers need high powered driver units.

Limitation Number 2:  The Optics:  A laser must be shaped, focused and directed to be usable.  These optics required to do this are quite expensive.  Tiny slivers of ultra-pure borosilicate glass, or in some cases three lens configurations, which cost more by themselves than most of the home-use machines available.  These 'toys' do not use optics at all, just a cheap piece of glass to actually 'diffuse', not focus, the laser energy.  Why diffuse it?  To make it safe for public use.  In so doing, they make it worthless for medical use.

Limitation Number 3:  The semiconductor laser diode in professional grade machines of 30 CW or QCW watts or more cost on average $600.  The reason for this is the construction material of the semiconductor itself, called gallium arsenide.  This element is actually more valuable than gold or platinum per ounce.  As a matter of fact, it is one of the most expensive substances on Earth.  Home use devices use low wattage diodes with microscopic crystals of the gallium arsenide, which results in 'microscopic' amounts of laser output.

Limitation Number 4:  The Battery:  Brands such as Tria are capable of producing a reasonable amount of laser power (although diffused as mentioned).  The only problem is the tiny battery in the device is only good for minutes of use before needing recharged.  Try using that system when you have large areas to work on.  You will be able to do about 100 hairs before a recharge is necessary.

The simple truth?   Home-use devices are designed to be safe and cheap, like a toy for a child.  Professional machines are designed to produce results.  Laser epilation procedures require a minimum of 32jcm2/second to be effective.  These new home devices are incapable of producing more than 10jcm2 (and most produce less that 1jcm2).

So one must ask, 'Is it really safe to do self-treatments with lasers or pulsed light equipment that is intended for professionals?'  Absolutely YES, HOWEVER, instructions must be followed.  There is a tendency for home use or 'quasi qualified' persons to overtreat.  If 7 pulses to this treatment area is good, then 27 is even better!  No.  Stick to the manufacturer's usage requirements, always.  Secondly, do not buy an SDL100 or SPL800 if you are not qualified to use it.  Stick with the units that are in the 54jcm2 range (at least in starting out).  They produce more than enough power to achieve the progressively permanent reduction of hair that you require.  When the manufacturer Biotechnique Avance indicates that a system is suitable for home as well as professional use, they mean it.  It is not a toy, but is still in the safe range.  When they say 'for professional or physician use' they mean that as well.

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