Are do-it-yourself laser hair removal devices safe?

Saturday, 5 December 2015

What is your opinion on the do-it-yourself laser hair removal devices being sold now, such as the no-no and the Silk’n machines? Are they worth buying? Going for laser treatments is unfortunately too expensive but, with the really terrible ingrown hairs I get, it seems like my best option. I’d love to know what you think.


Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal answers:

“I must be honest and say that this is a very difficult question to answer, as we are not “comparing apples with apples” here. There is a vast difference between medical grade lasers that are used for hair removal, versus IPL machines that are commonly used in beauty salons, versus retail machines that are sold to customers. Just from a safety point of view, the machines that are sold as “at-home machines”, cannot possibly be as powerful as the professional units otherwise it would be unsafe for customers. It is also very difficult to guarantee results with these machines.

I also just feel that if you have a qualified laser operator doing your treatments, not only do you get good results, but you have someone to go to with any concerns or issues and you have professional advice on call.

My advice to you would be to rather save up, and visit a qualified laser specialist for hair removal.”

Do you have a question for Dr Allem? You can submit it, here.

Other articles you may be interested in:
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  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve started treatment on my underarms and am happy going to a professional instead of trying an at-home product.

    3 years ago •

  1. Leigh- Christyn

    I wanted to buy a NO!NO! but Im worried it would be a waste of money or that I would end up hurting myself! Would love to read actual reviews of people that have used these do-it-yourself machines!

    3 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I wouldn’t even think of buying such machine. I’m scared

    3 years ago •


    I think the do-it-yourself machines are a a waste of money. I’d rather just save money for professional ones.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    These household machines are not so effective as the machines at the Laser salons. I would stay with the people that know.

    3 years ago •

  1. Ingrid Peters

    From my personal experience if you do not go to a qualified laser operator no matter how much cheaper, it will be a waste of money. I totally fell for it when the beauty salons started offering laser hair removal. I spent thousands and it seems all the hair just came back. One day I may find it in the budget to go to a professional skin clinic until then it will by razor and wax.

    3 years ago •

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