Sometimes, it’s fun to have a spa day at home. You might invite a few friends over, have a bottle of wine or two and spend an afternoon or evening doing facials and giving each other manicures.
While there are some beauty treatments that are perfectly fine to try at home, such as facials and masks, others are best left to professionals. Not only will you get better results when you let a registered esthetician or a surgeon perform certain treatments, but it’s just safer overall.
Although you might see some of these treatments marketed for home use, it’s better to save them for your next visit to a medical spa and stick to safer pampering options for your next DIY spa day.
Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm, smooth lines and wrinkles and can add volume to the lips or other areas of the face. They are a treatment that is definitely not recommended for at-home, DIY use.
If you come across any ads or social media posts promoting at-home fillers, it’s best to be wary and to avoid them. Fillers not only need to be injected into the correct area to get the results you want, but they also need to be injected correctly to reduce the risk of complications and injury.
A trained professional will know exactly where to inject the filler and how much to use to create the right results. They also have an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and will position the injectable so that the filler goes into the right spot.
Another item of concern when it comes to trying DIY fillers is that it can be difficult to verify the origin of the filler itself. When you go to a medical spa for Juvederm or Botox, you can ask the provider where they got the product and ask to see it to confirm that it is the real deal. An at-home filler might contain the right ingredients, but there’s also a major risk that the product will be diluted or contaminated in some way.
Unlike injectable fillers, there are chemical peels that are specifically (and legally) marketed for home use. But you’re likely to find that you get more noticeable and dramatic results with a chemical peel administered by an esthetician compared to one that you do at home.
Another reason it’s worth going to a medical spa for your next chemical peel is that your esthetician can perform an analysis of your skin first to determine what issues you’re dealing with and the type of ingredients that will provide the best results. There are many different types of chemical peels on the market and a pro will be able to pick the right one for your skin.
Microneedling is another treatment that can be performed at home, like a chemical peel. But, like chemical peels, you’re likely to get better results if you visit a medical spa for your treatments.
For one thing, the needles used by a medical spa can often go much deeper than the needles used on a microneedling roller or pen made for home use. The needles on the SkinPen can go into the skin up to 2.5 mm. The deeper the small wounds created by the pen, the more collagen production is stimulated and the better your results.
Even if you could get your hands on a microneedling pen with needles that went deeper than the average at-home device, you might not want to use the pen on yourself. There’s a risk for more severe injury when a microneedling roller or pen is used by someone who isn’t fully trained.
Laser Hair Removal
Some types of hair removal are fine for at-home use. Shaving, using Nair or something similar, and even waxing certain areas of the body is totally OK to do at home.
But some hair removal treatments should be performed in-office. One of those hair removal options is laser hair removal. While you can find laser hair removal devices meant for home use, you’re going to get better results from an in-office treatment. Plus, many of the at-home devices are only designed to work on dark hair with light skin.
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas, offers a range of procedures, from fillers to laser hair removal, and from chemical peels to microneedling. If you’re wondering whether it’s better to do something at home or at a med spa, call 281-810-9083 to get some advice and to schedule your consultation today!