What to look for in a medical laser treatment provider

Whether its laser removal for hair, acne scars, tattoos or varicose veins, there are certain qualities consumers should look for when scouting for the best medical laser treatment providers.

Considering the end goal is to improve your appearance, doing your homework and finding a skin care professional that will prioritize your needs is of the utmost importance.

On your search for the best medi-spa or laser treatment facility, here are three non-negotiable characteristics to look for.

1. Cutting edge laser hardware

Let’s say you’re seeking a medi-spa or laser professional to have some work done. There is a question you should ask: Does this skin care professional rent or buy his laser treatment machines?

If this professional rents his laser devices as opposed to buys, that’s a good sign. It means the facility is working with the most cutting edge laser devices on the market. We’ve long said that laser treatment machines are like mobile phones. Significant advances are made every 2-3 years, putting your once-cutting edge smartphone on the fast track to extinction. Hence, the reason behind our advocacy for renting laser treatment devices rather than buying. 

Medical laser treatment devices such as the Profound has surged in popularity while the GentleMAX, Gentle YAG and GentleLASE remain popular and effective. It is equally important to know the machine providers with which the medical laser treatment professional is working. Companies such as Candela, Syneron and Palomar are among the most reputable names that remain on the forefront of the best technology. 

2. Reviews, testimonials, before-and-afters are great, but…

We see dermatologists, medi-spas and laser treatment centers showcase their client testimonials and before-and-after treatment photos online, which is very effective marketing. Positive reviews are a powerful marketing tool.

But we recommend consumers take it step further and conduct their own research:

  • Use social media to interact directly with previous or current clients
  • Seek reviews websites such as the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and Google — these are third-party review platforms that cannot be faked.
  • Additionally, the best laser treatment facilities will offer in-person consultation at no cost — clients should take advantage of this (and bring plenty of questions).

In the effort to improve appearance, there is no such thing as too much research or dumb questions.

3. Look for registrations and certifications

The clinic or medi-spa you’re considering should have certifications and accreditations such as:

  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Associated Skin Care Professionals
  • Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal
  • Better Business Bureau Accredited
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

Contact us for a medical laser treatment demo today

Medical Laser Technologies services all of New England as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For a product demonstration on the latest medical laser treatment devices and best practices, contact us at 1-800-905-LASER (5273). 

The 5 most popular questions about professional laser hair removal

You wouldn’t know it by the weather this week in New England, but warmer climes are approaching and appointment slots for professional laser hair removal procedures are filling up. Within 60 days, the New England coastline will be filling up with residents and tourists longing for surfing, paddle boarding, bocce and all things beach-related.

It’s the season for women and men alike to not only shed those winter pounds, but to lose bodily hair in unwanted places before returning to the beach. Increasingly, male and female consumers are turning to laser hair removal professionals to permanently rid themselves of bodily hair in undesirable areas. 

Unwanted hair can be an afterthought with a visit to the local medi-spa, dermatologist or skin care professional and, understandably, we expect you’ll have some questions for them. We did some research recently and found the five most common questions about professional laser hair removal.

Safety, affordability, pain…the 5 popular questions

1. How does professional laser hair removal treatment work?

Patients are often surprised by the ease of laser removal procedures. The impact of the light and energy from the laser finds its way deep into the root of the hair and significantly stunts its ability for regrowth. Depending on the texture of the hair, patients sometimes require several procedures. 

2. How painful is a laser hair removal procedure?

The level of pain or discomfort varies in laser hair treatment — patients have a different pain thresholds. One important finding regards the texture of a patient’s hair: typically, thicker-haired patients are likely to experience more discomfort and will likely require more visits for best results. Patients often experience side effects such as irritation or burning sensation, which can be remedied by applying ice and/or a cooling lotion after a procedure.

3. How much does it cost?

Similar to how the degree of pain is variable, so is the cost. While some patients only require 2-3 procedures for satisfactory results, other patients may require 5-6 visits. We’ve seen effective procedures cost as little as $300 but some as much as $2,500, thus it is difficult to give a definitive cost. To get a fair estimate of a procedure, we emphasize scheduling consultations with several laser skin care professionals.

4. Really…does it work?

Back to our reference of those patients with thicker hair texture: For some patients, hair removal requires anywhere between 2-5 visits to a professional technician, contingent on the texture and thickness. If/when hair does grow back, it returns weaker and more frail with every procedure, until the root is completely extinguished.

5. Is laser hair removal safe?

If the laser treatment you are seeking — not just hair removal — is performed by a licensed medical laser technician, it is safe. We (strongly) recommend that consumers seeking such procedures do their homework:

  • Find the reviews of laser skin treatment professionals in your area
  • Ask prospective technicians and medi-spas for customer testimonials
  • An internet search of the latest laser treatment procedures will identify the most cutting edge machines — ask your local laser treatment professional if they use them
  • Patients should always wear eye protection during such procedures

What Medical Laser Technologies recommends for professional laser hair removal

Medical Laser Technologies offers several cutting edge solutions for laser removal of hair including the high-energy GentleLASE, GentleYAG and the multiple wavelength GentleMAX. Speak directly with one of our expert technicians today about the affordable laser skin treatment rental machines for your practice at 1-800-905-LASER (5273) or select the live chat option below.

Skin laser machine rentals expected to surge, says report

Skin laser machine rentals by Medical Laser Technologies.

The demand for skin laser machine rentals is expected to increase significantly over the next 10 years, says a study by Transparency Market Research, released in February. While the popularity of laser skin treatment procedures has grown increasingly popular over the last 30 years, it is the last decade which has seen a surge. Laser treatment machine manufacturers surveyed for the study have indicated there is no sign of a slow-down.

Primarily, the reasons for the popularity include consistent improvements and advances in technology and results. And with technological advances, side effects and downtime continue to become minimal.

The 4 most popular procedures patients are undergoing

More than ever, consumers are turning to laser skin treatment to turn back the clock and remove marks and blemishes. According to the Transparency report, four types of ailments are drawing the most treatment: 

  • Facial wrinkles: Conditions such as wrinkles (crow’s feet), excess skin on the neck and chin are two of the most commonly treated conditions. Skin laser machine rentals such as the GentleYAG and the GentleMAX are ideal solutions.
  • Acne scars: The most common skin condition in the U.S., acne scar patients are seeing remarkable success with the Palomar Acleara (view our before/after photos).
  • Surgical scars: Similar to acne scars, the demand for surgical scar removal has also soared in popularity, particularly facial and head scars. Medical Laser Technologies offers three solutions for machine rentals: the Fraxel Dual, Vbeam Perfecta and the QuadraLase, each which has minimal side effects.
  • Discoloration: Consumers in the U.S. are increasingly treating melasma, commonly known as age spots or sun spots; small but noticeably darker regions of the skin usually on the face, back of hands and upper back. The Fraxel Dual is also an effective treatment as are the TriVantage and GentleMAX. 

Untapped markets lend well to future

With nearly 16 million laser skin treatment procedures in 2015, it is no surprise that the U.S. market leads the rest of the world in frequency of such. Among other regions of the world — Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa — it is the APAC region that is experiencing the most growth, particularly South Korea, which has seen an influx of Chinese women crossing the border for treatment.

Skin laser machine rentals for virtually any skin condition

Medical Laser Technologies has been providing affordable skin laser machine rentals to dermatologists, medi-spas and skin care professionals since 1989, and remains on the cutting edge of laser skin therapy solutions. 

To find out more about our affordable laser machine rental programs or for a demonstration, contact one of our experts at 1-800-905-LASER (5273) today.