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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. 

As tattoos remain popular, so does laser skin treatment for removal

Laser skin treatment for tattoo removal with Medical Laser Technologies

The popularity for tattoos has surged the last 15-20 years for folks among all walks of life. It is safe to say that tattoos and body piercings are more accepted today than, for example, 20-25 years ago. As the popularity of tattoos goes, so does laser skin treatment for tattoo removal, which has continued to peak each of the last 10 years. 

Says one study, more than 45 million U.S. citizens have at least one tattoo — 36 percent of them aged 18-26 and 40 percent aged 26-40. Of all those who have tattoos, about 11 percent eventually have them removed — predominantly young women who are more than twice as likely as men (70 percent to 30 percent) to undergo removal. 

Why people choose laser skin treatment for tattoo removal

That significant other you swore was ‘the one.’ That hazy weekend in Las Vegas, all of which you can’t quite remember. You get the idea.

Including those mentioned above, people have tattoos removed for a myriad of reasons.

  • A tattoo that might’ve been a good idea years or decades prior has outlived its meaning or, unfortunately, has become a source of embarrassment.
  • With age, tattoos fade, and no longer appear vibrant or colorful.
  • Having a tattoo(s) or a body piercing may not be consistent with certain career choices (such as teaching or c-level positions).
  • Tattoo was poorly illustrated.

Things you need to know about tattoo removal

Laser skin treatment of tattoos causes the ink to heat up resulting in its particles falling away. It can be a painful process, more so in areas where blood circulation is less than some areas (including limbs and exteriors, simply because they are furthest from the heart). Additionally, blisters, swelling and irritation and even bleeding are common — and typical removals will require more than one visit.

However, consistent with all laser skin treatment procedures, progress is perpetually being made for tattoo removal. We recommend the Candela TriVantage, a laser skin treatment device which specializes in erasing tattoos along with pigmented lesions and skin rejuvenation (view before and after photos here).

A consult is a phone call away

Medical Laser Technologies has been on the forefront of offering the cutting edge laser skin treatment rentals to dermatologists, medi-spas and skin care professionals since 1989. For demonstrations or to speak with one of our laser skin treatment professionals, contact us at 1-800-905-LASER (5273).