(Press Release) – Approximately 80 million American men and women experience some form of hair loss. Premature balding or thinning hair can often result in a decrease of self esteem. Freedom Laser Therapy of Los Angeles is dedicated to change all that by bringing their iRestore Hair Rejuvenation System to the mass market.

For the past decade, Freedom Laser Therapy has become an industry leader helping smokers successfully break their nicotine addictions using low-level lasers. With a decade of using lasers in his Freedom quit smoking clinic, company President Craig Nabat discovered that the low-level laser therapy technology which helped him break his nicotine addiction also promotes thicker hair, and decreases the progression of hair loss.

Professional laser hair therapy clinics have been charging hair loss clients approximately $4,000 for 12 months of treatments. Another available option on the market has been an FDA cleared personal use laser brush device ranging from models equipped with 7 to 12 lasers. While these laser brushes only cost between $295 and $545, many users have declared that the brush device can be exhausting to use.

Once Craig learned about the laser hair therapy technology, he and his engineering team dedicated 3 years to inventing a more effective and user friendly laser treatment device for treating hair loss. Freedom Laser Therapy has just announced the release of their revolutionary invention, the iRestore Hair Rejuvenation System, which is now available for $599. Fortunately, males and females experiencing early to moderate stages of hair loss can now own the same strength laser hair restoration technology used in professional hair loss clinics, and perform the treatment process now in the privacy of their own homes.

This proven, safe Laser Hair Restoration Technology, otherwise known as phototherapy, is a scientific process providing stimulation to cells in your hair. The 25-year old advanced low-level laser treatment stimulates the scalp, allowing miniaturized and dormant hair follicles to rejuvenate.

iRestore is a hands free device and is worn 3 times weekly for 30 minutes on non-consecutive days. iRestore’s (27) 650nm lasers and (27) high output LEDs are equipped with separation barrels, which part obstructing hair for direct access to the user’s scalp. The common hair loss areas are treated with focused light energy for 10 minutes each on the front, middle, and back of the scalp. Users can experience fuller, thicker and healthier hair within 90 days; ongoing treatments are required for lasting results.

Dr. Brett Bolton discusses how lasers assist in bringing dormant hair follicles back to life with the usage of laser hair therapy.

“Laser Hair Therapy, which is the most recent FDA approved preventive treatment that is out there, is a light source and that light source will stimulate blood flow, and it will free up the sebum and make a better environment for those little hairs to make their way through. So those little hairs that are potentially getting caught and shrunk and miniaturized are now strengthened. We are not growing new hair, we are helping bringing back your miniaturized hairs.”

iRestore Inventor Craig Nabat declares:

“Freedom Laser Therapy has been helping thousands of smokers break their nicotine addictions since 2003. I discovered a similar low-level procedure that helped promote hair restoration and stop the progression of hair loss. I suffer from hair loss; I’ve been through a hair transplant procedure before and knew I would go through it again in the future.

“I invented the iRestore Hair Laser, because I didn’t want to keep losing my hair and nor should you.”

SOURCE Freedom Laser Therapy

When Denise Colvin, a senior English teacher at Tuttle High School, was pregnant with her first child at the age of 38, she experienced something completely foreign to her. When she looked down at her right leg one day around the fourth month of her pregnancy, she could see bumpy, strange looking veins bulging just beneath her skin.

“They were a real shock. I didn’t know what it was when I was pregnant and looked down and saw all these bulges … and the pain and feeling heavy,” Colvin said. “My mother didn’t have them. I think my grandmother on my dad’s side had them.”

She had varicose veins, a typical side effect of pregnancy and of aging. Varicose veins occur when blood flow through veins is obstructed by faulty valves, causing excessive pressure on veins that normally are under little pressure. When these veins begin to bulge, they can become painful and restrict the leg’s function.

Varicose veins are sometimes considered a woman’s problem but in fact, while 40 percent of women will experience varicose veins, 25 percent of men will, too.

Colvin knew that after she had her last child, she wanted to have her varicose veins treated. For her, varicose veins were more than just a simple annoyance of pregnancy that would likely go away. They lingered on, even after she gave birth. As a teacher, on her feet most of the workday, Colvin’s varicose veins hurt so much she wore compression leg wear to help ease the pain.

At worst, varicose veins can cause thrombosis, ulceration and in some cases the veins can burst and bleed profusely.

Colvin, now 43, admits that her varicose veins were ugly and that she felt self conscious about them. “Since I’m a little older and having children, I thought I don’t want my legs to look like road maps,” she said.

But it was the pain, she said, that led her to visit Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an interventional cardiologist who specializes in vein work.

Pedulla is one of a group of doctors across the U.S. pioneering the use of gold-tipped lasers in the treatment of varicose veins.

Treating varicose veins used to be considered a traumatic procedure. After putting the patients, who were usually women, to sleep, doctors would make incisions along her bulging veins and pull entire veins out. The recovery period was painful and long, Pedulla said.

But thanks to advances in laser technology, doctors are now able to zap bad veins through a minimally invasive procedure. During the procedure, the patient’s skin is numbed where the introducer or catheter is inserted. Through the catheter, a tiny, gold-tipped laser is inserted.

Pedulla demonstrated the procedure using Colvin as his patient. She’s had the same procedure done before: The first two were for her right leg, one on the upper leg and one on the lower. She has had the upper left leg treated and on June 2, she had her lower left leg treated.

Though her vein wasn’t yet protruding as prominently as the previous ones had, she knew it would, over time, and opted to have it taken care of at the first notice of bulging.

During the procedure, Pedulla guided the catheter and laser with ultrasound technology. When his laser tip found its way to the deep vein that has become defective, the laser destroyed it. The tip, known as the VenaCure EVLT gold tipped fiber, Pedulla said, helps insure that only the intended parts of the vein are affected by the laser. The gold makes the laser more accurate, he said.

Once the deep bulging vein is destroyed, the surrounding veins that were also affected begin to shrink.

Colvin walked out of Pedulla’s office having experienced no pain and only a little discomfort. Previous generations undergoing varicose vein surgery would likely have been confined to bed to recover for several days.

After two weeks, Colvin returned to Pedulla’s office, when he injected the remnants of the surface bulges with a chemical that shrivels them.

Insurance often covers varicose vein procedures such as the laser surgery Pedulla performs in his Oklahoma City office. Colvin also recommended the procedure to a 17-year-old student of hers whose problem with varicose veins was affecting her ability to run on the school’s cross country track team.

“If you’re suffering from pain, there is something out there that will help you,” Colvin said.
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A California boy was injured recently by a laser used to treat toenail fungus, resulting in the arrest of a spa owner who was charged with practicing medicine without a license.

This most recent case sheds light on a medical spa industry that continues to outpace state regulations aimed at protecting patients. Dr. Roy Kim, a board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon with 13 years of private practice experience, says he is concerned by the lack of oversight and shares the 10 things that patients need to know about medical spas.

# 1 – Oversight regulations are lax or non-existent.
Medical spas offer cosmetic medical treatments such as Botox injections, laser hair removal and chemical peels. Some facilities even offer more invasive treatments such as liposuction and fat grafting. But who is watching over these medical spas to make sure that the staff is properly trained and that patients are safe? Too often, it’s nobody.

“A few states require that a doctor be on site to perform or directly supervise treatments,” says Dr. Kim. “But the majority of states, including California, only require that the doctor be ‘reasonably accessible.’ This could be interpreted to mean anything from a short drive away to reachable by phone at his beach house in Tahiti. The laws don’t often specify.”

#2 – Facilities are rarely, or never, inspected.
Unlike surgical centers and hospitals that must be inspected and licensed by the state, there is no state agency assigned to inspect the cleanliness of the facility, the safety of the equipment or the training of the staff at medical spas.

#3 – There may be a doctor’s name on the door, but he might not work there.
The majority of states only require that med spas operate under a medical director. But the laws are vague when it comes to defining the role of the medical director. It could be that the doctor simply loans his name to the medical spa in exchange for a cut of the profits or that the doctor stops by a few times per month.

#4 – The medical director might not be a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.
Just as patients wouldn’t want a podiatrist to treat asthma or a gynecologist to perform knee surgery, patients shouldn’t want just any doctor to perform cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Kim says, “There is what’s known as the Core Four specialties that are recognized as uniquely trained and qualified to deliver cosmetic treatments. They are Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Facial Plastic Surgery and Oculoplastic Surgery.”

#5 – Medical spas often buy used equipment that is often slower and more painful.
Lasers for hair removal and skin resurfacing are expensive. Brand new, one of these units can easily cost $100,000 or more. The used market is where most medical spas do their shopping.

#6 – If patients have dark skin, a laser could seriously injure them.
Laser energy is attracted to pigment, and brown skin is more prone to burns, scarring and dark marks when the wrong laser is used or when a laser is used in the wrong way by an inexperienced provider.

#7 – Medical spas may not be properly insured.
Medical spas and some procedures are under the malpractice insurance umbrella of the doctor responsible for the treatments. Yet while most doctors have malpractice insurance, it might not cover the specific procedure, injectable or cosmetic laser treatment being offered.

#8 – Medical spas are often financially struggling.
Medical spas are a tough business. There is fierce competition, and if a med spa is unwilling to spend huge amounts of money on advertising or to discount prices, or both, they’re likely struggling to survive.

#9 – Medical spas sell prescription products like Latisse and Retin-A without a doctor’s consultation.
Only a doctor, or a nurse under the supervision of a doctor, can legally talk to patients about prescription products and how to use them. The front office staff is not allowed to dispense prescription medications such as Latisse or Retin-A. Yet, at many medical spas, this is a routine practice.

#10 – Complications may not be discussed beforehand, and might not be reversible.
Dr. Kim says, “An excellent plastic surgeon or dermatologist will not only discuss possible complications prior to your treatment but will also be able to perform complication reversals for things like Botox, dermal fillers, too much skin exfoliation or laser skin damage should they occur. A doctor or nurse who completed a weekend course in cosmetic procedures will likely not be able to fix your problem.”

Dr. Roy Kim is a plastic surgeon with 13 years of private practice experience in San Francisco’s financial district. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. He regularly writes about plastic surgery and the issues surrounding it on his blog at www.drkim.com/blog .

Contact Info:
Dr. Roy Kim
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 348
San Francisco, CA 94104



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Melbourne, Australia — The Haircare Multi laser Hair Brush continues to see growing sales in both Australia and the United States. The technology has been scientifically proven to help reduce and reverse hair loss, the affordable solution is designed for both men and women.

Although there are myriad reasons for hair loss including stress, medications and chemical deficiencies among others, the primary cause is androgenetic alopecia. This condition is commonly known as male pattern baldness, but hormonal changes, the pill and pregnancy are more common reasons for hair loss in women.

Since the 1960’s ongoing and improving research has shown that scalp stimulation can have positive impact on hair loss. In the new millennium, scientific research has found that handheld laser combs can effectively enhance the results of hair loss therapy for millions suffering from this condition.

Physician-specified light therapy has effectively treated many conditions for decades. The Haircare Multi Laser Brush harnesses meticulously engineered light emitting diodes (LEDs) and very mild laser beams to send energy to the follicles in the scalp. The Brush also has a micro current massage setting to provide a pleasant scalp massage that also increases capillary blood flow. These combined processes help to reverse hair loss more quickly.

The LEDs stimulate the follicles and help provide oxygen to the scalp as the low-level laser beams fortify the hair roots and encourage stronger follicles. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of the light therapy also remove some of the DHT (dihydrotestosterone) that is thought to cause hair loss when it accumulates in the follicles

Hair loss treatment methods such as clinical photo laser therapy treatments cost thousands of dollars while surgical methods cost tens of thousands and drug therapies often have side effects. The Multi Laser Hair Comb is 100 percent safe for daily use and the kit is currently available for just $197 with a 90-day money back guarantee with free shipping available in both Australia and the United States.

Each kit comes with a Haircare Multi Laser Hair Comb, power adapter and complete Instructions. An easily rechargeable Lithium battery provides portability so it can be used anywhere.

“Our product has worked for hundreds of men and women suffering from hair loss in Australia and we’re happy to see that even more people are beginning to experience its results in their lives,” said a company spokesman. For more information on the Haircare Multi Laser Brush, please visit http://www.laserhairlosscomb.com.au

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 06, 2011 - The Grochmal Eye Center is a Baltimore LASIK surgery practice, offering complete and comprehensive eyecare for the entire family. Dr. Jay C. Grochmal is announcing the addition of the Cirrus™ HD-OCT by Zeiss, which he says helps him visualize and analyze the status and health of the retina. In particular, the Cirrus™ technology allows him to assess the health of his patients’ eyes prior to performing a number of procedures, including traditional cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange.

The Grochmal Eye Center was founded in 1978, and continues to provide state-of-the-art eye care and laser eye surgery procedures, such as PRK and LASIK in Maryland under the leadership of Dr. Jay C. Grochmal. As part of their commitment to the cutting-edge of ophthalmic technology, Dr. Grochmal is announcing the latest addition to the practice: the Cirrus™ HD-OCT by Zeiss. He says the new technology will help him and his staff diagnose any changes in the macula caused by different diseases, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. He adds that early detection of these diseases will enable him to start treatment before permanent vision loss occurs.

Zeiss is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Founder Carl Zeiss was the first to commercialize the OCT technology, and the first to deliver the high definition 3D maps created by the Cirrus™ HD-OCT. Dr. Grochmal says the new technology not only helps him detect potentially damaging eye conditions, but also helps him improve the overall level of care he can offer his patients. The printouts from the OCT are very helpful, according to Dr. Grochmal, as they aid in educating his patients and help them gain a better understanding of the disease and procedure.

Whether he is performing refractive or cataract surgery, LASIK or PRK, Dr. Grochmal says he and his team tirelessly pursue the latest advancements in eye care and laser eye surgery to ensure their patients receive the best care available. “The advancements in ophthalmology in just the last ten years are astounding; staying on top of these developments is essential to our continued dedication to providing state-of-the art treatment. Our patients deserve only the best, and that is what we constantly strive to offer.”

About Dr. Grochmal

Dr. Jay Grochmal earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He then completed a rotating internship with the U. S. Public Health Hospital in Baltimore, MD. After becoming the Chief Resident at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology, he completed his residency and established the Grochmal Eye Center. Dr. Grochmal is currently on staff at some of the top hospitals in Baltimore, and continues to offer his expertise and skill to medical missionary trips around the globe.

The Grochmal Eye Center is located at 405 Frederick Rd., Ste. 102 in Baltimore, MD 21228, and can be reached at (410) 697-4090, or found online at www.grochmaleye.com or the Grochmal Eye Center Facebook page.

Devan Wilfong was 15 when he got three nails forming a cross tattooed on the inside of his left forearm. Five years later, he doesn’t want it anymore.

He’s still a Christian, Wilfong says, but he now thinks the second cross he has tattooed on the back of his right calf is enough. So he’s sitting at the back of a downtown tattoo parlour about to undergo the painful process of having the other one faded — so he can have an even bigger tattoo inked over it.

An outline of the new Super Mario ‘sleeve’ that will cover his entire left arm already runs over parts of his old tattoo. It’s a tribute of sorts to his dad, who died when Wilfong was six. “We really got into gaming before he passed away and I still play a lot. It’s kind of always been a family tradition to play video games,” he explains.

But what if he doesn’t feel the same way about this new tattoo in another five, 10 or 20 years?

“I understand where you’re coming from with that because I’m getting something taken off to get something even bigger, but I appreciate the art work that goes into the tattoo as well,” Wilfong explains.

Not everyone with ‘tattoo regret’ wishes they had never got one. About half the clients who seek out Ben Alway really like tattoos. But what they thought was cool at 19 may not be cool now that they’re a parent with two kids, he says. Alway is a certified laser technician and owner ofSecond Skin Tattoo Removal. He removes and fades tattoos in a little backroom within feet of people being inked at Urge 2 Tattoo Studio, in the front.

“I’m not anti-tattoo,” says Alway, 41, who is himself heavily tattooed. “My motivation is the same as a good tattoo artist’s: I want people to be happy and excited about their body art. If they have a tattoo they’re not happy with, that’s when a laser can really help out.”

Besides changing taste, people have tattoos removed or faded because they’re no longer with the person whose name is inked on their neck or arm; it seemed like a good idea at the time; the tattoo hasn’t held up over the years; or it wasn’t done very well in the first place.

“I don’t see a lot of good tattoos in here,” Alway says.

On the day that he starts to fade parts of Devan Wilfong’s cross tattoo — the process almost always requires more than one session — Alway also begins to remove a tattoo for Jenn Desan.

Desan was 17 when she and a girlfriend took a trip to Lethbridge where they impulsively got inked. Desan picked a red heart pierced with a black-stemmed rose from a book.

“I was young and dumb and I got a tattoo in the wrong place,” she says laughing.

Desan is now 29 and the mother of two, and the tattoo, smudged by time, is “ugly,” she says, and has no meaning to her, so she wants it gone.

“I’m also not so out there now and don’t want to be noticed as much, I guess,” she explains.

Almost half of people under age 45 have a tattoo these days, so there’s no use telling someone not to get inked, says Edmonton dermatologist Dr. Gordon Searles, vice-president of the Canadian Dermatology Association. “I may as well talk to the wall, because if you’re going to get one, you’re going to get one.

“What we can say is if you are going to get a tattoo, or have one removed, make sure the person doing it knows how to to it safely and knows how to do it properly. Make sure they’re using sterile materials and they practise sterile technique so you don’t contract HIV, or hepatitis C or hepatitis B from contaminated needles,” Searles advises.

After you get a tattoo or have one removed, you have an open wound that has to heal, “so there is always a risk of secondary infection, so you need to use proper dressings and protect the area,” Searles adds.

Also be aware that some people can develop an allergic reaction to chemicals in the inks, Searles says.

There is no exact number describing the percentage of people with “tattoo regret” who want/have their tattoos removed like Desan, or faded like Wilfong. But Alway, who sees four to five clients a day, is one of several people in the city removing tattoos, including several dermatologists.

The removal process is more painful and about 10 times more expensive than getting a tattoo. Alway compares the pain to continually snapping an elastic band over a bad sunburn.

After cleaning the skin, he numbs it with a stream of cold air for about five minutes before and while he runs the laser over the tattoo. The brightness of the laser requires everyone in the room to slip on yellow-shaded safety glasses before Alway turns on his $100,000 laser machine.

Different wavelengths of laser target different shades of ink under the skin, heating it up and breaking it apart into droplets that are absorbed over time by the body and the sun. There’s a snapping sound with each firing of the laser and a slight smell of skin burning. People can be left with permanent scarring, Alway says, but the risks of that depend on the tattoo and the skill and training of the laser operator. On average, a session lasts between five and 10 minutes. Desan’s tattoo took 703 laser shots, Wilfong’s took 642, and while both found it painful, they said it didn’t hurt as much as they thought it would.

It will be eight weeks before they can come back for another treatment. The first one cost them $150.

The cost of removing a tattoo depends on the tattoo itself and how many treatments are required. The older a tattoo is, the easier it is to remove because it has already faded with time and exposure to the sun, Alway explains. The colour black is easiest to remove; blues and greens the most difficult. And tattoos done by amateurs are less of a challenge than those professionally inked.

Desan, who works in construction, has three other tattoos that she’d like to have removed eventually, including another heart and rose tattoo on the side of her stomach.

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, really THINK about it, she advises. “Nothing against tattoos, but choose something that has meaning to you, that you’re not going to get sick of.”


Laser resurfacing is a relatively new treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars.

The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin very precisely, layer by layer. This popular procedure is known by several other names, including lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization.

Laser resurfacing can be done with two types of lasers:

  • A wounding (ablative) laser, which removes thin layers of skin
  • A nonwounding (nonablative) laser, which stimulates collagen growth and tightens underlying skin

Although nonablative laser resurfacing is less invasive and requires less recovery time, it’s less effective than ablative laser resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, mouth and cheeks. Laser resurfacing can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage. Laser resurfacing does have limitations, however. Understanding the specific techniques, risks and possible results can help you decide if laser resurfacing is right for you.


Summer is on the horizon and while we can’t all have the prefect bikini body, we can all have a great bikini line with the right wax job!  Waxing lasts long and can be less irritating overall than shaving. Here are the different styles you can choose from:

Regular Bikini Wax - a great choice for your first bikini wax, this removes the hair just outside the panty line.

Full Bikini Wax – a more defined clean-up.  Takes the sides of the bikini line deeper than a regular bikini wax, and can also include waxing some hair on top to make a more defined ‘triangle’ area, or trimming down the hair left shorter.

French Bikini Wax – keeps you pretty smooth except for a strip, leaves your behind alone.  This takes all hair off the in the front (except a small strip) and continues to right before the back. It doesn’t take hair off from the back like a Brazilian.

Brazilian Bikini Wax – this is your go-to wax if you wear a thong or prefer to be totally hairless.   Takes all the hair off the bikini line, the front all the way to the back – yes it waxes around your anus.  You can leave a “landing strip” or “triangle” in the front of you don’t want to be totally hairless.

Hollywood Bikini Wax - takes it all off, from to back, with no genital hair left at all.

Every bikini wax is specific to an individuals preference so make sure you are specific about what you want.



Looking for a laser eye center near you? If you think laser eye correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism may be for you, the most important choice you will make is selecting the laser eye doctor, even more important than deciding whether or not to have the laser eye procedure.

A conscientious laser eye surgeon will help you decide whether excimer laser eye treatment is right for you by highlighting the pros and cons as they relate to your particular situation. The surgeon at the laser eye center should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of PRK, LASIK, and non-laser procedures to help you choose which technique is best for you. The surgeon will also perform the procedure.

The role of the doctor cannot be overemphasized. Some laser eye clinics would like you to think that the laser does all the work and that the surgeon is not very important. Remember – the laser is just a tool which the surgeon uses to correct your vision and, like other tools, the way it  is used makes all the difference. The laser does not decide what to do – the doctor does. The laser performs the task that it is programmed for, so the measurements and information given to the laser by the doctor are critical. Also, the laser will not be monitoring your progress or initiating adjustments after the procedure – the doctor will. So finding a doctor you can have confidence in, at a suitable laser eye center is very important.

The laser eye surgeon will decide which equipment to use and will make sure that the equipment is properly maintained and calibrated.

Be wary of laser eye centers that de-emphasize the surgeon, and make sure that you know your surgeon and feel comfortable with his or her manner, education, and experience. Select a doctor that you trust and who you think has good judgment.

Be wary also of slick advertisements. A good advertisement means nothing more than the laser eye center has a good advertising agency. It does not mean that the doctor is right for you.

Be careful about referrals from other eye doctors. Many laser eye doctors have financial arrangements with specific laser centers or surgeons and the referring doctor will receive financial benefit if the procedure is performed by the suggested clinic or surgeon. Carefully question the referring eye doctor and the laser eye surgeon to be sure that you know the details of this financial arrangement and make sure that you feel confident with your choice.

Carefully check the credentials of the surgeon as well as the laser eye center. See if the doctor is board certified in ophthalmology and make sure that you respect the doctor’s education, training, and experience. Has the doctor just started performing surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, or has the doctor been doing so for many years? How many PRK or LASIK eye procedures has the doctor performed and how many does he or she perform each week? Is LASIK (or PRK) a major part of the laser eye center’s practice or just one of many parts?

As a consumer, you need to be aware that there are quality differences among laser eye surgeons and among each laser eye center, and that these quality differences may impact upon your chances of complication and your final visual result.

Does the doctor listen to you, and does the doctor clearly answer all your questions? Does the doctor seem to care about you and your individual needs?


When dealing with unwanted body hair that causes real cosmetic issues, the good may out weight the bad – that is if you know what the bad is. With any cosmetic procedure it’s important to choose a reputable practice that informs you of the risks before the procedure. Ask how common issues arise and what the the remedy for them is.

Here are the common risks and side effects of laser hair removal:

Skin irritation. Temporary irritation, crusting or scabbing is possible after laser hair removal.

Burns. The most common laser hair removal risk a patient can encounter is a burn. This can become quite painful and serious, if your technician does not have enough skills and experience to perform the task. Make sure that your technician and your clinic is certified, and that they have undergone proper training and handling of laser devices for this kind of treatment.

Pigment changes. Laser hair removal may darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Skin lightening primarily affects those who have darker skin, especially if an incorrect laser is used at an incorrect setting.

Hair Recurrence.  Short-term hair loss will occur in most patients with laser hair removal, but the degree of long-term hair reduction will vary among patients. Permanent hair loss occurs most often in dark hair, which has a high concentration of melanin whereas gray, white and blond hair would need to be re-treated to maintain hair loss. This will also vary depending on area being treated.

Rarely, laser hair removal may cause blistering, skin cancerscarring or other changes in skin texture.