If you are considering a cosmetic laser treatment, your best bet is to visit your cosmetic surgeon, rather than to invest in an at-home laser skin treatment, according to The New York Times.
Several doctors weighed in with their opinions about the safety and effectiveness of these products, which are available to consumers for a variety of purposes, including for reducing wrinkles and hair removal.
While these at-home lasers may be cheaper than procedures at a cosmetic surgeon’s office, they may put you at risk of damaging your skin, according to the experts.
For instance, Dr. Sandra Lee, a dermatologist in Upland, Calif., worries about people misusing the product, for instance, using it more often than recommended. “If it says, don’t use more than once a day, but if you’re a teen and you use it more than once a day, are you then at risk for scarring?” Dr. Lee said.
There’s also the question of whether these products have been vetted. Because they are beauty devices, not medical devices, they do not have to be reviewed by the FDA, although some are peer-reviewed by medical experts.
“There may be unforeseen uses and unforeseen consequences that may arise,” even with effective devices, according to Dr. Mathew M. Avram in Boston. These include the possibility of scarring, soreness, redness and hyperpigmentation, and potential product malfunctions.
Patient compliance is usually a large problem with at-home lasers, according to doctors. For instance, one product requires the patient to beam a laser on her legs for 20 minutes a day. Doctors report that many people just stop using them because it’s too time consuming.
Because of these drawbacks, if you are looking for a laser treatment to rejuvenate your skin, to smooth and tighten your skin or to remove unwanted body hair, visiting your doctor may be your best and safest choice.
Laser procedures offered at Visage Surgical Institute include laser skin tightening, laser hair removal, CO2 laser, fractional laser and IPL Photofacial.