We’re passionate believers in hair removal lasers. Of course we’ve worked hard to make our technology safe and effective to minimize the risk of laser hair removal. We believe, in fact, that safety is our most important responsibility. But it’s important to ask; do all laser manufacturers feel the same way?
The answer may be found in a story reported by a Toronto, Canada television station. “Don’t Get Burned” featured several horrific examples of laser hair removal treatments gone wrong as well as other horrific outcomes of other cosmetic laser treatments. The story identified factors that may have contributed to these horror stories.
The news story made some excellent points.
The truth is simple: laser hair removal, like any cosmetic laser treatment, is a procedure that contains risks. Furthermore you should be aware of not only the risks involved but a few steps you can take to minimize the potential for burns, scar, loss of pigment and even excessive pain. Knowledge is power, as they say, and we want to empower you with the knowledge to make the most educated decision that you can before your laser treatment.
Canadian and Provincial Regulations do not fully regulate or monitor lasers. So how do you know if a device is right for you? How can you be sure? You don’t have to rely on words alone. You can obtain the name of laser and verify the information at the FDA’s website. Let’s use one of our hair removal lasers’ as an example. Visit the FDA’s site and enter the name Soprano in the search form.
Then, select the device itself:
And from there read the FDA’s summary:
In the summary document you’ll learn that, “The Soprano XL system is indicated for use on all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-VI), including tanned skin.”
If you can’t find your laser in the FDA data-base, you might not want to let it anywhere near your skin.
By the way, you can utilize the same data-base to determine whether a machine has a history of adverse events, meaning that others have experienced burns or injuries – or worse – from the device Simply enter the machine’s name and its manufacture along with the words adverse event. A sample AE, as its known in the business, can be seen here: competing laser on FDA website.
Trainingis another important concern. As the story reported, some location recieve, “…Questionable training” and a certification in about one hour. Is this appropriate? Alma Lasers conducts a robust training program by medical professionals. Furthermore, we make on-going training available and have medical professional standing by to answer questions when they come up.
We understand that certifications can be confusing. Furthermore, anyone can say that they were trained by Alma Lasers and authorized to perform the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ treatment. Your best bet, we believe, is to find your provider here. These locations purchased hair removal equipment with FDA clearances and completed their training. These professionals are backed by the leader in aesthetic laser technology – Alma Lasers. In summary, these professionals stand as the cream of the crop in the laser hair removal industry.
We know that nothing can eliminate all risks all the time. But we’re committed to making laser hair removal as safe as possible for as many people as possible. We introduced sophisticated laser platforms and an innovative proprietary hair removal treatment, Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ to the market. The technology has been used to safely perform the treatment thousands of times all over the world. Is it the right treatment for you? Considering the competition, we believe it’s the only treatment for you.
To learn more about the Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser hair removal treatment please visit our Consultation and Treatment FAQ pages then find a laser hair removal provider in your area. Accept no impersonations and, remember, not every laser is a Pain-Free, Hair-Free™ laser.