Monthly Archives: December 2008

Laser hair removal vs. waxing and other methods

I was interested in finding statistics regarding laser hair removal. It seems to be a growing interest in our practice. I have always been a fan and patients seem to love it, but it seems with the latest technology, what used to take many, many treatments, is becoming fewer and fewer- which means less out-of-pocket expense, as well as quick results. I found the article below- It seems the folks at American Laser Centers did some serious research and posted their results-  The results were very revealing and even though I see patients everyday- and the results, when I looked at these numbers I wondered why anyone would bother with anything else!!

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Survey respondents reported they will spend more than 58.4 days removing hair from their bodies during their lifetime.  The survey also revealed that women remove unwanted body hair for an average period of 53.6 years using methods including shaving, waxing and depilatory creams.

While women report a small monthly spend on shaving, $15.87 per month, the
lifetime investment for females who shave adds up to $10,207.

Delapidory cream- or lotion-users are paying slightly more than those who shave for their hair removal, $10,555 through their lifetime, yet they only remove hair one to two times per month.

Waxing is by far the most expensive form of hair removal.  While respondents reported waxing only one to two times per month, women who wax will spend an average of $23,000 on hair removal in a lifetime.

American Laser Centers conducted the hair removal study to determine the cost savings benefit of laser hair removal verses a lifetime of shaving or waxing.  On average, women can save $7,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas of the body they typically shave.  When compared to a lifetime of waxing, women can save $20,000 by receiving laser hair removal on the areas of the body they usually wax.

“As people are more time crunched than ever, laser hair removal has evolved into a lifestyle decision for our clients,” said American Laser Centers Corporate Medical Director Dr. David Turok.  “Like Lasik surgery for contact and glasses wearers, laser hair removal is a decision to free yourself from one of the most mundane processes in your life — hair removal.  When performed by American Laser Centers trained professionals, laser hair removal is safe, effective and painless.”

In addition, laser hair removal is a procedure that will help conserve water.  Fifty-two percent of women surveyed reported shaving with the water running the entire time.  Women surveyed reported an average shaving time of 10.9 minutes and an average of shaving 12 times per month.  With the average shower using five gallons of water per minute, this means the average woman will use 7,848 gallons each year and a total of 420,652 gallons of water shaving throughout their lifetime, nearly enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.  Only 2 percent of women shavers do not use water when shaving.

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Caution Urged as Patients Seek Deals on Cosmetic Surgery

ASPS Member Surgeons Offer Tips for Finding Quality Care

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2008

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Consumers looking to cut costs during the economic downturn cannot afford to cut corners on quality of care, warns the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). While it’s one thing to temporarily substitute fillers for facelifts, ASPS says the worst thing patients can do is to put price before professional training. This concern was discussed recently at the ASPS annual scientific meeting in Chicago.

“The search for bottom-basement prices may impact safety, and patients should proceed carefully before putting their faces in the hands of just anyone,” says John Canady, MD, ASPS President. “No one is more qualified than ASPS Member Surgeons to perform the full range of cosmetic medicine procedures, and patients can avoid costly mistakes by doing their homework.”

Some questions to ask your plastic surgeon:

  • Are you an ASPS Member Surgeon?
  • Where and how will my procedure be done?
  • Who will be performing the procedure?
  • What are the qualifications of any other medical personnel involved?
  • How many of the procedures have you (they) done?
  • How effective is the procedure?
  • Is the product FDA approved for the use prescribed?
  • What can I expect from the procedure?
  • Can I see before-and-after photos that illustrate the procedure?
  • What are the risks and complications?
  • What are the after-effects and the recovery time?
  • How long can I expect the results to last?
  • Are there alternative procedures I could consider?
  • What are the pros and cons of those procedures?

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I basing my decision on credentials of the medical professional and not the price?
  • Does this sound too good to be true (if so, it probably is)?
  • What do I expect from my procedure?
  • Are my expectations for results realistic?
  • Have all my questions been answered?

ASPS says you can still save money by having non-invasive procedures, but you should never swap quality care for cost.

“ASPS Member Surgeons put safety and outcome satisfaction first. The point is, while less expensive procedures appear more desirable when money is tight, cheaper is not better if the procedure is being done by someone who is unqualified or not properly supervised,” Dr. Canady says.

Consumers are encouraged to go to the ASPS website to find an ASPS Member Surgeon who can provide the treatment they desire. In 2007, ASPS Member Surgeons performed nearly 10 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures.

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