From the treatment of veins, to the removal of tattoos and hair, lasers can be used for a host of services. As a result, an increasing number of spa-goers are seeking out laser-based treatments. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 57 percent of consumers requested treatments that tighten the skin or smooth wrinkles using ultrasound, light, radio frequency, and lasers in 2017. And 90 percent of consumers were happy with the results of their laser and light treatments to reduce redness and improve tone, treat unsightly veins, and remove tattoos.
“We are able to do so much with lasers now,” says Todd Schlifstein M.D., founder and owner of EGA Medical (multiple locations). “And as people are moving towards taking better care of their skin and avoiding sun damage, we are able to accomplish more than ever before. Lasers have become as common as waxing treatments or facials. People are more educated and comfortable receiving laser treatments."
New models of lasers enter the market frequently, making it difficult to choose the ideal laser for a practice’s needs. “Laser technology as it applies to facial plastic surgery has advanced quite rapidly in the last several years and will continue along this path as time goes forward,” says William H. Truswell, M.D., president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
Here, find out what’s in store for laser technology and how it will effect clients and medical spas:
“Machines are only improving in terms of patient comfort and minimizing pain. Additional laser spot size has cut treatment time dramatically. We are able to treat multiple skin conditions and all skin types.”
—Todd Schlifstein, founder and owner, EGA Medical (New York City)
“It will become home-based rather than spa-based. I personally believe that the best positioning is to convert laser hair removal from a procedure and service to sales and support of a retail product. This is the only avenue where spas can out-compete Amazon and online sellers. Clients will require support for these devices. They will only get support from those whom they purchase it from.”
—Alan Durkin, M.D., CEO and medical director, Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery and Medspa (Vero Beach, FL)
“More companies are releasing devices that enhance client safety for physicians and technicians who are familiar with laser technology. For example, Exilis Ultra, FaceTite, BodyTite, and Contoura all have real-time temperature feedback. The latter will shut off the device to prevent overheating of the skin.”
—Suneel Chilukuri, M.D., founder, Refresh Dermatology (Houston)