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Enhanced Cosmetic Procedures Plus New At-Home Treatments Give Patients More Options
Date:11/13/2008

a retinoid could be at risk for an adverse skin reaction from a chemical in these at-home products that should not be used simultaneously."

Perhaps the most sought after new at-home cosmetic procedure that has been introduced recently is in the realm of laser hair removal devices. Unlike the laser hair removal procedures performed in dermatologists' offices and which offer a long-term solution to unwanted facial and body hair, laser hair removal performed at home is intentionally temporary. Despite giving consumers only a temporary remedy for unwanted hair, Dr. Hirsch added that these types of devices can be expensive -- ranging in price from approximately $800 to $1,000. These devices also can pose a safety concern for people who are tan or have darker skin.

The concern for people using an at-home laser hair removal device or for those opting to receive cosmetic treatments outside of a dermatologist's office, such as at a spa or mall-based establishment, is that many factors could adversely affect the outcome of the procedure and pose unforeseen side effects.

"Knowing who not to treat is extremely important, and that is why consumers should remain highly skeptical of cosmetic procedures offered at local malls or venues where packages of treatments are sold," said Dr. Hirsch. "In these cases, there is no motivation to turn anyone away, and the consequences could be very serious. To ensure the highest level of safety and efficacy, see your dermatologist for all your skin care needs."

For more information on aging skin, go to the "AgingSkinNet" section of http://www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most inf
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