There will be limitations compared to units used in a professional office, but lasers are coming to the home front...both products receiving FDA approval...not inexpensive though...but perhaps over time would save money over a professional treatment...BD
Coming soon to doctors' offices and retail stores: personal handheld lasers and other expensive medical devices for cosmetic treatments at home.
The first products to be pitched for consumer use are for long-lasting removal of unwanted hair, one of the most popular cosmetic services, which typically costs thousands of dollars in spas and dermatology offices. A device called Tria, which is being rolled out next month for $995, is the first personal cosmetic laser to be sold in the U.S. The device, made by closely held SpectraGenics Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., uses the same diode-laser technology that became the gold standard in professional hair removal more than a decade ago. SpectraGenics has been selling a version of the Tria, called i-Epi, in Japan since 2005.
A rival device, called Silk'n, will be launched at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., this week. Priced at $800, it incorporates a different technology, known as pulsed light, that is also found in professional systems. An Israeli company called Home Skinovations Ltd. is behind the device.