Hair Removal Devices: The Latest Trend In Med-Aesthetics

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Hair removal devices have increasingly been trending worldwide since 2014. According to a December 2018 market research report, hair removal devices were valued at $1.2 billion USD in 2017 and are expected to increase by 14.9% by 2025. These are divided into laser devices, intense pulsed light devices, and energy-based devices. Laser made up the greatest market share in 2017, because of their relative painless treatment and safety for all skin tones and hair colours. These included the Alexandrite, Nd: YAG, and diode types of lasers.  Lasers were followed by intense pulsed light systems and energy-based devices, such as light heat energy. Specifically, for energy-based devices, in 2018, $2.8 billion USD was generated globally. This figure is expected to increase by 10.4% by 2024.

Hair removal devices were most popular in the North American market, with medical aesthetic clinics generating increased revenue. Various reasons have been given for this yearly increase, including rising consumer awareness about physical grooming, beauty, and aesthetics. Rising disposable income allows increasing individuals to spend increasing amounts on their physical appearance.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) revealed that in 2016, 1,035,783 hair removal procedures were performed. Today, numerous hair removal devices are available in medical aesthetic offices all over North America, including the United States and Canada. Many offer consultations, so do not hesitate to call today.

Types of Hair Removal Devices

There are various types of hair removal devices available on the market, including the laser, intense pulsed light, and energy-based systems.

Laser Hair Removal Devices are equipped with beams of light that damage hair follicles, preventing unwanted hair growth. They include the Alexandrite laser, the Diode laser, the Ruby laser, and the Nd: YAG laser.

  • Alexandrite Laser – The Alexandrite Laser is best for individuals with fair skin and dark hair. It is one of the quickest and one of the most popular lasers.
  • Diode Laser – The Diode laser penetrates the skin deeper than the Alexandrite with longer wavelengths. It is best suited for individuals with olive to darker skin tones and dark hair.
  • The Ruby Laser – The Ruby laser works best on darker skin tones and is less painful than other lasers. It is also the oldest type of laser.
  • The Nd: YAG Laser – The Nd: YAG laser is considered safe for darker skin tones and can be used on all skin tones. It can treat very large areas of the body very quickly.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Devices use multiple light wavelengths to target hair follicles. They cover a larger surface in a shorter period of time than other systems. They are non-invasive and can be used for a variety of uses in addition to hair removal, including solving skin problems. These include vascular lesions, such as port wine stains, rosacea, and red thread veins, freckles and age marks, facial lines and wrinkles, acne, stretch marks, and the rejuvenation of aged skin.

Some of the benefits of intense pulsed light treatment includes speed and limited downtime. In addition, there is no damage to the outer layers of skin, meaning that there are fewer side effects than treatments, such as dermabrasion or laser.

Finally, Energy-based Devices are quite poplar as well. These include electromagnetic energy-based, suction-based, ultrasound-based, cryolipolysis, plasma energy-based, and light-based.

  • Cryolipolysis, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, is considered non-invasive and destroys fat cells. It is most often used for destroying fat on the back of legs, abdomen, and flanks. It targets the most stubborn fat areas, requires little to no-downtime, and is performed in 45 to 60 minutes per area.
  • Micro focused Ultrasound is a non-invasive and non-surgical lifting procedure, to restore sagging and loose skin and reveal beautiful more youthful looking skin. Benefits include no downtime, quick treatment between 30 and 60 minutes, and gradual appearance of results. This means that one’s appearance will not drastically and dramatically alter overnight.

How to Choose a Hair Removal Device Practitioner

Choosing the perfect hair removal practitioner is now easier than ever. Reviews of trained professionals and med-aesthetic spas in one’s area can easily be found on the internet, through sites, such as Google, or the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

In addition, due to the increased popularity of services, reviews from friends, coworkers, relatives, and neighbours are always readily available.

Finally, various med-aesthetic providers often have customer reviews on their websites, as well as extensive portfolios of their work. One can also easily visit their numerous social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram.

Visiting med-aesthetic spas in person and speaking with staff is also a great way to obtain information.

Hair removal devices are the latest trend in medical aesthetics. Trained professionals can be found in a variety of med-aesthetic spas, feel free to contact one for more information.


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Written by Lola McQuenzie

Lola is one of our busiest writer. She has worked for Catwalk Yourself since 2007. Lola started working with us after she graduating from Central St Martins

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