Thank You again Andrea for posting such great information. The reason electrolysis as a whole has to fight to say that laser is not even worth the money is the fact that some people are having to choose between practitioners whose productivity is as low as the person quoted in this article. A person with the Speed of a Fino Gior, Mike Bono, Lucy Desrochers, Karlyn Kasperek, and many others besides myself can make laser a moot point.
This article is a great example of the things good electrologists rail at about laser promoters.
Those who read the entire article will note that the order of the article, which newspapers will tell you most people read the first paragraph, and fewer and fewer people read each successive paragraph, till very few people actually finish the article. Note what they say in the beginning and what the slide in at the end.
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">New technology, brought to Fond du Lac by Nancy Neusen 14 months ago, utilizes a state-of-the-art laser and has propelled methods of permanent hair removal light years ahead.
Lynn Rothe, 41, of Fond du Lac, said the procedure was convenient and fit her needs.“Years ago, I tried electrolysis, which was the cutting-edge at the time,” she said. “I had been plucking my hair for years. Then, I heard about the laser, and now the hair is gone, forever. I don’t worry about it anymore.”Rothe said it took seven quick treatments.
Diode laser treatments are only available through technicians who are affiliated with a physician. Costs range from $300 (for a package of three treatments) for an area like a lip, up to $1,200 for a leg.The treated area will feel mildly sunburned or razor-burned for several hours. Redness may persist 24 to 48 hours following treatment.
The procedure will most likely never replace electrolysis, Neusen said. At this point, lasers cannot remove red, gray or white hair, so the need will always be there. But most people won’t opt to get electrolysis on an entire leg.
“I charge $60 an hour for electrolysis. That’s about 130 hairs, one at a time,” Neusen said. “Treatments can take two to three years. The laser can do the same in 10 minutes.” </font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>So in the beginning they toute how laser is “cutting edge” and imply that electrolysis is outdated. They have someone give an OPINION that they are hair free for life after “a few short treatments” and then later burried in the end of the article they give the disclosure that it doesn’t replace electrolysis, and the speed of the electrologist whose work is being replaced by laser.
Now here is a reality check. They are talking about laser removing 130 hairs in 10 minutes and that is supposed to be good. Depending on the client and the angles of insertion and the part of the body being worked on, I could do the same in 10 to 20 minutes. They are talking about 7 treatments of ten minutes after which one still will need electrolysis to “Finish the job” and I am asking who would want to PROLONGED this job by starting with laser! I would have removed 910 hairs in 140 minutes at my slowest pace in thermolysis, and I could have equaled that same number in blend as well.
My treatments also have the added bonus of not needing 6 weeks out of the sun, and doesn’t feel like one has been broiled on a spit for up to 48 hours.
[ December 29, 2002, 06:14 AM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]