The Danger in Do-It-Yourself

IPL_derma_blog_august09.JPG Many companies have released cosmetic enhancement products for consumers to be used at home. These include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and even collagen injections. Although the directions may seem clear on the packaging, there are many risks to using these products at home by those who are not properly trained. One plastic surgeon discussed these dangers regarding IUP (Intense Pulsed Light) at-home treatments to Mail Online. "There is a real risk of people coming to harm from these devices. Because they are low powered compared to the lasers we use in our clinics, this may give poor results and tempt people to use them outside their correct settings." Without proper knowledge of the products, at-home treatments may damage the skin to a point where professional care is needed. Consumers hoping to save a dollar on treatments they could do themselves may end up paying much more to salvage their skin. These products should only be used as directed and with caution.
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