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Laser vs IPL (Intense Pulsed Light or PhotoFacial) vs Radio Frequency.

What's the difference, What claims to work, What doesn't work and more importantly- Who can we talk to about a refund for ineffective lasers that overstated their claims.

IPL/LIGHT: Broad range of light wavelengths for a more broad purpose

TSMD: Broad range = Broad purpose, but lacks specificity!

LASER: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Radiation

TSMD: A "focused" range of light wavelengths for a specific purpose

RADIOFREQUENCY: see wikepedia:

Radio frequency (RF) is a frequency or rate of oscillation within the range of about 3 Hz to 300 GHz. This range corresponds to frequency of alternating current electrical signals used to produce and detect radio waves. Since most of this range is beyond the vibration rate that most mechanical systems can respond to, RF usually refers to oscillations in electrical circuits.

TSMD: RF technology is used in microwaves, ultrasounds, radio broadcasting, cordless phones, remote keyless entry for automobiles. The theory is that heating the collagen under the skin will cause tissue contraction.

IPL or Photofacial or Light based therapy - Basically broad lamp of all colors flashed onto an area of skin- color is absorbed by colored structures, hence leading to the decrease of color in those structures: red, brown, blue colors absorb certain light wavelengths, thereby, decreasing its intensity. Results are minimal but no downtime. Low risk, Low Reward.

Lasers - As the wavelength source is specific, many different very specific lasers exist.

1) CO2, Erbium / Yag: a very specific range of light amplified to evaporate layers of skin to reveal new skin from below. Results are drastic, some downtime, must be performed by a reputable physician as certain risks are taken. Higher risk, Higher reward.

2) Cool Laser- Not really a laser. Usually Red light that claims to improve the skin. Claims have not been substantiated. Buyer beware. TSMD will fully review this "laser" soon.

3) Laser Lipo- Not really a laser. Same as above. A colored light that is supposed to liquefy fat to make it easier to remove fat in a traditional LipoSculpture treatment.

RadioFrequency - Thermage/Titan: Claims: Sound energy is transmitted across the many layers of skin to affect the collagen beneath the dermis to regenerate collagen. Highly skeptical technology. By some estimates, less than 20% of clients are satisfied. The procedure is very expensive and the claims are a "FaceLift" appearance. Upwards of $500 Million are reportedly wasted on this treatment.

TSMD will review the Efficacy of RadioFrequency therapy soon.

Sound waves passing thru the skin without damaging the superficial layers, reaching the collagen and evoking damage to the collagen, in hopes of evincing a collagen production response to the thermal damage. Hmmm. . . . isn't it possible that the damage done to the collagen is similar to the damage done to collagen fibers by the sun- and we are aware of the decreased elasticity in the fibers after sun exposure. Until the makers of the radiofrequency devices can prove to us, we cannot validate these claims. It is important to note that physicians do not make these claims. These claims are made by the laser companies, Thermage, Titan and others. The FDA verifies that the machines are FDA approved, meaning that they are safe, but does not verify these claims, nor does the FDA state that results are consistent are without risks. Which brings up an interesting point, WHO is responsible for dissatisfied clients who spent a lot of money for a procedure that does not deliver results. We are building a database of dissatisfied clients and will help carry this dissatisfaction to the appropriate authorities- someone from the FDA will be made aware of their approved devices. The laser manufacturers will be made aware of the poor outcomes of their devices. Lastly, we will notify our legal counsel to discuss "possible" refunds. . . . Stay tuned.

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