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Article furnished by Dr. Jay Kulkin - Everybody loves a deal and you can find them almost anywhere, in fact you don't really to have to go out looking they come straight to you, in your email inbox. 

I'm talking about the daily deal sites that offer local products and services at deep discounts for a limited time. 

You've heard it said before, "Sometimes you get what you pay for" and some services you just don't want to skimp on and Laser Hair Removal is one of them.

Laser Hair Removal is the #1 daily deal offer, you may even have one sitting in your inbox right now. While paying $99 to get rid of hair from your whole body might sound like a great deal, but ask yourself "what am I really getting for $99".

Consider these things before making your purchase:

1. How easy will it be to get an appointment? Many laser hair removal clinics offer these deals to stimulate business to fill vacancies in their schedules. They have an immediate boost in sales/revenue, but quickly become overwhelmed with the influx of business and often they aren't equipped with enough staff to serve this sudden surge. This can lead to poor quality of service and wait times to get the service or treatment you paid upfront for. I read a review where the first available appointment was literally 3 months out.

2. Who is performing your laser hair removal? In the state of Georgia there are currently no regulations on who can operate a laser. You do not have to have a license and there are no training requirements in place, so literally anyone can use a laser on you. As a physician, and laser expert, that is a scary thought. Not every laser is safe for all skin types. 

3. And in the event you have a problem, who will treat you? This goes hand in hand with the previous question. If you are being treated by a non-medically trained person you at least need to have access to one in the event you experience a complication and need medical attention. The most common complication for laser hair removal is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentaion is the temporary darkening of the skin. This can occur in light skin types if they have had sun exposure and their skin is tan. This is less common in darker skin types, if the right laser and settings are being used. I have had patients come to me who have sustained horrific burns because they were treated with the wrong laser at another facility. Untreated burns can lead to infection and scarring.

4. What happens if you need additional treatments? How much will they cost? I have seen countless people in my office that have had numerous treatments elsewhere with little result. They had originally purchased a daily deal and after completing the purchased number of sessions found that additional treatments were going to be exponentially more than the original purchase.

5. What happens if you want to discontinue service? Or see no results? Daily deal purchases are typically non-refundable.
In conclusion, before you snatch up that deal, know what you're getting. Never compromise your health and safety for the sake of a deal.

Dr. Jay Kulkin, Founder of WIFH in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized laser expert and teaches doctors from from within the U.S. and around the world about laser techniques. He is a Board Certified Gynecologist and is often quoted in the media and featured on a number of TV networks including CNN, Headline News and local Atlanta networks on laser issues. He has been practicing in Atlanta since 1983 and is a Fellow (the highest distinction achievable) of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is the former Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Women's Health Program, which he was instrumental in creating. Dr. Kulkin is committed to bringing the latest advances in laser research to his patients.

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