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It’s comforting to know what you should do and experience during and after your laser hair treatment sessions.
DURING: laser hair removal, you’ll wear goggles so your eyes won’t be exposed to light from the laser. The treatment involves a series of impulses that cause prickling and a slight heat sensation. Some people have likened the feeling to that of a rubber band snapping against your skin. You might also detect the smell of singed hair, which is nothing to worry about and to be expected.
AFTER: laser hair removal, you may experience brief swelling and redness. Typically, most people don’t have much redness at all. We will ice treatment areas immediately after the treatment followed by application of cortisone cream. You should not do any waxing or tweezing after receiving our laser hair removal treatment, as these procedures will temporarily remove pigmented hairs from the hair roots and reduce the effectiveness of your next laser treatment. Sometimes after tweezing or waxing, the hair becomes thicker and darker. (One of the ways the body defends itself from chronic irritation is to produce thicker, darker hairs.)
Laser hair removal treatment can be as short as a few minutes or take an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated and density of hair growth. The laser selectively targets melanin, the substance that gives hair its color. The laser typically works well on people with lighter skin and darker hair. If hair is red, white, gray or blonde, another option should be electrolysis.
During electrolysis, an electric current passes through a needle to destroy the individual hair root. Electrolysis is the best method for small areas or highly pigmented skin. Electrolysis is the preferred hair removal for blonde and gray hairs that do not respond well to laser treatment.
Laser hair removal is a fast and gentle way to remove unwanted hair with long lasting results. It applies precisely controlled pulses of energy, reaching deep into hair follicles that lie beneath the skin. The energy heats the hair to the bottom of the root, destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
Permanent laser hair removal can remove hair from faces (except around eyes), backs, chests, arms, underarms, bikini lines and legs.
Our state-of-the-art Vectus Laser is equipped with a high-tech chilling system, which cools the dermis and neutralizes discomfort. Most people feel only a “snap” at the treatment site.
Most people experience no side effects at all, though some reddening of the skin may occur. Some people experience a mild sunburn-like sensation immediately following treatment. After treatment you can return to your regular daily activities immediately. Please keep the treated skin protected from direct sun exposure for a short period of time after treatment.
We only offer an FDA-approved laser for treatment. Our laser is non-ionizing which means it cannot change or mutate cell, therefore, they do not cause cancer. Laser hair removal has been studied for decades without any short- or long-term effects to the tissues or cells of the body as the laser light is absorbed by the hair follicle and the energy disperses. Because we offer laser treatments for all skin types, tanned or darker skin types are treated on lasers specifically designed to protect the pigment in their skin while permanently reducing hair growth. It is important that you not receive treatment while on any photosensitive medications. Also, make sure you apply SPF daily on the treatment area during your treatment series.
Licensed by the Florida State Board of Medicine, Laurie and Eileen have met the strict standards, qualification and requirements necessary to perform electrolysis and laser hair removal. By law, only a Certified Medical Electrologist, (CME) Medical Doctor, (MD) licensed Physician’s Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with a Supervising Physician and protocol can perform laser hair removal. Laurie and Eileen’s extensive study of skin physiology, hair growth and laser technology affords both men and women safe, permanent hair removal, and the confidence that they’ve chosen the right practitioner/right place to come. Be sure to always ask who will be operating the laser when you call for your consultation.
You’ll be able to notice some results immediately. It takes 2–3 weeks for all the hair in the treated area to fall out, followed by several weeks of no hair growth. You will see immediate results while moving towards your long-term goal. You’ll continue to see great results as we work toward your long-term hair removal goals.
Although each client is unique, an average of 6 treatments with the Vectus Laser, paced about 6-8 weeks apart, is necessary for permanent results.
Our ‘Bare’ Promise: We proudly stand behind our services and believe every client deserves the best possible results. Most clients are satisfied after the standard six treatments. If additional treatments are required after completion of your laser hair removal (a minimum of six treatments must have been performed), the Lifetime Bare Guarantee provides additional laser hair removal treatments to that specific location (at original purchased body area) at 75% off our regularly priced/per-treatment cost.
During a consultation, the clinician will review your medical history and go over any medications that you are currently taking. You will have the pre- and post-care explained to you as well as review the entire procedure.
Botox™ and Juvederm™ are prescription medicines that are injected by a physician, and are used to smooth the face of wrinkles and fine lines as well as reverse signs of aging.
What is Botox™ and what is it used for?
Botox™ is a prescription medicine made from purified protein. When properly injected, Botox™ smooths wrinkles by relaxing the muscles under the skin. It is great for reducing “the 11’s” or lines between the brows, crows feet, and fine facial wrinkles. The net result is a gentle lift for a natural, rejuvenated appearance.
Benefits of Botox™:
- No recovery or down-time: you can go straight to work or enjoy other activities afterwards.
- Non-invasive Treatments: Injections are relatively painless, often compared to having your skin pricked. Many people find it barely hurts, if at all.
- Botox™ can slow wrinkles from forming, making it popular as a preventative for those as young as their late 20’s.
What is Juvederm™ and what is it used for?
Juvederm™ Ultra XC and Juvederm™ Ultra Plus XC are dermal fillers made of synthetic hyaluronic acid in gel form that are injected by a physician to fill unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. It is typically used around the mouth and nose, filling lips as well as removing “parenthesis lines” that are created around the corners of your mouth. With just one treatment, results can last up to a year.
What is Juvederm™ Voluma™ XC Injectable Gel?
Juvederm™ Voluma™ XC Injectable Gel is the first and only FDA-Approved filler for cheek volume replacement. It creates a lift and a more youthful appearance to the face lasting up to two years.
A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below. Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightening, and evening skin tone. This treatment also can be used with a microdermabrasion to get maximum results.
Preparing for treatment:
Most skin colors and types can benefit from chemical peels. Your esthetician will determine which peel is right for you. If you are taking acne medication, Retina-A or Accutane, talk to your esthetician and doctor about stopping the medication before and during the treatment to avoid any complications. You also should not do any major exfoliation two weeks prior to peel.
What to expect during a peel:
The skin is cleansed to remove any surface oils to allow the peel to penetrate evenly. Any sensitive areas that cannot be treated will be protected with a thin coat of petroleum jelly. The peel is then applied for anywhere from 2-10 minutes, depending on the strength of the peel. You may feel tingling or a hot sensation, but this stops as soon as the chemicals are removed.
After the peel:
After most peels your skin may appear pink to red, and look shiny and tight. It’s very important to apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher for the next 48 hours, minimum. You should stay out of the sun as much as possible as your skin will be sensitive to the UV rays. For maximum results a series of peels is usually recommended, and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyperpigmentation and acne.
A facial is a professional cleansing, purifying and beautifying treatment of the skin on the face and neck. Also, facials are a good way for your esthetician to get a good understanding of your skin, prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments.
Preparing for a facial:
Be sure to allow enough time to fill out an intake form prior to your treatment. Plan to arrive a little early so you will not feel rushed and you can enjoy the entire length of your treatment. There is no need to remove your makeup before a treatment, as it will be cleansed off during the facial. A soft headband will be placed around the face, but the hair may still become damp.
What to expect during the facial:
Facials are generally very relaxing and soothing. Your esthetician will explain to you what steps she is performing during the facial. If any products burn or itch your skin, or if you have any questions during your facial, please let your esthetician know. The following are the basic steps to a facial:
- Skin analysis
- Extractions – removing blackheads or any impurities.
- Relaxing with essential oils
- Massage- to aid in relaxation and stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the skin.
- Application of products targeted toward you skin type.
After the facial:
After a facial, your skin will probably be soft, smooth and well hydrated. However, if multiple extractions were needed or if you required a fair amount of exfoliation, your skin may be somewhat rosy for one to two hours depending on the sensitivity of your skin. This is normal. You can apply mineral makeup after your facial if there is some rosiness you want to conceal.
Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover. It is one of the most popular services offered in both medical and day spas.
There are two common methods, crystal and diamond. The crystal method uses a wand that sprays fine crystals onto the skin, loosening and removing dead skin cells and then vacuums them up. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin, combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells. Both methods stimulate blood circulation and revitalize collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin.
Microdermabrasion can be helpful in treating aging and sun-damaged, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, and diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow.
Preparing for the treatment:
The procedure is non invasive and requires little preparation. You may remove your makeup and come to the treatment room with a clean face or allow your skin care professional to remove your makeup for you.
What to expect:
One microdermabrasion treatment should last 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.
After the microdermabrasion:
Because fresh skin has been newly exposed, it is important to apply sunscreen and to avoid direct sunlight. Also avoid products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes.
Permanent Makeup is especially formulated pigments that are
hypo-allergenic and implanted into the first layers of the skin. Permanent makeup should be fresh and natural looking.
Permanent Cosmetic Makeup procedures are offered as:
- Eyeliner, top and bottom of the lid
- Lip Liner
- Full Lip Color and Shading
What to Expect:
Before a permanent makeup procedure, feel free to wear your everyday makeup, or how you would like your makeup done permanently. After discussing your expectations, your clinician will create a custom color mixed specifically to compliment you and your skin’s coloring. The pigments used and formulated especially for permanent makeup use, and is different than tattoo ink. Then the area being treated will have a topical anesthetic applied.
During the procedure, the permanent makeup specialist implants the pigment using sterilized disposable needles. Strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines are always followed. Every patient has a different comfort level, but typically patients report feeling only vibrations, rather than discomfort. If needed, please let your permanent makeup specialist know if you require additional anesthetic.
After your procedure, you can expect some tenderness as well as possible bruising and irritation. Most clients go to work the following day. The color of the area treated to be much darker then the final color will be. It may take up to 7 days for the final result, depending on how your skin heals. You will be required to not wear any makeup on the area being treated and will also have to have to apply a layer of Aquaphor to that area, so you may not want to plan any social functions in the several days following your procedure. The entire healing process takes approximately six weeks, at which time you will be scheduled a touch-up of the area. If needed, this is also when any color adjustment will be done.