Frequently Asked Questions
Laser Hair Removal
How does the Laser remove hair?
The laser emits a beam of light that is attracted to the pigment or melanin in the hair follicle that is in an active growing cycle. A pre-determined pulse duration and energy setting are directed at and absorbed by the hair follicles, disabling the growth of the follicles, resulting in quick, safe and effective hair removal.
What is the advantage of using Laser?
Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. The laser uses a wide beam that treats many hairs at once instead of treating hair-by-hair like electrolysis. Because of this, large areas such as your legs, arms, or back can be treated in a short period of time. You will see results that last far longer than tweezing, waxing, shaving, chemical depilation, or other temporary methods.
What does laser treatment feel like?
The treatment does have a slight prickly or stinging sensation. Most of our clients are able to tolerate the treatment without difficulty. However, since every person’s level of sensitivity is different and treatment areas may vary, a topical numbing gel is available for purchase.
What happens to the skin after Laser treatment?
Reddening of the skin is the desired reaction. The redness usually subsides within a few minutes to a few hours and returns to normal. Since the laser is not invasive in any way, no bandages are necessary. You are able to continue with your normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
How many Laser treatments will I need?
Our experiences have been such that most of our clients are able to discontinue treatments, knowing they will probably need an occasional touchup, after an average of 5-7 treatments. This is providing that the recommended treatment schedule is followed. It is also important to understand, results may vary depending on the individuals hair type, their stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels. Keeping in mind some individuals require fewer treatments and some will require more treatments depending on the results desired.
Is Laser hairl removal permanent?
The FDA has cleared laser hair removal for “Permanent Hair Reduction” only. Based on our experience we believe that the hair treated will probably not re-grow. Each individual’s treatment response may be different because of their hair or skin type and that they have between 500 and 1000 follicles per square inch, of which many are dormant at the time of treatment, we have no way of knowing if and when they may start growing due to stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels.
What should I expect after Laser Treatment?
After your initial treatment, you should enjoy a reduction of hair. However, it will take 2-4 weeks for the treated hair to push its way to the surface and fall out. With each treatment, the hair in the active growing phase will be effectively treated. A follow up appointment is scheduled in 7-8 weeks after each treatment. Keeping in mind the importance of maintaining your follow up appointments.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
What doe the Genesis Laser do?
Laser Genesis is a non-ablative procedure that can reduce visible facial vessels as well as diffuse redness by gently warming the upper dermis, improving the appearance of your skin. The result is a healthy looking and vibrant appearance.
The Laser Genesis difference?
The Laser Genesis procedure utilizes laser technology that can safely, discretely and effectively treat small targets like fine undesirable facial vessels or vessels that cause diffuse redness. Unlike many other treatment methods, Laser Genesis is a comfortable, non-ablative form of skin therapy. This means you will be able to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without the unwanted side effects such as bruising or excessive skin irritation. Your therapy can be performed in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of general or local anesthesia, gel or cream.
What is diffuse redness?
Diffuse redness is a general appearance of facial redness, such as rosy cheeks. As with facial telangiectasia, this condition is a result of dilated capillaries, however the appearance is more of general redness rather than discrete well-defined vessels. The most commonly affected areas are the nose, forehead and cheeks. Diffuse redness is often associated with a condition called rosacea and it can be hereditary. Laser Genesis therapy will help your appearance by gently treating and reducing this condition.
What are facial vessels or Telangiectasia?
Telangiectasia or facial vessels are dilated capillaries that commonly appear on the surface of the face and in areas around the nose, cheeks and above the neckline. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels that are present throughout the body. Prolonged sun exposure, aging, trauma and other factors can cause capillaries to become dilated and visible. There is also a hereditary factor in developing facial telangiectasia. Laser Genesis therapy will help your appearance by treating any visible trace of these unsightly veins.
What can I expect before treatment?
There are no complicated pre-treatment rituals with this procedure. Prior to the actual Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatment you will be given a facial cleansing followed by a gentle exfoliation, laser treatment, vitamin c mask and hydration, skin toned zinc oxide sunblock and, a special serum for lifting and toning. You are sure to leave feeling refreshed and youthful.
How many treatments do I need?
The treatment results are often very subtle. On average you may require 4 to 6 treatments in order to achieve the results you are looking for. Every patient’s conditions and needs vary.
Is the treatment painful?
No, Laser Genesis is a comfortable, non-ablative, non-invasive treatment. Unlike other laser treatments it does not wound the skin’s surface therefore virtually eliminating the need for complicated post treatment care. Typically patients describe the treatment as a gentle warming of the surface. The treatment does not require any anesthetics, creams or gel.
What results should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after the treatment you will experience some minor redness. The redness typically lasts only a few hours. Patients often describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic with visible results that are subtle yet noticeable. You can expect to immediately return to normal activities utilizing sunscreen if participating in outdoor activities.
What are the possible side effects?
Although most patients report few if any side effects, the most commonly noticed might be a slight redness that disappears within a few hours after the treatmen
Solar Lentigines (Age Spots)
What are pigmented lesions?
Pigmented or brown spots result from the presence of pigment (or melanin) cells in the skin. When the pigment is localized in the epidermis (top or superficial layer of the skin), light brown or tan spots can occur, such as freckles, birthmarks, and sun spots (or lentigos). When the pigment is located deeper in the skin (in the dermis), dark brown spots can result. Superficial, small, tan spots generally require fewer treatments to remove than deeper, larger, or darker pigmented lesions.
What causes pigmented lesions?
Pigmented lesions are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Everyone has a different amount of melanin in his or her skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays.
Are treatments safe?
Treatments are safe and effective because of our unique ability to selectively treat the pigmented lesion without adversely affecting the surrounding tissue.
What areas can be treated?
The face, chest, shoulders, and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically had the most sun exposure.
How long is a session?
The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. Your total appointment time can easily fit into your lunch or break time.
How many treatments are required?
Typically one or two treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results. Additional treatments may be required for very large areas or for densely covered areas.
What happens after the treatment? Are there any side effects?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next 1-3 weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment
Why is the CoolGlide XEO different from other pulsed light or lasers?
Comfort. The XEO’s Optimized Pulse Spectrum specifically targets the superficial pigment in the epidermis. By choosing the wavelength spectrum with strong melanin absorption and weak hemoglobin absorption, much lower fluences are needed for effective treatment resulting in less patient discomfort. In contrast, a standard pulse light system uses a broad spectrum, requiring much higher fluences for similar outcomes.