- Warm weather coming – promise: You start shedding layers of clothing as summer approaches, and your skin will look better and feel smoother without unwanted hair in unwanted places.
- Sooner begun, sooner done: It takes six to eight laser treatments, spaced about four weeks apart (eight week spacing for legs and backs) to achieve clearance of unwanted hair in a given area. If you start in February, by Memorial Day you will have half the desired hair gone! Start the first week in February, and by the end of June you will have had five treatments — three if you chose legs or back!
- Give up Proven Failures: You are tired of tweezing, shaving, waxing and threading – all of which guarantee that the hair will grow back, and require frequent treatments. Only electrolysis and laser have FDA clearance to give you permanent hair removal. And while our LaserLight lasers can permanently disable gobs of hair follicles in each pulse, electrolysis requires delivering a galvanic shock to one hair at a time, making it painful and very tedious.
- Results Matter: Year after year, our clients have voted LaserLight Best of the Best for Laser Hair Removal in its region. Do you want your body treated with our 12 years of experience, ongoing laser training, and Certified Laser Technician credentials? Or will you settle for someone with inferior equipment and little formal training or experience?
- Act fast, pay less: If you buy your starting laser hair removal package in February, you can get a one-time, 50 percent off deal! No group coupons to keep track of, no long drive or trip to a place you know little about – and no worries about getting a sub-par treatment because the facility cuts corners to offset 90 percent discounts. Even if you get big savings at LaserLight, we believe that you get a great deal only if you get our very best in service!
Are you confused by all of the anti-aging terminology in the world of laser skin care — that all sounds too similar? If you are confused, you are not alone!
You read advertisements about photofacials, photo rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, fractional laser — all promising to make you look younger and give you clearer, healthier skin – and you haven’t a clue as to how to start a discussion with your laser services provider to see what is right for you.
Let’s see if we can simplify it for you.
First, take a long, curious look in the mirror, and decide which issues bother you the most. Make a list of them: is it brown spots? And are they little freckles, or sizeable spots the size of a dime or bigger? Is it that ruddy look around your cheeks, the redness that deepens when you get embarrassed or eat/drink the wrong things?
Is it scars … old acne scars, surgical scars or trauma scars? Do you see stretch marks? Enlarged pores, wrinkles, or even just a “blah” complexion? How about the need for a little bit of tightening?
Next, use a scale of 1 – 3 to rank the issue or issues in order of how much better you would feel if they were taken away for you! For example, you may have a few small but bright red blood vessels around your nose, but you can live with them. You are mortified, however, that you have a number of large brown spots on the sides of your face, hands or legs — and you dearly wish that you could avoid using makeup or wearing pantyhose. You might rank the blood vessels a “1,” but the sun-damaged spots get a “3” because you are willing to do whatever it takes, within reason, to get rid of those spots for good.
Now you are ready to talk to a knowledgeable, kind Laser Technician who can guide you in a plan to make your skin healthier — “from the skin-side out,” as we like to say at LaserLight!
Most common skin problems — and you are surely not alone having acquired these issues – will improve with the right laser treatments. And most of the problems identified here can improve with treatments by either one or two kinds of laser, as follows. Bear in mind that it usually takes a number of treatments to achieve your goals.
- If your issues include pigmentation that you do not like — brown or red structures, you will likely benefit from one to four photofacials. Your Certified Laser Technician can help you to determine the course of treatment and what to expect.With this treatment, you will be pleased with the clarity and brightness laser gives your skin!
- If your issues include wrinkles — even deeper wrinkles — scars, sagging skin or enlarged pores, a laser skin resurfacing– also called non-ablative skin resurfacing or fractional laser — will give you an improvement with three to six treatments monthly. (NOTE: there is also an ablative fractional laser treatment that can do this quicker: but you must expect about five days of down time, and you may be very red, swollen, and possibly bloody.)Your improvements with this laser treatment can last from three to five years!
In summary, the table below gives you a good basis for participating in a discussion about the kind of anti-aging and skin improvement specific to you.
Laser Type/including alternate common names
Best treatment for
|Photofacial (depigmentation, a/k/a skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, Fotofacial™||
|Skin Resurfacing a/k/a Fractional laser, skin rejuvenation, non-ablative fractional or ablative fractional lasers)||
Important points to remember center on the “long lasting,” sometimes permanent, improvements that lasers achieve. Unlike topical treatments such as creams and serums, which typically sit on the surface of your skin, laser penetrates several microns below the surface, and actually makes structural changes that will eliminate the causes of the imperfections you are seeking to improve.
To read more about the differences between the ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing lasers, read our blog post on Fractional Laser, dated February 27th.
By Patricia Funder, M.S., C.L.T.
Invest 40 minutes to see how laser hair removal can help you — without the pain, itching and frequent treatments that accompany other hair removal methods: call LaserLight for Men and Women, at 781-871-2224, for your FREE consultation.
Our perpetual-motion Generation-X and Generation-Y clients, who value their time beyond what Baby Boomers ever did at their age, have jumped all over Laser Hair removal as one of the methods they use to get ready for any summer event that pops up on their Smartphones. What do they know that their moms and dads are missing?
Time and Convenience: They show up at LaserLight once a month for 20 minutes to an hour, and leave with their hair gone and a smooth, silky feel to the treated area. (For larger areas like backs and legs, it may take more than an hour – and it is once every eight weeks.)
An end to constant waxing, trimming, electrolysis: It takes only six to eight visits to put a stop to hair growth in the laser-treated area. At LaserLight, we constantly hear people complaining that they have been using other hair removal methods for years – and they still have a lot of hair!
More money in their pockets: There is an END to treatment with laser, while other hair removal methods will insipidly drain your bank account over a lifetime. Even electrolysis, the only one among the others that FDA has approved for market as being “permanent” hair removal, can take years to get to “clearance” of an area.
Relative comfort: When hair grows back after other hair removal methods — which do not provide long-lasting results — the area often itches and hair can even become in-grown. Not so with laser hair removal treatments. First, the hair growing post-treatment is from follicles that were dormant when you were lasered, and the new cycling into growth feel lighter and finer. The area typically does not itch. Second, using LaserLight’s equipment with patented Continuous Contact Cooling™ clients easily manage the small “pinch” they may feel during the actual treatment. Other methods usually hurt more.
Confidence in their appearance: the Gen-Xs and Gen-Ys have no worries about hair poking out of the bathing suit or shirt collar, and no sudden fears when checking the mirror in the car that they have undesired facial hair. They did their research, and seeing that laser is safe and works well, they took care of the problem.
If this doesn’t convince you that you can look and feel younger, smoother and more confident because you invested short-term in a long-term solution for hair removal, then call LaserLight at 781-871-2224, and ask all the questions this blog raises for you. We will give you a financial incentive to give laser a try.
You’ll be happy you did!
Copyright 2014, LaserLight Skin Clinic, LLC and Patricia Funder.
All rights reserved.
Do you really know what you are getting when you purchase one of the deeply discounted “deals” that a number of companies host and promote through emails? They offer some number of laser treatments (usually six these days), claiming the price to be as much as 90 percent off.
Great for consumers … right? Maybe. But a wise buyer would ask a few questions before forking over hard-earned money (to say nothing of the time invested to get the treatments):
- Is the treatment the same as when you pay full price?
- Do they do as many passes over the area?
- Do they use optimal (or sub-standard) energy levels when treating a client with a “deal” voucher?
- Do you get the same preparatory consult as a full-price paying client?
- Do you get the same aftercare instruction and training, or the same aftercare lotions?
I saw one such deal recently and decided to dissect it for you — using the “value” and specific areas included that they defined. Some of it was downright comical. The merchant offered an “up to 90% off” discount for six treatments, based on three different size areas:
- $139 for six laser hair removal treatments on a small area (a $1,260 value)
- $269 for six laser hair removal treatments on a medium area (a $2,400 value)
- $369 for six laser hair removal treatments on a large area (a $3,600 value)
The fine print seemed reasonable: Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person … and right there we found the first joke. You could pay $369 ($61.50 each) for six leg treatments, but unless you started scheduling them immediately, then 180 days is not enough time to fit in six treatments! (The waiting period between legs is 8 – 10 weeks for best results and the biggest bang for your buck, based on known hair growth cycles.)
So what about the other leg? You do want a matched set, don’t you? Since they limit one deal per person, and six leg treatments are a $3,600 value (see above), then you would have to pay $600 per treatment for your other leg! And don’t think that you can divide the six treatments between your left and right legs; the fine print says: Must use all treatments on the same area.
For comparison, at LaserLight you pay $480 for one treatment on both legs as a standard price. While that calculates to $240 per leg, we typically do not offer to remove the hair from only one leg — unless special circumstances require it. All told, if you got six treatments on both legs at LaserLight, you would pay almost $1100 less than you would to get both done under this “deal.”
Hands or fingers, considered small areas for which you pay $139, do not fare well under this program, either – most people who have hair on their hands have it on their fingers as well, and vice versa. Purchase the deal, and you pay $23+ per treatment – but at a “value” of $1260, you would have to pay about $1,000 more than what LaserLight charges for six hair removal treatments for hands and fingers. If you can be happy with half your hands smooth and hairless and the other half hairy enough to comb, go for the deal.
Beyond the cost, what else do the purveyors of these “deals” omit from their standard treatments so as to make up for the deep discount they offer? First, do they use Certified Laser Technicians to perform the treatment, and do they use energy levels that are sufficient to get results for your skin type?
At LaserLight (where you will ALWAYS get treated by a certified and knowledgeable technician, whether we get paid $1 or full price for a treatment), you get the very best service and energy levels adequate to give you real and permanent hair reduction. We also cover the area with two passes with the laser, to ensure the best outcome. Even prior to your treatment you get a complete FREE consult, pre- and post-treatment, to ensure that you are comfortable, knowledgeable, and able to care for the treated area post-treatment. We believe that it is not a deal if you do not get the best we have to offer.
Finally, are you a person who has the time to chase down these deals? How far do you have to drive to get there and back? Do you calculate into the cost of the treatment the amount for the gas you use, or the parking fees if you go into a city location? Do you calculate the cost for your time? (Refer to LaserLight’s ROI — Return on Investment – page at http://laserlightskin.com/laser-hair-removal/cost-analysis.) For example, if your annual salary is $75,000, your estimated “hourly” rate would be about $30.50. So if you have to drive an hour (each way), then add $61 to the cost of each treatment.
Having said that, we regularly draw customers from as far away as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. They cite the knowledge share that we provide to our clients, and the privacy: we do not fill our waiting room with people waiting for appointments, so that we can make up for the dollars we lose on the “deal” with volume, or fast turnaround.
We recommend that you research the provider of the deal before you buy, and make sure that you are getting what you expect for your money — in terms of expert treatment and education, and in terms of effectiveness. And finally, if you are unsatisfied with the results you get, please call LaserLight to complete the hair removal for you. Many others before you have done so.
The writer stood up at the South Shore Women’s Business Network meeting, unsolicited, and shared her personal experience with laser treatments at LaserLight. The next day, she shared, again unsolicited, the following comments in an Email to me, and gave me permission to share it with you:
“I wanted to send you a quick email about a little feedback that I got from the business women at my table after I gave my testimonial for LaserLight.
“First of all, they were fascinated. They asked me question after question. They did not seem to really know what laser treatment can do, other than hair removal. They were interested in the scar removal and the red spot removal, but the photofacial and what it can do was a revelation to them. So based on that conversation, I would say the women are very interested in aesthetic laser treatment, but don’t know much about it.
“They were also surprised at the reasonableness of the price. They were under the misconception that it would be much more money. I got the impression that they thought the cost would be prohibitive, so they had never seriously looked into it. Your prices are a strong point that these ladies did not know about, and their interest was piqued.
“The women I spoke with were a little fearful. They were frightened, I gather, that they could somehow harm their faces permanently if something were to go wrong — as if they had been watching some reality TV on plastic surgery gone wrong, or some such. I explained that you sat with me for a very long time when I first came in, telling me every possible outcome, and how minor any problems have been that you have experienced in the years that you have been doing this.
“I think that when I first came to LaserLight, I might have had a few of the same fears; but when you gave me the free consultation and told me about the few issues you had run into (which seemed very minor to me), I felt much better. So, that fearfulness might be a factor that holds some people back – and I want to help you to dispel those unwarranted fears.
Kateri MacDonald-Bousaleh, Esq.
MacDonald Bousaleh Law Offices, P.C.
53 Plain Street, Suite 2
Braintree, MA 02184
Fax: (781) 843-3095
We are a full-service law firm offering free consultations: wills, trusts, nursing home and Medicaid planning, conservatorships and guardianships, probate and inheritance matters, family law, real estate, and landlord/tenant matters.
Does fractional laser really work to reduce scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles –
and give you a skin resurfacing/tightening?
If you have been reluctant to try fractional laser because it promises so much more success for a skin issue such as yours, if your doubts stem from a belief that “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is” — you’re not alone. When women and men eager to improve their skin’s appearance ask me about how non-ablative fractional laser can help them, they want to be sure they get a satisfactory return on their investment.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at these videos and images to see how our skin resurfacing treatments work, and what kind of results can be achieved.
Stretch marks, the dubious reward for having endured pregnancy, a side effect of rapid muscle-building or excessive weight gain create embarrassment for both men and women. To the left is a Before and After photo of a woman whose stretch marks were noticeably diminished through fractional laser treatments.
In the past, few options existed to remove stretch marks, but with the recent U.S. FDA clearance for Palomar’s fractional laser treatment for stretch marks, we excitedly added it to our LaserLight service listings. Watch the video to the left to see how easy and painless the procedure can be.
Acne and surgical scars constitute another unwanted skin problem that can limit mobility and affect quality of life. Laser scar removal through our non-ablative fractional laser technology is non-invasive, with little risk or pain, and speedy healing time. The technology uses pulses of laser light to coagulate scar tissue, triggering healthy new tissue to form in the skin. Watch the video to the right to understand the process.
We can also dramatically improve other dermatological or cosmetic issues, such as wrinkles, crow’s feet, blotchy skin, melasma, or unwanted textural irregularities, through our fractional laser skin resurfacing. We use our non-ablative fractional laser safely and effectively on all areas of the body — arms, legs, face, chest, or neck. Watch the video above to see how it works.
At LaserLight we conduct skin resurfacing treatments using our Palomar Lux1540 non-ablative fractional laser. This equipment is superior in its ability to minimize stretch marks, scars, and wrinkles, with little to no downtime. It is more cost-effective than other treatments and is appropriate for all skin types, allowing our patients to see improved color and skin texture soon after treatment.
Our non-ablative fractional laser can be used safely and effectively on any area of the body – arms, legs, face, chest, or neck. Click to watch the video to the left to see how it works.
Now is the perfect time to do something for yourself to feel better about your appearance: watch for LaserLight’s Open House Event, and escape from the kids for an hour or so. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cold drink, and learn about our new medical grade skin care products – and get a 20% discount on any products you purchase! Call us for details at 781-871-2224, or to schedule an appointment for a personal, one-on-one skin care consultation.
Two new clients recently validated my decision to purchase new laser equipment, in ways that left me absolutely humbled and inspired. Both had come in for a photofacial treatment to improve the tone and texture of their skin — and without using their real names, I share their stories to stir you, too.
During the consult with the first, Jesse, I mentioned plans for the new, non-ablative skin resurfacing laser. “Your clients will love this laser,” she said. “One of my old friends has this same laser, and treated the red, raised scar on my face.” Jesse drew a line with her finger from just below the inside corner of her left eye, down and across her cheek to her jawbone. “I had been kicked by a horse, and this scar looked horrible for six years,” she said.
I could not see a scar, even when I squinted. When I picked my jaw up off the floor, Jesse grinned and repeated, “… Yeah, it used to be really red and raised and jagged.”
When the second new client, Theresa, heard of LaserLight’s new laser, she asked if it would do anything for the mastectomy scar and radiation burn scars that she had. I wanted to cry: not only had this very young woman suffered through the terror that a cancer diagnosis brings, she also had to endure disfiguring treatments to cure it. I asked her to serve as a model when the laser nurse/trainer came in to up-skill our staff on the new laser, and this courageous woman agreed to let us evaluate the potential for LaserLight’s treatments to improve her condition. We used the fractional laser to rebuild the collagen under and around her very neat but still visible surgical scar, as well as rebuilding it to smooth out the dimpled area at the surgical site. We then used our Intense Pulsed Light system to begin removing the discolorations she had in the area.
You do not have to have trauma scars to improve your looks using LaserLight’s new technology and expertise. In addition to these two clients, we have helped some women and a few men to reduce (and eventually eliminate) acne scars and get rid of forehead wrinkles and between-the-eyes wrinkles (called “elevens,” or sometimes “anger lines”). We can smooth out “crow’s feet” at the sides of the eyes, tighten the “marionette” folds alongside your mouth, and fill in those annoying little channels above your upper lip that seems to draw your lipstick into little spikes.
For two of our middle-aged clients, we have already scheduled a second treatment to get rid of stretch marks, and both said that they are “so excited to be wearing a bikini again!” Still others we can help to manage one of the most difficult aesthetic problems, melasma, also known as “mask of pregnancy,” for its characteristic brown appearance around the eyes and in other facial locations.
If you are among the millions who have scars, wrinkles and stretch marks that make you want to hide, call today to schedule your always-free consultation, and let us show how we can give you an appearance that is younger, clearer and smoother.
If you do not have any of these conditions, chances are you know someone who does. If you do not know how to gently refer them to the LaserLight services that can change their lives and/or the way they feel about themselves, call us for help with some wording choices. In addition to the reward you get for giving someone hope and help, don’t forget that you will get a $50 Laser Treatment Credit* for referring them!
* For referrals that become a paying client at less than $100, the earned credit is $25.
Maybe it occurred to you that you need some laser hair removal — fast. In your current state, it would be too embarrassing to put on a bathing suit, or even a tank top.
You would prefer to greet the summer with the confidence that comes with a clean bikini line, or without all that back hair, or with silky-smooth underarms. LaserLight can help you to get hair-free quickly, if you act now.
And now you have no excuses: for a limited time only we will give you a FREE GIFT with the purchase of any hair removal package! Read on ….
While extremely effective in reducing unwanted hair, laser treatments do not produce instantaneous, complete hair removal, making it essential that you plan ahead to schedule appointments. With pool openings and the call of the beach and the boat only weeks away, you want to BOOK NOW to squeeze in at least three treatments before summer arrives in your back yard.
While all the laser companies say that you need six to eight treatments to experience “clearance” of your unwanted hair, even three treatments will likely reduce a good amount of your embarrassing undesirable hair in areas like your bikini line, back, arms, legs, or underarms. And don’t be tempted to consider waxing or shaving as a quick-fix: the bumps, redness, and stubble that reappears in a few days leave you with the same embarrassment as having the hair in the first place did.
If you choose LaserLight in Norwell as your provider, you’ll reap some special advantages:
- We have one of the few lasers that treat tanned skin, so you can continue to get safe, effective laser hair removal all summer long.
- You will get a FREE LaserLight Express Teeth Whitening (up to $600 in value) when you purchase any laser hair removal package — for a limited time only.
Call us now before school gets out, or before you unpack your summer clothes for the season. Get a head start on bringing out that “summer-best” look and confidence about your body!
Tux? Check. Dress? Check. Limo? Check. Teeth whitening??
‘Tis the season to primp and prep for proms, parties, graduations, and weddings! We know you’ve already been considering what to wear, who to take, and how to get there – but have you thought yet about the smile you will want to be wearing? You’ll want to look your photogenically best in front of the many cameras likely to be clicking your image – not to mention making your smile stand out for that special someone!
Book a teeth whitening session with us to ensure that your teeth sparkle. For about the same cost as Super White Strips, LaserLight’s White Brilliance™ Express Teeth Whitening takes only 30 minutes (three 10-minute applications) to achieve a whiter and brighter smile.
We use an FDA-cleared high-intensity bleaching gel process, accelerated by a gentle LED light to activate the gel’s active ingredients (carbamide and hydrogen peroxide). The combination of heat, oxygen, and light oxidizes stained organic deposits, making your teeth closer to their natural color without changing your tooth structure. Our bleaching also helps to destroy bacteria in the mouth and control gingivitis and halitosis. Years of clinical study have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of this product and procedure. No protective eyewear is needed, as the light is not a laser, and is directed to the teeth rather than to the face.
More than 95 percent of our customers report satisfaction with their teeth whitening, though results vary for each individual and depend on how discolored the teeth were originally. In most cases, we see teeth lighten considerably — although some clients opt for additional whitening treatments to achieve their desired shade. Your fillings and crowns will not be whitened during treatment, and the process safely maintains their integrity. Deeply discolored teeth caused by a dead root or natural tint may never whiten; but removing surface stains will dramatically improve your smile.
Our 10-minute applications were designed to allow for maximum gel concentration and light exposure, without placing you under the light so long that you experience gum irritation. Individuals with sensitive teeth may choose a lower power setting to reduce bleach intensity — but to date clients with even very sensitive teeth report no discomfort with this process. Whitening typically lasts from 6 -12 months, although a person’s diet and dental hygiene habits greatly affect results. Most people whiten again every 3 to 6 months — or whenever they have a special event coming up.
While our teeth whitening treatments are effective for almost anybody, we do recommend that pregnant and nursing mothers, children under the age of 14, diabetics, and those with pre-existing medical or periodontal problems consult their physician/dentist prior to undergoing any whitening procedure.
This time of year especially, you are incredibly busy. Our flexible hours can help you fit this half hour-long session (first-time clients should allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes) into your packed schedule. Call us today to book your appointment. Invest in yourself – you’re worth it! (Check out our our website Specials page for limited time only Prom and Graduation pricing!)
Can you or someone you know use a little help to look their best for the prom or graduation? This spring, LaserLight will be offering Prom and Graduation specials that include underarm hair removal, teeth whitening, and acne reduction.
Underarm laser hair removal – only $89* (upper lip laser hair removal only $60*)
Express teeth whitening – only $69*
Laser acne reduction – $79* for a small area or $159* for the full face
(* Limit two treatments per person at this price. Must be a high school or college student age 23 or younger. Offers expire June 30, 2013.)
It typically takes a few laser treatments to see the results you want — so make sure to schedule your treatments at least a month in advance of your big event! Call (781)871-2224 today to take advantage of these offers!