Real Stories About Success with Scar Revisions

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By Patricia Funder, MS, CLT

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.

Time to Celebrate!

prom and graduation specialsCan 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!

Is It Safe for Teenagers to Get Laser Treatments?

laser treatments for teenagersDealing with peer pressure is part of the teen years. Whether you’re a young girl with excess body hair who is sensitive about your appearance, or an athlete or model for whom hair removal can make the difference between success and failure, you may be wondering if laser treatments are a safe option for teenagers.

The answer is yes, if properly performed by an experienced, well-trained and certified professional. Although those under age 18 require the presence of a parent on the first consultation and written consent from a parent, the risks of laser hair removal for them are the same as for an adult adult – and with the right laser and the teenager adhering to a good aftercare regimen, they are reduced even further.  You should discuss these risks, which are very rare, with your laser professional..

Consider the alternatives. Shaving can cause “shaving bumps” or ingrown hairs. Cream depilatories can cause chemical burns, and waxing requires the hair to be grown out first — which misses the whole point of hair removal.  In contrast, laser hair removal is safe no matter which areas are being treated, since the laser does not pass beyond the second layer of skin (dermis) where the hair follicles are located. Because laser treatments use non-ionizing energy, there is no risk of skin cancer. (Tanning beds are far riskier!)

The accepted minimum age to begin laser hair removal can be as young as 14 years old, although most experts recommend waiting until the teen is through puberty and, if female, has begun her menstrual cycle. Females should be hormonally stable and should not have medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

It’s important to realize, however, that results may be very temporary in the early teen years, since hormones are changing so rapidly that hair growth is rampant. More treatments than usual will likely be needed, resulting in higher costs. (You might want to look for a laser hair removal provider who offers reduced pricing for teens — but again, check their experience and credentials.)  Once hormones have regulated (usually between ages 17 and 19), treatments are much more effective and permanent.

Also, the teen must be mature enough to deal with any discomfort during the procedure, and be disciplined enough to maintain the treatment schedule. It’s essential that he or she is responsible enough to comply with pre- and post-treatment instructions, such as using an effective sun block and limiting strenuous exercise for a few days after treatment.

The teen years are an important time for building self-esteem. If insecurities about your body are causing you unhappiness, talk with your parents about whether laser treatment is right for you.

 

Now Available: Non-Ablative, Fractional Laser Treatments!

Palomar Lux 1540 non-ablative laser

We’re very excited to announce that we now offer non-ablative, fractional laser treatments! We recently purchased a Palomar Lux 1540 laser which can help you with the following:

  • Reduce or eliminate unsightly scars
  • More effectively reduce wrinkles that make you look old, especially around the mouth, eyes, and other facial areas
  • Get rid of the acne scars you’re been living with since high school
  • Stimulate collagen and elastin production to get a younger, tighter look and feel to your skin
fractional non-ablative laser

Fractional laser treatment

Fractional laser treatment applies light in tiny micro-beams to focus treatment on specific areas. By targeting only a portion of the skin and by controlling the size, energy, and depth of the treatment area, healing and recovery is much quicker, with fewer potential risks.

There are two types of fractional lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Most people don’t realize that ablative lasers actually remove the top layer of skin and even part of the sub-layer, often leaving the patient with a bloodied look.

In contrast, non-ablative lasers keep the outer layer of skin in place, speeding up recovery time and leaving the patient looking a little red and puffy for a few days — but otherwise “normal.”

We’re guessing that looking “puffy” rather than “bloodied” is more your style, so we’re happy to report that our new fractional laser is non-ablative!

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Before & After: Scar

Considered to be an aesthetic laser, we use it to to rejuvenate skin and improve its appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing surgical and acne scars, and reducing stretch marks .

Call now to schedule your appointment. The first 10 people to call to book a non-ablative fractional laser treatment during March will get a FREE $50 treatment credit towards their next laser treatment of any kind, including skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal.