Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about Laser Hair Removal
Is laser hair removal permanent?
It is permanent hair reduction. Every person is different, but most experience 80% or more permanent hair reduction. Maintenance sessions may be necessary in some cases. In a recent study Palomar’s Laser Hair hand pieces were found to as effective as old legacy lasers and far more comfortable.
Is there any pretreatment?
You can not pluck, wax, use a depilatory or have electrolysis in the areas you want to treat for 6 weeks prior to laser hair removal. Do not tan the areas for 2 weeks prior to treatment. Avoid using self-tanning products for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
What post treatment is necessary?
You will need to wear sunscreen regularly during your laser treatment package and for 6 weeks after completing your packages. Avoid irritants for seven days after treatment.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
There is minimal discomfort. It feels like a rubber band snap. Topical anesthesia can be used for areas that are more sensitive.
FAQs about Botox® & Dyport
What are Botox® & Dyport?
A natural purified protein produced by Clostridium botulinum bacterium.
Are Botox® & Dyport dangerous?
Generally no and the FDA does not require allergy testing. It is a purified form of the protein and is injected in very small amounts into the muscle causing the wrinkle.
How do Botox® & Dyport work?
It is injected into a muscle to temporarily paralyze the muscle to prevent movement and assist wrinkle reduction. It is the repeated movement of muscles that causes wrinkles so by preventing movement it helps reduce or soften wrinkles.
Is there any pre-treatment?
You should refrain from medications with aspirin, ibuprofen and/or Vitamin E in them for 1 week prior to treatment. This will decrease the bruising at the injection site.
Is there any post-treatment?
You will need to keep your head up for 4 hours after treatment, but that is it.
Do Botox® & Dyport injections hurt?
There is very minimal discomfort, however no local or topical anesthesia is necessary.
FAQs about Restylane ®
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a natural substance that already exists in the human body called Hyaluronic Acid that restores fullness and smoother contours to your face.
Does Restylane correct all of my wrinkles?
You will have an 80 to 100% improvement in the appearance of the injected lines and wrinkles temporarily.
How long does Restylane last?
Since everyone’s body metabolizes differently it can last from 6 months to one year. Recent studies suggest that Restylane injections actually stimulates collagen growth. Many clients find that the frequent injections result in less volume needed to fill a given area.
Does it go away completely?
Yes, if you stop getting the injections the material is degraded by the body, leaving no traces of the dermal filler in the body.
Is there any pre-treatment required?
Avoid any products containing aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort or high doses of Vitamin E for 1 week prior to treatment to help decrease bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Is there any post treatment required?
You will need to leave the area alone for 6 hours after treatment and refrain from aerobic exercise for 24 hours. There might be redness, swelling and minor bruising at the injection sites.
Does Restylane hurt?
There is minimal discomfort, but a topical or local anesthetic is available if needed.
What fillers are there in Restylane family?
– Restylane Lyft
– Restylane Refyne
– Restylane Defyne
– Restylane Silk
FAQs about Palomar™ 1540 Fractional Laser
How is the Palomar™ Laser different from other types of laser treatments?
Until the development of fractional skin resurfacing, there were only two types of laser treatments available – ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser treatment is effective but requires some recovery time. Non-ablative laser treatment has little or no side effects and almost no healing time, but requires multiple treatments within a extended period of time. The Palomar™ fractional skin resurfacing laser offers the same effectiveness as the ablative laser treatment, but with the speedy healing time associated with the gentler, non-ablative lasers.
How does the Palomar™ laser work?
The Palomar™ fractional skin resurfacing laser is designed to target aging and sun damaged skin by zeroing in on damaged tissue. The Palomar™ creates an array of beams and each beam penetrates into the dermis, far below the outer most epidermal layer of skin. When the beam penetrates deep into the dermis layer of skin, it eliminates the old epidermal pigmented cells. Surrounding each of these beams is healthy, unaffected tissue. The healthy, surrounding tissue triggers the body’s natural healing process, accelerating the production of collagen and the formation of new, tighter tissue to replaces the skin’s imperfections.
How is the Palomar™ laser Different from the Fraxel® laser?
The Palomar™ Fractional Laser is part of a new generation of laser treatments called fractional skin resurfacing. These lasers are similar in that they only treat a portion of the skin, 20 to 25 percent, during each session. However, there are subtle differences in the lasers manufactured by Palomar™ and Reliant’s Fraxel®.
With the Palomar™ laser, no messy tinted guide lotion or topical anesthetic is required, making the treatment session very pleasant and easy for the patient. The Palomar™ laser contains a unique sapphire cooling tip, which cools the skin and minimizes discomfort during treatment.
What are the benefits of the Palomar™ laser treatment?
The Palomar™ fractional skin resurfacing laser provides similar results as ablative lasers, but offers the gentle benefits of the non-ablative treatment with little to no downtime except for a mild to moderate sun burn.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of sessions will depend upon the condition treated. On average, an effective treatment regimen is 4 sessions, spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Depending on the severity of the condition being treated, it could take up to six treatments. Results are immediate and progressive. Over the course of a few months, new collagen begins to form, creating healthy, more youthful skin. Following your last session your results will continue to improve for up to 6 additional months.
How are Palomar™ fractional skin resurfacing laser treatments performed?
Once safety goggles are in place your treatment begins one area at a time, cooling the area before moving onto the next section. No topical anesthetic is required (however some patients request a topical anesthetic) because of the unique sapphire cooling tip. The cooling tip helps control the temperature of the skin, making the treatment a comfortable experience. A treatment session may last up to about an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Is Palomar™ skin resurfacing laser treatment painful?
Most patients report that this procedure as uncomfortable but not painful. The Palomar™ laser has a unique sapphire cooling tip that cools the skin before, during and after each pulse light which minimizes discomfort to most people. Patients describe the treatment as having a mild “snapping” sensation or sunburn sensation.
What should I expect after a Palomar™ skin resurfacing laser treatment?
For the first 24 to 72 hours after treatment, your skin may feel like it is sunburned and it will appear slightly pink or red with some mild to moderate swelling. The redness or pinkness will fade within that period of time. As you continue treatment, the redness or pinkness process will repeat. Using a moisturizer will help to reduce the flakiness and you may apply mineral makeup the following day.
FAQs about IPL Photofacial
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light; is a broad spectrum light that evens out the skin color and treats vascular or pigmented imperfections.
What types of things can be treated?
Broken capillaries, unwanted freckles, facial spider veins, sun damage on hands, face and decollate, hyper/ hypopigmentation and Rosacea.
Is there any post treatment necessary?
A good sun block is required daily while in treatment and for 6 weeks after treatment. Also unlike other IPL’s Palomar’s PhotoFacial only requires 3 sessions not 5 or 6.
Does it hurt?
There may be some discomfort. No anesthetic is necessary. Most patients rate it at as mildly uncomfortable but not painful.
How will I look and feel after the treatment?
You won’t look much different immediately after the procedure, but over the next 24 hours your skin will probably become somewhat pink and a bit swollen, similar to mild sunburn. The skin may also feel sensitive: these side effects are normal and expected, and will subside after about 48 hours. Most guests are delighted with the outcome, even after just one treatment. Typically skin is younger and healthier looking.
FAQs about Chemical Peels
How do they work?
Salicylic Acid and/or Glycolic acids are used to remove the dead skin cells, improve skin texture, fine lines and overall appearance of the skin.
Are chemical peels painful?
There maybe mild discomfort with some of the stronger peels. Most guests say there is a stinging or itching sensation depending on the type of peel you are having.
Is there any pretreatment necessary?
Is there any post treatment necessary?
Use of sun block is recommended. There will be some mild peeling or redness after the treatment. A home care regimen will be explained to you to follow to maintain the benefits of the treatments.
FAQs about SculpSure
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure is an FDA-approved non-surgical and non-invasive body-contouring treatment that uses advanced laser technology to target and eliminate stubborn body fat in areas around the body.
Which areas of my body can I treat with SculpSure?
SculpSure has been proven to be effective at eliminating stubborn fat around the thighs, stomach, flanks, waist, and chin.
Is SculpSure painful?
The SculpSure system is designed with your comfort in mind. The SculpSure applicator is equipped with a cooling device that will reduce discomfort and protect the surrounding tissues.
How do I know if SculpSure is right for me?
If you have been struggling to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat using traditional methods of weight loss like dieting and exercise, SculpSure is an excellent option for you.
Will I need multiple treatments?
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient based on the amount of fat they want to eliminate and the results they are looking to attain. Multiple treatments are typically required.
FAQs about EMSCULPT
How does EMSCULPT work?
EMSCULPT utilizes high intensity focused electromagnetic energy to stimulate targeted muscles, causing them to contract. These repeated muscle contractions are equivalent to thousands of squats or sit-ups and help to build and tone muscles.
Does EMSCULPT also burn fat?
While EMSCULPT is primarily designed as a muscle-toning treatment, studies show that EMSCULPT can produce a 20% reduction in fat over the course of four treatments.
Are EMSCULPT treatments painful?
The strong contractions caused by the EMSCULPT treatment can cause some mild discomfort, but they should not produce any pain. Any discomfort will subside once the treatment is complete.
How many EMSCULPT treatments will I need?
A single EMSCULPT treatment takes 30 minutes to complete. Most patients will need about four treatments to reach their desired body goals. These treatments can be performed twice a week over two weeks.
FAQs about Vanquish ME
Am I a good candidate for Vanquish ME?
If the extra fat around your abdomen and thighs is the primary thing preventing you from attaining your ideal body, Vanquish ME is an excellent choice.
Is the Vanquish Me treatment painful?
Vanquish ME is designed to produce as comfortable an experience as possible. The device does not make any contact with the body. The only sensation you should feel is a warm feeling in the area being treated.
Will I need multiple treatments?
Most patients will need a minimum of four treatments with Vanquish ME. These treatments will typically be scheduled one week apart. There is no downtime required after each treatment.
Will my results be permanent?
Vanquish ME permanently destroys the targeted fat cells, which means they can no longer store excess fat. The destroyed cells are absorbed by the body and will not regenerate. Only significant changes in your lifestyle can cause fat to accumulate in the area again.
FAQs about Venus Legacy
What is the Venus Legacy?
The Venus Legacy is an advanced non-invasive medical device. It addresses a multitude of aesthetic face and body issues using multi-polar radiofrequency energy and pulsed electromagnetic fields.
What benefits does the Venus Legacy provide?
The Venus Legacy can easily reduce the appearance of cellulite around the buttocks and thighs and can give the surface of the skin a smoother and softer appearance. It can also noticeably reduce the appearance of severe facial wrinkles.
What is the treatment like?
Each treatment takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete. A numbing gel is applied to the skin to minimize discomfort, and the process should feel like a gentle massage.
Will I need multiple treatments?
Most patients will need about six treatments, with each treatment scheduled a month apart. Maintenance treatments can help to preserve your results and should be performed around four times a year.