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LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Imagine having smooth, hair free skin without shaving, waxing, plucking, or bleaching your unwanted hair. Using the latest Candela laser technology known as the GentleLase lasing process, we now offer safe, fast, effective treatments for both men and women.

Unlike other treatments, the GentleLase process is easy—requiring no creams or gels, no pre-treatment waxing, and no needles. In fact, laser hair removal is a medical breakthrough. Treatments are comfortable, treating hair follicles in a fraction of the time of other methods, using only the gentle power of laser light.

What is the Candela GentleLase laser and why is it a safe treatment?

Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and rejuvenating the skin on the face. The GentleLase System, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.

The skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling Device where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort. The GentleLase selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair.

Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only recognized way to remove hair permanently has been by electrolysis - which can be tedious, time-consuming and uncomfortable. The GentleLase System safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under ten minutes; legs, backs and larger areas can take longer.

What does the treatment include?

Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include:

  • Wearing safety eyewear to protect the practitioner and patient's eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
  • A small hand piece will be used that touches the skin to deliver the laser light. A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse. Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device.
  • The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Topical anesthesia may also be requested based on individual preferences or tolerances
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?

Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment or until your practitioner allows it. You must avoid electrolysis, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color and coarseness of the hair. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments.

Although one laser session can produce long-term hair removal, as a rule multiple treatment sessions are necessary to obtain optimal results. In large part this is due to the fact that laser hair removal is most effective for hair which is in the anagen phase. Anagen is the growth phase of hair. Since hair grows in cycles, not all of the hairs are in anagen at any given time. Additional sessions are necessary to catch all of the hairs when they are in anagen.

What will I look for after treatment?

Within several minutes of the treatment, the treated area will be come slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides, and within a few hours the area returns to normal. Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary, and you can return to your normal activities immediately.

Recommended post-operative care includes:

  • avoiding sun exposure or tanning
  • applying ice for discomfort
  • applying topical antibiotic cream or ointment.
Are there any side effects?

Patients will experience some discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site. Some patients may experience hypo- (reduced pigment) or hyperpigmentation (increased pigment) response or increase of pigment color. The skin will typically return to normal pigmentation over time.

Photofacials

Intense pulsed light (IPL Laser Treatment) or Photofacial is a non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of aged and sun damaged skin. A series of treatments will result in improvement of sun and age spots, broken capillaries, spider veins, rosacea, red acne scars, facial redness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest and hands and required little or no downtime. There is a very high degree of client satisfaction with this very predictable and safe type of therapy. The skin is cleansed and topical anesthesia can be used, if wanted. A device blowing cold air gently cools the surface of the skin. During the Photofacial, a hand piece is gently glided over the skin during the 20 minute procedure. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body's natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance. During the week or two after the treatment, one will notice flaking off of the sun spots and decreasing redness, revealing younger, more vibrant skin.

Price: $350 per treatment (choose from: face, neck, chest or hands)

Tattoo Removal

Did you know you can safely and effectively remove tattoos using laser technology? Your tattoo's size, style, color, depth, and age (how long you've had the tattoo) will determine the method and cost of its removal. Aqua Blue can discuss these factors with you and recommend an appropriate treatment.

Laser treatments work best on dark colors, such as black, purple, blue, and red. Lighter colors, such as white, yellow, orange, green, and aqua, may take longer or may need more treatments. In fact, these colors may never be completely eliminated. The depth of your tattoo will also affect the number of treatments you need. Most treatments take 15 minutes or longer, and it's not uncommon to need eight or more treatments spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. Tattoo removals are done on an outpatient basis, usually with a local anesthetic.

After each treatment, your skin may be red and may sting like a sunburn for a few days. However, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately. Keep the treated and dressed area out of the sun for at least 6 weeks, or as long as your doctor advises. Once the area is healed, you should protect it with sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever it is exposed to the sun.

PROCEDURE:

Before we actually begin removing your tattoo, we'll apply a topical anesthetic to reduce your skins sensitivity to the laser pulses. The anesthetic will need to remain on your skin for about 20 minutes. We will also use an ice pack during the procedure, if necessary, to minimize discomfort. Once the anesthetic has done its work, you will put on protective eyewear and we will begin the tattoo removal process.

To remove a tattoo we use a special kind of laser. The laser we use produces a very narrow beam of light that travels through the outer layers of skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. The high-energy light pulses break up the ink without damaging the surrounding tissue. What you will feel is similar in sensation to the pop of a rubber band against your skin.

Treatment time will vary based on the size of the tattoo and the colors being removed. The entire tattoo removal process will take several visits, each visit spaced six weeks to eight weeks apart. You will gradually see your tattoo fade away over the course of your treatments.

What Can I Expect After the Treatment?

Following treatment, patients should be sure to keep the area as clean as possible. A shower or bath the day after treatment is okay, but the treatment area should not be scrubbed. Your skin might feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and the treated area may remain red for a few weeks. The site might also form a scab, which should be handled gently. After healing, the ink will gradually and continually fade.

Consultation Fee: $50, which may be credited towards the first treatment for qualified candidates, if the treatment is performed within 30 days of the initial consultation.

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