Spring Special- Lips and Lashes

From now until the end of May 2019, and to celebrate the coming of spring after what seemed to be a very long winter, Maine Laser Skin Care will be offering a special on the combination of two of our most popular treatments: Volbella to enhance the lips, and Latisse to enhance the eyelashes. For this limited time, you can get both of these treatments for an amazing $499.

Volbella has virtually transformed the way we treat lips as it not only plumps the lips, but does it in a way that looks natural. For this reason, Volbella has been chosen as the 2019 New Beauty Award Winner for the Best Filler for Plumper Lips.  

Besides lips, Volbella can also soften perioral lines, commonly known as smoker’s lines. When left untreated, these lines make the mouth and face look older.

Latisse is a very popular and very effective eyelash stimulator. It gives users longer and thicker eyelashes without the hassle or ongoing expense of eyelash extensions.

After one month of nightly application of Latisse on the upper eyeline, your eyelashes will thicken and grow. You will maintain the desired length of your eyelashes as long as you keep using the product.

Our springtime special will consist of the injection of one 0.55 cc syringe of Volbella into and/or around the lips, plus one 5 cc Latisse kit with 140 applicators, which generally lasts a person two to three months.  This sale price of $499 is an amazing deal, so call us soon to book your Volbella appointment and start on your Latisse program.

As always, you can reach us in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125 or in Augusta at (207) 873-2158. Especially here in New England, taking advantage of this offer will get your lips and lashes looking fantastic by the time mud season is over and the really good weather arrives!

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April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Rosacea is a very common disease that affects 15% to 25% of all people.  Even if you don’t have it yourself or even if you don’t know what rosacea looks like, you have probably seen someone who has it.

Rosacea often starts with the face’s tendency to flush, and then develops into a constant redness to the facial complexion.  A form of rosacea can also cause bumpy-appearing pimples on the skin, and the added redness is referred to as acne roseacea.

The reason that the National Rosacea Society has declared April as Rosacea Awareness Month is because most people are unaware of this skin disease, despite the fact that up to 14 million Americans are currently living with rosacea.  Even some people who have rosacea don’t know what is causing their faces to turn red.

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Many people who don’t have rosacea make inaccurate and improper inferences about those who do, assuming that those with facial redness have really high blood pressure or that they drink too much alcohol.  These are both wrong and “old wives’ tales” about rosacea.

While we know that rosacea is not caused by excessive blood pressure or too much alcohol intake, the medical and scientific community is unfortunately still not precisely certain what actually causes rosacea.  There are clues and theories.

For instance, we do know that rosacea does run in families, as most people with this problem also have family members with rosacea.  This information makes a genetic link likely.

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A number of scientific studies have also found that many of the body’s chemicals and metabolites associated with inflammation are found in the skin of those with rosacea.  These inflammatory markers may be the cause of the redness and swelling associated with this skin disease.

The management of rosacea symptoms usually involves a combination of treatments.  Since rosacea is a chronic medical condition and the ultimate cause is uncertain, the goal in general is to manage and control symptoms, rather than cure the disease.

There are several topical preparations that can stop rosacea from progressing, such as metronidazole.  However, these treatments generally will not reverse the redness effect, which is caused by small blood vessels rising to the skin’s surface over time.

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Laser therapy is the only definitive treatment that can reduce blood vessel-related redness.  Laser beams, when used correctly by a trained professional (like myself), target individual vessels and use the heat produced by the laser hitting the vessel to collapse the vessel.

When the blood vessel is collapsed, it gives a signal to the body to send in cells that will remove the components of the blood vessel and the blood itself.  This process weakens the redness by reducing the number of blood vessels in the superficial facial skin layer by layer.

One of the reasons I believe that Rosacea Awareness Month is important is that if you treat rosacea early, you can prevent the embarrassing symptoms before they become too developed.  Education about rosacea will help rosacea patients who aren’t aware that they have this condition to both become more informed and, consequently, to seek treatment early.

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Paying attention to your own good skin care is also important in order to keep rosacea under control.  Using a broad spectrum sunscreen, using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, and avoiding harsh and abrasive skin care products will all limit self-inflicted worsening of rosacea.

Rosacea symptoms can also be subsided by limiting triggers that make redness worse.  These can affect each individual differently, but can include:

  • excessive sun
  • excessive stress
  • spicy foods
  • caffeinated beverages
  • alcohol with red wine (the most notorious trigger, actually)

If you have any questions about rosacea this month, or if you think that you or a loved one has rosacea, call us for a free and confidential consultation either in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.  We can discuss active treatments to reduce redness symptoms, and preventive treatments to reduce worsening over time.

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April Product of the Month

This month’s Product of the Month is a daily-use multiphase corrective serum that has been clinically proven to reduce discoloration from facial skin injuries, including sun damage and post-acne.  It is a SkinCeuticals product that we call the Discoloration Defense.

This product is formulated with a synergistic blend of tranexamic acid, niacinamide, kojic acid, and sulfonic acid to brighten skin and even skin tone with continued use. It is also free of parabens, fragrances, gluten, silicone, and hydroquinone, which makes this product a perfect complement to professionally-administered treatments such as chemical peels and laser based therapies.

In a 12-week clinical study, and when used in combination with treatments such as peels and laser, Discoloration Defense significantly
evened out the skin tones of those who were studied and improved their patches of skin discoloration, including stubborn brown spots and post-acne scars.  The patients undergoing this study rated improvements from 59-81% on average.

We recommend using Discoloration Defense twice daily, and it can be layered with other skin care products.  Apply 3-5 drops of this product to your face, then pat it in gently.

When applied in the morning, use it after any vitamin C serum and before you apply sunscreen.  Especially since the sun is the most common cause of skin discoloration, we highly recommend the use of sunscreen every day, which should be broad spectrum (protecting from both UVA and UVB rays), and an SPF of 35 or greater.

If you have any facial discoloration that you would like to address, using this product would be a good starting point, as most of the over-the-counter advertised products work poorly, if at all.  Discoloration Defense is also great when combined with more aggressive tone evening and pigmentation treatments such as chemical peels and lasers.

Like all of our products, you can order SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense at our online store or order by phone at (207) 873-2158 (Augusta) or (207) 303-0125 (Scarborough). You can also pick up a container by stopping either our Augusta (12 Shuman Ave-Suite 7) or Scarborough (438 US Route 1) offices.

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Groundbreaking Study On Rosacea and Caffeine

As many of you know, rosacea is a chronic skin condition by which superficial blood vessels cause significant redness to the face.  When rosacea worsens in an individual, or when the facial redness becomes more intense, this occurrence is called a rosacea flare.

Additionally, when a particular activity, food item, or medication causes a flare, it is referred to as a trigger. Caffeine is an item that is frequently included in the list of rosacea triggers.

Even though caffeine decreases blood vessel dilatation chemically, it has been theorized that the combination of caffeine and heat as in hot tea or coffee could trigger a flare up of  preexisting rosacea. However, just like any preconceptions and even theories, this particular one had been put to the test.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology (JAMA Dermatology) sought to answer the question of what impact caffeine really has on rosacea.  In this study, the researchers used data from the Nurses Health Study 2, which has followed over 82,000 female nurses since 1989.

The study specifically focused on 5,000 women, all of whom had a history of diagnosed rosacea in 2005.  The researchers adjusted for a number of risk factors and looked for a correlation between amount of caffeine intake and number of rosacea flares.

The results were very interesting. Not only was caffeine not found to be a trigger for rosacea and its flare-ups, but the researchers found that those who drank more coffee actually had less of a risk of rosacea flares.

Plus, they found no association when caffeine was measured in foods (e.g. chocolate) or other liquids besides coffee (e.g. tea). The researchers also took note of the patients’ intake of decaffeinated drinks, and found no links between them and rosacea flare-ups.

So, if you have rosacea or are at risk for it based on heredity, you can drink your morning Joe in peace.  Also, if you have any other questions about your skin or skin issues, or if you wish to schedule a free consultation with other friendly and knowledgeable staff here at Maine Laser Skin Care, feel free to call us in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.

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What’s The Best Way To Moisturize My Skin?


One of the most common questions patients and customers ask me is, “What’s the best way to moisturize my skin?” I get asked this question the most during the fall and winter.

In fact, the term “skin moisturizer” is actually a misnomer because contrary to popular belief, you cannot really add moisture to the skin.  Moisturizers, rather than adding moisture to the skin, really control how much moisture your skin loses.

When the amount of water or moisture loss from the skin is decreased, the moisture content of that skin increases.  Understanding that, the best products to help with skin moisture levels will contain two key ingredients: one that stops or decreases water loss from the skin, and another that helps to hold moisture within the skin.

Variations of oils are the best ingredients to reduce water loss. Working together, these oils produce a thin film over the surface of the skin, and then reduce natural evaporation.

Many of the moisturizing products we carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care and recommend contain more natural vegetable oils to achieve that purpose. Wheat germ oil is one such oil that is a common ingredient in these products.

Elements that hold water in the skin are called humectants, and most higher end moisturizers contain them.  Hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluranate, is a humectant that is found naturally in the skin and is highly effective.  This substance, as well as glycerin, is commonly used in the best moisturizers for their moisture-retention properties.

As far as the best moisturizers, there is a definite and significant component of “you get what you pay for”.  By that, I mean that the more expensive moisturizers tend to have the more natural and more effective ingredients that both reduce moisture loss and retain water within the skin.

You can find the Maine Laser Skin Care line of recommended moisture products here.  If you have any other questions concerning skin care products or questions you want to have addressed in a future blog post, please don’t hesitate to give us a call in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or
in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.

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Is Maine Laser Skin Care Most Worth It?

Each year, the website RealSelf compiles a list of the top non-surgical aesthetic procedures based on consumer satisfaction scores generated from online reviews.  This list is called the “Most Worth It” list based on a satisfaction ratings of greater than 90% over the previous twelve months and meeting a minimum number of reviews.

An analysis of this list shows many procedures that we here at Maine Laser Skin Care perform regularly. The results were as follows:

  • HydraFacial was rated at 98% satisfaction based on 63 reviews for skin rejuvenation.
  • Lip augmentation was also rated at 98% based on 210 reviews with our lip filler of choice, Volbella, rated at 96%.
  • Still in the category of injectables, Botox received a satisfaction rating of 96% based on the highest number of reviews at 1170.
  • Laser Hair Removal ranked as the top ranked laser procedure, with 98% satisfaction based on 124 reviews in the past year.

While popularity ratings are not always the best way to measure the safety or quality of medical procedures, it is good to know when clients feel that they have gotten their money’s worth when they have invested time and money to look better.  Many psychological studies have also confirmed that when we as humans look better and are satisfied with our outer appearance, we actually feel better.

Be assured that we here at Maine Laser Skin Care are constantly researching and pursuing the best treatments to make you look your best as part of our mission to beautify Maine one face (and body) at a time!  Call us at (207) 873-2158 in Augusta or (207) 303-0125 in Scarborough to schedule a free consultation and/or treatment.  Your skin will be glad you did.

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March Product of the Month

This month of March, our Product of the Month is a new but highly touted treatment from the Skinceuticals lineup called Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight.  This product has been formulated as a nighttime corrective cream that uses high concentration technologies to improve skin texture and tone.

The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight contains glycolic acid, which is a leading anti-aging ingredient that has been proven to even skin tone as well as improve texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. This specific formulation maximizes the efficacy of glycolic acid to releases dead skin cells from the skin surface and then stimulates the generation of new skin cells.

In addition to the 10% glycolic acid, this product also includes 2% phytic acid, which is a gentle exfoliant that can promote a glowing skin tone and reduce skin dullness.  Another ingredient is a 1% soothing complex of natural oils and botanicals that forms a breathable layer on the skin surface, helping to lock in moisture, reduce skin dryness, and make dry skin more comfortable.

Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is well suited for all skin types and can be integrated into your current skin care regimen.  The result is healthy glowing skin that can amplify the effects of facials, peels, and other aesthetic procedures.

While this is a new product for us here at Maine Laser Skin Care, it has been reviewed on multiple aesthetic sites with an average 4-star rating universally.  You can pick up Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight in person at either of our offices (12 Shuman Ave, Suite 7 in Augusta, or 438 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough) or by ordering it online at our web store. Try it and your skin will love you for it! 

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Introducing Our CoolSculpting Visible Results Promise

We here at Maine Laser Skin Care and Medispa realize that people can be curious about undergoing a procedure that is new to them, but also nervous at the same time. Coolsculpting is certainly no exception to this rule.

Despite abundant evidence to the contrary from literally millions of successfully-treated individuals worldwide, some people still wonder whether CoolSculpting will truly work for them.  Since we are unwaveringly confident that you can get the results you want through CoolSculpting, we have developed our Visible Results Promise.

Our Promise is essentially this: If you have a CoolSculpting treatment through Maine Laser Skin Care, and you do not see your promised results, we will give you another CoolSculpting treatment absolutely free! This Promise, which you could also call a guarantee, is essentially our way of reassuring you that you will get get rid of those stubborn body fat deposits that you cannot otherwise lose, even through diet and exercise.  

If you comply with our consultation plan and recommendations, including keeping your weight within 3 pounds of the weight that you were at the start of the treatments, and you do not see visible results within 16 weeks after the completion of the treatment, we will treat you again at no cost to you. Our extensive experience with Coolsculpting, our confidence in its fat freezing technology, and our record of many successful outcomes have combined to help us develop this Visible Results Promise.

We are the only multisite medi-spa in Maine to offer Coolsculpting at both of our locations in Augusta and Scarborough. We also know that we are the only provider in Maine to offer a Coolsculpting Visible Results Promise.

We are making this promise because we believe in the CoolSculpting process so much.  We also believe that it highlights our overall mission to “Beautify Maine One Face (and Body) At A Time”.

We want you to have the confidence to go forward with your personal goals to shape your body the way you want when dieting and exercise alone can not.  We hope that our Visible Results Promise will help encourage you along that path.

To schedule your free and confidential consultation to see if you are a candidate for this cutting-edge body sculpting technology, call our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to make an appointment with Tori, or our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 to make an appointment with Denise.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Sunscreen Rejuvenation

As I have preached for many years, applying sunscreen on a daily basis is the most powerful preventive tool to protect against the appearance of aging skin.  Increasing clinical evidence shows that if you use sunscreen every day, you will not only prevent photodamage, but you will also see fewer fine lines and pigmentation changes.

A recent study published in Dermatologic Surgery, a prestigious medical journal, researched 32 women, ranging in age from 40-55 years old, who all used a sunscreen with SPF of 30 every day for one year.  During the examination, the researchers assessed each women using photography and self-assessment questionnaires every 3 months.

The doctors conducting the study thought that they would see the skin remain in its previous state without sun-related damage.  They were frankly surprised to see that the skin not only did not visibly age, but they actually saw significant improvement in the skin’s appearance over that year.

Other dermatologists assessed these same photos independently, and saw significant improvement in all aspects of photodamage starting at week 12 and continuing until the end of the study.  Skin texture and pigmentation rated as 40-52% improved over the first year, while fine lines reduced 18-34%.

The women themselves also saw significant improvement. 68.8% of them reported that the sunscreen helped their skin look more firm, and with a greater degree of skin tone and texture.

The theory is that the skin is always trying to repair itself from damage caused by sun exposure.  By blocking the sun’s damage with the daily use of sunscreen, your skin is allowed not only to repair old damage, but also to get back to looking healthier.  Sun protection with sunscreen allows the skin to repair itself and even improve.

In this study, the improvements occurred continuously over the course of a year and did not worsen during the summer.  The findings of this study emphasize the importance of using sunscreen every day to improve the signs of aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Protect your skin from sun damage and help reverse it by using sunscreen every single day regardless of whether the current season is winter, spring, summer, or fall.  In fact, our website offers an excellent array of quality sunscreens.

Wherever you buy your sunscreen, whether it’s from Maine Laser Skin Care or not, make sure it is broad spectrum (i.e. able to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays) and has an SPF of at least 30. If you happen to have last year’s sunscreen hanging around the house, check the expiration date on it because all sunscreens eventually expire.  If the expiration date has indeed passed, it is okay to throw the sunscreen out.

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That’s a Lot of Botox!

This photo you see below is just a portion of the Botox we here at Maine Laser Skin Care have administered just over the past year. It gives you an idea of how we got to be a Diamond level practice with Allergan, and therefore able to pass multiple discounts and coupons on to our clients.

Believe it or not, Maine Laser Skin Care is also currently ranked in the top 3% of all aesthetic medical spas in the world in Botox sales alone.  Thank you to all of our loyal customers for helping us achieve this high level of distinction! More Botox savings are coming soon.

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