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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CoolSculpting Under the Jawline? Yes We Can!

As some of you know, one of the taglines of CoolSculpting claims, “If you can squeeze it, we can freeze it!”  Indeed, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration has already approved this groundbreaking fat-freezing technology for treating multiple areas of the body with fat you can squeeze, most notably the stomach, thighs, and arms.

Several months ago, the FDA approved the use of CoolSculpting for an additional area of the body: the “double chin”. Specifically, this area is located under the jawline, and extends from the chin all the way to the edge of the jaw on both sides.

A 22-week study proved the effectiveness of using CoolSculpting right under the jawline.  In this study, there was an average of 33% reduction in fat in that area after just two treatments.  As an added bonus, patient satisfaction averaged 85%.

This additional FDA-approved indication adds to the overwhelming evidence that CoolSculpting is the most safe and effective leader in the area of nonsurgical fat reduction and body sculpting.  This technology is approved for 9 different areas of the body, and has had over 7 million treatments performed worldwide and counting.

We at Maine Laser Skin Care are proud to be the only medical spa in Maine to offer CoolSculpting at both our Augusta and Scarborough offices.  We see this as part of our mission “to beautify Maine one face (and body) at a time.”

Feel free to call our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 or our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 to schedule your free CoolSculpting consultation. You may also hear about available discounts we are offering of which you might not have been previously aware.

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Micro Needling Reduces Signs of Facial Aging

For the past several years, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care have been using micro needling on patients to improve their skin texture, reduce the crêpiness of particular people’s skin, and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.  We also have used micro needling in combination with hyaluronic acid (HA) and platelet rich plasma (PRP) to enhance these effects.

We have recently added radiofrequency energy to micro needling by way of our new and ground breaking Secret RF system. Combining these particular treatments has created very visible dramatic improvements in skin texture.

A new study from the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology confirms our experience.  In this study, 48 patients ranging in age from 39 to 67 years old were treated with 4 sessions of micro needling.

These patients were followed at 30, 60, 90 and 150 days after the first session.  At day 150, multiple areas of the face still showed improvements in skin laxity, skin texture and wrinkles.

This particular study used an automated micro needling device similar to the ones used at both of our offices, and did not use any enhancements such as PRP or radiofrequency.  The simple process of repeatedly penetrating the epidermal layer of the skin with micro needles helps to improve the most superficial aspects of skin laxity.

The additions of PRP and/or radiofrequency energy such as the Secret RF to the baseline micro needling process help to tighten the deeper dermal layers of the skin.  This process of tightening the skin at multiple levels produces a much more dramatic and longer lasting effect on the skin’s appearance.

As always, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care work to educate you on the latest in skin care technology and how it can best help you look better and improve your skin.  If you would like to explore how micro needling can help your skin in a minimally-invasive manner and figuratively turn back the hands of time, call our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 or our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation and/or treatment.

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February Product of the Month

Over the past several years, we at Maine Laser Skin Care have carried a number of product kits that include several individual skin care products. Each item within a certain batch works well for a particular skin condition, such as acne, or for particular results, such as skin brightening or anti-aging.

This month, we are featuring our Age Reverse System Starter Kit, one of our best-selling skin care combinations. It includes products with anti-aging properties, and it is suitable for all skin types includes sensitive and post-laser procedure skin.

The Age Reverse System Starter Kit contains smaller unit versions of our standard Age Reverse System, making it perfect for traveling.  Less aggressive than the Skin Brightening System, this advanced anti-aging program is particularly ideal for those of us with thinner or more sensitive skin.

The components of the Age Reverse System Starter Kit are as follows:

  1. Chamomile Facial Cleanser (1 fl. oz.)- This product cleanses, soothes and hydrates even sensitive skin. It includes chamomile essential oil, peptides, and brown algae extract.
  2. C-Stem (0.5 fl. oz.)- This product improves deep lines and enlarged pores dramatically, which also helps to improve the brightness and texture of the skin.  Key ingredients include lilac stem cells, Vitamin C and marine extracts.
  3. Ultra Benefits Moisturizer (0.5 fl. oz.)- This product is a moisturizer that protects the skin from environmental aging caused by sun and pollution.   The product’s combination of the antioxidant Lipochroman and peptides visibly improve lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

The Age Reverse System Starter Kit is affordable at $75, and of appropriate size for a large purse. This kit is also small enough to allow you to pass through airport security without problems.

On a side note, our full size Age Reverse System Kit is for sale this month at $120, which is 20% off its original price. If that sale price is still outside your current budget, the Starter Kit allows you to try this combination without significant investment in excessive product.

The Age Reverse System Starter Kit is available at both of our offices in Augusta (12 Shuman Ave-Suite 7) and in Scarborough (438 US Route 1). You can also order the product by calling us in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125 or
in Augusta at (207) 873-2158, or order it online in our shopping cart.

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Studies Prove Vampire Procedures Work

I have been claiming for over four years that skin care procedures that use platelet rich plasma, or PRP, work to improve the skin. These operations are also known as vampire procedures, and include the Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, and Vampire Hair Regrowth. Now, more studies are verifying the overwhelming clinical evidence that proves this claim.

Charles Runels M.D., who coined the term “Vampire Facelift”, performed the original dermatology work with PRP. I had the honor and privilege to train with Dr. Runels several years ago on these treatments. I still participate weekly on his webinars to keep up with new developments in this field.

In November 2018, the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology published a recent study that tested the effectiveness of PRP injections on improving the texture of aging skin.  The researchers in this study performed a trial with 27 patients ranging from 18-70 years of age, and looked specifically at wrinkles on the cheeks.

Each patient received 3cc (cubic centimeters) of PRP to one cheek and 3cc of sterile saline (which should do nothing as it is inactive) to the other cheek.  None of the patients had any idea which side was injected with PRP.

Six months after the one treatment with PRP to one cheek and saline to the other, both the patients themselves and independent observers were asked to rate which side was more improved.  It was noted that both fine lines and coarse texture were significantly more improved on the side treated with the single set of PRP injections compared to the saline side.

This study continues to add to the body of evidence that PRP improves skin texture by stimulating collagen production into the areas injected. The PRP injections result in restoration of volume and smoothing of the skin’s surface.

We at Maine Laser Skin Care are the foremost providers of facial PRP procedures in the state of Maine. We have the experience to customize the injection or micro needling process (as used in Vampire Facial and in combination with Secret RF) to help you look younger and more refreshed.

We perform Vampire or PRP procedures at our offices in Scarborough and Augusta. If you want to see if this innovative technology can help you, call our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 or our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Secret RF Micro Needling Remodels Skin From The Inside Out

We here at Maine Laser Skin Care and Medispa are proud to be the first in the state of Maine to offer Secret RF Micro Needling.  This innovative technology combines the power of radio frequency with the known tightening features of micro needling to significantly improve the appearance of aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars.

Secret RF is safe and effective and suitable for all skin types.  This system uses multiple very small needles to deliver fractional radio frequency energy into multiple levels deep under the skin where it can be most effective for skin tightening.

Secret RF can be performed in a 20-minute session for each body area that it treats.  The whole face and the neck are each considered separate areas, for example.

Everyone is pretreated with a topical numbing cream before the treatment begins.  During the session, you will feel some heat and pressure, but most people find it to be easily tolerable.

After the treatment, an ointment will be applied to your skin to promote healing and collagen stimulation.  Another great aspect of this system is that it can be combined with the power of platelet rich plasma (PRP) if you choose to turbocharge your treatment.

Also following the procedure, you are likely to experience minor redness and swelling for up to 24 hours after the treatment. It will look very similar to mild wind burn like the kind you get after skiing, but nothing as intense as traditional micro needling.

You may resume all normal activities after the session. However, we do not recommend applying any makeup until the very next day.

The best results are seen after at least three treatments that are done about one month apart. Still, most people treated notice gradual improvements starting even after the first treatment.

Finally, younger and tighter looking skin can be achieved with a safe, minimally invasive in-office procedure with little or no downtime!  We are particularly excited about results we are seeing that are already effectively treating loose skin in the neck.

Feel free to call us in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125to schedule your free consultation to see how this groundbreaking technology can help you.  We can customize the treatment regimen to fit your individual skin needs and concerns.  As always, we remain committed to our mission of “beautifying Maine one face (and body) at a time.”

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