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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Good-For-Nothing Skin Tags

What is a skin tag? Skin tags are basically areas of excess skin that form on the stalk. Skin tags usually develop around areas of loose skin such as the neckline, under the arms, in the groin area, and under the breasts (for men and women).

Nobody really knows why skin tags develop, or why some people have them and others don’t.  They are definitely more common in areas of friction between skin and clothing, and people who are overweight tend to have them as well.

Other factors that are proposed include family history, hormonal changes, and other diseases that can affect the skin chronically.  Diabetes is a great example of such a disease in the latter case.

Even though skin tags are harmless, they are also extremely common.  They can also become very irritated when rubbing up against clothing or jewelry.

There are lots of home remedies for skin tags, but most are either ineffective or are potentially dangerous.  Some of them even make the person more prone to infection, especially if the skin tags are removed and the open skin is prone to infections.

Topical creams and even freezing techniques done at home can also leave scars and discolorations of the skin if not done properly.  As you might imagine, using a pair of scissors and a bandage is not a good idea either, and could result in an infection.

Even though skin tags seem like a relatively minor problem, your best bet is to go to a medical setting where the provider has expertise in skin care.  When someone comes to Maine Laser Skin Care with skin tags, we have a variety of treatment options available.

If the skin tags are small, they can be clipped off using sterile surgical scissors, which will leave minimal scarring and will also make infection much more unlikely.  If the skin tags are larger, we may use a laser, which will make the likelihood of a scar or pigmented spot also less likely.

As with any skin growth, it is important to consult a skin care professional with what you think may be a skin tag, as it could be something more serious.  It would be terrible to remove what you think is a skin tag and have it turned out to be a sign of a more dangerous ailment, such as skin cancer.

As always, if you have any questions concerning skin issues like skin tags, please call our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to schedule a free consultation to evaluate the areas of concern.  Removing or diagnosing skin tags are part of our mission to “beautify Maine one face at a time”.

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January Product of the Month

A very popular product that is used daily by many of our clients and patients has been chosen as the Product Of The Month for January 2019.  This month, we are highlighting our own Vita-C Peptide Spray, and it is very popular for a reason.

Vita-C Peptide Spray is excellent for all skin types, providing a gentle hydrating mist that combines the beneficial effects of vitamin C and peptides.  This mixture moisturizes the skin while also preventing photoaging.  Many women use it after applying makeup, and feel that it soothes with its attractive aroma.

The major ingredients within our Vita-C Peptide Spray include:

  1. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is a soluble form of vitamin C that increases skin hydration, acts as an antioxidant, and improves skin elasticity.
  2. Geranium Extract, which is a botanical product that is used in aromatherapy to provide a sense of well being.
  3. Algae Extract, which is a highly concentrated mixture of moisturizing and replenishing factors derived from Hawaiian Sea Algae.  It has been shown to stimulate new collagen formation and to increase long term skin hydration.
  4. Kola, Mate, and Guarana make up a calming botanical blend that soothes and hydrates.

This popular item comes in a 6-ounce bottle.  Since it is a mist, as opposed to a creme or lotion, it usually lasts a long time.

It also happens to be very affordable at $28, which contributes even more to its popularity.  To get a bottle for yourself, just call our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to order by phone, or visit our shopping cart to order online.

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Before Your Very Eyes

Caring for the skin around your eyes is as important, if not more important, than caring for the skin on the rest of your face.  The skin around the eyes shows more visible signs of aging earlier because it is thinner, has decreased oil production, and has less circulation than most other skin areas.

When looking at another person, the eyes are usually the first area to which you are drawn, and are considered to be a focal point of beauty for the face.  Unfortunately, because of the aforementioned unique characteristics of the skin around the eyes, this area is one of the first showing signs of aging on the face.

With the current state of aesthetic technology, multiple treatments can be used to keep your eyes looking their best.  In this blog post, I would like to highlight several regimens that are available to treat the skin around the eyes and to give it a more rejuvenated appearance.

The simplest treatments are skin care products that can be used at home, and are specially formulated for skin around the eyes.  I generally recommend specific eye serums, which help reduce puffiness around the eyes and help to reduce irritation.

The best way to stop age-related fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes is to prevent them from forming in the first place.  For this reason, protecting your eyes from the sun is key.

Sun protection includes wearing UV-protective sunglasses and applying broad spectrum sunscreens to the skin around your eyes.  The best sunscreens for use around the eyes contain zinc oxide, which has the best SPF profile and is least likely to cause skin irritation.

When lines are beginning to form, we tend to need more aggressive medical treatments.  One of the most popular and effective treatments around the eyes is Botox.

Botox is known as a neuromodulator, which means that it works by stopping muscle contractions in specific areas where it is injected.  Botox is commonly used to reduce the deep lines between the eyes also known as the 11s, or scowl lines.

Botox is also used to soften the smile lines or crows feet around the outer aspect of the eyes. Reducing these lines around the eyes can dramatically reduce the appearance of tiredness and age, and typically lasts at least three months in duration of effect.

Another excellent treatment is known as microneedling. With this treatment, we use a sterile and automated device that contains very fine needles and creates microscopic channels of injury in the skin.  These tiny punctures trigger a wound response that stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin, thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Microneedling can also be combined with the use of platelet rich plasma, or PRP.  This treatment rejuvenates the skin by using the growth factors within the person’s own blood, and is popularly referred to as the Vampire Facial.

PRP can also be safely injected under and around the eyes to stimulate collagen production and reduce the signs of aging.  Injecting PRP also reduces the risks of using thicker fillers around the eyes.

Radiofrequency treatments are another technology that can be used around the eyes very safely.  With this technology, radio frequency waves heat the underlying dermis of the skin to a point, which stimulates collagen production.

With radiofrequency treatments, one very nice feature is that the skin tightening occurs very quickly.  Further collagen stimulation continues to build in the treated area for up to a year.

At Maine Laser Skin Care, we will be soon introducing a new technology that combines radio frequency and microneedling.  This new treatment will dramatically improve collagen production and skin tightening with minimal downtime and minimal pain.

Stay tuned for our announcement when the equipment for this new technology is installed and training is completed.  Spoiler Alert= This technology will also improve another problem area: the neck!

Since ancient times, the eyes have been considered to be the pathway to the soul.  Most people want their eyes to reflect a well-rested and youthful appearance, especially when facing our stressful modern lives.

As always, at Maine Laser Skin Care, we continue our mission of “beautifying Maine one face at a time”. Call for a free consultation to either one of our offices: in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125 or in Augusta at (207) 873-2158.

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November Product of the Month

This month’s featured product is the very popular AHA Marine Moisture Creme. This product is a high potency moisturizer with 15% concentrated glycolic acid combined with marine derived peptides.

This combination visibly reduces wrinkles, increases skin luminosity, and improves texture.  Clinical tests have shown that AHA Marine Moisture Creme, when used twice a day for 4 weeks, increases skin smoothness by 62% and skin firmness by 32%, while also decreasing fine lines by 41%.

The purified glycolic acid preparation will strip away dead skin cells on the surface, uncovering the more youthful skin under the surface. This process also acts to increases levels of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally-occurring moisturizing molecule, in the skin.

The marine peptides within the creme are derived from Hawaiian red algae.  They promote collagen formation, which helps to reduce wrinkles.

If you obtain a jar of AHA Marine Moisture Creme, we recommend that you apply it to your face once a day for the first 2 weeks, and then twice a day thereafter if no sensitivity occurs. During the day, you can apply your sunscreen and other products after first using the AHA Marine Moisture Creme first.

If you would like to get your youthful glow back and improve the smoothness and firmness of your skin, AHA Marine Moisture Creme is definitely the product for you.  It is always available online through our website store or at our offices in Augusta (12 Shuman Ave, (207) 873-2158) or Scarborough (438 US Route 1, (207) 303-0125).

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Hate the Double Chin? You Will Love the New CoolMini!

Until recently, the only non-surgical approach to the double chin fat has been Kybella injections.  While highly effective, many people don’t like the idea of having needles pricked into their neck and the subsequent swelling and redness that results as the fat cells are being liquefied and removed from that area.

Remarkably, Maine Laser Skin Care has added another highly effective and completely non-invasive approach to treating the double chin area in the form of the CoolMini device by CoolSculpting.  This FDA-approved treatment is the most advanced fat reduction treatment for small areas such as the area under the chin.

The CoolMini is both safe and effective.  It only takes one to three treatments under the neck to dramatically improve the appearance of the double chin areas with few if any side effects.

Since there are no needles, no anesthesia is needed and there is no discomfort, swelling, or bruising afterwards.  This is the latest application of CoolSculpting technology that damages and kills fat cells in a local area by a process called cryolipolysis.

Basically, extreme cold causes the damage to fat cells without damaging other tissues such as the skin.  Your body then removes the damaged tissues gradually through natural repair mechanisms over a period of several months.

We are excited to introduce this CoolMini at both of our offices in Augusta and Scarborough.  We have a video posted on Facebook showing the treatment in action and with an associated contest to win a free treatment.

If you have a Facebook account, simply view the video, then like, comment, and share the video and you will be entered.  A drawing will be held October 26, 2018.

The video has had over 10,000 views just this past weekend.  Hurry to see this amazingly simple but highly effective treatment in action, and get your name in the drawing!

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