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Hydra-facial • Tattoo Removal • Skin Care

TATOOS Q&A'S

What is the cost of tattoo removal?
Tattoo removal cost is based on size and color of the tattoo. You may purchase packages to save money.

A black tattoo up to 2 sq inches is $100 per session. 3 sq inches is $150/session. The number of sessions varies widely depending on skin color, ink color, body location, and even whether you smoke or not.

Does tattoo removal hurt?
Yes, a tattoo removal session can be uncomfortable as the ink molecules absorb the laser energy and explode. Before the laser treatment, the tattoo area is numbed with cold air from a machine called a Zimmer. This decreases pain and swelling. If you desire you can purchase a prescription numbing cream to apply 1 hour before the treatment session. A removal session is usually less than 5 seconds long. It lasts only as long as it takes to trace the tattoo with a 6 mm laser dot.

How will my skin look after tattoo removal?
Your skin should look completely normal. Many people believe that tattoo removal leaves scars. This is not true with today’s technology. The chance of scaring is less than 5 % and is highest in darker colored skin since the contrast between the skin and the ink is so little.

SKIN CARE Q&A'S

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows within 3-10 days. Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.

Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment. There is also a distractor that confuses the nerves which many people like.

What were common side effects seen in clinical studies?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow's feet studies. Other possible side effects include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions. These are not all of the possible serious side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. Please see the Important Safety Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide, and talk to your specialist.

How long does the treatment take?
Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.

What is the average treatment cost?
Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. It is more important to find an experienced specialist who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. The cost in Southern Maine varies from $12-18 a unit. We charge $14/unit. The amount needed varies depending on the strength of the muscle being treated. On average an area takes around 20 units for women and 25-30 units for men.

How can I save on treatments?
You earn points on each BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment that you can redeem for savings on future treatments. You can also earn and redeem points on other selected treatments that your specialist may determine are right for you.

When will I see results?
You may begin to notice results within 1-2 days for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 3 - 4 months. Some people don’t notice any difference until about a week later.

How long is the recovery time after treatment?
After your treatment, you can resume your day.

Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10% of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2014 were on men—that is more than 1 million cosmetic procedures. The number of cosmetic procedures for men increased by 273% from 1997 to 2014.

What is Juvederm®?
Juvederm® is an injectable, hyaluronic acid (which is naturally occurring in our skin) based gel used as a dermal filler to correct and smooth facial wrinkles and lines. Juvederm® is offered in several varieties, depending on the thickness of the gel. Generally Juvederm is used to soften the lines from the nose to the lip corners, nasolabial folds (a.k.a. “parentheses lines”) or marianotte lines from lips to jaw, or to replace and elevate the cheek “apple's" or to enlarge the lips without making “duck lips”.

HYDRAFACIAL Q&A'S

What is a hydration facial?
A hydration facial treatment is a breakthrough in technology. It is like getting 3 facials in one. The hydrafacial treatment removes dead skin cells, extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

What results can I expect?
Hydrafacial treatment visibly reduces fine lines, wrinkles, improves skin tone, texture and diminishes brown spots and other hyperpigmentation. Hydration facial is beneficial to the overall health and appearance of your skin. Hydrafacial also improves acne-prone skin.

Is there any “downtime” with a Hydrafacial treatment?
Hydrafacial is not only painless; it is a soothing and relaxing treatment. Since hydrafacial is non-invasive there is no downtime. As soon as your hydrafacial treatment is complete you can apply your makeup and continue on with your day as usual! If make-up is not needed, wait until the next morning.

What results may be expected? How many treatments are needed to see results? How long do the results last?
People report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. A home care system is availble for purchase to maintain results. A series of 6 treatments are recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne and oily skin. Continued hydrafacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain results. Join our VIP Club to get reduced pricing on services including monthly hydration facials for $99/month.

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SERVICE Q&A'S

Are any of your services covered by insurance? Usually no. Most of our services are considered cosmetic and they are not covered by insurance. There are rare exceptions, such as Botox for migraines and we are working on accepting insurance for those cases.

What types of services do you offer?
See our procedures page.

 
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