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Seattle Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal Faqs
What Are the Traditional Methods of Hair Removal?Shaving is the most common method but is very time consuming and inconvenient. Tweezing is another alternative but can be very tedious and impractical. Waxing can treat larger areas faster but is hard on the skin. Ripping the hair out by the root distorts the follicle, resulting in ingrown hairs, and sometimes the skin comes off with the hair. All of these methods require constant maintenance and result in only a few days of hair free skin.
How Is Laser Hair Removal Different From Other Methods of Hair Removal?One of the advantages of laser hair removal is treatment speed. It is a long-term solution to a permanent problem. After waxing, tweezing or shaving, the stubble returns very quickly and you only enjoy smooth, hair-free skin for a short time. As for laser treatments, however; the hair sheds within about 10 days after the treatment and you are completely hair-free for a very long time. Of course, you will need to maintain the quality of the outcome by getting maintenance treatments every few months.
What Areas Can Be Treated with Laser Hair Removal?Laser hair removal can be done on the face or on any other part of the body including bikini line, under arms, arms, legs, stomach, back, and shoulders. The treatment works best on new hairs that are just starting to grow, which is why you will need several treatments in the same area to deal with all the hairs as they begin their growth cycle.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?The goal is to selectively heat the hair's bulb without damaging the surrounding tissue. The laser emits a beam of near invisible laser light, which passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed at the follicular level. After the laser energy is absorbed, it is transformed into heat that damages the dermal papilla and cellular matrix, inhibiting the follicle's ability to produce a darker, permanent hair.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Are Necessary?This is very important to understand. Hair goes through 3 stages. Typically in the anagen stage, the hair will respond more effectively to treatment. At any given time, only one third of human hair is in the anagen stage. For this reason, it is necessary to treat an area at least 6 times with the treatments spaced approximately 6 to 8 weeks apart in order to see the best and longest lasting results. At aura laser skin care we use the elos technology for our laser hair removal treatments. Elos stands for elctro-optical-synergy, and refers to the process of combining radio frequency with laser and light energies to enhance treatment efficacy and safety. Furthermore, our laser is color blind, meaning aside from black hair, it is capable of removing blond, red, and gray hairs on all skin tones.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?Yes, the procedure is completely safe. At aura laser skin care your safety is our top priority. Our process is designed to selectively target the melanin in the hair follicle and leave the skin unharmed. After the procedure, you may notice slight pink or red skin in the treated area. The color will most likely fade within a few minutes to a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days.
Do Laser Hair Removal Treatments Hurt?The laser pulse is often described as a wave of heat with a pinprick or rubber band snapping sensation. It stings a bit, but having your hair torn out by the root as with waxing or tweezing doesn't exactly feel good either. Our customers tolerate it well without any use of anesthetics.
What Is the Cost of the Laser Hair Removal Treatment?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost of the package will be discussed with you prior to treatments. Aura laser skin care prides itself on being the premiere laser hair removal clinic in seattle. We offer a fixed price list per treatment area and do not employ the "used car lot bargaining approach" like others do, because we simply believe we offer the best laser hair removal technology and at the most affordable price.
Seattle Ipl Fotofacial Rf
Ipl Fotofacial Rf Faqs
What Is Ipl Fotofacial Rf?Ipl fotofacial rf treatments are noninvasive procedures used to erase the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, and hands using intense pulsed light (ipl) and radio frequency energy combined in the same pulse. Such procedures are performed by trained staff members. A treatment program typically includes four to six sessions of about 20 to 30 minutes each, performed at 7 to 10 day intervals.
What Can Fotofacial Rf Treat?Fotofacial has the unique capability to treat multiple symptoms of aging skin on your entire face in each treatment session. Among these are red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration (such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage). The result is a youthful, smooth and revitalized facial appearance. Ipl can also treat spots, discolored areas, and other telltale signs of aging on your hands, chest, and neck.
Why Is Ipl Fotofacial Rf Better Than Other Treatments?In addition to treating multiple symptoms and locations in each session, ipl is gentle, noninvasive, and safe. You see results in the complexion and the skin texture of the entire face. You can return to your normal routines and activities immediately. In fact, many people even schedule their sessions during their lunch break. Additionally, ipl treatments are customized to your specific skin type and color providing the best possible results. Because of this, there is no “recovery time”.
Who Is a Candidate for This New Procedure?Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you are showing the signs of aging and sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, melasma, freckles, rosacea, flushing, redness, ruddy complexion, broken capillaries on the face, you should consider ipl fotofacial rf to help you look younger and feel better. If, on top of the above, you suffer from skin laxity and wrinkles, then ipl fotofacial rf can be combined with another treatment called refirme wrinkle reduction, a skin tightening laser, to produce optimal results. For more pronounced spider veins on the legs, face, and neck, a diode laser is used to treat such conditions. A brief and complimentary consultation with our medical staff is the way to find out.
How Is Ipl Fotofacial Rf Ipl Rejuvenation Performed?Before treatment you may be given dark glasses to shield your eyes from the bright light. The area to be treated is first covered with a very thin layer of non-gel, aqueous rf conductive medium. During treatment the smooth glass surface of the ipl hand piece is gently applied to your skin delivering pulses of light to the area being treated. You will see gradual improvement from each session resulting in a dramatic improvement by the end of your treatment program. Results are long lasting and a maintenance program of one treatment every 60 days is suggested.
Are There Any Adverse Affects?No! It is a gentle, painless, and safe noninvasive, nonabrasive treatment. The ipl fotofacial rf treatments may have a tolerable level of discomfort. Forced air, skin cooling systems can provide a greater degree of comfort. After each treatment, patients can apply makeup and return to normal activities. The fotofacial rf treatments have proven to be low risk, are associated with few complications and patients rarely have downtime or have to miss work or regular activities.
How Is the Treatment Administered?By a certified rn “registered nurse”. The nurse will apply some gel on the treated area and then use the ipl hand piece directly on your skin while directing the cooling device to the area.
What Results Can I Expect?Increased collagen production. Healthier circulation. Increased oxygenation and moisture. Superb skin radiance. Accelerated skin repair. Skin surface becomes toned and youthful. A healthy glow resulting from total skin rejuvenation. Also, as stated above, when combined with refirme wrinkle reduction patients will experience softening of lines, folds, and wrinkles.
What Are the Causes of Red Faces?As many as 70 million americans have undesirable redness and/or sun damage of the face. The more common causes are rosacea (a condition in up to 13 million people), sun exposure, alcohol, medications, stress, emotional causes, time and aging of the skin, repeated blushing or flushing of the skin, and is seen most commonly in fair skinned individuals of northern european descent. Some of these individuals have a condition called erythrophobia - a morbid fear of having a red face, a condition in which some people are shy and embarrassed in public because of fear their face will get red.
Are There Any Contraindications to This Procedure?Yes, it is not indicated in clients with connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorders. It cannot be done during pregnancy nor can it be done on recently suntanned skin or in those who may receive excess sun exposure for a few weeks following treatment. The procedure is not usually done on clients with active acne cysts and large pustules. The same is true for highly active rosacea.
What Are the Requirements to Having This Procedure?All clients must have a consultation prior to the procedure. They must complete a general medical questionnaire on the nature of their skin. At the time of the first treatment each client will be tested to properly evaluate the correct settings for the client's skin condition and skin type. These parameters will then be stored in a database and in the client's chart for future reference. Pre-treatment, mid-treatment, and post-treatment photos will be taken. An informed consent sheet and health history profile form will be signed. All questions must be asked and answered by the client prior to treatment.
Can I Accomplish the Same Results with Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion?No. However, ipl fotofacial rf treatment can be used in conjunction with certain types of peels and microdermabrasion.
My Doctor Tells Me This Treatment Can Be Performed with Laser. Is That True?No. Currently there is no laser that can duplicate the effects of intense pulse light (ipl) therapy. The laser cannot reach all the levels of the skin in a manner similar to the intense pulse light. In our experience we have not seen this duplicated by any other device. It has no match.
Will Fotofacial Rf Treatments Help My Acne Scars?Yes. Certainly more shallow scars, including fine lines, will be improved. However, for ice pick type acne scarring and deep scars we offer another treatment called laser skin resurfacing using the erbium yag laser.
My Hands Look So Old. Can Ipl Fotofacial Rf Get Rid of These Age Spots?Absolutely. This is one of the most common complaints women and men have. After just a few brief visits your hands will no longer look like grandma’s!
What Is the Cost?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The package cost will be discussed with you prior to treatments. Aura laser skin care pride’s itself on having a fixed price list per skin treatment area. We never employ the “used car lot bargaining approach” like others do, because we simply believe we offer the best treatment and at the most affordable price.
What Other Cosmetic Treatments Can Ipl Fotofacial Rf Be Combined With?It is very common for patients to combine ipl fotofacial rf with other skin treatments such as refirme since they compliment each other in the photo rejuvenation process by enhancing collagen and elastin in the skin to fight the aging process. Ipl fotofacial can also be combined with microdermabrasion to exfoliate the skin and further enhance the rejuvenation process. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
Seattle Laser Skin Resurfacing
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?Laser skin resurfacing uses a high energy beam to remove the outer layer of the skin and expose the underlying layers to significantly improve skin texture.
What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat? What Areas Can Be Treated?Laser skin resurfacing is best used for treating fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pores, dyschromia, dark spots and rhytides, and photo damaged skin. A common area to treat is the face of course and hence the name laser facial. Laser skin resurfacing can however treat other areas like the neck and arms.
How Is the Whisperng Microlaser Peel Different From Other Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments?The whisperng uses pinpoint accuracy to deliver more delicate treatments than a chemical peel or a traditional co2 laser. The unique digital whisper hand piece provides multiple pulse rates for optimum operator control as well as multiple power levels for precise skin ablation.The large spot size quickly resurfaces specific areas or entire face in shorter time making the treatment more comfortable for the patient.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing with the Whisperng Painful?The microlaser peel with the whisperng is not painful compared to other forms of laser resurfacing. There is no need for anesthesia and no extended healing time. During the treatment you will feel a mild sensation as the laser lightly peels away the top layer of your skin.
What Do I Expect After the Whisperng Treatment? How Long Is the Recovery Time?Right after treatment your skin will be pink and feel a little dry with a light sunburn-like sensation. The redness will last for a few days. In the rare event that you experience swelling, ice compresses and appropriate medication can be prescribed by our physician. As necessary, we will prescribe some creams or ointments to keep the skin moist and protected as you heal. On day 2, your skin will begin to peel at which point makeup can be applied to cover any residual erythema. On days 3 and 4, skin exfoliation continues as new cells replace dead, dry ones. On day 5, you will see noticeable improvements in both skin textures and tightness. The skin will appear younger, healthier and more vibrant. It is worth noting that during the recovery period and up to a month after treatment, you should protect your skin from excessive sun light and should avoid tanning.
What Is the Expected Outcome of the Whisperng Treatment?Your skin texture will dramatically improve, wrinkles and fine lines will diminish and minor ones will disappear. Your face will glow and your friends will notice it. Depending on your skin type and condition, our physician will suggest a personalized regimen that best suites your needs.
How Much Does a Microlaser Peel with Whisperng Cost?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost will be discussed with you at the time of your complimentary consult. Aura laser skin care prides itself on having a fixed price list per treatment area. We never employ the "used car lot bargaining approach" like others do, because we simply believe we offer the best treatment and at the most affordable price.
How Does Latisse Work?Scientists believe latisse affects the growth phase of the eyelash hair in two ways. First, it increases the length of the growth phase, and second, it increases the number of hairs that develop during this growth phase. The exact way it works in unknown.
Can Anyone Use Latisse?People with allergies to the ingredients of the latisse solution should not use it. Also, people with eye pressure problems (elevated intraocular pressure in particular) and/or elevated risk factors for glaucoma should speak with a physician before using latisse.
What if I Forget to Apply Latisse?Don't try to "catch up" if you miss a dose, just apply latisse the next evening as usual.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Latisse?Itching and eye redness are the most common side effects, reported by about 4% of people in the clinical trial. Latisse solution may cause less common side effects as well, including dryness, redness of skin around the eyelids and skin darkening.
Should I Remove Contact Lenses Before Applying Latisse?Yes. It's recommended that you remove contact lenses before applying the solution and wait at least 15 minutes before replacing them to prevent them from absorbing an ingredient in the latisse solution.
Can I Wear Mascara While Using Latisse?Yes, you can wear mascara while using the latisse solution. Latisse is designed to grow your lashes naturally to longer eyelashes, fuller eyelashes, or thicker eyelashes. Where latisse is an eyelash growth treatment, mascara is an eyelash enhancing solution.
Seattle Refirme Wrinkle Treatment
Refirme Wrinkle Treatment Faqs
How Does Refirme Wrinkle Reduction Work?The procedure uses combined bi-polar radio frequency and laser energies using the elos technology. It is designed to precisely heat the connective tissue within the targeted treatment area. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in lax skin.
What Types of Wrinkles Can Refirme Wrinkle Reduction Treat?Refirme wrinkle reduction can treat mild to moderate wrinkles on the face and other areas. For treatment of deeper wrinkles such as nasolabial folds (the creases running from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth), a dermal filler such as juvéderm may be a better option.
Is Refirme Wrinkle Reduction Safe for All Skin Types?Elos technology enables refirme wrinkle reduction to be a safe and effective solution for all skin types.
When Do I Expect to See Results with Refirme?Most patients start to notice improvements of wrinkles and skin texture between 3 to 5 treatment sessions. In some cases some patients will not improvement in laxity and firmness of their skin after the first treatment.
How Many Wrinkle Reduction Treatments Are Required?In general you will need anywhere between 4 to 6 treatment sessions to achieve the desired outcome. The number of treatments will depend on your skin condition and will be discussed with you during our complimentary consult.
Does the Refirme Wrinkle Reduction Procedure Hurt?Most patients can undergo the procedure with minimal to no discomfort. In addition, a topical anesthetic cream and external cooling can be used to increase the comfort level.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?The time will vary depending on the area being treated but in general it takes anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour to treat an area.
Can I Go Back to My Normal Activities After the Treatment?Refirme wrinkle reduction is a no-downtime procedure. You can have such procedure done during your lunch hour and go back to work afterwards. Any post-procedure care steps such as using sunscreen and avoiding the sun or tanning beds will be discussed with you during the consult and after the treatment.
How Much Does Refirme Wrinkle Reduction Procedure Cost?Treatment costs vary depending on the area being treated. Such information will be discussed with you at the time of the consult.
What Other Aesthetic Treatments Can Refirme Wrinkle Treatment Be Combined With?It is very common for patients to combine refirme wrinkle treatment with other skin treatments such as ipl fotofacial rf since they compliment each other in the photo rejuvenation process by enhancing collagen and elastin in the skin to reverse the aging process. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
Vein Therapy Faqs
How Does Laser Vein Therapy Work?Combined bi-polar radio frequency and laser energies precisely target and heat unwanted veins while protecting the surrounding skin.
Is Elos Vascular Treatment Right for Me?If you are suffering from small red spider veins or larger blue-green colored veins on the face, lower body, or legs, then elos vein therapy is the right treatment for you.
Is Elos Vein Treatment Safe for All Skin Types?Elos vein treatment is a safe and effective solution for all skin types.
How Many Sessions Do I Need with Elos Vascular Treatment?Improvements may be seen after a single treatment. The total number of treatments will depend on the extent and depth of the vascular lesions. Maximum clearance is normally achieved after 4 sessions. The number of treatment sessions will be discussed with you during the complimentary consult with our medical staff.
Does Elos Vein Therapy Hurt?Treatment of leg veins may be slightly uncomfortable for some patients. This is easily managed by using external cooling or the application of a topical anesthetic cream prior to treatment.
Can I Go Back to My Normal Activities After the Treatment?Elos vascular treatment is a no-downtime procedure. You can have such procedure done during your lunch hour and go back to work afterwards. Any post-procedure care steps will be discussed with you during the consult and after the treatment.
How Much Does Elos Vascular Treatment Cost?The cost varies depending on the number and width of veins being treated. The cost will be discussed with you during your consult with us.
What Is Microdermabrasion?It is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that offers safe and controlled skin abrasion. It utilizes micro-crystals, which are propelled at a high speed across the skin's surface to abrade the skin's tissue. The technique is very quick and relatively painless and results are seen immediately. There is no downtime, side effects or risk of contamination or skin infection.
Is It Safe?Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types and colors. The procedure gently removes a very thin layer (10-20 microns) off the top of your epidermis. The treatment requires no anesthesia, causes no discomfort, and has no recovery time.
How Soon Will I See Results?After your first treatment, your skin will have a fresh pink glow. Improvement continues throughout your treatment program. The number of treatments recommended for maximum results ranges from four to six.
How Long Does the Procedure Last?Microdermabrasion takes less than an hour to treat the whole face.
Am I a Good Candidate?The treatment is ideal for people who have sensitive skin that reacts to chemicals or those with oily, acne-prone skin that is not improved by acne remedies. It is an excellent option for those who cannot afford to take time off for healing from laser resurfacing or deep dermabrasion.
How Does It Work?The stimulated blood flow to the surface of the skin increases the oxygenation, causing an enhancement of cell renewal and collagen re-growth. The massaging action of the microdermabrasion treatment creates a flushing and cleansing effect below the skin surface resulting in a vibrant, healthy appearance and complexion.
How Am I Assessed for Microdermabrasion?You can contact us by phone or online to schedule a complimentary consultation. During your consultation an overall skin assessment will be done to determine the number of treatments that will be necessary to reach your individual goal. Typically, treatments are preformed weekly or bi-weekly and produce best results if taken in a series of 4 or 6. depending on your skin condition, a more aggressive plan of alternating glycolic peels with microdermabrasion treatments may be recommended. You are also expected to comply with the maintenance program using a skin care regimen to maintain results.
What Should I Expect After Each Treatment?Your skin should appear light pink with a soft texture. More aggressive treatments may leave a redness appearance for approximately 24 hours. You may also experience a light peeling. It is recommended that you go without cosmetic makeup for 1 day. You should avoid the sun for 24 hours after treatment and when exposed to the sun use an spf 30 sun block.
What Other Treatments Can Microdermabrasion Be Combined With?It is very common for patients to combine microdermabrasion with other skin treatments such as fotofacial rf and glycolic and vitalize peels. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
Seattle Chemical Peels
Chemical Peels Faqs
What Is Vitalize Peel?It is a unique formulation of mild acids that provide a complete, consistent and safe peel with little or no "down time", and predictable results for all skin types. This non-invasive peel creates a softer, smoother, and younger-looking complexion. Expect to see a dramatic improvement in epidermal texture, age spots, freckles, and superficial pigmentation and enlarged pores.
What Is Glycolic Peel?It is intended for superficial wrinkles of the face, neck, upper chest and arms. The intended results are smoother, more youthful skin that is more uniform in color. Glycolic peel is done on an outpatient basis and does not require any anesthesia. After preparing the skin, a glycolic acid concentration from 20 to 70% will be applied.
What Is Tca Peel?Trichloroacetic acid (tca) is typically used as an intermediate-to-deep peeling agent in concentrations of 10 to 35%. This type of peel is useful for people with surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. Tca may be used on the neck as well as other areas of the body such as the hands, forearms, and chest. Once the treatment is completed, clients can expect to shed the dead, outer layer of skin for approximately three days. During this time, clients will be required to keep the facial skin moist with a&d ointment or vaseline. After healing, sunscreen use is very important to apply for a little while.
Seattle Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic Faqs
What Exactly Is Botox Cosmetic?Botox cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and on the forehead as well as wrinkles on the face. During treatment, very low doses of botox cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is done at our kirkland or bothell skin clinic in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
How Does Botox Cosmetic Work?Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, on your forehead and the side of your eyes, form over time as the result of muscle activity. Botox cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines and wrinkles to form.
When Will I See Results From a Botox Cosmetic Treatment?Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. In the past few years we have treated hundreds of seattle patients with botox and the results were pretty consistent, although at times they may slightly vary from one person to another.
How Long Does Botox Cosmetic Last?Results from treatment with botox cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows as well as other wrinkles will gradually look like they did before treatment. In some cases results may last longer than 4 months.
Is Treatment with Botox Cosmetic Painful?You may encounter a slight discomfort. Prior to injecting, our physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many of our patients return directly to work or normal activity following the botox treatment.
Who Should Not Use Botox Cosmetic?If you happen to have an infection at the injection site then you should not use botox. Also if you have any known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation you should also avoid botox. Patients with neurological disorders such as als, myasthenia gravis or lambert-eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Will I Experience Any Side Effects?The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Less frequently occurring (<3%) adverse reactions include pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week.
Is Botox Cosmetic Affordable?When considering your facial aesthetic options, botox cosmetic is quite affordable. According to the american society for aesthetic plastic surgery's 2003 survey, botox cosmetic is one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures in the united states. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Aura laser skin care is one of the most qualified places for botox cosmetic in seattle and we offer a complimentary consultation in order to discuss if you qualify, the dosage, and price.
Are There Other Aesthetic Treatments That Can Be Combined with Botox Cosmetic?It is very common for patients to combine botox with other aesthetic procedures such as restylane and/or juvéderm fillers, fotofacial rf, refirme skin tightening, and microdermabrasion. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
What Does Juvéderm Do?Juvéderm injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.
What Makes Juvéderm Different?Juvéderm injectable gel is produced through hylacross technology creating a high degree of cross-linking and promoting duration for up to 6 months or longer. Hylacross technology results in a smooth consistency gel, which is a primary factor in the long-lasting, smooth, natural look and feel that is a hallmark of juvéderm wrinkle reduction.
What Is Juvéderm Indicated For?Juvéderm injectable gel is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis (below the outer layer of skin) for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases running from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).
How Is Juvéderm Injectable Gel Different From Botox Cosmetic?Juvéderm injectable gel is a "next generation" hyaluronic acid dermal filler that provides volume and is used to treat wrinkles and folds resulting from a loss of volume beneath the surface of the skin such as perioral lines and nasolabial folds (lines around your mouth and nose). Juvéderm restores your skin's volume for a smooth, natural look and feel. Botox cosmetic is not a filler. Botox cosmetic relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows (the glabellar area).
How Is Juvéderm Injectable Gel Used in Treatment?Our physician eases juvéderm injectable gel into your skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in and augment the treatment area and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds) and "marionette lines" (oral commissures). Juvéderm temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface.
What Will Treatment with Juvéderm Injectable Gel Accomplish?Juvéderm injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing, and the results last about 6 months
How Long Does Treatment Usually Take?The injection process takes about 15 to 30 minutes. You'll also need to allow time to consult with our physician prior to treatment.
Is Treatment with Juvéderm Injectable Gel Painful?Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of juvéderm allows our physician to administer it easily and smoothly. Juvéderm is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Juvéderm Injectable Gel?Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a risk of infection.
Can People with Different Skin Tones/Colors Be Treated with Juvéderm?Yes. In fact, juvéderm injectable gel is the first fda-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies with juvéderm showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.
Are There Other Cosmetic Injectables and/or Treatments That Can Be Combined with Juvéderm?It is very common for patients to combine juvéderm with other aesthetic procedures such as botox injections, fotofacial rf, refirme skin tightening, and microdermabrasion. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
What Is Restylane?Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth). Restylane is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the human body. The hyaluronic acid is a crystal-clear gel called nasha or non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Nasha is completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
Where Can Restylane Be Used?Restylane can be used to correct a variety of wrinkles and to enhance the appearance of the lip border. It is currently approved in the u.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.
How Long Does Restylane Last?Restylane is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that restylane effects generally last for about six months. The unique nasha technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone. Follow-up treatments are typically scheduled at six-month intervals and individual results may vary.
What Can I Expect?You should take a few precautions before being treated with restylane. One week prior to treatment with restylane, avoid taking st. john's wort, high doses of vitamin e supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence.
How Is Restylane Injected?Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may decide to numb the treatment area.
Is Restylane Safe?Since 1996, over 3 million restylane treatments have been safely administered by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in more than 70 countries. This innovative treatment is now approved in the u.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane has a highly favorable safety profile. The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve in less than seven days.
How Much Does Restylane Cost?Restylane is injected in a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of restylane treatment is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. However, restylane's lasting properties often prove to be very economical over the long term. Aura laser skin care offers a complimentary consultation in order to discuss if you qualify, the dosage, and price.
Are There Other Cosmetic Injectables and/or Treatments That Can Be Done in Conjunction with Restylane?It is very common for patients to combine restylane with other cosmetic procedures such as botox injections, fotofacial rf, and refirme. Treatment combinations and options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
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Obagi Nu-Derm ExfodermObagi nu-derm exfoderm treats rough patches, blemishes, and overall dullness in the skin. Phytic acid works deep into the skin to exfoliate and increase the skin's natural cell turnover rate. Glycerin boosts the skin's natural protection abilities by maintaining adequate moisture and hydration.
Lightly Strips Away Dead Skin Cell Buildup to Reveal the Younger, Smoother Skin Hiding Underneath.
The Silky Formula Quickly Absorbs Like a Gel and Resurfaces Your Skin Over Time.
Obagi Nu-Derm ClearObagi nu-derm clear is an essential component of an effective skin care regimen. Formulated with 4% hydroquinone. It improves uneven skin tone and hides age spots, liver spots and freckles on the skin.
Hydrates, Balances, and Evens Out Your Complexion.
Delves Deep Into Your Skin to Clear, Resurface, and Reduce Uneven Skin Tone While Lightly Moisturizing.
Obagi ElastidermObagi elastiderm eye treatment is a one of a kind topical treatment clinically proven to help restore elasticity to your periorbital skin and reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment comes in eye gel and eye cream formulas.
Replenishes Elastin and Boosts Collagen Production.
Gives the Wrinkles Around the Eye Area the Ability to Bounce Back in Order for the Skin to Look and Feel Younger.
Obagi Clenziderm M.D.Obagi clenziderm md system includes 3 products – the first treats acne with key ingredient benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. The second kills acne bacteria while reducing excess oiliness. The third exfoliates dead skin cells.
Blemishes Are Treated Without Over Drying the Skin.
Redness, Blackheads, and Whiteheads Are Reduced.
Results Can Be Seen Within 3 Weeks.
Skinmedica Tns Recovery ComplexComprised principally of nouricel-md, has been shown to dramatically rejuvenate aging and sun damaged skin. It is truly an essential cornerstone for the tns regeneration system, or any anti-aging regimen.
Enhances Skin Texture
Reduces Appearance of Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Decreases Appearance of Age Spots and Blotchiness
Improves Firmness and Resiliency
Skinmedica Vitamin C ComplexThis fragrance-free concentrated formula contains stabilized vitamin c in both water– and fat-soluble forms to provide extraordinary antioxidant protection, help promote cell renewal and improve the appearance of skin tone, texture and firmness.
Improves and Helps Prevent Sun Damage
Improves Skin Tone, Texture and Firmness
Skinmedica Uplifting Eye SerumAn oil-free eye serum with a combination of natural skin brightening agents and plant extracts that visibly diminish under-eye circles as well as the appearance of puffiness and fine lines by lifting, hydrating and smoothing the sensitive skin around the eyes. Designed for all skin types, this restorative formulation wears well under make-up and dries quickly to avoid migration into eyes.
Gently Smoothes, Hydrates and Lifts the Sensitive Skin Around the Eyes
Visibly Diminishes the Appearance of Puffiness, Fine Lines and Dark Circles
Reduces Hyper-Pigmentation and Age Spots as It Encourages Collagen Deposition
Acne Clearup SystemsDesigned to treat moderate to acute acne resulting in clear and acne free skin.
Skin Revival SystemsDesigned to enhance collagen production, improve skin tone and texture, erase pigmented lesions, sun damage, rosacea, and broken capillaries.
Age Reversal SystemsDesigned to erase the signs of aging by treating wrinkles, frown lines, age spots, skin laxity and acne scarring. These treatment systems improve the skin at the cellular level.
Smartxide Dot Therapy Fractional Co2
Smartxide Dot Therapy Fractional Co2 Faqs
What Is Smartxide Dot Therapy?The term "dot" stands for dermal optical thermolysis. It is the newest state of the art procedure for fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing. Smartxide dot state of the art technology that provides flexibility, precision, and efficacy in the world of skin rejuvenation and ablative skin resurfacing.
What Areas and Skin Indications Can the Dot Therapy Treat?Smartxide dot therapy can be used for fractional co2 resurfacing on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, and legs. It effectively treats sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars, skin laxity, rhytids, and dyschromia. Dot therapy can also be used for 3rd degree burn revisions and fractional lifts of the eye lids, neck, chest, and other treatment areas.
What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Fractional Skin Resurfacing?With traditional skin resurfacing, the laser emission is evenly distributed deep down in the tissue. The treatment usually requires one session followed by careful, long-term post-treatment management. With fractional skin resurfacing, repeated, shallower laser action makes it possible to achieve excellent results in only one to three sessions. Since the healthy surrounding tissues are protected, post-op recovery is shorter and simpler.
What Makes the Smartxide Dot Therapy Different From Other Fractional Co2 Technologies?The smartxide dot laser is unique because it enables the treating physician to selectively control the spacing or pitch of the dots and hence treat small, specific areas, including areas around the eyes and mouth. Furthermore, the smartxide dot is able to "fractionate" the laser energy over a customized pattern of micron-sized dots and to maximize the area that is selectively left untreated. The selectively untreated tissue promotes a faster healing time.
Does the Dot Therapy Laser Treatment Hurt?Most people experience a slight burning sensation. To better prepare for the treatment, our physician will apply a numbing cream to the treated area. The cream is left on the skin for about an hour.
What Should I Expect After the Treatment?The majority of patients will experience redness and dryness and some even a small amount of edema/swelling in the skin which settles in within 2 days. The amount of down time for each patient depends on the degree of intensity of each treatment. The application of a spf 30 or higher as well as skin moisturizer is important for the first 5-7 days as the skin will be dry and photo sensitive.
How Many Treatments Are Needed to Achieve Great Results?For many patients excellent results are achieved in a single treatment session. However, patients with severe acne scarring or deep wrinkles may need two to three sessions spaced one month apart.
What Is the Cost for the Smartxide Dot?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost will be discussed with you prior to treatment at the time of your complimentary consult.
Madonna Lift Faqs
What Is the Madonna Lift?It is the newest way to treat the wrinkles and saggy, lax skin around the eyes. Our physician will use the smartxide dot to treat these problem areas. The smartxide is the most advanced fractional co2 laser that treats deep into the skin around your eyes to plump up wrinkles, tighten the skin, lift sagging brows and improve the appearance without the need for surgical incisions.
How Does It Work?Using dot therapy, only a fraction of the skin is treated at a time. This advanced co2 laser uses specially modulated beams of light to penetrate into the skin. These beams of light, about the width of a human hair, destroy and contract the old collagen within the wrinkles. As a result, the body’s natural wound healing process creates new, youthful collagen in the skin plumping and tightening the wrinkles around the eyes.
What Does the Procedure Feel Like?During treatment and as the laser is applied, you may feel tingling or heat in your skin. Any potential discomfort can be easily managed. During consult time, our physician will advise you of any numbing cream or other anesthetic to be applied to make your treatment more comfortable.
Will the Procedure Work for Anyone?The madonna lift can be used on most patients with drooping eyelids, brows, and wrinkles around the eyes. However, at the consult time, our physician can tell you if it is right for you.
Is the Madonna Lift Good for All Skin Colors?Yes the smartxide dot has been cleared by the fda for use on all skin colors.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?It will only take our physician a few minutes. You may need some additional time to apply topical anesthetic prior to the procedure.
How Many Treatments Will I Need to Achieve Optimal Results?The number of treatments needed varies from one patient to the next. In most people however, three to five treatments is the recommended number.
How Much in Time Are Treatments Spaced?With the madonna lift treatments can be spaced three to four weeks apart.
What Will I Look Like After Treatment?Your skin may be red and puffy after the procedure but this usually fades after a day. Make-up can be applied immediately after treatment allowing you to resume your normal daily activities right away.
Is the Madonna Lift Safe for My Eyes?Yes. During the treatment, your eyes will be entirely covered with protective shields allowing for safe treatment of the lids and brow area.
How Long Will the Results Last?Results vary individually but as your body continues to heal and create new strong, healthy and elastic collagen in your lids and eyes, you will continue to see improvement for up to six months after your last treatment. In general results do last for several years but, due to aging, diet, and lifestyle, it is recommended you prolong the results with a good skin care regimen and daily protection from sun exposure.
How Much Does the Procedure Cost?The cost will be discussed with you prior to treatments. Aura laser skin care prides itself on being the premiere skin clinic in seattle and we simply believe we offer the best aesthetics technology and at the most affordable price. Treatment options are presented to you at the time of your complimentary consult.
Body-Jet Water Assisted Liposuction
Body-Jet Water Assisted Liposuction Faqs
What Is Water-Assisted Liposuction or Wal?It is a totally revolutionary liposuction technique and is the first of its kind in the united states. It offers a fast, gentle, minimally invasive, and effective alternative to other liposuction techniques by using the flow of water to dislodge fat. The results of the body-jet procedure are astounding.
How Does the Body-Jet Procedure Work?Using a gentle, pulsating spray of fluid, the body-jet dislodges fat gently and without brute force. While fat is loosened and separated from the connective tissue by the pulsating fluid spray, it is simultaneously removed. The body-jet also removes fluids from the patient as quickly as the fluids are introduced. As a result, minimal discomfort, less bruising and tissue trauma, and a faster more accurate procedure is possible.
How Is the Water-Assisted Liposuction (Wal) with the Body-Jet Different From Traditional Lipo Procedures?The body-jet lipo delivers pulses of saline fluids to gently dislodge fat for removal eliminating the need for brute movement of a suction tube like the case with traditional liposuction. The body-jet requires a much less amount of tumescent fluids (saline, adrenaline, and lidocaine mixture) as opposed to the traditional liposuction which requires a much larger mixture in its lengthy pre-infiltration phase. As a result, much less medication is required with the body-jet and the physician is able to perform the procedure with less time, more accuracy, and superior cosmetic results.
What Areas Can Be Treated with the Body-Jet?Any area with excess fat deposits may be treated. The most common areas are the abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms and beneath the chin. Due to the speed and low downtime of the body-jet lipo procedure, patients often choose to treat multiple problem areas at one time. They can also choose to space out treatments if desired.
When Am I Able to Return to Normal Activity?Since recovery is easy and quick with the body-jet lipo procedure, many patients report being almost pain-free after just a few days and most are thrilled with how quickly they are able to return to normal activity, including exercise.
Is the Lipo Procedure with the Body-Jet Permanent?In general, fat cells that are removed by the procedure do not grow back. Typically, any post procedure weight gain is distributed elsewhere on the body. It is worth mentioning however, that the body-jet procedure is a body-contouring or body-sculpting procedure and not a weight-loss procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate?In general the best candidates for such procedure are those with a specific treatment area that does not respond well to diet or exercise, are in good health, are within 30% of their ideal body weight, and most of all, have realistic expectations. During your initial consult with us, our physician will review your medical history and target areas to ensure our treatments will be safe and effective for you.
How Much Does the Body-Jet Procedure Cost?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost as well as financing options will be discussed with you prior to treatment at the time of your complimentary consult.
Smartlipo Laser Lipolysis
Smartlipo Laser Lipolysis Faqs
What Is Laser Lipolysis?Contrary to traditional liposuction, laser lipolysis does not use suction. Instead, a cannula housing the laser fiber is inserted into the treated area and used to liquefy the fat. Then liquefied fat is then drained from the body through very tiny incisions.
How Does the Smartlipo Procedure Work?The physician inserts a very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing the laser fiber into the skin. He then moves the cannula back and forth delivering the laser’s energy directly to the fat cells and causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser, through its energy, also interacts with the dermis, causing the collagen to shrink.
What Areas Can Be Treated with the Smartlipo?The smartlipo promotes skin tightening in areas of fat removal and can be used to treat most areas of the body. It is ideal for treating localized deposits of unwanted fat and fat tissue irregularities. Most common areas that are treated with the smartlipo are the abdomen, “love handles”, inner and outer thighs, “saddlebags” “bra bulges”, neck, arms and knees in addition to lower buttocks.
Is There Any Recovery Time Associated with the Smartlipo Procedure?The smartlipo procedure simultaneously destroys fat cells and tightens the skin. Due to the cannula’s small size, smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising, and hence less recovery time (1 to 3 days).
How Many Treatments Will I Need?For most patients, typically only one treatment is needed. The procedure can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours for each area treated.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Smartlipo?Ideal candidates are patients who are healthy, close to their ideal body weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise but have a pocket of unwanted fat or a “trouble spot” that is resistant to a healthy diet and exercise. It is worth noting that smartlipo is not intended to significantly reduce your body weight but instead to remove fat from targeted small cosmetic areas on the body. It is a body sculpting procedure and not a weight loss procedure.
Is the Lipo Procedure with the Smartlipo Permanent?Liposuction with the smartlipo do provide lasting results. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat cells expand. The smartlipo procedure melts and permanently removes the fat cells. Should you gain weight, most fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.
How Much Does the Smartlipo Procedure Cost?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost as well as financing options will be discussed with you prior to treatment at the time of your complimentary consult.
How Does Thermage Work?Using the patented thermacool radiofrequency technology, thermage applies deep, intense heat along with immediate cooling to the targeted area. This in turn smoothes away wrinkles and results in collagen contraction which stimulates long-term collagen production for a more youthful, toned skin.
Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful Skin?The skin is made of two layers. In the second layer a protein called collagen provides strength and fullness in the skin similar to the plumpness in a baby’s skin. As we age, our collagen is depleted as we produce less and less of it. This causes the skin to sag and wrinkle with age.
What Does the Thermage Treatment Feel Like?The patented thermacool radiofrequency technology lets us create a precisely controlled process that simultaneously sends heat down to the second layer and collagen while the cooling protects the top layer of the skin. Patients experience a brief hot sensation followed by a cool sensation.
How Long Does the Thermage Procedure Take?The thermage procedure can last 30 minutes up to 2 hours depending on the size of the area being treated.
What Areas Can Be Treated with Thermage?Thermage is very effective in treating sagging, wrinkled skin on the mid to lower face, under the chin or along the jawline. It an also be used for body contouring and skin tightening on the abdomen, thighs, neck and other areas.
Is There Any Recovery Time After Treatment?Thermage has no recovery time. After treatment you can quickly return to their normal daily activities. Occasionally, you may have redness in the treated area but that does soon subside.
How Soon Do I See Results After Thermage?Some patients see results immediately. However, long term results appear gradually between two to 6 months and can last for years. As your collagen production continues, you will continue noticing lifting and contouring of the skin.
How Much Does Thermage Treatment Cost?Prices vary depending on the area to be treated. The cost as well as financing options will be discussed with you prior to treatment at the time of your complimentary consult.
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