Alicia Skin and Laser Clinic
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

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ABOUT PALOMAR PULSED LIGHT TECHNOLOGIES

Q. How is Palomar pulsed light different from a laser?

A. Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but Palomar Pulsed Light Systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin and as a result, allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments. Hair reduction, sunspot removal, or leg vein clearance, all require different treatments utilizing light of varying wavelength bands. Palomar Systems use specialized handpieces to filter light from different parts of the spectrum for designed specifically for each type of treatment.

Q. What body areas can I get treated?

A. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, legs, chest and back can all be treated. Any area, except around the eyes.

Q. What are Palomar treatments like?

A. Your treatment provider will move the handpiece over your skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the handpiece is being pulsed.

Q. How does Palomar pulsed light permanently reduce unwanted hair?

A. Palomar hair removal handpieces emit pulses of light into the hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.

All Laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments require an initial consultation to review your individual needs, answer questions, and place a "test spot treatment" to ensure a desirable response to therapy.

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ABOUT LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Q. What should I expect after hair reduction treatment?

A. Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possible accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or icepacks.

     

  • The treated hair will continue to appear for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
  • At any given time, some of your hair is not in a phase of active growth. Therefore you will need more than one treatment to reduce the growth of all your unwanted hair.
  • Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.

Q. What are the risks of laser hair removal?

A. When considering laser hair removal, the most important thing to realize is that experience and training are critical to treatment success. Alicia Skin and Laser Clinic was founded  in order to provide qualified, licensed hair removal treatment in Greenville, SC. Receiving treatment from an experienced, qualified technician can dramatically reduce the risks of laser hair removal.

     Short-term side effects of laser hair removal may include swelling and redness, which typically subside in a few days. However, in rare circumstances, or if the procedure is performed incorrectly, patients face a number of dangers, such as burns and change in skin color. During your laser hair removal consultation, be sure to ask about the service provider’s credentials and training. The majority of burn cases are a result of laser hair removal performed by someone who is not qualified or experienced in the procedure.


All Laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments require an initial consultation to review your individual needs, answer questions, and place a "test spot treatment" to ensure a desirable response to therapy.

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ABOUT SKIN REJUVENATION

Q. How does Palomar pulsed light rejuvenate skin?
A. Palomar Systems use specialized handpieces which filter light to target blood vessels and pigmented lesions. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as sunspot removal and vessel clearance.

The Palomar photorejuvenation handpiece emits pulses of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in visible vessels, which typically fade from view within two weeks of treatment.

Q. What are Palomar photorejuvenation treatments like?
A. Your treatment provider will move the handpiece over ytour skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin wil tell you when the handpiece is being pulsed.

Q. What conditions respond well to photorejuvenation?
A. Sun damage, sunspots, age spots, acne, acne scarring, rosacea and facial redness. Skin rejuvenation results in the production of smoother, healthier looking skin.

Q. What are the side effects of photorejuvenation?
A. Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possible accompanied by some minor swelling, that typically lasts from 2-24 hours.

All Laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments require an initial consultation to review your individual needs, answer questions, and place a "test spot treatment" to ensure a desirable response to therapy.

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ABOUT TATTOO REMOVAL

         Q. How does laser tattoo removal work?
         A. Pulses of highly-concentrated laser light pass harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and are absorbed by the pigment in tattoo inks. The light is converted into heat, which breaks the ink into tiny particles. The body's lymphatic system carries away the residual ink particles, causing the tattoo to fade or disappear completely. Mixed-wavelength lasers effectively treat multiple ink colors.
         Q. How does Laser treatment compare to other types of tattoo removal?
         A. Laser tattoo removal is less painful and damaging than excision or dermabrasion, and more effective than cream  removal or camouflage.

         Q. Does it only take one treatment to remove the tattoo?
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No, the amount of treatments needed depends on the size, location, color and the overall health of the patient. I always say; it can be anywhere from 4 to 16 treatments. Keep in mind the tattoo ink is being removed by the body's lymphatic system and unhealthy habits or illness can slow the process down.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The cost depends on the size and the amount of pigment. Average cost runs anywhere from 125.00 to 500.00 a treatment but may be more because of size or mutable tattoos. You will need a consultation to estimate your cost.[back to top of page]

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ABOUT FACIALS

Q. What are the benefits of a facial?
A. When a person suffers from acne, a dull complexion, superficial skin issues, regular facials can help fix these problems. Facials contribute to a clean and bright complexion, as well as remove dirt and blackheads. Additionally, when a face masque is applied to the skin during a facial, it helps tone and clarify the skin.
      Facials can aid in regulating the immune system, detoxification, reducing the amount of fluid that has built up in the body, help relieve stress. Facials typically involve massages, which aid in blood circulation. Massages during facials also help with lymphatic drainage, and aid in the relaxation of the facial muscles which can slow the onset of wrinkles in the face. Skin cells can also be renewed by using this technique, which can also reduce puffiness and sagging in the face.
Q. What is Dermaplaning?
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Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immeadiately smooth, supple and vibrant.  Derma plaining (blading) is a non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation.
Q. How is a Dermaplaning treatment performed? 
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It is safely performed by using a #10 sterile surgical blade.  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving. 
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