COVID-19 – REOPENING UPDATE

REOPENING UPDATE

The time has finally come to proceed with a limited reopening.  We are eager to get back to some sort of normalcy and appreciate your patience as we’ve done our best to stay consistent with our messaging.  Our back-to-work date is May 18th, 2020.  Per state and local governance, we have devised a revised “safety standards” modus operandi.  Please see our NEW GUIDELINES below for an in-depth look at what we’re doing differently to ensure community safety and more.

APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES

Do you have an upcoming appointment with us? Please observe the following CDC guidelines that have been implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRE-APPOINTMENT

We have gone digital.  All forms will be sent via email to new clients and will need to be completed prior to your appointment.

NO MORE WAITING ROOM

  1.  Wait in your vehicle until we call/text you to enter the building for your appointment.
  2. Drivers/companions stay in your cars in our parking lot.
  3. All individuals entering our office need to have a homemade cloth mask/surgical mask that covers your nose and mouth. *If your nose and mouth are not covered, you will not be allowed to enter the building.
  4. Temperatures will be taken and those with a fever (100.4 or higher) will need to reschedule.
  5. Sanitize hands with the automatic dispenser after entering the office.
  6. Avoid entry if you have flu-like symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat.
  7. Clients who have traveled to high-risk areas or have been in contact with a person known to be infected with COVID are not permitted in the office.

TELEHEALTH CONSULTATIONS

MLC is offering TELEHEALTH services to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 by reducing the amount of time spent in the office.  TELEHEALTH services are available for all NEW clients prior to scheduling a treatment.

COVID-19 UPDATE – MAINE LASER CLINIC

COVID-19 UPDATE - MAINE LASER CLINIC 04/01/2020

04/01/2020

Governor Janet Mills has extended a statewide stay at home order for all nonessential businesses.  Stay at Healthy at Home Mandate.

Per this order our return to work date is extended to the end of April 2020.  We understand that this new order will delay our daily services resulting in further rescheduled appointments.  Please know that we are eager to return to work and see all you again soon.  We appreciate your patience as we all navigate this very fluid new normal.

We will continue to offer free consultations via mobile, or videochat. Please feel free to email mlc@mainelaserclinic.com if you would like to schedule an audio/video chat or schedule online at mainelaserclinic.com

We also added the ability to purchase packages and discounted services for your convenience. Please visit our online shopping page to learn more.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

With love,

Dr. Amato Polselli and the MLC Family

COVID-19 UPDATE - MAINE LASER CLINIC 3/24/2020

03/24/2020

Word just came down from Governor Janet Mills imposing a statewide shut down of all nonessential businesses.  See her reponse here.

Per government order our return to work date is extended to at least April 8, 2020.   Sadly, if you have an appointment scheduled in the next two weeks, we will be reaching out to reschedule your appointment. Although our physical office will be closed, we are responding to emails and answering phone calls when possible.

We are also offering free consultations via mobile, or videochat. Please feel free to email mlc@mainelaserclinic.com if you would like to schedule an audio/video chat or schedule online at mainelaserclinic.com

We also added the ability to purchase packages and discounted services for your convenience. Please visit our online shopping page to learn more.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back when this passes!

With love,

Dr. Amato Polselli and the MLC Family

COVID-19 UPDATE - MAINE LASER CLINIC

Dear loyal friends,

To protect our beloved clients, the community as a whole and the MLC family, we will be temporarily closed effective immediately through March 30, 2020. As we approach the end of 2 weeks, we will reassess a return to work date.

Before reopening, we plan to seek guidance from the CDC & WHO, at the federal, state, and local levels, to determine a time that’s safe for everyone.

If you have an appointment scheduled in the next two weeks, we will be reaching out to reschedule your appointment. Although our physical office will be closed, we are responding to emails and answering phone calls when possible. We are also offering free consultations via mobile, or videochat. Please feel free to email mlc@mainelaserclinic.com if you would like to schedule an audio/video chat or schedule online at mainelaserclinic.com

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back when this passes!

With love,

Dr. Amato Polselli and the MLC Family

Microneedling for Acne Scarring

Microneedling for Acne Scarring

Why choose microneedling to repair scarring from acne?

We recently treated a 22 year old male (Fitzpatrick 5) for severe acne scarring using a microneedling technique with a topical triple peptide serum.  As you’ll see from the photos, there was significant surface repair to the damaged skin.  At a depth of 1MM, the microneedle penetrates the epidermis and produces small channels that allows direct access to the dermis.  

Why is depth of penetration important?

Deep microchannels provide 1000 times more product penetration which helps stimulate the fibroblasts within the dermis (important building blocks for cell regeneration) signaling the body’s natural repair mechanism to produce new collagen.  It’s important to note that microneedling should not be performed on active acne.  We have been treating acneic clients with a combination of topical acne fighting products and those are: Sebugel A, Sebuwash, and the B-Active range from industry leading environskincare.  

What does skin care product do for fighting acne?

Environ produces the finest ingredients that are medical grade in every fashion.  Their bacteria fighting products have powerful ingredients that target and break down the cellular DNA of the bacteria rendering them useless and eventually lead to cell death.  Additionally, their ingredients reduces sebaceous glands from overproducing sebum, helping to unclog the pores which store and harbor excess oils and more.

What kind of improvements should I see from microneedling?

Microneedling is the perfect method to deliver the medication to combat acne and repair damaged skin.  Through multiple treatments we expect at least a 50% improvement after 6 months of therapy.  The benefits of continuous microneedling will continue to stimulate healthy, more robust collagen, and leave behind a more balance complexion which leads to improved confidence and self esteem.  

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Tattoo removal cost – How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?

Tattoo removal cost – How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?

Disclaimer: The before and after photos on this page are actual clients. Please note that results do vary and it’s always best to consult your physician with any and all concerns. CONSULTATIONS ARE ALWAYS FREE!

Tattoo removal cost, how much will it be to remove my tattoo? Removing a tattoo is not an easy process.  Many factors come into play when considering how much does it cost, and how many treatments will I need to remove my unwanted tattoo?  Unfortunately, there is no magic number, however.  With the advances in technology, removing a tattoo has never been easier.

The most used technique to remove a tattoo has been to use a laser.  Q-Switched lasers (nanosecond technology) were the gold standard for many years.  What is a nanosecond?  A nanosecond (q-switch laser) is one billionth of a second.  How does this apply to removing a tattoo and how does this effect tattoo removal cost?

Tattoo ink is dense and composed of many compounds; Black (carbon-iron oxide), Blue (cobalt aluminum), Green (chromic oxide, lead chromate, ferric cyanide, malachite grn, cur cumin grn), Red (mercury sulfide, cadmium selenide), Yellow (cadmium sulfide, ochre), Violet (magnesium violet), White (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide), Flesh Tone (iron oxides).

Freaky right? Had you known what they used to produce those vibrant and not-so-vibrant inks you’d have rethought your decision.  Luckily, most people don’t have adverse reactions to the various ink colors, however.  There are a select group of people that have allergies to Red compounds that could lead to anaphylaxis.  It’s some scary stuff, but I digress.

Using older technology like q-switch lasers to remove those colors was tricky.  Some colors require various wavelengths to interact with the ink.  That photothermal interaction is a heating process.  Essentially, q-switch lasers super heat a particle until it explodes into tiny pieces.  Lucky  for us we’re equipped with a magical system within our body called the lymphatic system.  This system takes those particles and flushes them out of our bodies through excretion.

The trouble of heating any tissue within the body is there are various risks to consider.  First, you can overheat tissue and cause discoloration, or even burning.  We all know what happens when you overheat something – it’s not good.

That’s how Q-Switch lasers work.  They heat ink.  If you’re lucky enough to find a practice skilled at recognizing the many facets of the tattoo removal process, most people see great results.  But!  There in lies the problem.  The more treatments needed will increase the tattoo removal cost.

Nanoseconds is fast, but not as fast as picoseconds.  A picosecond is one trillionth of a second!  That’s like blasting a bolder and turning it into tiny grains of sand.  How does that translate into tattoo removal?  Well, the smaller the particle, the easier the body can absorb and remove it from the tissue.

Picosecond lasers are the future.  They also use a photomechanical method to destroy ink, it’s like a pressure wave that levels the ink.  Think atomic bomb; the waves that travel from the bomb level anything in it’s path, but in skin, it leaves the precious tissue surrounding tattoo ink intact without harm.  Plus!  Since the ink is shattered into much smaller particles most people need half as many treatments!

Which brings me back to our original point, remember when the auto industry told us we needed to change our oil every 3 thousand miles? Think of all the money you spent following that old methodology.  Well, now cars are only requiring an oil change every 5-10 thousand miles!  That’s a huge savings.

So, how much does tattoo removal cost?  Remember, practitioners have no idea what needles, ink, depth of ink, or conditions that were used when the tattoo was applied, but expect to pay at least $150 per session or more.  Whenever someone asks me how much it costs, I ask them, “how bad do you want your tattoo removed?”

Personally, I would pay anything to have my bad tattoo removed.  Another important point to consider is the technology being used to remove your tattoo.  Most machines cost $100k or more.  They are not cheap.  They are highly sophisticated pieces of technology that help change people’s lives.

So, hopefully, I’ve given you some insight into the tattoo removal process, and as always, please eMail Us, or call if you have any questions.

MLC

Donate – Community partnership committment

Donate – Community partnership committment

Hello friends,

 

For starters, let me begin by saying it’s a privilege to work in a state as great as Maine.  We have always felt a sense of pride living here, but as business owners we also believe we have a civic duty to help as many people as we can.  To that end, we are in the process of developing a program that will help cover the expenses of laser tattoo removal for the following groups: at risk/correction-transitioning teenagers, veterans with PTSD (war ink), rehabilitated convicts, military and law enforcement recruits.  

 

Many of you know I was labeled a “troubled” teen and often made poor choices, so I’ve had many redo’s in my lifetime.  With that being said, we believe people deserve a second chance.  Not that tattoos are bad, but speaking from personal experience, I know how stigmatizing tattoos are and how they influence employment opportunities.  Tattoos have often been associated with gang affiliations, haphazard lifestyles, and rebellion.  Law enforcement agencies, as well as all four military branches have policies that preclude recruits from enlisting if they have tattoos on their hands, face, or other “unacceptable” locations.  

 

Our position is to each their own, but the reality is those barriers present real challenges for many people.  It’s our understanding that some people join the military as an honor and willingness to serve their country.  Then there are those that need that option to improve their lives, to enrich their future, and to make a difference.  My belief is if you are willing to sacrifice your life for our country, you are a hero and selfless.

 

For us it’s an easy commitment to make for those people; we donate our services because we want to make a difference and support their efforts.  We want to give someone a second chance.  When I see a teenager who has tattoos covering their hands I think about their future.  I wonder what roadblocks will they encounter because of that choice?  It’s easier to pass judgement and say we must live with our choices, but we’re not “walking in their shoes.”   

 

What’s their story?  How did they end up where they are?  We believe they deserve a pathway to redemption, and if removing a tattoo helps them achieve that goal–gives them a second chance, then maybe we’ll have helped them become a better version of who they are–a better version of what they want for themselves.  

 

If you’re interested in helping, please direct message me, contact Learningworks, the Portland Police Department, The Opportunity Alliance, and let them know you want to help.  Let them know you’re ready to participate in anyway possible.  As always, thanks for reading, and thanks for the consideration.  

 

Love to all of my family and friends.  I hope this message finds you well.