Botox – Frown lines be gone

Skin care is important; product, systemic, and environmental factors determine how good your skin will look and potentially impact how you feel. This before and after photo of #botox on her forehead shows how effective injectables are at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (*she’s trying to frown in the below photo, but her muscles are blocked from moving – resulting in smoother skin). #nomorewrinkels #botox #juvederm #injectables #laser #maine #mainelife #happyhallowween

Botox before and after photo
What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

Botox® is a great way to turn back the clock and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Here at Maine Laser Clinic we’re often asked, “what kind of results can I expect from Botox®?  That’s a great question, and as results do vary, the benefits are always noticeable, regardless of where you choose to have your treatment.  

Does Botox work better if I use hyaluronic acid serums?

Like any topical application, product, microneedling, laser, etc…Botox® enhances the benefits of anything that promotes collagen formation or Neocollagenesis.  The muscles relax, allowing the skin to relax which enable better penetration for treatments as well as products.

What about the side effects of Botox®?

As with any elective treatment, certain risks should be weighed against the benefits.  Do you have high blood pressure?  Do you have a compromised immune system?  Have you had complications with previous injections?  All of these questions should be asked and answered by your physician prior to any cosmetic procedure, however.  The risks are relatively low and Botox® is the number 1 performed injectable in the world.  

Who offers the best pricing in Portland Maine for Botox® injections?

We understand price is a factor for many people during the shopping phase.  Our philosophy is, would you trust your mechanic to install your sink?  No!  The point is, you should look for an establishment that has experience doing/performing the procedures you’re interested in…especially injectables like Botox®.  Back to price – the typical cost per unit for Botox® is $11-$14.  We offer many incentives and Allergan (the manufacturer of Botox®) provides a generous rewards program for loyal customers.

Plus, Maine Laser Clinic runs a monthly promotional day to introduce those interested in seeking treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, special events like, graduations, birthday parties, weddings, and more.  

What kind of training should practitioners have who perform Botox® injections?

It’s always good to seek out a practitioner who has received certification in Botox® injections.  Additionally, it’s important that the doctor or nurse receive clinical practice during their certification.  Here at Maine Laser Clinic, our staff has undergone advanced training in Botox®, Juvederm®, Kybella® and Microcannula training.  These advanced trainings ensure you’ll receive the very best care and attention during your treatment.  We are Portland Maine’s premier med-spa and invest in ongoing training with the latest techniques and procedures that keep us sharp, focused and knowledgeable about all aspects of skin care, health care, and safety practices.  

Check out these before & after photos.  Remember, we offer complimentary consultations…207-200-6530

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.  

Acne Scarring
Check out this Tattoo Removal Video

Check out this Tattoo Removal Video

Check out this awesome laser tattoo removal video.  It’s always awesome to have a homemade tattoo to remove in just one session.  People ask, “why do homemade tattoo’s come up so fast?”  It’s simple, homemade tattoo’s usually aren’t deep as “professional” tattoos.  The machines used to deposit tattoo ink penetrate the dermis at rapid speeds – depositing tattoo ink that lasts many years.

Homemade tattoos are usually done with a tiny pin and old India Ink.  The superficial ink isn’t deep enough to hide from the energy most tattoo machine deliver in such a short time, consequently making them much easier to break up and remove.  Call our office if you have a tattoo you’re considering removing.  We always offer complimentary consultations.

Before and After Photos

Before and After Photos

We’re always amazed at how well customers recovery after a treatment.  Check out these cool before and after photos of patients who had tattoo removal, Botox, Juvederm, Microneedling, Nail Fungus Treatment, Hair Removal and more.


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

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

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.