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.

 

New Laser Hair Removal Machine

New Laser Hair Removal Machine

New Diode Laser Hair Removal Machine

Maine Laser Clinic now offers Diode laser hair removal, using a 810nm Diode laser. Our new laser uses state of art technology to safely remove unwanted hair. There is no skin type we can’t treat. Our new laser cuts the hair removal process in half. There’s not need to travel to Boston any more. Portland and Southern Maine now has a hair removal machine so advanced people have been traveling as far away as Presque Isle for treatment.

The design of the Coolite Pro is the worlds first fiber couple Diode Laser. The efficiency of this device is amazing! Treatment times are reduced do to the 12x12mm spot size. The sapphire tip within the laser cools the skin, resulting in a gentle Laser Hair Removal treatment. The removal process is a simple out patient procedure.

The laser is perfect for reducing ingrown hairs as well as treating hidradenitis suppurativa.   The other great benefit of using the Diode for hair removal is the wavelength is easily absorbed by pigment within the hair shaft.  Additionally, the laser is twice as fast at treating large areas like the back (usually 30 minutes), and legs.  Older, less effective lasers required longer treatment times, and an extra machine to help cool the skin during treatment.

The Coolite Pro cools the skin during the treatment – making the process tolerable and more importantly, effective at reducing hair by 20% per treatment.

We offer complimentary consultations, so book your appointment today and learn how you can throw away your razor, and enjoy hair free skin that looks as youthful as it did when you were a baby.

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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.  

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

Maine Laser Clinic is proud to announce the first ever PicoSure™ laser system in the great state of Maine.  What does this new addition mean for our community?  Well, picosecond laser tattoo removal is the newest and best option for removing unwanted tattoos – often called, “tattoo regret.”

Maine Laser Clinic recently partnered with CynoSure to bring the first PicoSure™ laser to Maine.  With this addition, our clinic will now have advanced options for tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, scar revision, and brown spot removal.  These are truly exciting times for our clinic.  Additionally, our partnership with allow us to grow in areas of charitable contributions, that were unsustainable before now.

How does the PicoSure™ laser work?  Cynosure has developed a system that works to use photomechanical destruction of ink particles, decreasing the amount of treatment times, as well as protecting other chromophores in the skin.  There’s a lot of technology behind this system, so please call us to learn more about this wonderful addition and to learn now Maine Laser Clinic can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Healthy Foods

Healthy Foods

Healthy Foods

Protein and your immune system

Much research has shown that protein malnutrition can have a variety of untoward effects on the immune system. In fact, protein malnutrition may be an important contributing factor in HIV seroconversion (the process by which a person with primary exposure to Human Immunodeficiency Virus becomes infected with that virus). Research studies have show that deficiency of high-quality protein protein can result in depletion of immune cells, inability of the body to make antibodies, and other immune-related problems. In addition, animal studies have shown that the immune system can be significantly compromised with even a 25% reduction in adequate protein intake.

Protein is composed of the 20 amino acids your body needs for growth and repair, and some of these amino acids appear to be particularly important for immune functioning. For example, the amino acids called glutamine and arginine are being considered as nutrition therapy in pre-surgery patients because of their ability to stimulate the immune system. Interestingly, it is not just deficiency of these amino acids that can compromise the immune system, an imbalance in the ratios among amino acids can also affect the immune response.

Therefore, a diet that supports a healthy immune system should contain foods providing high-quality, complete protein, such as that found in eggs, fish, shellfish, and venison. Many vegetables and grains are also excellent sources of many of the immune-stimulating amino acids and, together with other protein sources, are particularly beneficial. The recipes on this web page provide many excellent menus for a meal with complete protein, such as the Baked Seafood with Asparagus, or Poached Fish with Chinese Cabbage.

The essential vitamins for healthy immune function
As discussed above, your body uses a variety of responses to maintain its defense against harmful pathogenic organisms in the environment; therefore, it may not be surprising that nearly all of the vitamins are necessary to maintain and promote some aspect of your immune function. Some vitamins have received more attention in the research literature since they are particularly important to a healthy immune system.

Much has been written about the role of vitamin C in supporting the immune system, in part because it has been promoted as an immune stimulant by the noted scientist and Nobel Prize Laureate, Linus Pauling. Vitamin C appears to support a decrease in the length of time and severity of symptoms associated with upper respiratory viral infections, promote phagocytic cell functions, and support healthy T-cell function. Vitamin C also provides antioxidant activity to support healing at sites of inflammation. An excellent source of vitamin C is citrus fruit. Many vegetables are also excellent sources of vitamin C, such as fresh parsley, raw cauliflower, mustard greens andRomaine lettuce.

Many of the B-vitamins are also very important in supporting a healthy immune system. For example, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) promotes the production and release of antibodies from B-cells, and deficiency of vitamin B5 results in reduced levels of circulating antibodies. Folic acid deficiency leads to a decrease in T-cells and can result in reduced effectiveness of the soluble factors as well. Vitamin B6 deficiency consistently impairs T-cell functioning and results in a decrease in blood lymphocyte counts. Deficiencies in vitamins B1(thiamin) and B2 (riboflavin) may impair normal antibody response, and low vitamin B12appears to inhibit phagocytic cells and possibly T-cell function.

Almost all whole grains, vegetables and fruits can serve as excellent sources of at least some of these vitamins, but some vegetables are particularly beneficial since they are excellent sources of many of these immune-supporting vitamins. In particular, Romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, C, and folate. Cooked turnip greens and boiled spinach are excellent sources of folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. And cooked cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and folate and a very good source of vitamin B5 and B6. Raw crimini mushrooms are also an excellent source of vitamin B2 and vitamin B5. Red bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B12 can be obtained from protein-providing foods such as fish, shellfish, venison and calf’s liver.

The fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K are also important to overall health. Vitamin A deficiency has been shown to impair antibody function and T-cell activity. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant and supports a healthy inflammatory response. Vitamin E is also an important component of all cell membranes and promotes healthy cellular functioning overall. T-cells and B-cells from vitamin E-deficient animals show depressed responses, and tumors have been shown to grow faster in vitamin-E deficient animals. Vitamin K supports a healthy blood-clotting ability in your body, and this is necessary for seclusion of areas of infections and injury in the healing process. Cooked turnip greens and boiled mustard greens, mentioned above, are also excellent sources of vitamins E and A, as well as boiled Swiss chard. Other excellent sources of vitamin A include many vegetables such as spinach, freshparsley and carrots. Concentrated sources of vitamin K include raw cauliflower, as well as most green vegetables such asspinach and asparagus.

Minerals that support your immune system
Zinc is one of the minerals in food that has received the most attention for its ability to support immune function. Zinc is a potent immunostimulant, and its deficiency can result in profound suppression of T-cell function. Children with severe zinc deficiencies show signs of growth retardation and susceptibility to infections. However, an excess of zinc has also shown negative effects on immune function and can inhibit the phagocytic cells (macrophages and neutrophils). So, maintaining adequate but not excessive levels of zinc is important. This is one reason food is such an excellent source of obtaining nutrition versus supplementation; food contains a balanced variety of the micronutrients whereas supplementation with individual nutrients can lead to too much of some and not enough of others. Healthy levels of zinc can be provided by including the good sources of zinc, such as boiled Swiss chard,collard greens, and both summer squash and winter squash, or the very good or excellent sources of zinc like lamb, raw crimini mushrooms and calf’s liver in your diet.

Many other minerals are important in supporting immune function. Clinical research studies have shown that irondeficiency results in impaired response to antibodies, and defective phagocytic cell functioning. Copper deficiency is associated with an increase in infections and may impair development of immune cells such as T-cells and the phagocytic cells. Selenium and manganese are important for supporting healing from inflammation and may be immunostimulants. Selenium can be obtained from fish and shellfish, as well as tofuand whole grains. Excellent sources of copper are turnip greens,calf’s liver and raw crimini mushrooms, and very good sources include spinach, asparagus and summer squash and boiled Swiss chard. Iron can be provided by fresh parsley, spices such asthyme or cinnamon, tofu, beans and peas, and many other vegetables such as spinach and Romaine lettuce.

Antioxidants and phytonutrients that promote healthy immune function
Reactive oxygen species, free radicals and other damaging molecules are generated at sites of infection and inflammation. Your body needs these molecules at the site of infection to help kill unhealthy cells; however, when your antioxidant systems are not functioning, or when not enough antioxidants are present in your diet, these molecules are not disarmed after they have done their jobs and can become damaging to healthy tissue as well. Many fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants and phytonutrients that help maintain healthy tissue around the sites of infection and support healing. Fruits and vegetables, especially colored foods like strawberries, cherries, carrots, andtomatoes contain many beneficial phytonutrients with antioxidant potential. More detailed information on the health benefits of phytonutrients can be obtained from the FAQ: What is the Special Nutritional Power Found in Fruits and Vegetables.