We understand the importance of being well-informed. It is normal to have questions when trying a treatment for the first time. Therefore we have done our best to compile this FAQ to help you find the relevant information you seek. If your questions are still not answered, do not hesitate to contact us.
What quality of equipment is used by your facility?
Avante Laser & Aesthetics uses only quality medical grade equipment. We believe that each customer should receive the best results the industry has to offer. The manufacturers of all our equipment are cutting-edge and industry leading companies. For more information, check out Our Equipment section.
Are your technicians qualified?
All of our technicians are fully qualified aestheticians and/or technicians. All of our staff are accredited in their particular fields and most have multiple accreditations. Also, each technician is trained by the manufacturer on their respective equipment, ensuring even higher quality service.
Why does your staff recommend products?
First and foremost, Avante Laser & Aesthetics staff only recommends products that we feel that you may benefit from or would enjoy. We never recommend a product that you do not need and we definitely do not believe in ‘pushy’ sales techniques. Our front line staff are educated in most product lines, if the information you received is not adequate, please feel free to speak directly with our skin care specialists.
Do you do price matching?
Unfortunately not. Our prices are very competitively priced already. A company that has better price offerings may not have better equipment or superior technical and customer service. We recommend researching the company, the experience of the technicians, and more importantly, the level of equipment utilized.
Do you price match online deals your company has or has had?
Yes and no.
We work with industry leading advertising companies such as Groupon & SocialShopper periodically. If you are subscribed to these sites and find an online offering, you are welcome to purchase from them or directly from us at the same price.
However, if you have purchased a deal that is no longer offered online, we cannot offer that expired deal in-house either. We sign contracts with the aforementioned companies to bring awesome offerings, periodically, not continuously.
I purchased an online deal, now there is a better deal available, can I get a credit?
Unfortunately not. Different companies structure different deals, we have very minimal control on how deals are put together, we only approve or decline them. If your voucher is unused, you may be able to return it and purchase that EVEN BETTER deal from the next company.
If you have purchased an online deal directly through us and discover a new deal offered, we still would not offer credit in this scenario. The local Avante staff such as the receptionists and technicians are not aware of upcoming deals, they are only notified of deals the morning of the release.
Please take into consideration that you already got an AWESOME deal which is most likely 70-95% cheaper than the regular price.
Feel free to check online offerings in the future, sometimes better deals, sometimes not, but still at great discounted prices!
I purchased a service at regular price, now there is a better deal, can I get a credit?
Unfortunately not. We periodically have services on sale that are available to our newsletter subscribers, Twitter followers, and Facebook likes and sometimes we have in-house offerings. If you purchased a service at regular price, remember that our price points are typically 5-10% cheaper than our competitors. We also have the best equipment in the industry to provide our services with. You are welcome to purchase the new offering/sale and add it to your account, but we do not transfer credit from one priced service to the next.
Please subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Twitter, and like our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest offerings!
Why don’t you advertise which promotions & online deals are currently available?
When we work with companies to provide awesome discounted services, they make a commitment to us to advertise the deal. It is up to the customer to seek out deals if they so choose. Just as though one may be searching for a coupon code for a pair shoes to their favourite shoe store, or a 2 for 1 deal to their favourite pizza shop. Companies often will not promote their online offerings that are done through 3rd party companies. On the same note, we do advertise our own promotions that are released in-house, through our newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook. Stay connected here.
Do you offer refunds for services?
We do not offer refunds. All sales are final. If you are not satisfied with your service, we encourage you to contact us. Management takes your concerns very seriously and we will do what we can to rectify the situation.
If a promotion has been redeemed (ie. SocialShopper voucher), there are no full or partial refunds from us or SocialShopper. Because the promotions are already so heavily discounted, one session used of your promotion usually equates to more than the promotional purchase price.
Can we substitute treatment areas? Sessions? Split services?
We do not substitute treatment areas, sessions, or split services between multiple clients in any situation. The situations in which these questions has risen in are;
1) “After 3 sessions, I have no hair growth on my upper lip, can I use my remaining 3 sessions on another body part like my chin?” – Our Laser Technologies provide amazing results, even though you may not require the full amount of treatments (for example most promotions sell 6 sessions at a time), we do not transfer to another body part. However, those treatments for that body part will remain on your account.
2) “I purchased Full Face hair removal, but I do not need my forehead or sideburns included, can I switch those body parts which are included in Full Face for front & back of neck?” – Our pricing is based on the body part selected, therefore we do not substitute parts for others as it would not be fair to us.
3) “I have had laser hair removal in this body part before at a different service provider, can I use 1 or 2 of my sessions for this body part and the remaining sessions for another body part?” – We are unable to verify where you have had your previous services done, with which technologies, and with which settings. Based on that, when you visit Avante Laser & Aesthetics, we base your treatments as a new customer. We take into account you have had treatments elsewhere, but to provide the best results, our technicians work within the 6-8 session rule. Due to that, we do not transfer sessions.
4) “I purchased a package/voucher, can I share it with another person?” – If the package or promotional offer specifically says sharing is allowed, then yes, but in most cases, we do not split services.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
What exactly is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from the body utilizing a long pulse laser. Laser hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997. The treatment is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist or a doctor (depending on the clinic and state regulations) by pointing the laser device at shaved skin. Laser heat disables follicles from producing hair.
Hair grows in cycles. Since various hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, about 6-8 treatments at intervals of 8-12 weeks are necessary to disable most of the follicles in a given area.
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Both men and women seek laser hair removal to remove unwanted hair. Hair removal is commonly done on underarm, pubic area, legs, abdomen, lip, chin, back, buttocks, thighs, face, neck, chest, arms, and toes.
Laser technology works by targeting dark pigment. Therefore, it works best on pale skin and dark coarse hair. The lighter the skin and the darker and more coarse the hair, the better are the results.
The best candidates are a patients’ treating areas with dark coarse dense hair growth.
Which type of hair removal laser will work for me?
Currently, there are three popular types of hair removal lasers made by various manufacturers: Alexandrite, Diode, and Nd:YAG. Intense Pulse Light systems (IPLs) are also used for hair removal.
Some of the more popular brands of devices currently on the market are:
- Alexandrite: GentleLASE, Apogee
- Diode: LightSheer, F1 Diode, MeDioStar, Palomar SLP 1000, Comet (w/RF technology)
- Nd:YAG: CoolGlide, GentleYAG, Lyra-i, Sciton
- Alexandrite/ND:Yag Combination Devices: GentleMAX, Apogee Elite, Apogee MPX
- IPL: Palomar Starlux and EsteLux, EpiLight, Aculight, Vasculigh, Aurora (w/RF technology)
At Avante, we use only Alma Lasers. Alma Lasers uses all the above technologies listed above for different applications through one advanced comprehensive platform. Providing exceptional results, multiple technologies and applications, as well as immediate access to the industry’s newest treatments. For more information, please visit; http://avantelaser.com/equipment/
In order to determine the best device to use, patients need to figure out their skin type using the Fitzpatrick Skin Chart*. In 1975, Thomas B Fitzpatrick, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, developed a classification system for skin typing. This system was based on a person’s response to sun exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning the individual experienced.
*This tool is approximate
TYPE I: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans. Example: Red hair with freckles or Albino
TYPE II: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally.
Example: Fair-skinned, fair-haired Caucasians
TYPE III: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown.
Example: Darker Caucasians, European mix
TYPE IV: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown.
Example: Mediterranean, European, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian
TYPE V: Sun-insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well.
Example: Hispanics, Afro-American, Middle Eastern
TYPE VI: Sun-insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented.
Example: Afro-American, African, Middle Eastern
◦ Alexandrite lasers are best for skin types I-III
◦ Diode lasers are best for skin types I-IV
◦ Nd:YAG* lasers are best for skin types IV and darker
*ND:YAG lasers were specifically created to cater to dark-skinned patients. This is the only type of laser that should be used on skin types V and darker. Using any other types of lasers on this type of skin can result in burns if they are used at settings that disable the hair permanently.
How does laser hair removal work?
Lasers designed for permanent hair reduction emit wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair (melanin). If the surrounding skin is lighter than the colour of the hair, the energy of the laser is concentrated in the hair shaft, effectively destroying it without affecting the skin or the follicle.
Since lasers target pigment, treatments are most effective on coarse hair because it has a lot of pigment and can absorb a lot of heat. Fine hair cannot absorb much heat.
The ability of the laser device to produce a very narrow bandwidth on a consistent basis is the key to a safe efficient treatment. While the laser emits a beam that only heats the hair shaft, heat is transmitted from the hair shaft to the surrounding tissue for several milliseconds after the laser pulse. Several lasers possess cooling attachments which cool the surrounding skin to fully absorb any heat transmitted from the destroyed hair shafts.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) machines are not lasers. These machines use a highly concentrated beam of traditional incoherent light, often in conjunction with a cream or gel, to burn the hair shaft. A serious flaw with these systems is that they lack the laser’s ability to produce a selective bandwidth of light that will only affect the hair shaft (selective photothermolysis). IPLs produce a wide bandwidth of light that can heat up all of the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disabling hair and putting the patient at a higher risk for burns, especially on darker skin.
IPL devices are generally cheaper than laser devices, which is why many clinics choose to use them. Generally, true hair removal lasers (i.e. alexandrite, diode, and ND:Yag types) tend to achieve better and faster results than IPLs.
How many laser treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?
Most patients need at least 6-8 effective treatments spaced 8-12 weeks apart. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any given area. Due to length of hair growth cycles, treatments are usually needed once every 8-12 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on body part. Face usually requires more frequent treatments (about 8 weeks apart) whereas legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 12 weeks apart).
Shedding of all treated hair should be expected within 3 weeks of each treatment. The hair that doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks has likely been either missed or not affected due to inappropriate settings. If this is the case, a touchup treatment is necessary at that time. All 6-8 treatments should be good effective treatments in order to achieve good results.
Once the hair sheds, patients should experience a hair-free period for several weeks. Once new hair comes in again, patients should come in for their next session.
Is laser hair removal permanent? Are there permanent hair removal methods?
Laser hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and the Food and Drug Administration approved them for “permanent reduction.” They disable hair permanently as long as the right type of hair is treated with an appropriate type of laser at effective settings.
However, it is called a “reduction” because, no matter what some clinics may claim, hair removal lasers cannot and do not remove 100% of the hair in an area. With proper treatments, laser can remove the majority of the coarse hair on a body area, but they cannot remove finer hair. Be cautious of clinics making claims that seem too good to be true.
In order to achieve 100% clearance of hair in any one area, most people need to follow up laser treatments with electrolysis treatments to remove any remaining finer hairs. Laser can only remove coarse hair.
Generally, a patient can tell how much reduction was achieved from a course of treatments after waiting 6-12 months from their last treatment. Any hair that grows in after the 12-month period is new hair that the body can develop due to numerous factors such as age, diet, hormonal changes, and medical conditions such as PCOS. Patients who experience new growth later in life can get touchup treatments.
Some experts believe a small percentage of people are non-responders to laser hair removal treatments. This has not been confirmed or proven, and reasons are not known. At the same time, it’s difficult to judge whether a patient’s lack of results is, in fact, due to being a non-responder. Lack of results could be due to an undetected underlying medical condition or improperly performed treatments.
In essence, it’s difficult to predict results. Results depend on many variables, including type of laser used, how settings are set, underlying causes of the hair growth, the technician’s experience, etc. That is why it’s a good idea to start treatments on one small area before committing to an expensive course of treatments on many areas at once.
Electrolysis is the only other proven permanent hair removal method, which has been in use for over 125 years. It involves treating one hair at a time and is a good option for smaller areas where precision is necessary (like eyebrows or upper lip). At this time, it is as the only permanent option for any fine and light-colored hair.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
Prices vary widely from clinic to clinic. It’s a good idea to get quotes from several clinics in the area to compare prices and other factors.
Some clinics offer discounts if paying for a package of multiple treatments upfront. However, buying a package also prevents an unhappy patient from switching providers. Since laser operator skill is very important in achieving results, it is recommended to start with one small area and investing in treatment packages only once satisfied. It’s a good idea to compare types of lasers used, treatment prices, technicians’ experiences, and other factors among at least 3-5 clinics in the area.
Avante Laser & Aesthetics strives to provide affordable prices using high quality medical grade equipment. If you are hesitant to commit to a package, we recommend you come in for a free consultation as well as beginning laser hair removal treatments on a small area of your body before moving onto larger areas or purchasing packages.
Is laser hair removal painful?
In one pulse, laser removes all the hair on a patch of skin the size of a nickel or a quarter. Generally, laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing, though the sensation is different. With each pulse, the feeling resembles a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second. Pain is only felt while laser is hitting the skin and doesn’t last. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream, though one can be prescribed to more sensitive patients. EMLA is one popular option. Using anesthetic creams is safest on small areas. It’s also important to obtain a cream that is properly compounded. Using an inappropriately compounded numbing cream on large areas can result in adverse side effects or even death. Patients should consult with their doctor.
At Avante, we also offer pain-free cooled laser hair removal, which is proven to be just as effective as traditional methods.
WARNING: If you insist on using an anesthetic cream, you may not be able to feel any heat sensation from the laser. This can create adverse effects as it is the duty of the patient to advise the technician on any uncomfortable feelings/sensations. Without that knowledge, a technician may not be able to gauge properly how many extra breaks in between pulses are required for the patient. As per our pre-treatment protocols, we do not recommend any use of anesthetic creams. Use at your own risk. See our Contraindications & Warnings section for more information.
Are there any laser hair removal risks or side effects I should be aware of?
Some people may experience the following potential temporary side effects:
• Redness for up to 3 days
• Swelling around mouth of follicle for up to 3 days
• Tingling or feeling of numbness
The following rare side effects are indicative of inappropriate laser type and/or settings:
• Crusting/scab formation
• Purpura (purple coloring of the skin)
• Temporary pigment change (hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation)
What if I merely wish to reduce the density of body hair in a certain area?
Yes. This can be achieved with 3-4 treatments instead of the full course of 6-8 treatments. To achieve an even reduction without patchiness, it is imperative to find an experienced laser operator who overlaps properly while covering the area and doesn’t miss spots. It’s also a good idea to wait at least 12 weeks between sessions in order to correctly assess the amount of reduction achieved at any point during the course of treatments.
How do I choose the right laser clinic for my needs?
The Laser: Choose a clinic with the best laser for your skin type*. Do not fall for marketing hype. Every laser can technically be applied to any skin type without adverse side effects by manipulating the settings, but only the right laser at appropriate settings will result in permanent hair reduction.
*Patients who are in between skin types on the Fitzpatrick skin chart should get test spots done with various laser types to determine whether their skin can handle aggressive settings on the more powerful devices.
The Clinic: Choose a clinic whose main priority is your results. Schedule consultations with at least 3-5 clinics with the best laser type for your skin type before making a commitment. Be an informed consumer and ask questions to assess the clinic’s knowledge of laser hair removal. Avoid clinics with high-pressure tactics. Prices can vary by as much as 100-300%.
The Laser Operator: The person operating the laser device should have extensive experience specifically in laser hair removal. The best technicians are those who have the most hands-on experience, not those with the most education on paper. It’s a good idea to find out whether the same person will be performing each session.
What should I expect before and after a laser treatment?
Patients should not wax, epilate, or remove hair with the root using any other hair removal method for at least 4 weeks prior to their first session and throughout their course of treatments. The hair needs to be in place in order to be targeted by laser as laser devices targets the pigment in the hair.
The area to be treated should be shaved 24 hours (maximum 48 hours) prior to treatments so that the energy is targeted towards the hair follicle and not wasted on the hair above the skin’s surface. Treating unshaved skin can result in burning of the skin by singed hairs.
Treatments are relatively quick. Both underarms take about 5 minutes. Full legs can take 1-1.5 hours. After the treatment, applying ice packs and cooled pure aloe vera gel help soothe the skin.
All hair should shed within 3 weeks* following the treatment. Sometimes, shedding doesn’t start until about 10 days after the session. During the shedding phase, hair may look like it’s growing, but it is actually coming out to shed. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofa can help speed up the shedding process.
After 3 weeks, some patients may see small black dots remain in the hair follicles on some areas. These are commonly referred to as “pepperspots”, which eventually shed on their own. Exfoliating may help speed up the process. Regardless, they will be singed off in the following session.
Once the hair sheds, patients should experience a hair-free period for several weeks. Once new hair grows in, patients should come in for their next session. For most people and on most body areas, this happens about 8-12 weeks after the previous treatment.
Patients should continue treatments until remaining hairs are too fine for laser to target, or until they’ve reached their desired reduction.
*Shedding of all treated hair should be expected within 3 weeks of each treatment. The hair which doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks has been either missed, requires further treatments, or rarely, was not affected due to inappropriate settings. In some cases, a touchup treatment may be necessary. All 6-8 treatments should be good effective treatments at aggressive, but safe, settings in order to achieve permanent hair reduction results.
What are the hair growth cycles?
Hair growth in each hair follicle occurs in a cycle. There are three main phases of the hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen and telogen.
Anagen (active) is the growing phase or when the hair fiber is produced.
Catagen (club hair) is the period of controlled regression of the hair follicle. This phase is when the lower part of the hair stops growing, but does not shed, and the follicle is reabsorbed.
Telogen (tired) is the last of the hair growth cycle. In this resting phase, the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of a new anagen hair.
Normally this cycle of hair production will continue for the duration of the individual’s life. However, various factors can influence, promote and inhibit hair production.
Laser affects hairs when it’s in its anagen phase of growth. Thus, patients need multiple treatments in order to disable each batch of hair as it enters the anagen phase of growth. Hair cycle length varies depending on body part. Face usually requires more frequent treatments (about 8 weeks apart) whereas legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 12 weeks apart). Spacing treatments 8-12 weeks apart allows adequate time to target hair on most body areas.
What are the causes of excessive hair growth? How can they impact my treatment?
The causes of excessive hair growth are many and varied, including:
•Glandular and/or hormonal imbalances, including diseases causing these effects (i.e. PCOS condition in women)
•Insulin resistance issues
•Reactions to certain medications
•Normal aging processes
•Excessive temporary hair removal methods that impact the root (like waxing and tweezing)
Before starting laser treatments, patients with excessive hair growth on uncommon areas should explore possible underlying medical reasons for it. Hair removal methods can only impact hair that’s currently growing. They cannot prevent the body from developing new hair after treatments are completed.
Women with facial male-pattern growth are advised to see an endocrinologist to explore the possibility of PCOS or elevated testosterone levels. Men experiencing excessive growth can get tested for insulin resistance.
Is it true that laser hair removal can stimulate hair growth in some areas?
Some patients report that finer hairs treated with laser become more prominent and more numerous. Related discussions have begun at industry conferences. It is a rare occurrence which happens only when treating fine hair, especially on women’s faces and men’s upper arms, shoulders and upper backs. It is also a concern when treating sparse hairs of any kind on any body area. Darker skin types (type IV and darker) are more susceptible to experiencing laser-induced growth.
It is advised to only choose laser hair removal for body areas with dark coarse dense growth. Laser devices are only effective on coarse growth. Fine and vellus hair should be removed with electrolysis.
What do you define as a Brazilian?
A Brazilian Wax treatment and a Brazilian Laser Hair Removal treatment are two different things. In waxing, it is common to include the bikini area, the Brazilian (pubic area), and the perianal (which is the anus area and perineum [the area between the anus and genitals]) in one treatment.
In lasering, it is not common to do the perianal area due to sensitivity. But with the advent of cold laser technologies, a Full Brazilian is coming into practice.
Our Brazilian Laser Hair Removal treatment includes the pubic area and the bikini line only. We based our decision off popularity of the most commonly lasered areas. We offer anus area, gluteal cleft (butt crack), and extended bikini line (upper inner thigh) as separate areas.
IPL Photorejuvenation FAQ
What is IPL Photorejuvenation?
IPL is short for ‘intense pulsed light’. IPL uses intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths from 500nm to 1200nm, for medical and cosmetic purposes.
What is a vascular lesion?
Vascular lesions are the result of numerous or large vessels that form directly underneath the skin. This usually results in a red appearance in the skin since the vessels can be visible through the skin. These lesions occur in many sizes, shapes and forms all over the body. These lesions occur in a variety of forms including port-wine stains, broken capillaries, hemangiomas, cherry angiomas, telangiectasias (small facial blood vessels), rosacea, small blood vessels, and red scars.
IPL Photorejuvenation works only on benign vascular lesions.
What do you mean ‘benign’ vascular lesion?
A benign vascular lesion is a non-threatening lesion. After they are formed, they usually do not continue to grow after onset. Benign is the opposite of malignant, which would continue to grow and damage surrounding healthy skin cells.
Can vascular lesions go away on their own?
Vascular lesions do not go away by themselves. Fortunately, they can be removed by laser therapy.
How does IPL Photorejuvenation work on vascular lesions?
The IPL delivers high intensity computer controlled pulses of light that penetrate the skin and are then absorbed by the problem areas without damaging surrounding healthy skin.
The heat energy causes coagulation of the hemoglobin in the veins, causing the blood vessels to close off. The skin is left with a more even skin colour and an overall smoother and more radiant appearance.
What is a pigmented lesion?
Commonly known as freckles, sun spots, age spots, and some types of birthmarks.
Almost everyone has a pigmented lesion of some type. These areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors. Pigmented lesions vary widely in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in such conspicuous places as the face, neck or arms. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. However, certain moles or “sun spots” can be precancerous; removing these lesions is medically necessary.
Can pigmented lesions go away on their own?
Pigmented lesions can go away on their own. For example, some people grow out of freckles and some people’s birthmarks reduce in appearance over time. However, if you have a pigmented lesion that you have had most of your life, chances are, it will not go away on its own.
How does IPL Photorejuvenation work on pigmented lesions?
With pigmented lesions, the light energy heats the melanin in the lesion and causes it to fragment. The melanin fragments are then absorbed by the body and eliminated. By providing smooth, consistent light pulses, the energy delivered to the skin is gentle and effective.
Is IPL Photorejuvenation safe?
Photorejuvenation is quick and effective treatment for cosmetic and some medical concerns with virtually no downtime.
How many treatments would I require?
We recommend coming in for a free consultation with one of our laser technicians. Everyone’s skin and healing abilities are different, we probably will able to gauge approximately how many treatments you’d require.
How often should I come in for a treatment?
Again, we recommend coming in for a free consultation with one of our laser technicians. Most commonly, 3-5 weeks is how far the treatments should be spaced apart.
What is ClearLift?
ClearLift (also known as the ‘Lunch Time Face Lift’) is a non-ablative approach to laser skin resurfacing. Using 1064nm Q-Switched laser technology, patients enjoy fast, comfortable treatments with visible results and no downtime.
What does ClearLift do?
ClearLift improves fine lines, wrinkles, the appearance of small veins and redness caused by vascularity. It is gentle enough to treat areas that are typically too sensitive to treat with traditional ablative lasers, such as the delicate skin around the eyes, neck, mouth and chest.
By inducing neocollagenesis, the creation and inducement of new collagen within our skin, through deep thermal heating, using a near infrared laser, our skin essentially turns back the clock returning to a more youthful look.
Skin tightening treatments work by using a laser to deliver uniform energy distribution and effectively targets lipids and connective tissue. It exerts its biological effect on the skin through two major mechanisms:
Heat-induced collagen shrinkage and micro-thermal injury
Dermal regeneration, repair (healing) and remodelling
This produces dramatic, yet comfortable deep dermal heating without damage to the epidermis.
Can ClearLift be used on other parts of my body?
Yes, ClearLift is safe to use on any part of your body that has aged or been damaged throughout the years.
How many ClearLift treatments would I require?
That all depends on which area, how aged/damaged that area is, your healing factor, and much more. Most clients require 4-8 treatments on each area, but we recommend for you to come in for a free consultation with one of our laser technicians.
How often should I be coming in for ClearLift treatments?
We recommend waiting 4-6 weeks in between treatments. Though technically you can come sooner, we recommend giving your body ample time to stimulate its own natural collagen reproduction.
What is HydraFacialTM?
The HydraFacialTM treatment is a new breakthrough in aesthetic technology. It takes its name from the root word Hydrate; “to cause to take up moisture”. This ability to moisturize the skin separates the HydraFacialTM from all other skin resurfacing procedures. The HydraFacialTM treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.
Why is HydraFacialTM good for my skin?
Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin. Irritation of the skin has been proven to increase signs of aging. The HydraFacialTM is a hydrating and non-irritating treatment.
Am I a candidate for this treatment?
The HydraFacialTM treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacialTM treatment. Your physician or skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.
How long does the treatment take? Is there any downtime or pain involved?
The HydraFacialTM treatment is a fast, efficient treatment that takes 25-45 minutes, depending on which type you choose. The treatment is often described as a feeling similar to “a cool paintbrush moving over the face”. You may put on make-up (but we recommend you wait) and return to your normal activities right after the treatment since there is no downtime.
What results may be expected? How many treatments are needed to see results? How long do the results last?
Many people report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. 1 treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacialTM treatments are highly recommended to maintain results.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion, popularly known as “skin polishing”, is a simple and safe, office cosmetic procedure that has gained popularity in the last 20 years.
How exactly does microdermabrasion function?
This procedure involves “sanding” the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum) with a fine mist of crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells, dirt and grime nestled in the pores all while smoothing the skin to reveal healthier looking skin. This treatment stimulates new collagen production which helps your skin rejuvenate faster than normal, resulting in a reduction of fine lines, skin texture refinement, age/sun spots.
Is microdermabrasion suitable for me?
The procedure is recommended for certain skin types and certain skin conditions. It is always good to have a general consultation to learn of other and possibly better options. You may have problem skin or just prefer to have more cleaner looking radiant skin, microdermabrasion is one of many options to help you reach your goals. Conditions such as the reduction of superficial acne scars, aging skin, blackheads, pox marks from acne, chicken pox scars, blotchy skin, large pores, age spots, sun spots, fine wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture may make you a good candidate for microdermabrasion.
At Avante, we also offer a newer type of facial which works similar to a microdermabrasion, but is instead completely non-invasive and available to virtually everyone. It is called HydraFacial.
Where can microdermabrasion be done on the body?
This treatment can be done anywhere on the body where you want smoother, younger looking skin, such as hands, arms, neck, back.
What is the skin ‘sanded’ with in the crystal based microdermabrasion method?
The skin is “sanded” with high quality fine aluminum oxide crystals. Aluminum oxide is a colourless sapphire and a naturally formed crystal; about as natural as possible.
How many treatments will I need and how frequently should they be scheduled?
Every person is different and reacts to cosmetic procedures in an individual way, but generally 4 microdermabrasion treatments done 7 days apart are required for most people to achieve optimal results. These appointments can be scheduled 7 days apart.
When do microdermabrasion results become visible?
Results are often times, immediate, as you will notice the day of the treatment that your skin is looking cleaner and more polished. Results such as a nice, clean, smooth feeling is apparent directly after the session. Multiple treatments will provide more visible results.
Does microdermabrasion benefit makeup application?
Microdermabrasion makes makeup application look more natural and effective. Microdermabrasion smooths the skin by gently “sanding” the surface of the skin, as we would sand a piece of wood prior to staining it. Since the skin underneath the makeup is smooth and glowing you will notice your foundation does not look dull or ashy because microdermabrasion will have sanded the dead skin off. Your make up application will look clean, fresh and radiant!
Can microdermabrasion help reduce large pores?
Yes. Microdermabrasion stimulates collagen production which is why it works on large pores. The vacuum function sucks out hardened oil, dust and other dirt & debris, which may clog your pores. This way, the oil in the glands can again reach the surface of your skin and your pores can return to their natural shape and size. It cleans the pores and hinders any future breakouts if used on a regular basis.
Are there any risks or side effects?
There are virtually no side effects and it is virtually risk-free. Microdermabrasion is fairly non-invasive and mild, so you have nothing to worry about. To prevent the risk of infection we use proper sterilization and sanitization practices on the microdermabrasion equipment and within the office the procedure is being performed. Avante Laser & Aesthetics is committed to client safety.
What should I expect to feel immediately after the microdermabrasion treatment?
After the treatment the skin may experience an itching and burning sensation. At Avante Laser & Aesthetics, we apply a high quality moisturizer to calm the itching sensation.
What should I expect the days following the microdermabrasion treatment?
During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, or slightly red/pink, similar to effects of a mild sunburn which goes away after a few hours. Be sure to:
• apply moisturizer during the first few days
• avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the treatment
• do not use any peeling products for the next 3-4 days following treatment (Any products containing Retinol, Glycolic, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic or Beta Hydroxy Acids).
• avoid full-face make up (liquid foundation or pressed powder) for 1-2 days after treatment.
Is it safe for all skin types?
Although a microdermabrasion’s effectiveness is based on certain skin types and certain skin conditions, in general the procedure is safe for virtually everyone. If you are sensitive to chemical peels, microdermabrasion is a particularly good alternative. If you have sensitive skin, the machine can be lowered in suction power and a less abrasive diamond tip can be used to accommodate your sensitivity.
How long does a microdermabrasion treatment take?
Your treatment will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Will I experience any discomfort during treatment?
The microdermabrasion treatment is painless. You will feel the suction from the vacuum and the fine crystals passing through your skin, there is no need for topical anaesthetics or pain medication.
Should I use any aftercare products following the procedure?
You will be given a set of aftercare instructions after your first procedure and a series of products will be recommended to you to aid skin renewal process. You will be required to wear a titanium dioxide/zinc oxide sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 each and every day depending on the time of year.
Are there any pre-treatment instructions I should follow?
The following instructions should be followed prior to receiving a microdermabrasion treatment:
• Discontinue the use of Accutane/Isotretinoin for one (1) year prior to treatment.
• Discontinue the use of over the counter Retinol, Glycolic and other Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic or Beta Hydroxy Acids, or other exfoliation products three (3) days prior to treatment.
• Discontinue use of prescription Retinoid products (Retin-A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin), other prescription Retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) thirty (30) days prior to treatment.
• If you are prone to cold sores, you will need to contact your physician for antiviral medication such as Famivir, Valtrex or Zovirax to avoid a post treatment breakout. It is recommended you begin prophylaxis two (2) days prior to treatment and continue for five (5) days post treatment.
• Discontinue the use of the following products and activities for ten (10) days prior to treatment: Botox, Collagen, Juvederm, Gortex Restylane, Perlane, Alloderm or other injectibles Waxing, electrolysis and other hair removal products or methods
• Follow all pre-microdermabrasion home care product recommendations as instructed by your technician. Optimal results are achieved by following a home care regimen that will enhance the microdermabrasion process.
Are there skin problems where microdermabrasion should not be used?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people with the following conditions:
• active bacterial, viral or fungal skin infections (such as cold sores, shingles, impetigo, cellulitis, folliculitis)
• if you suffer from any open skin lesions, rashes or burns
• if you have extensive telangiectasia (broken capillaries) or rosacea you should not consider microdermabrasion. The microdermabrasion exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). You should consider an IPL skin rejuvenation treatment instead.
• history of problems with healing and excessive scarring (keloids)
• you should not undergo a microdermabrasion procedure if you have had a recent facelift. You also need to wait at least ten (10) days post Botox or filler injections such as Restylane, Juvéderm or Radisse into your skin.
• you should not undergo a microdermabrasion procedure if you have any immune system deficiencies or suffer from HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C, Lupus or skin cancer.
RF Body Contouring FAQ
What is an ‘Accent Your Body’ treatment like?
During the procedure, your technician will use the Accent system to precisely heat the tissue just within your skin’s inner layer (dermis). Depending on the size of the treated area, a treatment may take up to 45 minutes.
Following each treatment, you can immediately resume all routine activities. You may notice a slight redness, which should disappear in less than 24 hours. Generally, no more than three to five treatments at two weeks intervals will be required.
Is Accent Your Body safe?
Absolutely. Incorporating advanced safety precautions, Accent directs proven RF energy to precisely the areas of your skin that you wish to improve. Thousands of patients have been treated safely and successfully worldwide using the Accent system.
When should I see results?
Dual-layer RF Thermotherapy causes the deep structures of your skin to tighten right away; results are immediately visible. With time, new collagen develops, further tightening your skin and yielding even more beautiful, natural looking and firmer skin. While just one or two treatments can produce good results, your technician may recommend follow-up procedures to best maintain and improve your body’s youthful appearance.
Does it hurt?
While pain tolerance is subjective, most people tolerate Dual-layer RF Thermotherapy well, and have little or no discomfort. Patients often describe the sensation as a “warm massage.” The risk of significant side effects is extremely low.
On what parts of the body can Accent be used?
Dual-layer RF Thermotherapy Accent Your Body treatments can be performed to treat loose, wrinkled skin anywhere on the body. The procedure is frequently used to treat the thin, loose and crepe-like skin often found on the aging face, neck and under the upper arms. It is also excellent for firming skin on the post-surgical or postnatal abdomen, chest, thighs or breasts.
How does RF work?
During treatment, your technician will precisely heat an area of the inner layer of your skin (dermis) using radio frequency technology. As the dermis is heated, a natural reaction occurs that promotes the creation of new collagen. The result: a return to the smooth, shapely and elastic skin of your youth.
What are the differences between the Unipolar and Bipolar modules?
Basically, the Bipolar module focuses on the surface layer of the skin, while the Unipolar module penetrates further for deep dermal thermotherapy. The Bipolar treatment is well suited for areas where the skin is thinner and more delicate, such as the face, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The Unipolar treatment generates alternating electromagnetic fields that cause friction and heating in the deeper tissues, which leads to improvements in overall shaping and firmness. Taken together, these dual-layer treatments can create dramatic change without the need for invasive surgery.