LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Available in the San Francisco Area

Aura Skin Spa is the premiere medical spa for laser hair removal in San Francisco. Our team of medical professionals have performed thousands of procedures. We offer several lasers (alexandrite and YAG wavelengths) for permanent hair reduction that safely and effectively removes unwanted hair anywhere on the face or body for men and women and on all skin types.

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How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works by producing a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue. The light delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat which is attracted to the pigment contained in the hair follicle, thus destroying it while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.

Technology matters. Aura features a Candela GentleLASE, a long-pulse alexandrite wavelength for fair skin types and a Cutera CoolGlide, a YAG wavelength ideal for darker skin types. Therefore, the laser’s wavelength, the patient’s skin color and hair coarseness will determine the amount of treatments necessary for effective hair reduction. Typically, 6 sessions are required at approximately four to eight week intervals. Additional sessions may be required for optimal results. The area being treated determines the duration between treatments (i.e. face – 4 weeks, bikini – 6 weeks, legs – 8 weeks).

One of the key features of the Candela GentleLASE is a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) – a patented technology that provides each patient with increased comfort and safety. The Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

Who is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

At Aura, we can treat all skin types. Candidates with lighter skin and darker hair typically require fewer sessions. People with darker skin may require more sessions for effective results to be achieved.

Blond, red, grey or white hair does not work. The reason for this is there is no melanin in the hair follicle and hence, no target for the laser.

Our medical professionals may perform a test patch during the initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate and eligible for laser hair removal in San Francisco.

What Can I Expect During a laser hair removal Treatment?

Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, each patient can expect the following.

              • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a medical professional.
              • Safety eyeglasses are worn to protect the physician or nurse practitioner and the patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
              • A small hand-piece that touches the skin is used to deliver the laser light. Depending on the laser being administered, a light spray of coolant is delivered and felt on the skin just before each laser pulse or, cold gel is applied directly on the treatment site before each laser pulse.
              • A test area may be done prior to the entire treatment. A full treatment may be done on the same day or up to two weeks later, depending on the skin’s reaction.
              • Most patients experience very little discomfort at the treatment site because of the Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), the cold gel or the chill-tip hand-piece which all help to cool the skin.
              • The procedure could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.
              • The treated area may become pink or red within 30 minutes of treatment; this may last from a few minutes to several days and is relieved with the application of ice, cooling gels or other calming agents.

Is laser hair removal Painful?

The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Some patients may feel slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling or Cutera’s chill-tip hand piece.

Topical anesthesia such as lidocaine cream or ointment is recommended for laser hair removal treatments and Aura will provide a prescription for each patient at the initial consultation.

How many laser Sessions Will I Need?

Multiple sessions are required because hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color, hair color and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least six treatments as the process is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. The hair’s active growth phase is approximately every four to eight weeks, the duration between each treatment. Once a series is complete, some maintenance may be required to keep an area completely devoid of hair. These maintenance treatments may only be required at yearly intervals. This is dependent on the area being treated and the individual. Results vary from individual to individual.

Safety and Side Effects for laser hair removal

Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. Laser hair removal in our San Francisco medical spa is an extremely safe procedure. At Aura, we have board certified physicians that oversee our treatments and highly trained physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses performing laser hair removal.

Some of the side effects that can occur with laser hair removal are pigmentary changes, such as a darkening or lightening of the skin. These changes can persist for a period of many months, however, are almost always temporary. Blisters and burns can also occur, although rare. Darker skin types are at a higher risk.

Common Questions about laser hair removal

Is the hair gone forever?

Laser hair removal is accomplished through a series of multiple sessions. Treatments are performed approximately every four to eight weeks. The average number of sessions to achieve over 80 percent permanent hair reduction in a good candidate is 6 sessions or more. Maintenance sessions may be required for some patients. Many patients find that maintenance sessions done once or twice a year after completing the initial treatment protocol is ideal for keeping the hair away.

Why do I need multiple sessions?

Multiple sessions are required for laser hair removal because your hair grows in cycles. Laser hair removal is effective when treatments are performed during the hair’s active growth phase. This is typically every four to eight weeks, the duration between treatments.

How immediate are the results of laser hair removal?

Results can be seen immediately after a treatment. However, permanent hair reduction will not be long-term until a series of treatments have been performed. Everyone will need at least six sessions to see good results.

What if I’m tan or a person of color?

A tricky part of laser hair removal is targeting the hair follicle without damaging the melanin pigment in the surface of the skin. Different lasers are used for different skin types. At Aura, we have lasers for all skin types. The doctor or nurse practitioner will determine which laser is safest for your skin type.

Who performs laser hair removal?

In the state of California, a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or a registered nurse can perform laser hair removal. Our medical professionals have years of experience and have treated thousands of patients.

How do I prepare for treatment?

The best way to prepare for laser hair removal is to not wax or tweeze the hair. The hair follicle needs to be in place for the process to work. You may be asked to shave the hair a day before or the day of your treatment depending on the area being treated. Depending on the laser being used, we ask patients not to tan or use self-tanners.

Is laser hair removal expensive?

Laser hair removal is affordable if you consider the costs of waxing, over-the-counter topical products and other hair removal methods over the course of many years. The price of laser hair removal depends on the area being treated. Aura offers free consultations and various financing options for our patients.

Are there different lasers?

Yes, there are different lasers that yield different results. At Aura, we use an alexandrite wavelength best for fair skin types and a YAG wavelength best for darker skin types. Our medical professionals will explain in detail the advantages and disadvantages of the different wavelengths during the consultation.

What happens after laser hair removal?

Typically, the hair on the surface of the skin is singed immediately after a treatment. The hair follicle is also damaged and swells up. The treatment area can become temporarily pink or red. This only lasts minutes to hours. There is no down-time and you can resume your daily activities immediately.

Call or email us today to schedule a consultation for laser hair removal in our San Francisco medical spa!

THERMAGE®

Aura Skin Spa offers the newest generation of Thermage® in San Francisco, a non-invasive skin tightening procedure. Thermage® CPT Technology is a unique radio frequency treatment that can help improve the appearance of sagging or loose skin, giving you a smoother, sleeker and younger look and feel. Thermage® works in just one treatment with little down time and delivers a natural looking result.

Thermage® can be used to treat the following areas:

            • The Eyes – Thermage® treats the upper and lower eyelids to help you look more youthful and rested.
            • The Face & Neck – Thermage® smooths lines and wrinkles and remodels collagen for the overall health of the skin on the face and neck.
            • The Body – Thermage® is a non-invasive way to smooth the skin on our bodies and improve the appearance of cellulite.

Thermage® Science

Thermage® treatments are all about energy – focusing radio frequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. Like most smart technologies, the process is relatively simple – it’s a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver better patient comfort. And our latest evolution of T Thermage® includes patented Comfort Pulse Technology – gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that make your Thermage® treatment comfortable.

Thermage® at Work:

1. Treatment begins with a cooling effect on the skin for comfort and safety of surface layers.

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2. A specially designed treatment tip is placed against the skin in targeted areas.

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3. Radio frequency energy penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, heating the treatment areas and remodeling the collagen.Thermage | Laser Hair Removal | IPL Treatment | San Francisco CA | Oakland

4. Final delivery of cryogen to cool the epidermis.

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How Does Thermage® Work?

Thermage® in San Francisco is a proven radio frequency treatment that transforms skin by working below the surface and addresses a wide range of surface imperfections that result from age and environmental factors. The benefits of Thermage® include the smoothing of wrinkly or uneven skin, better definition of facial features around the eyes, jaw and neckline, and even the smoothing and toning of unsightly bulges, dimples and wrinkles on the face and body. Thermage® radio frequency energy works with your body, remodeling your collagen to help your skin get that smooth feel and youthful look you want.

How Long Does Thermage® Take?

Thermage® treatments typically take between 45 – 90 minutes depending on the area being treated. Thermage® treatments require minimal recovery time and Thermage® treatments are a great solution if you can’t afford a lot of time away from work or your social life.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

One treatment is all you will need to see and feel real results.

What Results Can I Expect From Thermage®?

Most patients can see and feel Thermage® results very soon after treatment – in as little as one day. Continued improvements and contouring can happen for up to six months as your body regenerates collagen. Your body actually produces new collagen which is how the collagen matrix thickens and creates a smoothing effect. Even better, results can last years.

Does It Hurt?

Aura features the latest Thermage® CPT technology that adds a gentle vibration sensation and interspersed cooling bursts that give you even more comfort during treatment. You will feel cooling and heating sensations during each pulse. Throughout the procedure, your physician or practitioner will ask for feedback on the level of heat sensation to help balance your comfort with maximum results. After treatment, your skin may be slightly red, but most people resume regular activities immediately after treatment. There’s typically no recovery time or special follow-up care.

FRAXEL® DUAL

Aura Skin Spa provides skin resurfacing using the newest and latest Fraxel® technology in San Francisco – the Fraxel® DUAL. The Fraxel® DUAL technology consists of two treatment modes, one that effectively targets the skin’s surface and the other that effectively treats the deeper skin layers.

The Fraxel® DUAL treatment is a safe, non-invasive laser procedure that helps restore your skin to its youthful appearance with minimal downtime. With a “fractional” approach to resurfacing the skin, Fraxel® DUAL uses the body’s own natural healing process to create new healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections such as age spots, sun spots, wrinkles, skin texture, acne scars and melasma (the mask of pregnancy).

Benefits of Fraxel® DUAL procedure include:

            • Smoother, fresher, younger looking skin
            • Improved tone and texture
            • Reduced wrinkles around the eyes and brow lines
            • Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
            • Correction for pigmentation from age spots and sun damage

Please call us to learn more about receiving treatment with Fraxel® DUAL in our San Francisco office.

What Does Fraxel® DUAL Treat?

Fraxel® DUAL treatment has been FDA-cleared for the following skin conditions:

            • Wrinkles
            • Fine lines around the eyes
            • Age spots/sun damage
            • Acne scars and surgical scars
            • Melasma (the mask of pregnancy)
            • Discoloration and uneven pigmentation
            • Sun-induced redness
            • Irregular texture and pore size

How Does Fraxel® DUAL Work?

Fraxel® DUAL treatment works by creating thousands of tiny microscopic laser wounds (one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle) into the skin. Fraxel® DUAL treatment only affects a “fraction” of the tissue at a time leaving a majority the skin unaffected. This treatment triggers your own body’s natural healing process to heal those wounds, resulting in remodeling of collagen and elastin.

This treatment not only penetrates deep into the dermis where collagen is stimulated, but also resurfaces the upper-most layer (the epidermis) which helps to eliminate unwanted pigmentation.

Since a “fraction” of the skin is treated, multiple sessions are recommended for maximum results. Typically a series of 3 to 5 sessions are performed at 4 to 6 week intervals.

Who is a Candidate for Fraxel® DUAL?

Fraxel® DUAL treatment is safe and effective for all skin types. Darker skin types may be at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation. Aura offers free consultations with our physicians and medical professionals for Fraxel® DUAL in San Francisco to help determine if you are a candidate for the Fraxel® DUAL treatment.

Call us at (415) 788-3800 to learn if you are a candidate for Fraxel® DUAL in our San Francisco office.

What Can I Expect During Fraxel® DUAL Treatment?

The most common areas treated with Fraxel® DUAL are the face, neck, chest and hands. Generally, each patient can expect the following:

            • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse.
            • Safety eyeglasses are worn to protect the medical practitioner’s and the patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
            • Patients arrive approximately one hour before their treatment for the application of topical lidocaine cream.
            • The tip of the Fraxel® hand-piece is gently touched against the skin and precise microscopic laser columns are targeted superficially and deep into the dermis.
            • A slight stinging sensation is felt and is relieved with blasts of cold air used for patient comfortability.
            • This is repeated over the entire face or the surface-area that is being treated.
            • The procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes for the full face. The treatment can be shorter or longer depending on the area or areas being treated.
            • The treated area usually becomes pink or red and may last from a few hours to several days and is relieved with the application of ice, cooling gels or other calming agents.

Is it Painful?

The degree of discomfort varies with each patient, depending on his/her pain threshold. Some patients may feel a slight stinging sensation with the laser pulse.

This discomfort is minimized by topical anesthesia such as lidocaine cream or ointment that is applied to the area being treated approximately one hour before the procedure.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Everyone’s skin is different. Depending on the severity of an individual’s problem, a series of treatment sessions may be recommended. Since only a “fraction” of the skin is treated, maximum results can be achieved with a series of 3 to 5 sessions that are performed at 4 to 6 week intervals.

Please call or email today to learn more about Fraxel® DUAL in our San Francisco office.

CLEAR AND BRILLIANT®

Aura Skin Spa offers Clear and Brilliant®, a revolutionary, gentle laser skin care treatment in San Francisco, clinically proven to fight the effects of aging skin. Clear and Brilliant® is optimized for preventing and addressing early signs of aging including skin texture, firmness, elasticity and reduction in pore-size.

The benefits of Clear and Brilliant®:

          • Safe, non-surgical and non-invasive
          • Gentle, revolutionary treatment that fights the natural effects aging has on skin
          • Helps improve tone and texture and gives skin a radiant, youthful glow
          • Creates a more even skin canvas, with reduction in the appearance of pores

Is Clear and Brilliant® Right for You?

Anyone can benefit from Clear and Brilliant® treatments. However, if you are seeking a dramatic correction, there are alternative options such as Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing that may be a better fit. But if you don’t need much correction, have taken the basic steps to keep your skin looking its best, and you like the way you look now, Clear and Brilliant® can help keep your skin looking its youthful, radiant best.

Indications that Clear and Brilliant® may be right for you:

          • You already have or plan to begin a skin care regimen to help protect against the natural and environmental effects of aging
          • You like the way your skin looks today, and want to keep that fresh, youthful look for years to come
          • You have a regular, consistent approach to skincare and are looking to boost your results
          • You don’t have the time or desire for more invasive procedures like cosmetic surgery or aggressive resurfacing treatments

What Type of Results Can I Expect?

Though results may vary, patients frequently report “younger looking skin” and a “radiant glow” after treatment. Clinical studies highlights include:

          • Visibly illuminated skin tone
          • Renewed, ultra-soft and smoother texture
          • Naturally radiant and glowing skin
          • Improved tone, texture and radiance
          • Reduction in the appearance of pores

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

All treatments begin with a consultation with our healthcare professionals to see if Clear and Brilliant® is right for you – and to pinpoint some of the key trouble spots it can help address. From there, we can recommend a Clear and Brilliant® treatment regimen that’s perfect for you.

          • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a physician assistant, registered nurse or nurse practitioner.
          • Safety eyeglasses are worn to protect the healthcare provider and the patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
          • A treatment requires about 30 minutes for a complete session
          • Topical numbing cream may be applied to your face prior to treatment in order to provide additional comfort
          • The Clear and Brilliant® hand piece is gently glided across the target area utilizing the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking™ System (IOTS) to ensure proper contact with your skin and providing a uniform application to all treated areas
          • With Clear and Brilliant® Perméa treatments, a topical antioxidant serum will be applied to the skin immediately after treatment.
          • The treated area usually becomes pink or red and may last from a few hours to several days and is relieved with the application of ice, cooling gels or other calming agents.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Everyone’s skin is different. Depending on the severity of an individual’s problem, a series of treatment sessions may be recommended for maintenance treatments after more aggressive skin resurfacing treatments or routine preventative treatments may be recommended to deliver lasting results that can keep you looking younger for years to come.

Please call or email today to learn more about Clear and Brilliant® in our San Francisco office.

INTENSE PULSED LIGHT™ TREATMENT

Intense Pulsed Light™ (IPL), known commonly as Photorejuvenation or PhotoFacial can treat a variety of skin conditions without disruption to the skin’s surface – hence a no “downtime” procedure. Treatments are performed in just 20-30 minutes with most patients returning immediately to work or their daily activities.

This FDA-cleared patented technology treats: age spots, sun induced freckles, symptoms of rosacea, unsightly veins, fine lines, large pores and other skin blemishes.

Technology matters. Aura is proud to feature the Lumenis One Laser System – the Gold Standard for IPL technology. Lumenis invented IPL and continues to perfect it. Other practices may promote cheaper, lower-powered technology, however, there is a visible difference in results.

At Aura, we begin with an in-depth skin consultation using Visia®, our state-of-the-art skin analysis system. Through this innovative approach, our physicians and registered nurses will help determine if IPL is the right treatment for you.

What Does IPL Treat?

Intense Pulsed Light™ (IPL) is a broad spectrum light that can simultaneously treat a wide range of skin conditions such as:

        • age spots
        • sun damage
        • sun induced freckles
        • broken capillaries
        • mottled pigmentation
        • ruddy complexion
        • enlarged pore size
        • fine lines
        • symptoms of rosacea

IPL has been FDA-cleared to safely and effectively treat these benign conditions on the face, neck, chest, hands or other places of the body such as legs, arms and back.

How Does It Work?

IPL delivers a special range of wavelengths of light in customizable pulses through a sapphire tip gently onto your skin. The light is absorbed either superficially by broken capillaries and dark pigment or deeper by larger vessels and collagen. Dilated capillaries coagulate, pigmented lesions darken and then slough off and new collagen fibers are laid down, giving the skin a renewed and more youthful appearance.

IPL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin, while delivering thermal energy to deeper tissue. Clinical studies support a positive effect on collagen production, which helps firm and tighten the skin.

Who is a Candidate for IPL Treatment?

Most skin types are a candidate for IPL. However, the darkest skin types may not be a candidate. Aura offers free consultations with our physicians and nurse practitioners to help determine if IPL is the right treatment for you.

What Can I Expect During IPL Treatment?

The most common areas treated with IPL are the face, neck, chest and hands. Generally, each patient can expect the following:

        • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a physician, registered nurse or nurse practitioner.
        • Safety eyeglasses are worn to protect the physician or nurse practitioner and the patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
        • Patients arrive approximately 20 minutes early for the application of topical lidocaine cream.
        • A cold gel is applied to the area being treated.
        • The smooth cold surface (sapphire tip) of the Lumenis One IPL hand-piece is gently touched against the skin and pulses of light are applied.
        • A slight stinging sensation is felt with each IPL light pulse.
        • This is repeated over the entire face or the surface-area that is being treated.
        • The procedure could take as little as 20 minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area or areas being treated.
        • The treated area usually becomes pink or red and may last from a few minutes to several hours and is relieved with the application of ice, cooling gels or other calming agents.
        • Brown spots usually get darker and in a few days naturally slough-off or gradually appear lighter.

Is IPL Treatment Painful?

The degree of discomfort varies with each patient, depending on his/her pain threshold. Some patients may feel slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.

This discomfort is minimized by topical anesthesia such as lidocaine cream or ointment that is applied to the area being treated approximately 20 minutes before the procedure.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problem, a series of three to five treatment sessions may be recommended. By dividing the full program into a series of treatments, IPL provides gradual improvement with very low risk and excellent long-term results.

Why Choose IPL?

With many different treatment options on today’s market, Photorejuvenatiion with IPL is the most versatile. IPL can treat numerous skin conditions at once. It is effective on red blemishes that originate from blood vessels, as well as brown pigment blemishes in the form of freckles, age spots and other sun damage. It also stimulates collagen production and helps to improve fine lines and large pore size.

IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation offers a solution that:

        • Addresses skin conditions that are most visible – unsightly veins and sun damage
        • Treats the entire face, not only small spots
        • Causes little discomfort
        • Offers an immediate return to routine activities – no “downtime”
        • Provides gradual, natural-looking improvement
        • Produces long-lasting results

PELLEVÉ®

Pellevé® is a revolutionary innovation using radio frequency for smoother, tighter skin. Pellevé® is a laser treatment that has been FDA-cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery. Pellevé® is a pleasant, comfortable treatment that provides immediate and long lasting results.

How Does Pellevé Work?

Pellevé® precisely heats the deep layers of your skin using advanced radiofrequency technology without damaging the epidermis, or top layer. The heat causes the collagen in your skin to contract and tighten. After the treatment, your skin will start to produce new collagen. The result is an improvement in skin quality, firmness and tightness you can see and feel.

Many people start to see results immediately after just one Pellevé® treatment. Aura’s skin care expert will recommend the right number of treatments for you.

Pellevé® can be used to treat the skin on the face, including:

        • Sagging skin under the chin
        • Nasolabial folds
        • Wrinkles around the mouth
        • Lines or folds between the eyebrows
        • Lines on the forehead
        • Excess skin on the upper eyelid
        • Crow’s feet

How is Pellevé® Different?

Pellevé® has been proven to provide safe and effective skin tightening in medical studies. Because Pellevé® is a non-invasive procedure, meaning no surgery is required, there are minimal side effects and discomfort. Unlike other laser skin tightening treatments, no anesthesia or skin cooling is needed during your procedure, so you can return to home or work immediately following treatment. In fact, your skin will look more radiant right away!

What Can I Expect During Pellevé Treatment?

You will feel a deep warming sensation each time the Pellevé® hand piece touches the area being treated. Because no anesthetic is required, you’ll be able to describe the depth of the feeling to your practitioner, which will help to ensure the best possible results.

How Long Does Pellevé Treatment Take?

Your Pellevé® procedure will typically take about 45 to 60 minutes for a full facial treatment. Because Pellevé® doesn’t require anesthesia or downtime, it fits easily into your busy schedule.

What Should I Expect After Pellevé?

You should expect to be able to return to your daily activities with no downtime at all. There is no restriction from being in the sun and you can also apply makeup immediately after the procedure. Some patients experience mild swelling and redness which typically go away within 2 to 24 hours.

VEINS - VASCULAR

Aura provides an effective and safe laser treatment to reduce unsightly veins on the face, legs or anywhere on the body. We can treat a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins to deeper blue reticular veins quickly and with virtually minimal to no side effects.

How Does Vascular Vein Treatment Work?

Our laser system delivers pulses of energy which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.

What Types of Veins Can Be Treated?

Several different types of veins can be treated with our laser system. Small, facial veins (or “telangiectasia”) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue veins can also be treated with excellent results. Our physicians provide free evaluations to help determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment options.

Who Is A Candidate for Laser Vein Therapy?

Our laser system is safe for all skin types. Aura offers free consultations with our board certified physicians that will help determine if laser vein therapy is right for you.

What Can I Expect During Laser Vein Therapy?

The most common areas treated with laser vein therapy is the face and legs. However, laser vein therapy is a safe treatment that can be performed anywhere on the body. Generally, each patient can expect the following:

        • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a physician, registered nurse or nurse practitioner.
        • Safety eyeglasses are worn to protect the physician or nurse practitioner and the patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
        • A cold gel is applied to the area being treated.
        • The smooth cold surface of the laser hand-piece is applied against the skin and a pulse of energy can be felt (a slight stinging sensation).
        • This is repeated over the area that is being treated.
        • The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per session. The treatment can be shorter or longer depending on the area or areas being treated.

Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Some patients may be advised to wear support hose for a short period of time.

Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended to avoid rigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment.

Is Laser Vein Therapy Painful?

Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, a free evaluation form our physician can help determine the number of treatments required.

When Will I See Results?

Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final result may not be apparent for several months. Individual results vary.

VISIA® SKIN ANALYSIS

At Aura, we provide our patients with a unique skin analysis consultation using VISIA® – an advanced digital complexion analysis system. This scientific approach uses a sophisticated imaging system combined with a one-on-one consultation with one of Aura’s medical professionals. The results obtained from the VISIA® skin analysis system will help to provide the framework for creating a customized treatment program designed specifically for each client.

How Does It Work?

VISIA® is a comprehensive digital imaging system that helps to identify problem areas of your complexion, allowing for a customized skin treatment program that is unique to each client. VISIA®skin analysis provides multi-dimensional imaging of your skin to obtain information regarding spots, pores, wrinkles, evenness (textural variations), porphyrins (bacteria in pores), UV spots and photo-damage. VISIA® provides a percentile score for each of these indications based on your age and skin type.

What Can I Expect?

VISIA® is performed through a personalized one-on-one skin consultation with one of Aura’s medical professionals.

      • The imaging process using VISIA® takes a matter of minutes.
      • You will be asked to remove your make-up or sunscreen in order to obtain accurate imaging information.
      • Several up-close photos of your face will be taken with the VISIA® machine.
      • Results are immediate – providing a percentile score for pigmentation, pores, wrinkles, eveness, and UV photodamage.
      • A comprehensive explanation of your skin’s condition will be explained by one of our professionals.
      • Your questions and concerns regarding your skin will be answered in detail and a skin care plan will be designed for your individual skin care goals.