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Great skin with lights, lasers and radio waves

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

We now offer even more aesthetics services to help you look your best.

RF microneedling, IPL, laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, and micro laser peel (skin resurfacing) are the newest services at Aura. We are confident these treatment with help achieve smooth, more youthful appearing skin. Combining these treatments with toxin, filler and especially good daily skin care will have you feeling and looking amazing. Stay tuned for more info on our website and social media. For a free consultation or more specifics on our latest treatments please call, email us, or schedule a free consultation on our book now tab. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs.

What is RF needling?

Radio frequency (RF) microneedling uses very small needles to deliver high intensity radio waves into the dermis. This stimulates collagen and elastin cell regeneration, two important components to improve the appearance of your skin. Some of the benefits include firming the skin , diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin texture (decreasing pores), tightening sagging skin of face and neck and improving droopy bags under the eyes. Treatment results are seen about 1 month after treatment. Optimal results are typically obtained after 3 treatments, spaced one month apart.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light therapy. IPL delivers intense pulses of broadband light to penetrate layers of the skin. People may use it to reduce the signs of aging pigmentation (age spots), unsightly superficial veins, reduce acne or remove unwanted hair. Most patients described the treatment experience as a fast pinching sensation, with minimal discomfort. There are no needles or incisions involved, therefore there is no downtime. Treatments typically take 30-45 minutes. Optimal results area typically seen after 2-3 treatments, spaced one month apart.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal devices use a hyper focused single color beam of light, aka laser. This one is a called a Diode laser that has a 810nm (very small) wavelength. Because it has a highly reliable absorption in the papilla (hair follicle), it is consider the gold standard in laser hair removal. The Diode laser focuses on a specific light wavelength that is absorbed by melanin, the brown pigment in the hair follicle. When the laser enters the follicle, it is converted to heat and inactivates/damages the follicle, preventing the hair from regrowing. This works best on black or dark brown hair. Hair grows in cycles, therefore it is necessary to receive a series of treatments. Typically 6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart is effective, but varies slightly depending on the patient. Unfortunately this treatment will not work on red or grey hairs on the body, this is because of the lack of melanin (color).

What is laser tattoo removal?

A high powered very focused laser beam precisely targets the tattoo ink pigments. Because their is such precision, surrounding tissues are typically not damaged. This laser is called "Q switched" which stands for quality switched. Extremely short pulse of high energy light gets absorbed by the particles of tattoo pigment. The light energy gets converted to heat and pigment breaks down into smaller particles which are then absorbed/removal by the body.

A Q switch can also be used in the same way on pigmented lesions including age spots, freckles, sunspots and some birthmarks using different light filters to target these areas. Because the laser treatment is very focused on a specific spot and depth, there is usually minimal healing and downtime. A treatment typically takes up to an hour and 6-10 treatment is recommended depending on the age, size, color and location of the tattoo.

What is a micro laser peel?

The laser used is called an Erbium Yag laser. It uses a 2940nm (slightly longer wavelength) that specially targets the water in the epidermal and dermal tissue. Because it is a superficial layer it can be though of as a tool for polishing the skin, giving the skin a more youthful, smooth appearance. Its main indications are reducing photoaging, small lines, small wrinkles and melasma. This treatment also leaves the skin more polished and applying make up is easier. The number of treatments needed depends on the desired results. Results can be seen after 1 treatment. A typical treatment plan for optimal results would be 3 sessions, spaced one month apart.

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