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More stuff than fluff…
Erin — one of Urban Allure’s office managers, R.N., laser operator and all-around cool chick — was great to talk to about the laser process. Before becoming a skin tech (as I like to call them), Erin’s initial perceptions were that laser treatments were more on the vain side and the skin care world was potentially a bit “fluffy.” I also thought lasering as a way to avoid shaving was a bit lazy. That’s the only way I had seen it marketed. Well, it turns out that yes, there is the vanity client. Let’s keep it real. However, there are also clients with hormonal balances that seek treatment. Erin spoke of a woman that came in for a series of treatments. The hair on her face was as thick as a man’s beard. After a series of laser treatments, the woman came in one day for another treatment — this time with her hair pulled in a ponytail and her posture straight. Erin realized then that she is making a difference in people’s lives both externally & internally. I am sure the same can be said for clients whose acne scars are helped by the IPL laser.
Urban Allure’s IPL laser is used for skin rejuvenation. Clients start as early as their late 20s. Treatments are sought for broken capillaries, acne scarring, pigmentation from sun damage, redness and rosacea. I asked how many treatments it would take to heal redness. Erin said anywhere from 1-4 treatments, however, it is a case-by-case basis. Thank GOODNESS I didn’t get suckered last year. I went to a dermatologist for bumps on my chest. She tried to sell me a 10-package series of laser treatments for my face. I still get irritated when I think of the experience. I’m so glad I found Urban Allure because they are *so* not sales oriented, although that is standard operating procedure in the industry. Be sure to ask to see before & after pictures so you can get an idea of results that have been achieved by others have experienced. And never feel pressured by any office to make a decision. I think another thing to know is that the office you choose may not have a laser that is appropriate for you. If you have any doubts, ask for a referral to another office or begin your search again. Yelp is such a great place to find service providers. Urban Allure has 50 reviews on Yelp with a solid 5 of 5 stars!
Do your part…
So let’s say you decide to begin a laser treatment. Depending on how your skin respond, you may need more or fewer treatments. I suspect you need to be a bit open. Most importantly, how you care for your skin in between treatments will dictate how successful the treatments are. Each person’s case is different. Erin explained that you simply cannot lump everyone– say, w/red skin – into the same category. She also gave me some good advice, which I strongly believe. If you want good looking skin it’s 30% skin care professional, 70% you. So remember the little things like taking your makeup off before bed and wearing sunscreen. You will thank yourself later.
For SF Bay Area readers — A reminder that Urban Allure is offering the following promo in conjunction with Gigi’s Gone Shopping: — 15% off any services (laser, facials & other skincare) — 10% off any products purchased at the time of service. Urban Allure sells Obagi, Skin Ceuticals, La Roche-Posay, Nia (great hand creme!) among others.
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