Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics Treats New Pedigree of Client in 2011

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Acquisition of new lasers is stimulating interest among a younger crowd at Body Oasis Laser Center since the beginning of 2011. From hair reduction to tattoo removal, the numbers of young people seeking aesthetic treatments are increasing in the past few months.

It’s not just the women in their 50s and 60s looking for the fountain of youth who are seeking laser treatments. At Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics medical spa, a new breed of men and women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s have discovered the benefits of laser therapy to improve their quality of life. At our medi-spa, we have found these newcomers to our practice to be excited about the breakthroughs in laser for altogether different reasons.

Laser hair removal has become very popular with the younger demographic as more men and women want their hair gone forever. The idea of shaving daily, not being able to wear a bikini without razor burn and the never ending teasing so many men get about their hairy backs has them flocking to our laser treatment center. Many men avoid shaving their necks because of their fear of causing small ingrown hairs and folliculitis. Laser hair removal is a welcome relief to the twenty/thirty set who want hairless, smooth skin and who see shaving as a waste of time and are willing and able to afford the upfront cost of a lifetime free of this chore.

At Body Oasis Laser Spa we have two state-of-the-art hair removal lasers: the Light Sheer Duet for lighter skin shades and the GentleYAG hair removal system for people of color. Both are painless and are fast and effective compared to older lasers. Certified laser tech, Lisa Ramirez notes, “We have many more calls and walk-in clients than ever before, now that we offer two treatment rooms and two lasers to treat all skin types”.

Another recent trend we are seeing is younger clients coming to us for laser tattoo removal. Men and women in their thirties are spending the money to remove the regret tattoos they thought were “cool’ when they were in their twenties. “Tattoos are more popular today than ever. I expect our tattoo removal business to increase 70% in the next five years because of all those young people who got tattoos and who are now going out into the work place and are finding they are passed over for jobs because of tattoo placement,” comments Maureen Brogan, Spa Coordinator for Body Oasis.

Our Palomar Q-YAG laser emits a focused beam of laser light, which passes harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. As a result, there is no scarring, yet the laser beam fractures the tattoo ink into tiny particles that are carried away by the lymphatic system. Treatments are spaced six to eight weeks apart to give your body sufficient time to fully clear the ink. Most patients see significant lightening after the first treatment but tattoos may need up to ten treatments or more for complete clearance.

We have also seen an increase in clients in their late teens and twenties seeking removal of birthmarks, scars and stretch marks. Fractional laser resurfacing is the ideal treatment for these conditions. This laser is primarily used for rejuvenation of the face, neck and chest for our 50 years and up clients who have spent too much time in the sun. “The fractional CO2 laser works miracles for removal of sun spots, fine wrinkles and lax eyelid skin, but we are using this technology for problems we see with the younger generation and it has exceeded our expectations of what this laser can do,” observes Robin Fleck, M.D., medical director of Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics. “By stimulating dermal collagen growth, this laser improves skin tone and texture, plumps the skin and improves discoloration.”

Another procedure which is gaining currency with the younger age group is Botox injections. As these men and women decide to “freshen up” before a big event, the 20 to 30 age group are having these treatments done now so they never get the smile lines or surprised forehead and the scowl most people see after years of squinting. They don’t ever want to look like their mothers or dads so Botox or Dysport is an easy choice for them. In addition, Botox is well-known to stop underarm sweating completely for up to a year and younger professionals are having this simple office treatment to avoid embarrassing stains on their clothing. Recently Botox has also been successful in treating the symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain, headache, teeth clenching and wear) associated with stress or malocclusion of the teeth. Teens and twenty-year-olds are opting for Botox rather than night mouth guards to avoid the debilitating and costly wearing down of their teeth.

A prime directive at Body Oasis Laser medical spa is to educate our patients about the causes of skin disorders and the proper care of the skin. A serious problem among the younger clients involves the frequent use of tanning beds. Most feel it makes them look healthier to have tanned skin; however, statistics prove that tanning beds cause skin cancer from the ultraviolet light emitted by tanning lamps, and more carcinoma is being diagnosed in this age group than ever before. We also let them know that the sun is responsible for 90% of premature skin aging caused by thinning of the epidermis, collagen and elastin breakdown in the dermis, damage to melanin and blood vessels in the skin and damage to cellular DNA and protein. Once educated, many of our clients decide to forego the use of tanning beds and start using aging-prevention methods such as topical vitamin C serum and protective clothing.

Robin Fleck, M.D. is a double-board certified dermatologist and internist, recognized by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is founder and Medical Director of Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics and Southwest Skin and Cancer Institute in Prescott, Arizona and is a fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Venous Forum. Dr. Fleck is also the founder of Vein Specialties in Prescott, Arizona.


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