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FAQ’s: Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus

What kind of laser do you use?

Spa 360 has a Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser indicated for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus. Nail fungus is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking.

Where do nail infections come from?

Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms, and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health, and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.

What options are available?

Traditional treatment options include oral and topical drugs. No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one.

What is Nail Fungus?

Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off keratin, which is the main component of nails and skin. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Discolored nails
  • Yellow streaks under the nails
  • Distorted or thickened nails
  • Brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails
  • Nails separated from the underlying skin
  • Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nails
  • White spots or streaks on the nail surface

FAQ’s: Laser Hair Removal

How does the laser remove hair?

The laser emits a beam of light that is attracted to the pigment or melanin in the hair follicle that is in an active growing cycle. Pre-determined pulse duration and energy setting are directed at and absorbed by the hair follicles, disabling the growth of the follicles, resulting in quick, safe and effective hair removal.

What is the advantage of using a laser?

Lasers are precise instruments that can be adjusted to the exact parameters that will specifically disable the hair follicle. The laser uses a wide beam that treats many hairs at once instead of treating hair-by-hair like electrolysis. Because of this, large areas such as your legs, arms, or back can be treated in a short period of time. You will see results that last far longer than tweezing, waxing, shaving, chemical depilation, or other temporary methods.

What does the laser treatment feel like?

The treatment does have a slight prickly or stinging sensation. Most of our clients are able to tolerate the treatment without difficulty. Every person’s level of sensitivity is different and treatment areas may vary.

What happens to the skin after laser treatment?

Reddening of the skin is the desired reaction. The redness usually subsides within a few minutes to a few hours and returns to normal. Since the laser is not invasive in any way, no bandages are necessary. You are able to reapply your make-up , return to work, and continue with your normal daily activities immediately following treatment.

How many laser treatments will I need?

It has been our experience that most of our patients are able to discontinue treatments, knowing they will probably need an occasional touchup, after an average of 5-6 treatments. This is providing that the recommended treatment schedule is followed. It is also important to understand, results may vary depending on the individuals hair type, their stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels. Keep in mind that some individuals require fewer treatments and some will require more treatments depending on the results desired.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

The FDA has cleared laser hair removal regardless of the laser for “Permanent Hair Reduction” only. Based on our experience we believe that the hair treated will probably not re-grow. Each individual’s treatment response may be different because of their hair or skin type and that they have between 500 and 1000 follicles per square inch, of which many are dormant at the time of treatment. We have no way of knowing if and when they may start growing do to stress levels, certain medications and different hormone levels.

What to expect after laser treatment?

After your initial treatment, you should enjoy a significant reduction of hair. However it will take 2-4 weeks for the treated hair to push its way to the surface and fall out. With each treatment, the hair in the active growing phase will be effectively treated. A follow up appointment is scheduled in 4-8 weeks after each treatment. Keep in mind the importance of maintaining your follow up appointments.

What if I have gray, white, blonde, red or light fine hair?

Since the laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle, this hair type or hair color may not be treated with the laser. If this is your case call our clinic, we may have options for the treatment you are seeking.

FAQ’s: Laser Vein Removal

Will laser therapy work on my leg veins?

Although there is no way to tell for sure which veins will respond, a consultation with the Medical Esthetician to evaluate your veins will be required. Prior surgery or treatment on your veins could affect the treatment outcome. In some cases, further testing may be recommended to determine if there are underlying venous problems.

What does it feel like?

Although many patients report little or no discomfort, some may experience a mild stinging sensation only when the laser pulse is delivered. The cold tip on the hand piece helps soothe the skin as the laser is delivered.

How long will the treatment take?

Treatment time should be 15 to 30 minutes but may vary depending on the number and size of the vessel(s) to be treated.

How many treatments will I need?

In many cases, significant improvement is realized in as few as 1 to 3 treatments. In some cases, new spider veins may appear; therefore additional treatments may be necessary. Treatments may occur at 4 week intervals.

When can I resume normal activities?

Although we encourage you to resume normal activities almost immediately, we do ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise and avoid hot tubs for at least 24 hours post treatment. Also avoid direct sun exposure after treatment and if you do go in the sun, protect the treated area with a minimum SPF 30 Sun Block (not sunscreen).

What will the laser do to the veins?

When treating vascular lesions, the blood temperature at the targeted area is elevated to a level that causes coagulation without damage to the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Because the laser energy is absorbed by melanin in the epidermis, as well as the desired target of hemoglobin, the epidermal-cooling feature integrated in the hand piece is used to reduce the temperature rise in the epidermis. Multiple treatments may be necessary to obtain a satisfactory response for some leg veins.

FAQ’s: Spray Tanning

How does Spray Tanning work?

The active ingredient (DHA) works with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin to produce a natural tan exactly like the sun, but without the damage.

How long does the tan last?

It usually lasts 7-10 days, depending on your skin. It will fade gradually just like a real suntan.

Is it safe?

It is totally safe & FDA approved. However, the solution does not contain UV protection, so always wear sunscreen.

Does it look orange?

No, airbrush tanning gives a golden-brown color. There is no orange discoloration.

How do I prepare for my tanning session?

Before tanning, take a shower & exfoliate with a body scrub, shower puff or washcloth. You may also wish to shave. We would recommend doing this step the day or night before your tanning session. Do not wear any body lotion, deodorant or make-up.

What do I wear?

Bring a dark swimming suit or undergarment in which to be tanned. Thongs are acceptable as well as being topless. Wear dark, loose fitting clothing & flip flops (if possible) to wear home. The tanning solution will come out of your clothing in the washing machine (EXCEPT Nylon).

How is the tan applied?

Our professional tanning specialists will spray the tan onto the skin.

What do I do after the tan has been applied?

Wait at least 8 to 12 hours before showering. Once you do shower, do not be alarmed to see the bronzer come off in the shower. This is normal. Try to only place soap & water on the palms of your hands when washing them (prior to the 8 hour wait period). After showering, apply a moisturizer. Hydrated skin retains the tan longer. Avoid lotions containing alpha hydroxy.

Misc FAQ’s

What are your forms of payment?
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express

Prices are subject to change without prior notice. A $55 fee will be assessed on any returned checks.

Where are you located?

Spa 360 is located at 2620 E. Prospect Road in Fort Collins. We are on Prospect Road between I-25 and Timberline.

Do you offer complimentary consultations?

Consultations are offered free of charge for all services, and are required 72 hours in advance for most laser treatments. If you have questions about your skincare products, bring them in so we can assist you.

Do you take walk-ins?

Although we try to accommodate walk-ins whenever possible, appointments are preferred. If you are unable to keep your schedule appointment, we require a 24 hour notice or a $25 no-show/late fee will be charged to your account.

When should I arrive for my appointment?

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment so you have a few moments to relax, fill out any necessary paperwork, and receive the full benefit of your spa experience. Arrival 10 minutes or more after your appointment start time may require either rescheduling or shortening your service time.

Are children allowed in the spa?

We want all of our clients to enjoy the relaxing environment of the spa. Guests under the age of 18 must be escorted by a parent or legal guardian in order to authorize services.

What if I have a medical condition?

Guests who have high blood pressure or a heart condition, or have any other medical condition are advised to consult their doctor prior to booking any spa service. Please advise your provider of any medical conditions or recent immunizations, illnesses, or injuries.

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

A 24 hour notice is required to help us reschedule your appointment. Any cancellation of less than 24 hours will be subject to a $25 no-show/late fee.

Is there a secure place to store my things during my treatment?

We do not accept responsibility for any losses due to theft or damage or money or valuables of any kind brought onto our premises. We recommend that no jewelry be worn during your spa visit.

FAQ’s: Botox Cosmetic

What is Botox Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).

BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Individual results may vary.

When will I see results from a Botox Cosmetic Treatment?

Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.

Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

Who should not take Botox Cosmetic?

Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic.
  • had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®
  • have a skin infection at the planned injection site

You should not be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic if you have:

  • a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).
  • allergies to any botulinum toxin product
  • had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past
  • a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
  • swallowing problems
  • bleeding problems
  • plans to have surgery
  • had surgery on your face
  • weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
  • drooping eyelids
  • any other change in the way your face normally looks
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk.
What will happen to the moderate to severe frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.

Is Botox Cosmetic expensive?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of Botox Cosmetic is approximately $400.

How does Botox Cosmetic work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the “11s,” the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

How long does Botox Cosmetic last?

Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

What are the possible side effects of Botox Cosmetic?

BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic can cause serious side effects.

May include:

  • dry mouth
  • discomfort or pain at the injection site
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • neck pain
  • eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes
  • allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to BOTOX® or BOTOX®Cosmetic may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Do treatment results differ?

Yes, individual results may vary.