My Advanced Skin Fitness Consult Today/I Need To Choose!

Today I went to Advanced Skin Fitness. It was actually located in a smaller, almost residential area and shared a building with some sort of church (!) and what looked like an art studio. Anyway, I went inside and had a consult with the laser tech (no doctors here.) He was very nice, and the prices are good. However, he did say a few things that concerned me. When I asked about burning, I was told “I couldn’t burn you if I tried,” (I bet he could so) and was also told that, because I was fair, he could “crank the power up really high.” They use the Candela GentleLase, which I know is supposed to be the best.

I need to decide where to go! I actually liked Ideal Image best, but they are too expensive. Smooth Solutions wasn’t nearly as upscale, but the prices can’t be beat and a nurse is at least always present and calibrates the machines. They use the Apogee Alexandrite, which I don’t know anything about (is this a good system? Anybody?) I am strongly leaning towards going to Smooth Solutions. I can treat my chest, stomach, AND underarms for less than one session would run my at Ideal Image. I don’t want to go for the cheapest thing around, but I have heard positive reports about them.

Any feedback/suggestions/advice?

Apogee is an alexandrite and the tech needs more skill to adjust the settings as the pulse is variable. GentleLASE has it has at 3m/s and it can’t be changed. It will come down to tech skill between the two. I would go with one area with Smooth Solutions and see how it goes. You can always switch from there since you can get unused portion refunded. Although, personally, I would check out a 1-2 more clinics with the GentleLASE. Btw, Smooth Solutions does use the GentleLASE at some of their locations. I guess not this one yet.

What settings did this person want to use on you with the GentleLASE? also, you’re right to be a bit concerned due to his attitude. Yes, if he tried, he can burn you. Anyone speaking that loosely about the procedure is not very trustworthy.

I don’t know what settings he wanted to use. He swore up and down the laser wouldn’t burn me, but I know better. I don’t think he’s bad or anything, I just felt uncomfortable about that.

Some Smooth Solutions DO use the Candela GentleLase; I know the one in Plano does (not far from my house, but farther than the other one.) Would I be wiser to go out of my way to go to that one? If the GentleLase is truly better, I don’t think it’s too much to drive an extra ten miles. I was told that the one I had my consult at would be getting the GentleLase in the future, but didn’t have it yet.

If I were you, I would make the extra drive for the GentleLASE machine. It’s more idiot-proof and has a better track records, in part judging from previous posts here <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />