why I choose a medical spa over a non medical spa for tattoo removal

Where should I go to get laser tattoo removal?

That’s an easy answer. A highly skilled and trained medical spa or doctors office. Most laser technicians who are trained in the art of laser tattoo removal received specialized training for wound care, medication management, patient comfort control and more. Going to a tattoo parlor, or other non-medical establishment can be dangerous.

Why should I avoid pop-up or new laser tattoo removal businesses?

Experience and training cannot be replicated by visiting a laser certification school. Most programs offer hands-on experience, however. They don’t teach the more critical aspects of lasing…wound care and contraindications. There are too many risk factors to cover to explain why a medical background trumps any 2 day training course to become certified for operating a laser.

I was told that my “certified laser specialist” was just as qualified to perform laser tattoo removal as a doctor, is this true?

No. Would you undergo surgery at the hands of someone who only had 2 days of training to remove an appendix? There isn’t a comparison. The skill and knowledge of a seasoned laser trained medical professional or esthetician is second to none. The schooling required for advanced skin care is no less than 6 months of theoretical and clinical training.

I’ve seen a few new shops open in my area, what kind of questions should I ask them prior to booking an appointment?

The first question we would ask is, are you a medical professional or esthetician? If not, how many successful tattoos have you removed? How long was your training and who is your medical director? Do you have experience treating patients with extensive medical history records?

Chances are the new shop isn’t qualified enough to answer your questions or perform laser tattoo removal or other.

I received a super low quote to remove my tattoo, is this legit?

Cost is important for a lot of people, however. Would you select a surgeon to operate on your loved one, or yourself based on how much money they would save you, or would you choose the surgeon who has performed thousands upon thousands of successful procedures prior to your visit?

Who do you go to for your medical grade laser procedures or other medical procedure?

Like most of you, we’re consumers as well. We always choose the most qualified practitioner to perform any medical grade laser procedure. Laser tattoo removal is a medical procedure. Choose your clinic wisely. Too many times we have treated clients for mistakes because they wanted to save a few hundred dollars. It’s not worth the money and it’s not worth the risk to your health. As always, please contact your physician for any medical advice or questions.


Medical Director Dr Amato Polselli

Disclaimer: The before and after photos on this page are actual clients. Please note that results do vary and it’s always best to consult your physician with any and all concerns.  CONSULTATIONS ARE ALWAYS FREE!


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What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

What kind of results can I expect from Botox®?

Botox® is a great way to turn back the clock and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Here at Maine Laser Clinic we’re often asked, “what kind of results can I expect from Botox®?  That’s a great question, and as results do vary, the benefits are always noticeable, regardless of where you choose to have your treatment.  

Does Botox work better if I use hyaluronic acid serums?

Like any topical application, product, microneedling, laser, etc…Botox® enhances the benefits of anything that promotes collagen formation or Neocollagenesis.  The muscles relax, allowing the skin to relax which enable better penetration for treatments as well as products.

What about the side effects of Botox®?

As with any elective treatment, certain risks should be weighed against the benefits.  Do you have high blood pressure?  Do you have a compromised immune system?  Have you had complications with previous injections?  All of these questions should be asked and answered by your physician prior to any cosmetic procedure, however.  The risks are relatively low and Botox® is the number 1 performed injectable in the world.  

Who offers the best pricing in Portland Maine for Botox® injections?

We understand price is a factor for many people during the shopping phase.  Our philosophy is, would you trust your mechanic to install your sink?  No!  The point is, you should look for an establishment that has experience doing/performing the procedures you’re interested in…especially injectables like Botox®.  Back to price – the typical cost per unit for Botox® is $11-$14.  We offer many incentives and Allergan (the manufacturer of Botox®) provides a generous rewards program for loyal customers.

Plus, Maine Laser Clinic runs a monthly promotional day to introduce those interested in seeking treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, special events like, graduations, birthday parties, weddings, and more.  

What kind of training should practitioners have who perform Botox® injections?

It’s always good to seek out a practitioner who has received certification in Botox® injections.  Additionally, it’s important that the doctor or nurse receive clinical practice during their certification.  Here at Maine Laser Clinic, our staff has undergone advanced training in Botox®, Juvederm®, Kybella® and Microcannula training.  These advanced trainings ensure you’ll receive the very best care and attention during your treatment.  We are Portland Maine’s premier med-spa and invest in ongoing training with the latest techniques and procedures that keep us sharp, focused and knowledgeable about all aspects of skin care, health care, and safety practices.  

Check out these before & after photos.  Remember, we offer complimentary consultations…207-200-6530

Founder of Maine Laser Clinic

Founder of Maine Laser Clinic

Get to know our very own Christopher May. We hope you enjoy his conversation as much as we did. Thank you Chris for all of your hard work and dedication to the spa and the hundreds of clients who have come through our doors!

Donate – Community partnership committment

Donate – Community partnership committment

Hello friends,


For starters, let me begin by saying it’s a privilege to work in a state as great as Maine.  We have always felt a sense of pride living here, but as business owners we also believe we have a civic duty to help as many people as we can.  To that end, we are in the process of developing a program that will help cover the expenses of laser tattoo removal for the following groups: at risk/correction-transitioning teenagers, veterans with PTSD (war ink), rehabilitated convicts, military and law enforcement recruits.  


Many of you know I was labeled a “troubled” teen and often made poor choices, so I’ve had many redo’s in my lifetime.  With that being said, we believe people deserve a second chance.  Not that tattoos are bad, but speaking from personal experience, I know how stigmatizing tattoos are and how they influence employment opportunities.  Tattoos have often been associated with gang affiliations, haphazard lifestyles, and rebellion.  Law enforcement agencies, as well as all four military branches have policies that preclude recruits from enlisting if they have tattoos on their hands, face, or other “unacceptable” locations.  


Our position is to each their own, but the reality is those barriers present real challenges for many people.  It’s our understanding that some people join the military as an honor and willingness to serve their country.  Then there are those that need that option to improve their lives, to enrich their future, and to make a difference.  My belief is if you are willing to sacrifice your life for our country, you are a hero and selfless.


For us it’s an easy commitment to make for those people; we donate our services because we want to make a difference and support their efforts.  We want to give someone a second chance.  When I see a teenager who has tattoos covering their hands I think about their future.  I wonder what roadblocks will they encounter because of that choice?  It’s easier to pass judgement and say we must live with our choices, but we’re not “walking in their shoes.”   


What’s their story?  How did they end up where they are?  We believe they deserve a pathway to redemption, and if removing a tattoo helps them achieve that goal–gives them a second chance, then maybe we’ll have helped them become a better version of who they are–a better version of what they want for themselves.  


If you’re interested in helping, please direct message me, contact Learningworks, the Portland Police Department, The Opportunity Alliance, and let them know you want to help.  Let them know you’re ready to participate in anyway possible.  As always, thanks for reading, and thanks for the consideration.  


Love to all of my family and friends.  I hope this message finds you well.  

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

PicoSure™ Laser Comes to Maine Laser Clinic

Maine Laser Clinic is proud to announce the first ever PicoSure™ laser system in the great state of Maine.  What does this new addition mean for our community?  Well, picosecond laser tattoo removal is the newest and best option for removing unwanted tattoos – often called, “tattoo regret.”

Maine Laser Clinic recently partnered with CynoSure to bring the first PicoSure™ laser to Maine.  With this addition, our clinic will now have advanced options for tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, scar revision, and brown spot removal.  These are truly exciting times for our clinic.  Additionally, our partnership with allow us to grow in areas of charitable contributions, that were unsustainable before now.

How does the PicoSure™ laser work?  Cynosure has developed a system that works to use photomechanical destruction of ink particles, decreasing the amount of treatment times, as well as protecting other chromophores in the skin.  There’s a lot of technology behind this system, so please call us to learn more about this wonderful addition and to learn now Maine Laser Clinic can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Acne – what are your options for acne clearance?

Acne – what are your options for acne clearance?

Acne is papular or pustular eruption that affects the face, chest and back.  Acne can occur at any age, however.  It’s more common in teens and often persists well into adulthood.  Research indicates 15-20% of affected people will develop scarring from severe cases.

What happens to the skin during an infection?

The follicles become plugged with sebum production, Propionibacterium acnes and inflammation.  There are multiple variants of acne: Acne excoriee (caused by patients due to manipulation – causing scarring and erosion of skin).  Neonatal acne happens at birth, infantile acne, and Steroid acne – a comedonal and pustular acne that presents on the chest 2-5 weeks after taking a steroid.

Does diet affect acne?

The role of diet remains uncertain.  However, consumption of diary and simple sugars has long been associated with causation.

Is acne hereditary?

There’s research to support acne runs in the family.  Typically acne presents at a young age if someone in the family had acne as a child.  If both parents have acne, there’s a greater than 70% chance their child will develop acne.  Also, hyperandrogen states such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia or polycystic ovarian syndrome are known signs to cause acne.

How do I determine if the eruptions are acne?

Acne lesions typically divide into non-inflammatory or inflammatory.  Inflammatory lesions are characterized by papules, pustules, and nodules (cysts).  Non-inflammatory lesions consist of open blackheads (comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones).

How do I treat acne?

If it all possible, medication should be used sparingly.  Also consider, topical applications typically take 2 or more months to show efficacy.  In addition, most treatments take continued use to “control” the condition.  Remember, it’s not a cure.  It’s important to know, scarring from acne warrants a systemic approach and you should consult your physician or dermatologist beforehand to determine the best possible treatment regimen.  Strong medications like Isotretinoin (Claravis, Ammnesteem, Sotret) can be considered if you show no improvements.  Again, it’s important to consult your physician.

Should I scrub my face and wash the acne away?

Your skin should be gently cleansed with mild soap and warm water.  We recommend you do NOT scrub your skin.  Apply topical agents after the skin has dried.  All medications should be applied in a gentle manner to acne prone sites.

Which products are best for my skin?

Solutions and gels are better for oily skin, while creams and lotions are better for dry skin.  Hair conditioners and oils should be avoided.  We recommend all cosmetic products be oil free and water based.  Remember DO NOT pick or pop acne lesions!

What products should I use for Blackheads and Whiteheads?

We recommend using products that gently exfoliate the epidermis (top layer of skin) and contain antibacterial properties (e.g. benzoyl peroxide).  If used in combination with products that correct follicular plugging (e.g. tretinoin, tazarotene, adapalene).  It’s important to rotate the application, one at night and the other in the morning.  Over-the-counter medications like Retin-A are best for oily skin and range in strength 2.5 to 10%.

Additionally, facial peels (glycolici acid, salicylic acid) are recommended to unblock pores.  Reminder, Tretinoin is has photosensitive side effects, consult your physician for what application best suits your condition.

Here at Maine Laser Clinic have seen fantastic results treating acne vulgaris with laser technology. Like any procedure, it’s always best to consult your physician before deciding on what’s best for your overall health.

How to remove a tattoo

How to remove a tattoo

Removing a tattoo requires dedication, time and due diligence on the clients part. There are limited options for tattoo removal. Here at Maine Laser Clinic we support and promote laser tattoo removal. The procedure is relatively fast and simple to perform, however. The body requires time to achieve the most important aspect of the process and that’s to flush the ink out of the dermis and slowly fade.

How is this done? The lymphatic system does most of the work. There are tiny macrophages that digest the broken ink particles and dispose of them naturally. How does the laser break up the ink? The light-energy (laser) targets the color super-heating the ink until it shatters. This all happens in milliseconds and even nanoseconds. Think of a glass hitting the floor, shards fly everywhere. Now imagine someone bending down and taking a hammer to the remaining pieces – you are left with thousands upon thousands of tiny fragments. The same principle applies to tattoo removal.

The laser shatters the ink and the body disposes of the remaining ink particles. People often wonder if the process is painful. In short, the answer depends on their tolerance to stimulus. The “pain” associated with laser tattoo removal stems from the byproduct of “heat” – causing collateral warming that influences nerve endings. For example, when a young child puts their hand close to a hot stove sensors send signals to the brain alerting the child to react, consequently pulling away and hopefully avoiding severe burning.

There are ways to manage discomfort by cooling the area with local anesthesia, or topical creams and even cooling machines like the Cryo by Zimmer. We’ve found the most effective method (without injecting patients) is to ice the area prior to treatment. It’s simple and it works.

People often reference buying creams to remove their tattoos. Caveat emptor! There are products on the market that use misleading marketing tactics. The only true way to remove a tattoo is excision or the use of a laser. If you’re like most people, having a large scar from excision is worse than the actual tattoo. Do your research. Know what to expect and ask others who have had similar procedures.

People have to be ready to answer one question, “how bad do I want this tattoo removed?” If you conclude you need it gone, then we highly recommend laser tattoo removal.




How to treat nail fungus – onychomycosis

How to treat nail fungus (onychomycosis)


Onychomycosis, better known as nail fungus or fungus in your nail is the most common nail diseases attributing to half of all nail irregularities. Nail fungus affects toenails and fingernails, however. Toenails seem to be the most frequently affected areas. Studies have shown that 10-12% of all adults suffer from some form of nail fungus.

There are many causes of nail fungus, such as yeast, fungi and a variety of molds. Often the same fungi that cause athlete’s foot causes nail fungus. So, if you suffer from athlete’s foot, it’s probable to contract onychomycosis. However, it’s hard to determine exactly how you may have contracted the nasty bug.  Nail fungus thrives in warm, humid and moist conditions. Places like showers, pools, or any place you walk barefoot are likely culprits and should be avoided whenever possible.

People with weak immune systems and who are over 60 are likely to present with nail fungus. Diabetes is also an indicator, or if you have moist feet. What can you do to limit your exposure to contracting nail fungus?  Keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking barefoot in showers or areas were mold is prevalent. Unfortunately there isn’t a silver bullet fix for this condition, however. Many studies have been conducted to measure the efficacy of systemic and topical treatments, but most prove to be inconclusive. Often, the medications require routine application and require blood testing to determine eligibility.

With the advance in laser technology, there are ways to treat fungus in a safe outpatient procedure. Here at Maine Laser Clinic we use a Nd:Yag 1064 nm laser to superheat the skin tissue beneath the nail causing coagulation of the nail matrix resulting in significant cosmetic enhancement for patients. Preliminary studies are being conducted, but some practitioners are reporting 80-85% clearance.

Check out the before-and-after photos. It’s important to consult your physician before deciding on an option that best suits your overall health and well-being.





How to treat rosacea

How to treat Rosacea

First, we have to explain the many reasons why so many people suffer from “redness” of the face; rosacea.  Secondly, there are three types of rosacea that affect the skin. Lastly, if rosacea is not treated early the condition typically worsens over time.  Back to why people suffer from rosacea. There are many environmental as well as genetic factors that elevate the condition.  These causes are called “triggers.” Some of those causes are listed below:

Sun exposure

Emotional stress

Hot weather


Heavy exercise

Alcohol consumption

Hot baths

Cold weather

Spicy foods


Indoor heat

Certain fruits

And more…

There is much debate about the affects of the aforementioned triggers, however.  Being proactive in managing the condition is highly recommended.  Usually patients do nothing, or use topical cosmetic applications to cover the effected area.  It’s important to note that there is NO curative approach to treating rosacea.  However, there are many effective methods used today to dramatically reduce the side effects caused by the condition.

The use of Laser therapy is considered by many to be the most effective method available today.  The laser penetrates the skin targeting the capillaries with are rich with oxy-hemoglobin deep within the dermis.  The heat that is generated by the laser damages the cells, which are then absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system.  The repeated method gradually reduces the redness and removes the formation of additional capillaries.  Another method of removal is done through photorejuvenation.

Fortunately, there are practitioners who are experienced managing this sometimes-embarrassing condition.  Finally, it’s important to explore all options before committing to whatever treatment you choose.