Laser Skin Resurfacing, Acne Scars, Co2 Laser, Pre Treatment, Results of Inquiries - Lafayette, La
Below is what I have found out so far when I...
I have made a cheat sheet to refer back to in about 6 months when I am ready to have the procedure done. I made this to keep track of what I talked abt with each place because it was getting quite confusing talking to so many places. I would recommend others to do this so they can compare everything available to them side by side. I also included the rating from realself for each laser.
Medispa 1- Uses Sciton for their ablative surface, which is ranked very poorly. The cost quoted on the phone on Sept 9,2013 was $1800-2400 for the ablative, not sure for the non ablative. Esthetician went on and on abt the laser is “the rolls royce of lasers” even though I know it is not a good laser. She was nice but sales-persony. She is not a dr. but an esthetician and said it would be an estitician not a dr performing these services (“but they have had the training” sounds risky) They use Sciton laser- 36% rating very low
Medi Spa 2- emailed back and forth. Consultation fee is $100 and $50 of that will go towards your first procedure. The nonablative laser they use is the Palomar. For the non-ablative treatment it is $750. (u need 5, totaling $3750, no thanks.) They do offer the ablative fractional treatment the DEKA Smartxide DOT . The estimated cost for that treatment for a full face is $3200. Dr. performs the ablative and an esthetician performs the non-ablative. The ratings seem fair to good but they are charging much more than the average cost of the DEKA Smartxide laser . 67% for smartxide rating- one of the higher rated lasers
Dr 1 &2 (shared practice) Emailed and got response from staff. Consultation $100 no deals. Spoke on the phone with Dr. on Sept 11 2013. The laser service they have is the Matrix CO2 laser./ Sandstone. This is a non ablative laser (i.e. less effective). Dr quoted @ 1200 per treatment. He said twice a year he would perform this. He also mentioned doing several things that I don’t need- “a whole regimen” “microdermabrasion in between” “fillers first then doing the laser” Sounds like he may be more worried about charging money for stuff I don’t need or want. He also kept talking about ice pick scars after I told him I don’t have ice pick scars. Like right after- He started saying stuff abt Ice pick scars then he paused and I said I don’t have ice pick scars. Then he said," Well what I would do for ice pick scars if you did….. " blah blah blah. He did not speak about the rolling scars I do have. That just tells me he will not listen to my concerns nor is he concerned with what I need- just what he can sell to me.
Dr.3- They do offer free consultation & laser skin resurfacing.The website lists ActiveX- Deep FX CO2. DEEP FX- Average Price via realself: $2,825 65% worth it rating . Their price is alot more at $3600. She said if you don’t get anesthesia it knocks $600 off. (so it would be $3000)
Dr 4 - spoke with a dr who would perform the procedure. He sounds nice on the phone- not too sales pitchy.He offers feathertouch- $4000+ (sharplan ) which is an older laser, so I did not find the rating on here. It seems very expensive but he said you only need to go once.
Consultation $75 -goes toward service
Dr. 5- offers pixel $2800 but had to refer to another dr because she is soon to be on maternity leave.
two face to face consults/update
Dr. 5- They must be outsourcing their laser services to a travelling technician who is only there once a month. He had no pictures at all. He said I would probably only see a 25% improvement. He said he would not do ablative on me, it was too much risk as far as recovery. It seemed like he really just wanted to laser me three times. The price was a lot less than the doctors, but, he is not a doctor. After talking he decided the best approach would be a mixed laser session, with ablative on my cheeks (on the side of my face by my ears) only, and non ablative everywhere else. I really wanted to just do ablative and get it over with but he seemed dead set against it.
This is a money making game. If you are looking for a laser service please beware of anyone who makes you purchase a package of a series of treatments and makes you pay upfront. This is a money making tactic and not in your best interest if you have moderate to severe scarring. If you have light scarring you may not need ablative, but why would you commit to a series of treatments that you potentially don't need?
I called back to ask about the laser tech at Dr. 5. They do not have any pictures of his work and refused to give me his name, just his 1st name not his last name due to "confidentiality reasons." Ok so I am supposed to let someone laser my face without any seeing any credentials, references, or their name? And if it goes horrible wrong? Should I just tell my lawyer "Steve" did it? RED FLAGS!! I had been seriously considering this before today because it's sooo much less expensive, but I don't think so anymore.
scheduled, but still uncertain
just around the corner, wish me luck!