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Skintastic Lazer removes hair, treats skin

With a quick flash of red light, a brief pinching sensation and a cool breeze, Shauna Diede of Skintastic Lazer Hair Removal can remove body hair and spider veins and improve sun-damaged skin.

“Some people, the self-confidence is through the roof (after treatment) and it’s amazing,” said Diede, an aesthetician. “Their eyes will start welling up, and that’s the reason I got into this business, and it’s amazing to see.”

 Diede started her Skintastic Lazer Hair Removal in early May, and since then has been extremely busy, particularly with laser hair removal, vein removal and photo facials. But Diede has been doing hair and skin care for 16 years, too.

In order to do laser treatments, Diede purchased three different lasers, which between them enable her to effectively treat all skin colors and all skin type, she said.

While laser hair removal isn’t always permanent, it is a long-term hair removal treatment that at most only requires an occasional touch-up after the initial four to five sessions, Diede said.

Multiple sessions are needed because a person’s hair has several distinct stages of growth, and the laser doesn’t work on all of them.

Exactly how many sessions are needed depends partly on hair and skin type and partly on the area to be lasered — an upper lip takes less than 10 minutes, whereas a whole leg will take much longer, Diede said.

It would also cost more. A single treatment for an upper lip costs $50, whereas a single treatment for a person’s legs costs $475. Skintastic Lazer Hair Removal offers prepaid packages that allow people to buy five treatments and get the sixth free.

Diede also does free consultations and helps people determine if laser treatment is right for them. The consultation helps determine what equipment to use, which in turn depends on the client’s skin type.

One thing she asks people is about their sun exposure. People who’ve been in the sun for any period of time in the past seven days should wait to have laser treatment. 

Pregnant people and people with epilepsy, seizures or medications that make them photosensitive should not be treated with a laser.

Women aren’t the only ones purchasing hair removal treatments, Diede said. Men typically are most interested in chest or torso hair removal.

While the laser does sting a bit, Diede said it’s typically not more painful than plucking or waxing, and often less so. She uses a cooling system called a “cryo” that helps keep pain to a minimum.

Her medical director, Dr. Michael Page, is available for consultation when needed, too.

In addition to hair removal, Diede also treats spider veins, sun spots, port wine stains and hemangiomas with the laser, and rejuvenates the skin with photofacials.

Diede also offers microdermabrasion skin treatments and lash tinting services.

Skintastic Lazer Hair Removal is located in Top Designers Salon & Spa in the Buffalo Mall.

Its hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call 252-1599, visit skintasticlazer.com or check the Skintastic Lazer page on Facebook.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453                      or by email at klucin@jamestownsun.com

Kari Lucin

Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.

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