While the fountain of youth may not be real, Jaime Welsh, RN, has the next best thing - a laser hair removal and skin correction business that gets customers as close to that fountain as she can.
“People think these treatments are painful, but lasers and technology have come a long way,” Welsh says. “I love it when people say they feel more confident. That’s really important to me. Being a nurse by nature, I love to help people.”
Welsh was an emergency room nurse at Riley Hospital for Children for years. Her husband, owner and chiropractor at Indianapolis Sport and Spine in Brownsburg, uses laser treatment for tissue and muscle healing. One day Welsh jokingly told him he should get an attachment for the laser so she could come in and do laser hair removal treatments.
He took her joke seriously and suggested she look into training. Before she knew it, she was headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, to attend classes at the National Laser Institute. The training was specifically designed for medical professionals, and she became licensed as a laser aesthetic specialist.
“I was only planning on learning about hair removal,” Welsh says. “I fell in love with the skin treatment side - the rejuvenation, anti-aging, and the color correction.”
Welsh’s full repertoire of services at S2 Aesthetics includes intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, anti-aging treatments, laser hair removal, skin prejuvenation, acne reduction, and vascular treatments for spider veins.
Welsh purchased a medical-grade laser that treats the fairest to the darkest skin. The laser also does spider vein removal and laser facials (non-ablative, anti-aging and skin tightening).
Welsh didn’t stop there, and she opted for an IPL attachment.
“That is the big gun in color correction,” Welsh says. “It can treat any area of the body - the face, chest, hands, arms and back.”
The IPL takes brown pigment, pulls it to the surface of the skin, and over the course of about two weeks the pigment exfoliates off the surface of the skin. While one treatment will yield improvement, a series of treatments is recommended to clients in order to achieve optimal results.
The IPL treats a variety of skin conditions such as dark facial spots, distended or broken capillaries, facial redness, large pores, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The non-ablative laser facial skin treatments are just that - less ablative than their more common counterparts. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soften acne and scarring, decrease redness, eliminate acne, shrink pores, and improve skin tone. A wavelength of light triggers a skin repair response and stimulates the production of collagen, a structural protein that can be taken as a supplement to aid in skin repair and improved elasticity.
Welsh has also seen positive results for her clients from laser hair removal. Some people want the convenience of not having to shave, wax or pluck. Others have come to her with irritation, skin breakdown, hyperpigmentation, painful ingrown hairs, and hormone imbalances resulting in increased, unwanted hair growth. Welsh says her lasers are safe and effective for permanent hair reduction for all skin colors and hair types.
Welsh has four children and regularly treats her 14-year-old son Xander for acne.
“We’ve been doing treatments for a while, and he won’t let me skip one,” she says. “The nice thing about the acne treatment is that it kills acne bacteria, shrinks pores and decreases redness. He isn’t taking acne medication, or using harsh skin-care products or creams. It’s a great confidence boost for him.”
One of Welsh’s clients saw a complete change in his cystic acne, and his deep, painful acne was gone within a day or two of treatment.
Welsh’s family has always spurred her on to find more natural and holistic products and services. In fact, her interest in natural skin-care products, which she also makes and sells online, was sparked by her need for diaper rash cream for her daughter more than 10 years ago.
“My husband always told me to flip things over and check the ingredients,” Welsh says. “It was a curse. Once I started doing that I thought, ‘Ew, I don’t want any of this on or in my body.’”
Welsh’s mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of 42, and this fanned the flames of her interest in pursuing natural skin-care products and treatments. That’s what she loves about the lasers.
“Instead of applying creams, and harsh or unnatural products and treatments, we are repairing damage to the skin,” Welsh says. “We aren’t injecting anything, peeling layers off your face, using blades or doing surgery. We feel the lasers are a safer solution.”
It took Welsh six months to develop a natural deodorant recipe, and now she uses it and sells her all-natural deodorant to the public.
“I didn’t just jump into all of this blindly,” Welsh says. “There was a reason that spurred me to do it. I wanted something safer for my family.”
According to Welsh, the results of laser treatments for hair removal and skin rejuvenation are long lasting. Permanent hair removal might result, while some clients may need an occasional touch-up.
Welsh says her skin treatments also are long lasting, but increased sun exposure can do additional damage and she encourages a good skin-care regimen as well as sunscreen.
Welsh feels her background in nursing, her medical training and her equipment set her apart from other hair removal and laser treatment businesses. She loves her new venture.
“I like that people come see me because they want to,” Welsh says. “At the hospital people only came to me when they were in pain or hurting, and didn’t want to be there. People come here and they’re excited. We celebrate their results and progress.”
S2 Aesthetics is located at 1460 N. Green St., #400 in Brownsburg, IN. For more information, call 317-852-2005 or visit them online at s2aesthetics.com.