Look Inside a Sona Center: Charlotte - MidTown

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Feb 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

I Love My Skin Rejuvenation Results! A Personal Sona Story

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Feb 11, 2015 2:35:00 PM

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Let's face it, when we look in the mirror, there is at least one thing we would like to change about ourselves. And it gets frustrating wasting money month after month on products that don't work. Stop fighting the battle of dark blotchy skin from years of sun damage, embarrassing acne scarring, or those irritating fine lines and wrinkles. At Sona MedSpa, many of our clients come in to diminish those skin imperfections and regain youthful looking skin with our non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatmentts such as the Pixel laser. In 2014, 1,095 Sona MedSpa Clients purchased a pixel treatment package averaging 3 treatments per package, and Stephanie was one of them!

Meet Stephanie Bell - Center Manager of Sona MedSpa's Midlothian, VA location.  As Center Manager, Stephanie not only has intimate knowledge of Sona's technology and has seen firsthand results from our clients that Pixel Laser Resurfacing technology really works, but she has gotten Pixel treatments done on her face too. Today, we are sharing Stephanie's experience with Sona's Pixel Laser Resurfacing technology and why she loves her results! 

"I really wanted to get the Pixel Skin Resurfacing treatment done to improve my skin texture. There are some fine lines and wrinkles I want smoothed out and brown freckles and sun damage I want treated on my face." - Stephanie Bell

What is Pixel?

Pixel Laser is a skin resurfacing technology used to smooth skin and repair dullness and damage from acne scarring, general aging, and other causes with minimal physical or social down time. Unlike other skin resurfacing technologies, only a portion of the skin is treated while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Because the surrounding skin is left untouched, this allows the skin to heal much faster and encourages collagen remodeling, skin tightening and improvement in skin texture.

Here's a visual timeline of Stephanie's treatment from start to finish:

 Skin Rejuvenation   

During treatment

The procedure lasts about 45 minutes. We recommend applying numbing cream an hour before your treatment since your face will get hot.



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Immediately After Treatment

After the treatment, you will be given cool air to blow on your face and the nurse will apply a post-gel. If needed, apply an ice pack throughout the day to decrease discomfort.


Skin Rejuvenation Before and After

Day 2 - 4

Your face will be red and blotchy with some noticeable marks from the laser. Your skin will feel tight and rough 2-4 days after your treatment. Only apply Cetaphil Gentle Face Wash and Lotion during your healing process. You can start wearing mineral makeup only by Day 3.


Skin Rejuvenation Before and After   

5 days after treatment

By Day 4 & 5 your face will begin to peel. Do NOT pick at your face when your skin is peeling.

Final Results from Skin Rejuvenation  

Final Results!

After Day 5 you will notice smoother skin and your imperfections starting to improve.

 "The treatment and process was totally worth it! I am thrilled to be able to erase signs of aging and not feel the need to wear make up on a daily basis!"

Like Stephanie, you too can have confidence that Sona's advanced technology in the hands of our medically licensed providers will provide results that you will love!

Think Pixel Laser Rejuvenation might be right for you?

Have questions?

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The Cost of Laser Hair Removal - Should You Buy a Laser Hair Removal Daily Deal?

Posted by Brett Lutz on Feb 6, 2015 9:07:00 AM


We see them everywhere online - "Daily Deal" websites are very popular among consumers seeking out the best “steals and deals” for their favorite things - including laser hair removal. These companies are known for offering affordable and discounted items, getaways, and so much more. But, are you really getting more bang for your money's worth with these specials? Here are some questions worth pondering over before considering daily deal offers on laser hair removal.


On a typical Daily Deal website there are a variety of laser hair removal deals offered for low prices. These deals are offered on areas ranging from the bikini line, upper lip, legs, and a variety of other areas. These deals do come off as appealing because of the low price but are you really getting what you are paying for? And are you really getting a better deal?

Typically, at least 5-7 treatments spaced six weeks apart are needed for the best laser hair removal results on any area. At Sona MedSpa, we look to provide the best results possible, and sell our laser hair removal in packages of 5 treatments from the start. All of our laser hair removal packages also include the Lifetime “Sona Promise” which provides up to 2 complimentary treatments if needed. After that, you are also locked in for 75% off pricing for individual treatments for life. This means that with each and every Sona laser hair removal package, you are given a total of 7 treatments and will receive 75% off pricing after that for a LIFETIME.

An actual example of one of the deal-of-the-day offers recently for laser hair removal was $149 for 3 laser hair removal treatments (valued at $600 and offered at a discount of 75% off). While initially this does sound like a great deal, keep in mind that most people will need a total of at least 5-7 treatments to get the best results. In this case, with each treatment costing $200 regularly, it will actually cost you $949 to get the same number of treatments offered in one of Sona’s laser hair removal packages. After that, you will also be on the hook for paying full price ($200/each) for any additional touch-ups instead of the 75% off lifetime pricing we extend to our clients .


As with any investement, it is important for consumers to do their research and make sure they are really getting real value and real results that laser hair removal can offer. The lifetime “Sona Promise” ensures that you are getting the most effective treatments for your money, as well as providing insurance for your investment. Sona would like you to enjoy the lasting results from your laser hair removal experience from beginning to end, which is why we are the only laser hair removal company to offer the “Sona Promise.”

Interested in learning more?  Contact the laser hair removal experts at Sona MedSpa for a Free Phone Consultation.

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How Does it Work? The Laser Hair Removal Process at Sona MedSpa

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Feb 4, 2015 10:43:00 AM


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Ask The Expert: 7 Questions with Ashley Wilson, Physician Assistant

Posted by Jessie Bumgarner on Jan 21, 2015 3:51:00 PM

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When it comes to medical aesthetic treatments like Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, and Body Contouring, you need confidence that the company you choose is truly an expert in the field.  We recently spoke with Ashley Wilson, Licensed Physician Assistant and Sona's 2013 Provider of the Year, to get an expert point of view on Sona's services, technology, and training.

"My favorite part of my job at Sona MedSpa is when a client tells me they love their results and wish they had come to us sooner. It feels great to provide treatments and services that improve someone's confidence and really makes a difference in their life." - Ashley Wilson

Meet Ashley from Sona's Ballantyne Center in Charlotte, NC. She has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for 11 years and before joining the Sona team in 2011, worked in multiple medical specialties including surgery, family medicine, urgent care and pain management. She is board certified by the NCCPA (National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants) and continues ongoing medical education in dermatology, aesthetics and other areas of medicine.

We asked Ashley to answer some of the most asked questions about Sona:

What would you say is Sona’s most popular treatment?

Definitely laser hair removal. We see clients of all ages, both male and female. I think most everyone has some area of hair they would like to get rid of. I have had the treatments done and love the results!

What is the biggest misconception you've encountered about the services that Sona offers?

Many people think that we only offer laser hair removal services and are surprised to find out about all of our other treatments when they first come in for a consultation. Also, most people believe that laser hair removal means 100% removal of every hair forever. We educate our client's that our lasers are FDA approved for permanent reduction of hair. If more treatments are needed, we offer a wonderful Sona lifetime promise for clients to continue to have touch up treatments. Another misconception involves injectable treatments. A lot of women are interested in injectables (Botox & dermal fillers) but express concerns of looking like the Housewives of Orange County. I explain to clients that our goal is not to make anyone look like they have had something "done", but rather look refreshed. We are aiming to enhance your natural features, not make you look like someone else.

What concerns do clients normally have at their first treatment and how do you make them feel comfortable?

Our clients are usually concerned about discomfort and what to expect after the treatments. Before any package is purchased, we evaluate our client's medical history and skin to make sure they are an ideal candidate for the treatment they want.  Our consultants and providers both explain what to expect before any treatment is started and if needed, a numbing cream can be provided for certain treatments. Throughout the treatment, we talk to our clients during each step and make sure they are doing okay. We always review what they can expect afterwards and how to care for the treated areas.

What is an average day like for you at Sona?

Each day is different. Most days I see a lot of new clients to review their medical history and start their first treatments. I also see existing clients for follow up treatments. I do many injectable treatments including Botox and fillers. And, I evaluate potential clients to make sure they are a good candidate for the treatments they are interested in.

What was one of the most rewarding client transformations you've seen?

I had a client that came in for acne scarring on her face. She purchased a package of Pixel laser resurfacing treatments and was thrilled with the results after completing the package. She saw improvement in her skin's texture and the scarring was much less noticable, she said she felt more confident about her appearance and was able to leave the house without makeup for the first time in years!

What makes Sona MedSpa different from other med spas?

Sona offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments and has something for everyone. We provide treatments in a safe and effective way. We also really get to know our clients and look forward to seeing them come back!

Why should someone come in for a free consultation at Sona MedSpa?

Why not? It is a totally free consultation. The consultants are fantastic and really want to help you find a treatment that is right for you. The consultations also give you the opportunity to see our facility and meet our wonderful staff.

Have more questions?
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Get an Inside Look at a Popular Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Posted by Brett Lutz on Dec 3, 2014 2:59:00 PM

Unless you have had laser hair removal treatments or learned from a friend what the experience is like, you will probably have questions (like many of our clients) such as:

What actually happens during the treatment?

What does the device look like?

How long does it take?

This time-lapse video gives you inside look at an upper lip laser hair removal treatment at our Midtown center in Charlotte, NC.

Of course, the time required can vary based on the area being treated. Most last less than an hour so you can be on your way very quickly.

Interested in learning more?  Contact us for a Free Laser Hair Removal Consultation.  It only takes a few minutes and you'll get pricing information, how the treatment works, and what sets Sona apart from ordinary laser hair removal providers.  You'll be on your way to not shaving or waxing in no time!


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Send them $50 off their first treatment package! 
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Too Much Sun Time this Summer? Sona has a Bright Solution.

Posted by Brett Lutz on Aug 19, 2014 10:54:00 AM


It’s that bittersweet time of the year when we prepare to leave the summer behind and routines change as kids head back to school.

Is your skin showing the effects of too much sun time?  As much as we love the warmth of the sun, prolonged exposure causes the majority of the damaging wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Continual exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays begins the process of breaking down the skin’s elastin, which causes sagging, stretching and ultimately the premature process of aging. Sun damage comes in many different forms such as:

  • Freckles
  • Brown patches and brown spots
  • Melasma

At Sona MedSpa, we can help fight the effects of sun damage by treating it below the surface of the skin. Our technology diminishes the appearance of these persistent imperfections.

You don’t have to deal with the appearance and effects of sun damage forever. If you are tired of covering up your freckles, brown spots and uneven pigmentation then there is a solution. You can save money on cover-up cosmetics, bleacing creams, etc. and begin to look and feel younger and confident in your own skin.





Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) is the next generation of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology for sun damage treatment, and it’s here at Sona MedSpa. Harmony AFT technology by Alma Lasers is used to pinpoint freckles and brown spots. The number of treatments required for each individual depends on the amount of sun damage, and the area being treated. Clients can expect to see majority of the spots and freckles begin to fade at the end of the series of treatments. There is no down-time, and clients can expect to see their desired results once the treatment package is complete.

The amount of treatments varies from client to client depending on the total amount of damage and the area you would like to have treated.

It is important that you help protect your investment. Sona offers medical grade skin care products to compliment your laser skin treatments and to protect your skin.You can speak with your skin care consultant in order to find out which products are right for you. The maintenance of your results is just as important as the treatment itself.

For your issues with sun damage and age spots, you can depend on our Sona MedSpa professionals to provide the treatment and the technology just right for your needs, addressing the full range of solutions for many areas of your body to help you look and feel your best.

Ready to get started?  Contact Us for a Free Consultation and save $100 on any treatment package.

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Laser Hair Removal - Does The Technology Really Matter?

Posted by Brett Lutz on Aug 11, 2014 3:36:00 PM

Being an informed consumer is more important than ever in an age of over promising and under delivering. But, let’s be serious, how often do you research lasers? When choosing the company to provide your laser hair removal services, it’s important to understand that there are real differences and the laser you’re being treated with really does matter.

Here’s a quick overview of how laser hair removal works:

Laser hair removal technology is the use of an invisible beam of light and a constant source of heat that enter the hair follicle, disabling and then destroying it at its root while preserving the surrounding skin.  Different laser technologies exist to accomplish the same goal of removing hair.  This begs the question - what is the difference in the technology that is used?

A recent, independent study stated[1] that diode lasers are the “gold standard to remove unwanted hair.”  The study also revealed that the Soprano® diode laser eliminated 90% of hair after 5 treatments while others in the study eliminated only 74% to 85% of hair.  The study also showed that these diode lasers caused significantly less discomfort and long-term adverse effects than other lasers such as Alexandrite and YAG.  Sona MedSpa exclusively employs Soprano® diode lasers through our partnership with Alma Lasers™ for laser hair removal.  We believe, through our experience and research, that diode lasers give our clients the ultimate combination of effectiveness and safety.  

Like many technologies, laser hair removal is consistently advancing and improving in quality. Although the technologies can seem very similar, there are real differences in the effectiveness, comfort level, and safety of the lasers used to remove hair.  Make sure you’re getting the best technology and the most effective treatment – ask what laser will be used for your treatments

[1] Comparison of High-fluence, Single-pass Diode Laser to Low-fluence, Multiple-pass Diode Laser for Laser Hair Reduction with 18 Months of Follow Up – Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, January 2001

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7 Must Ask Questions Before You Get Laser Hair Removal

Posted by Brett Lutz on Jun 26, 2014 10:50:00 AM


Who can’t appreciate the benefits of laser hair removal? Ending the chore of daily shaving, avoiding the pain of waxing, and reducing the aggravation of razor burn are all wonderful reasons to elect to undergo this affordable service.

The laser hair removal industry has grown significantly over the past decade and many companies (large and small) now offer the service. But who can you trust to provide the safest, most effective treatments as well as the best technology tailored to your needs?

The fact is - all companies who perform laser hair removal are not created equal.  Like most products and services, price (while certainly important) shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when choosing a company. After all, you do get what you pay for.   

As the expert in laser hair removal, with over 16 years in the industry, we at Sona MedSpa have composed a list of 7 key questions we believe you should ask us, and any other company you’re considering, before choosing your laser hair removal provider. 

Regardless of which company you choose, Sona is committed to education and the belief that each and every consumer should make a well-informed decision when it comes to a medical procedure like laser hair removal.

Question 1: What percentage of your business is devoted to laser hair removal?

Why Ask?  It’s important to consider the laser hair removal provider’s history and experience in the industry.  Choosing a provider who does laser hair removal as a secondary service may lack the expertise needed to provide you with the safest treatments and best results. An established business devoted to providing exceptional laser hair removal results should have experienced medical staff performing your treatments with the latest technology and a guarantee on their service.  Length of time in business is another a great question to ask – you want to make sure they’ll be around long enough for you to complete your treatments.

Question 2: What type of laser technology do you use?

Why Ask?  Like many technologies, laser hair removal is constantly advancing and improving in quality. It is important to know that, although technologies may seem similar, there are real differences in the effectiveness, comfort level, and safety of the lasers used to remove hair. The price of laser hair removal treatments can also be effected by the quality of laser being used. Often times less effective lasers (which are less costly to purchase) are being used to deliver inexpensive treatments and bring down the overall price point. Don’t settle for poor results, make sure the laser technology is equivalent when comparing price quotes.  

Question 3: Who conducts the treatments?

Why Ask?  In some states, medical training is NOT required to administer laser treatments. Check to make sure your treatment provider has received the appropriate training, licensure, and certifications and is receiving ongoing education around laser procedures and technologies.   After all, this is a medical procedure and your health and safety should come first.

Question 4: What is the treatment regimen?

Why Ask?  Effectiveness of the overall treatment can be greatly affected by the number and frequency of individual treatments. Ask about the success rate of the treatment protocol being recommended for you and how this regimen was determined to be the best. Knowing that a treatment protocol is based on sound medical advice and experience is not only reassuring, but helps you feel confident in the results you’ll see at the completion of your treatments.   

Question 5?  What risks are there with laser hair removal treatments?

Why Ask?  With any medical procedure, there are certain risks involved. No matter how minimal the chances are you should understand the types of reactions could occur, the incident rate, and the procedures in place for handling adverse reactions.

Question 6? Do your advertised fees include all costs?

Why Ask?  Sometimes, the price really is just too good to be true. You should be aware of any additional costs including the need to purchase additional treatments to achieve your best results. Also, ask what options or guarantees are available to you if you aren’t fully satisfied with your results.

Question 7: Will it be difficult to schedule future appointments?

Why Ask?  Because laser hair removal requires a series of treatments, it is important to choose a provider who has the capacity and flexibility to accommodate your schedule. Know the hours and number of treatment rooms available to make sure scheduling future treatments will be as convenient as possible for you.

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Laser Skin Correction: Is My Acne Scarring Treatable?

Posted by Shauntel Greene on Aug 7, 2012 3:30:00 PM


acne scarring treatableAcne can be both inwardly and outwardly scarring, causing low self-esteem and leaving lasting visible reminders on your face. If you have ever asked “What can I do about these scars?” or “Can I ever get rid of them?” Sona has the answers for you!

There are many different options to consider when it comes to treating acne scarring and the consequences of acne breakouts. Some people consider seeing a dermatologist in order to get their acne under control or to reduce the appearance of scarring. Often times, the dermatologist may recommend that you seek out specialized treatments designed to get rid of acne scarring and significantly improve the skin’s overall appearance. 

Sona MedSpa offers a variety of laser skin treatments that are able to pinpoint and treat various skin issues including acne scarring. Acne scarring is one of the most common issues that our clients deal with, and it is the goal of Sona to ensure safe and effective treatments, which can greatly reduce the appearance of these scars. Pixel laser skin resurfacing is able to treat:

  • Acne Scarring
  • Sun/environmental damage
  • Fine lines
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Pore size

The Pixel laser is the most advanced and FDA approved laser technology on the market. Our laser skin resurfacing treatments give you younger and brighter looking skin, while also renewing the skin’s overall texture and pigmentation. Sona’s advanced laser technology has the ability to stimulate the body’s collagen production while also developing new, healthy skin cells. During the process of treatment, a portion of skin is treated while the surrounding skin is left untouched, which makes for minimal downtime. Minimal downtime is one of the many advantages of Sona’s laser skin resurfacing treatments. Clients are able to come in for treatments, and get right back to their scheduled plans.



There are multiple factors that must be taken into consideration prior to treatment. The amount of skin damage and the area/areas being treated are factors in determining which treatment would be the best for you. Typically, the average client does approximately 3 treatments, however, every individual is different. Treatments are usually administered once per month and the number of treatments needed will be determined by your skin care consultant. You can expect to see improvement for 3-6 months after your last treatment as your skin continues to produce new collagen.



Sona’s specialized skin care consultants are able to recommend which particular treatment will be best for you in order to achieve your desired results. Don’t waste any more time pondering solutions to your acne and skin care issues. Leave your past behind, start your fresh beginning with smooth, beautiful skin and don’t look back!

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