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Are You Tired of Shaving and Waxing?

Posted May 10, 2017


Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM


As summer approaches, we return to our summer routine ofwaxing, shaving and depilatories. Many of our clients have discovered freedomfrom waxing, shaving and depilatories with laser hair removal. They have beenable to significantly reduce or eliminate unwanted hair on their face, legs, underarmsand bikini area. This is the perfect time of year to schedule your laser hairremoval and be free from hair this summer.  

Is Laser Hair Removal for Everyone?

Laser hair removal is most effective for men and women withlight to medium skin tone and dark hair. The laser targets the dark pigment inthe hair, consequently, red, blond, or gray/silver hair, will not attract thelaser because it cannot detect any dark pigment.


How do I prepare?

Because we want to make sure the hair root is activelygrowing, avoid waxing or plucking hair prior to treatment. We also advise ourclients to avoid sun exposure prior to treatment and for a minimum of two weeksafter treatment. We advise our clients to always use a sunscreen, even forpassive sun exposure, but it is extremely important to use an SPF 30 two weekspost treatment.  


What Can I Expect

During a laser treatment, a concentrated, pulsating beam oflight passes through skin, targeting dark brown, or black hairs, damages thehair at the root. After the treatment and over the next few days, the treatedhairs will fall out. Additional treatments may be required for hair that isparticularly resistant, but clients report a significant improvement with justone treatment and any regrowth is finer and lighter in color.


Some clients are concerned that the laser hair removal willbe too painful, but it is less painful than waxing, and as we all know, waxingis not permanent hair removal.


What about at homelasers?

The lasers we use here at Meredith Bay Laser and SkincareCenter are medical lasers. At home laser hair removal devices are Intense PulseLight (IPL) and may offer a modest reduction in hair growth, but only medicallaser hair removal offer permanent hair removal.


Our laser hair removal clients have been extremely pleasedwith their results. If you are tired of the pain and inconvenience of waxing orshaving, put an end to it - give us a call and we can answer any questions youhave about laser hair removal. Check out our Laser Hair Removal Specials forMay. 

Rejuvenate your skin with a PhotoFacial

Posted Mar 31, 2016 by: Staci McCarthy, RN, BSN

PhotoFacial may be a term that is still somewhat unfamiliar to many. Those who have experienced a PhotoFacial say the results are truly remarkable.  As we age, our skin will normally start to show signs of uneven skin tone and sun damage.  Years of sun exposure, change in hormones and the stresses of home and work begin to show on our face. We also start to notice changes in our skin, such as larger pores, age spots, spider veins, wrinkles around our eyes, and sagging skin around our jawline. It’s time to turn back the clock with a skin rejuvenation PhotoFacial.


The PhotoFacial, or SRA laser treatment, is a virtually painless treatment that safely fades the appearance of skin imperfections caused by the sun and uneven skin tones caused by brown and red spots. With our state-of-the-art laser, it is possible to reverse the signs of aging and achieve a healthy, more youthful appearance. With just a few treatments, scheduled approximately one month apart, you can have noticeably younger looking skin. Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is typically achieved in three to five treatment sessions, one month apart.  Best of all, this new FDA approved anti-aging procedure is relatively pain-free and requires no down time.


Unlike some other skin rejuvenation treatments, the Elos SRA laser uses a combination of bipolar radio frequency technology safely targeting pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots achieving remarkable results. Most patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment.  The SRA laser treatment is safe and effective for most skin types.


For optimal results after the SRA PhotoFacial treatment, we recommend using ZO Oclipse Suncreen Plus Primer daily, currently one of our top sellers. It combines the protection of a broad spectrum SPF 30 product with a primer for flawless makeup application. Some clients also choose ZO Restoracalm after their treatments, which, provides relief by calming and soothing the treated area. To maximize results, we also recommend ZO Brightalive, a non-retinol skin brightener that inhibits melanin production. These products compliment the results of treatment nicely.


For more information about the SRA PhotoFacial and to schedule a free consultation, call Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center at 603-556-7271 or visit us

Are your hands giving away your age?

Posted Mar 10, 2016 by: Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM


Your hands. You can’t hide them behind a scarf, camouflage them with makeup, or bury them under layers of clothing. After years of exposure to the sun, wind, cold,and cleaning fluids, your hard working hands start showing their age. Your hands will give away your age before any other part of our body.


As we age, we loose the fatty layer in our hands; we start to see ‘crepey’ skin, bony hands, veins and tendons we didn’t see in our youth. But, there is something we can do to bring back the plump, youthful appearance our hands once had.


Inrecent years, fillers have gained popularity to restore youthful appearance of your face, with rave reviews. Now, using fillers to restore the youthful look of our hands is gaining favor with patients. We have recently completed specialized training with Radiesse for hand treatments.  These treatments are popular with many women to restore the youthful looks of their hands.


The process is quite fast with minimum down time. The hyaluronic acid filler is injected quite superficially into the surface of the hand and massaged to distribute the filler evenly throughout the hand surface. The results are almost immediate, but improve over time. Your hands will have a smoother, more taut and rejuvenated appearance.


Call Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center if you have been considering restoring a more youthful appearance to your hands. We know you will be pleased with the results. We can be reached at 603-556-7271 or visit us



Using Lasers to Treat Nail Fungus

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by: Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM

Punxsutawney Phil has rendered his decision – it’s going to be an early spring! Soon, will be taking our strappy sandals out of storage and scheduling  our pedicures. Are your toenails ready to come out of hiding, or have you noticed a thickening, cloudy or yellowing of your toenails? If so, you may have a toenail fungus.


Toenail fungus develops by getting in through cracks in your nail. The warm and damp environment found in our shoes is perfect for a fungus to grow and spread. Without treatment, the nail infection can spread to your other toenails, or even your fingernails. Additionally, the nail fungus can spread to other members of your household.


There are many treatments available to treat nail fungus. Their effectiveness will be highly dependent on the type of fungus and how embedded it is in the toenail. Treatments can include prescribed topical creams that are applied to the nail, surgery to remove the infected nail followed by creams applied to the area, and antifungal prescription pills.  Recently, there have been some very promising results with the use of lasers to treat nail fungus.


There are significant advantages to laser treatments over the other methods. Laser treatments are fast and painless. Other treatments require daily application of topicals, over an extended period of time, used alone or in conjunction with a prescription pill. Use of prescription pills is a lengthy treatment and may or may not help. And, as with any medication, it comes with possible side effects of nausea, vomiting, headaches and, in some individuals, may cause liver damage.


With any treatment for nail fungus, patience is key. In order to see the effectiveness, the nail must grow from the nail bed outward and that can take up to six months.


Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center is using lasers to treat toenail fungus. If you suspect a toenail fungus and would like to explore treatment with lasers, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 603-556-7271 or visit us

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I have been very pleased with all the services I have received from Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center. I am impressed with the staff - they take the time to consult and advise me on the best products and services for my skin type and concern. The facials are top notch. Not only does my skin look great, I feel great. I would recommend MBL to anyone – and I have!
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I have always been impressed with the staff at Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center. I feel pampered in a spa-like environment, with the confidence that my services are being delivered by highly experienced professionals. I love the results I’ve seen in my skin – I’m glowing! It’s never to soon, or too late, to take care of your skin.
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Laconia, NH

I have been a client for over six years. I have complete confidence in their skills and expertise - they are very professional and their services deliver the results I expect. Recently, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in 50 years and she said I had the skin of a 35 year old. Thank you Meredith Bay Laser! Jean Farnam
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