Skincare Awareness Month – Why what you do for your skin at home matters

Medical Grade Skincare at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England in Maine

Medical Grade Skincare at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England in Maine
At CEC we specialize in helping individuals achieve healthy, radiant, youthful looking skin. But even with our team’s best efforts and industry-leading services, your skin can’t look it’s best without a dedicated skincare routine that takes place outside of our office. Taking care of our skin isn’t a luxury, it’s an important investment in our overall wellbeing and our appearance.

A healthy skincare routine plays a crucial role in preventing and addressing issues such as sunspots, wrinkles, fine lines and other common signs of aging. Sun exposure, pollutants and the natural aging process can take a toll on your skin. Our skin rejuvenation services are designed to combat these unwanted signs of aging, but a consistent at-home skincare regimen that includes sun protection, hydrating moisturizers, antioxidant-rich products and other science-backed treatments, can help significantly enhance the success of our services —and length of your results.

How do skincare products impact my treatments and services?

When you’ve made the decision to enhance your appearance through in-office treatments, you’ve taken a major step toward reaching your aesthetics goals. These treatments deliver beautiful, natural results, but their full potential can only be realized when coupled with a dedicated skincare regimen. By prioritizing skin health, you not only enhance your skin’s texture and radiance but also promote a more youthful, vibrant and refreshed appearance. For example:

  • Botox: Botox and other wrinkle injection treatments work by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you with a smoother, youthful look. However, for long-lasting and enhanced results, it’s essential to complement tox treatments with skincare that promotes overall skin health and hydration. A skincare regimen featuring antioxidants, peptides and moisturizers can nourish and hydrate your skin, ensuring it remains supple and radiant.
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): IPL is highly effective for addressing a range of skin concerns, including sunspots, redness and uneven pigmentation. This non-invasive technology delivers precise bursts of light energy to target and eliminate specific skin imperfections, leaving you with a younger looking, more even complexion. But after your IPL session, it’s crucial to nurture your skin to enhance and maintain the results. Our skincare experts can recommend products that complement IPL by promoting overall skin health, reducing inflammation and protecting skin that may be temporarily extra sensitive to harmful UV damage. A gentle moisturizer, cleanser and SPF can go miles in maximizing your results. Together, IPL and a tailored skincare regimen can help you achieve long-lasting radiance and even-toned skin.
  • PicoWay: This treatment leverages high-power picosecond laser beam and ultra-short pulses to transform your skin from the inside out. This technology is exceptionally effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and dark spots, as well as tattoos. Proper skin hydration is key following your PicoWay treatment, delivering a healthy balance to replenish any dryness in the treated area. Selecting skincare products enriched with ingredients like vitamins C and E can accelerate the healing process, further stimulate collagen synthesis, and improve the texture and firmness of your skin post-treatment.
  • VirtueRF: The VirtueRF is a cutting-edge skin rejuvenation treatment that addresses various concerns, from texture irregularities to skin tightening. This non-invasive procedure enhances your skin’s natural beauty and vitality. To support the post-treatment healing process and maximize your results, a gentle cleanser, skincare products enriched with vitamins C and E, as well as growth factors, can accelerate tissue repair and collagen synthesis, ensuring your skin looks its absolute best. A powerful SPF is also your best friend following VirtueRF treatments (and always!)

These are just a few of the leading skin rejuvenation services we offer – and our expert team can help you design a skincare regimen that is a perfect complement to your skin type and the services and treatments you have gotten with us.

The Power of Consistency

But remember, your skincare journey is not a one-time endeavor—it’s a commitment to ongoing care. In-office treatments can enhance your appearance in beautiful, natural ways, but they are only the beginning of your transformation. Regular skincare maintenance is key to preserving those results, ensuring they last longer and to enhance your appearance over time.

A Shield Against Time: SPF Protection

No skincare routine is complete without one essential step: sun protection. While a dose of sunshine can feel like nature’s medicine, when left unprotected, the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on both your appearance and your health. By incorporating a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine, you create a protective shield against premature aging and skin damage.

Choosing the Right Skincare Products

When it comes to choosing the right skincare products, the sheer variety available can be overwhelming. At CEC, our dedicated team is here to simplify the process for you. In our boutique and online store we have curated what we believe to be the best products available in the industry, taking the guess work out of what brands will deliver on their promise. What’s more, we offer personalized consultations to assess your specific skin type and goals and our expert team is on hand to craft a customized skincare regimen tailored to your needs.

So, as we celebrate Skincare Awareness Month this September let us help you achieve all of your skin health and aesthetic goals. Contact our team to schedule a complimentary consultation today!


How to protect your skin this summer

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Hey there, sun lovers! We know how important it is to get out and enjoy every moment of summer in Maine, especially after a particularly dreary winter and spring. But, we want to make sure we help preserve the work you’re doing to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. So, in honor of summer—and UV Awareness Month—we’re here to share some tips on how to keep your skin as healthful and radiant as possible while you make the most of this short-lived sunshine. Here are some of our top sun safety tips that you can use in summer (and all year round), plus an added bonus about our top treatments to reverse the effects of existing sun damage.

Stay Sun Savvy: Sun Safety Tips

It’s no secret that UV exposure can impact skin health and appearance. But do you know why? UV radiation is strong enough to burn the visible outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, but it is also able penetrate beyond that layer, reaching the connective tissue below. Not only does this increase one’s risk for skin cancer, which is the most important concern, but this can also lead to premature aging of the skin, called photoaging. That can manifest as wrinkles, pigmentation, sun/brown spots, and a decline in general skin elasticity. In other words, many of the most common reasons you came to us in the first place!

There’s no better way to protect your skin from harmful UV rays than seeking shade. But that’s not always possible, nor in the plans. From beach trips to baseball games, summer sun is strong and ever-present. When possible, do seek out some cooling shade during peak UV hours (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), when the sun’s rays are strongest.

The next most important thing is wearing sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher. And don’t skimp on the ‘screen! Apply it generously to all exposed areas, including commonly overlooked spots like your ears, neck, and the backs of your hands.

Remember, makeup with SPF isn’t the same as sunscreen! Having SPF in your makeup or daily moisturizer is an incredible extra layer of protection, which is why we offer so many SPF skincare products in our store, but that doesn’t mean you can skip the straight-up sunscreen (and yes, we offer those, too so you don’t have to go looking for one that suits your individual skin type and needs!). Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating – and even when you plan to be in the shade, because you’ll still be exposed for periods of time, and going unprotected even for a short period can be dangerous.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses to shield yourself from harmful UV rays, plus SPF tops, coverups, shorts, and more. If you were considering going sans sunscreen for something like a wedding or another outdoor event, picture us begging you not to—and then head online for some really stylish SPF clothing options.

While we can’t reverse time, we can reverse past sun damage

Information about the sun’s effect on skin appearance has come a long way over the past few decades. But even those of us who were always conscious of what the sun could do to our skin, our younger, less sunscreen-conscious selves did quite a number on our complexions. That’s where Nordlys IPL and PicoWay Resolve come into play.

Nordlys IPL: This innovative treatment utilizes powerful light pulses to target sun spots, sun damage, freckles aging, facial veins, redness, and even melasma. With precise and controlled energy, Nordlys IPL stimulates collagen production and helps your skin regain its natural glow.

PicoWay Resolve: This effective, targeted solution helps men and women address pigmented lesions caused by sun exposure by employing ultra-short picosecond laser pulses to precisely target and break down irregularities in skin tone. This  advanced, FDA-cleared laser treatment also stimulates collagen production and rejuvenates your skin, resulting in a more even complexion and a youthful appearance.

To achieve optimal results, the fall season, with its milder sun exposure, is an ideal time for these popular skin rejuvenation procedures so your skin can recover without being exposed to intense sunlight. Plus, that gives you plenty of time to schedule ahead and leave your free time this summer for basking (safely) in the sun.

As with all of our services, if you’re interested in one of these treatments, our experienced team will guide you through the process, tailoring a plan to meet your specific needs, and help you achieve your desired results.

Suspicious moles and spots

At CEC, we want to help you look and feel your best, but above all, skin health is our most important goal. That’s why our consultations and treatments are so involved and individualized. Our skilled team is also renowned for helping address questionable or suspicious lesions and moles, performing biopsies to evaluate and diagnose such areas, offering you peace of mind—and a plan of action—if we suspect further care is needed. We prioritize your health and well-being by addressing these concerns and providing the necessary guidance for further evaluation or treatment.

This summer get out there and live life to its fullest without setting your aesthetic goals back.


Interested in more information about what skincare products are best for you, or how to reverse existing signs of sun damage and aging skin? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aesthetics experts.

The leading services to complement your weight loss journey

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Reaching (or nearing) your weight loss goals can feel like crossing the finish line at the end of a marathon. You’ve worked so hard, you’ve come so far, you’ve accomplished so much, and you should feel proud of what you’ve achieved.

But many people are so focused on losing the weight that they don’t anticipate what can come with the weight loss. They’re expecting to feel like the best version of themselves, but their face seems less vibrant than it once was and their skin is loose in places they weren’t expecting.

Why? While most people look forward to a slimmer face as part of their weight loss journey, a loss of facial volume can leave people looking more aged than they’d like because natural fullness is what lends to a youthful appearance. In other words, the newfound “skinny” can leave people feeling older and less confident than they imagined.

Weight loss can also be associated with loose or sagging skin, which can happen in the neck, under the arms (“batwings”), in the stomach, and in other areas. This is natural. It is a real, tangible marker of the pounds you’ve dropped – and is absolutely not a reason not to pursue your weight loss goals. This is just to say that if you are eager to eliminate loose skin, or address a loss of volume so you can feel as fit, tight, toned and vibrant as the new number on the scale would indicate, you aren’t alone.

For those that have lost or are losing weight, we can help provide effective solutions to complement your journey and have you looking and feeling your absolute best.

For those concerned about loss of volume in the face—such as those with the so called Ozempic Face, our line of industry leading fillers can add a touch of volume to reinvigorate and rejuvenate your appearance. Loss of volume in the face is not a new phenomenon with Ozempic or similar weight loss products. But given this trend in the news, we are hearing people ask, “Why would I want to add more volume when I’ve just worked so hard to take the weight off?” Because these fillers are strategically placed to add a touch of natural lift in areas that otherwise seem aged, including the cheeks and jawline. Dermal fillers are a unique type of injectable treatment designed to enhance or restore volume in the face and can also be a good option for patients who want to enhance the contours of the face and achieve a more youthful appearance.

For those with loose or sagging skin, our diverse range of non-surgical skin tightening therapies can improve elasticity and produce a more youthful appearance. Many of these therapies are focused on restoring collagen to the skin, which is the natural protein responsible for maintaining skin hydration and elasticity.

  • Ultherapy is one of our favorites for helping build collagen in a way that tightens and lifts the skin. This safe, FDA-approved treatment delivers tightening and lifting benefits for a variety of facial areas including the jowls, neck and chin—as well as the brow and under eyes. This non-invasive skin tightening treatment also helps to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
  • Microneedling with radiofrequency, including VirtueRF, Profound, PiXel8 RF are also top choices for tightening skin and addressing “crepey skin” (that thin, wrinkled look that often adds years where there are none). In fact, Profound has been deemed the “non-surgical face lift” in the industry and can help deliver remarkable results in a variety of candidates.

For those looking to tone hard to train areas that just won’t seem to cooperate no matter how hard you work, we offer proven body sculpting services including COOLSCULPTING®, COOLTONETM and EMSCULPT NEO®. EMSCULPT NEO is a revolutionary, non-invasive body contouring procedure that simultaneously reduces unwanted fat, tones muscles and tightens the skin for the ultimate slimmed silhouette. With our body sculpting services, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or not! Even if you’re at your ideal weight, problem areas can still exist. These body sculpting treatments help men and women address those challenging, hard to train areas in effective, non-invasive ways.

If you’re struggling to lose weight, our partner practice the Age Management Center of New England provides a variety of individualized medical weight loss programs to help patients overcome obstacles and reach their goals, including semaglutide for qualified patients. If you’ve already achieved or are nearing your weight loss goals and want help crossing the finish line, or feeling your best once you’ve gotten there, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn about the treatments and services we can offer to help you look and feel your absolute best.

You’ve worked hard. You deserve to be your most confident self.


Achieve a more sculpted jawline with the new Juvederm Volux!

Juvederm Volux at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England

Juvederm Volux at Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England

Want in on one of the most exclusive services in aesthetics?

Our jawline acts as the frame to our face, shaping a distinct look that helps highlight and accentuate all of our other facial features. But for many, jowls, genetics or a general loss of definition over time leave much to be desired when it comes to their jawline. In fact, Allergan Aesthetics—one of the industry’s leading producers and manufacturers of aesthetics products—reports that the jawline is a key area of concern for a large number of consumers, both male and female.

Despite the fact that jawline contouring is increasingly popular among both men and women, until now, patients didn’t have access to safe, long-lasting, non-surgical treatment to enhance the jaw. Juvéderm Volux has changed the name of the game entirely.

If you’re looking to achieve a more sculpted, refined jawline, the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England is proud to be the one of the first practices in Maine to be able to offer Juvéderm Volux to patients.

Volux is a jawline filler that creates natural-looking definition in the jaw. The dermal filler comprises hyaluronic acid, just like many of Juvéderm’s other fillers, but with greater structure and lift capacity for a firmer result that’s ideal for a sculpted jawline.

To achieve your desired look, our expert injectors will work with you to understand your goals and inject the filler along the bone in the jaw, contouring your jawline in a way that creates a natural chiseled effect.

How do you know if Volux is right for you?

Volux provides volume to increase or supplement the shape and structure of your lower face, creating a smooth contour along the jawline and/or helping to reduce the appearance of jowls. For those that have always desired a “stronger” jawline, or that have jowls that interfere with the definition of their jawline, Juvederm Volux may be right for you.

Volux also augments the jawline for those with moderate to severe loss of jawline definition due to bone loss.

Is it safe?

Volux is the first and only hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA for improvement in jawline definition. As a trusted provider of leading cosmetic and aesthetic services, CECofNE has been selected as one of the first practices in Maine to be able to offer this effective service to our patients.

If you’ve ever done a search for ways to enhance your jawline, tried using make-up to create a contouring effect, or even attempted the facial yoga exercises that are all over the internet these days as a way to strengthen your jawline, perhaps it’s time to consider an effective solution that really works.

Remember, we’re one of the only practices in Maine to offer Juvederm Volux to patients right now, so appointments are sure to fill up fast! Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about Volux and what it may do for your look, and your confidence!

AviClear – The Future of Acne Treatments has Arrived

Aviclear is here at Cosmetic Enhancement Center

If you suffer from acne, or know someone who does, you know all too well how frustrating it can be. There are the days you feel like avoiding the world because of a new breakout. Then there are the days you actually have clear skin but you’re constantly stressed about whether this food or that lotion will leave you waking up tomorrow with a brand-new set of pimples.

An estimated 85% of teens and young adults get acne, and millions of Americans seek acne treatment every year. But why is finding effective acne treatment such a common struggle?

  • Acne treatments can be hard to manage– especially for teens.
  • Not everyone responds well to medication, and some medications are incredibly harsh on the skin and can have harmful side effects.
  • It’s unrealistic for some people to be able to manage a strict acne treatment regimen because of their work or school schedule, or even the regular cost of ongoing medication.

Now, with AviClearTM at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center, those struggles can be a thing of the past.

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AviClearTM  is the first and only FDA-cleared energy device for the treatment of mild to severe acne. This cutting-edge laser treatment differs from traditional treatment by specifically targeting the source of sebum—the oily substance on your skin that leads to clogged pores and causes acne. Most acne treatments don’t address the production of sebum. This subtle modification means a dramatic difference in the kind of results you will see, including the fact that AviClearTM enables lasting improvement, while with other acne treatments, acne will generally return as soon as you stop using it.

This highly effective acne treatment requires a series of three sessions spaced approximately one month apart, with many patients seeing results as early as one month after the final treatment session.

“Being able to help someone achieve clean, clear skin is so rewarding because not only does it improve their skin health but when they start to see the results it gives them this strong sense of relief, so finally instead of seeing acne, what you see on their face is confidence,” says Dr. Atkins. “We also love that this treatment allows patients to avoid the potentially harmful side effects of some of the leading acne treatments on the market that may be effective in ridding your skin of acne, but present other skincare challenges, including severe sensitivity. This is really the best of both worlds – highly effective and non-damaging.”

Why else are we so excited about AviClear?

In clinical studies, 91% of patients responded to treatment and 80% saw at least half of their acne clear. Plus, patients may continue to see results improve with time — even several months after the treatment sessions are finished. [1]

Unlike most traditional acne treatments, AviClear is free of harmful side effects, free of chemicals and toxins, and safe for all skin types and tones. While it is a laser treatment, AviClear is equipped with exclusive AviCoolTM sapphire skin cooling and sensory controls that make the treatment as comfortable as possible. After treatment, mild symptoms such as redness, inflammation, and flareups are normal but fade quickly.

This brief treatment also allows patients with even the busiest schedules to find a time to come in – whether it’s a lunch break or between errands. Plus, there’s no downtime needed, so you can jump right back into your schedule for the day

As with any laser treatment, there will be some post-treatment care, including protecting your skin from direct sunlight and using gentle cleansers and moisturizers on your skin. But aftercare is simple and straightforward for anyone to follow, and your provider will walk you through those steps during your consultation.

If you or someone you love struggles with acne, come in for a complimentary AviClearTM consultation today and learn about the future of acne treatment, available right here in Portland.



[1] Data on file with Cutera, Inc. FDA clearance study.

Women’s Health Month: Talking about vaginal rejuvenation

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Laughing woman

Vaginal Rejuvenation. Despite continued growth of the vaginal rejuvenation market, the name alone still makes some women hesitant to express their interest in this popular area of treatment. This can be especially true for women who are only used to talking their provider about therapies like Botox, fillers and facials. Shifting a conversation from the face to the genital region, or jumping right in with your vaginal concerns, can be scary.

But the fact of the matter is, we are seeing this growth because women are increasingly seeking vaginal rejuvenation therapies. In other words, women across the U.S., and the world, are finally taking their intimate health into their own hands, and you can too.

These contributing factors become even broader when you consider the concerns many women face when it comes to intimate relationships, from vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness and decreased sensitivity to a loss in libido and desire.

This Women’s Health Month it is our goal to help women understand the therapies available to them and help them feel comfortable taking steps to improve their intimate wellness, including through vaginal rejuvenation.

At the Cosmetic Enhancement Center, we offer some of the latest and most trusted therapies in vaginal rejuvenation in order to provide our female patients real, meaningful solutions to their intimate wellness concerns. From comfort to cosmetics, our team helps women identify the best course of treatment in order to address their personal goals. We are women treating women, we understand how private these concerns may be, and as with all services we provide: Your happiness and satisfaction are our primary objective.

So, if you’re interested in speaking with a provider about your intimate wellness concerns, here is an overview of the services we offer our valued female patients:

  • EMSELLA®: A revolutionary treatment for increasing pelvic floor strength and addressing urinary incontinence. This is a non-invasive, walk-in/walk-out procedure that uses High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic energy to stimulate muscles in the pelvic floor—building muscle strength, increasing blood flow and improving patients’ overall quality of life. This treatment is performed with no drugs, no downtime and no undressing, and 95% of patients treated with EMSELLA have reported significant improvement in their quality of life.
  • Viveve®: The popular therapy leverages gentle radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production, in turn strengthening and tightening vaginal tissue and helping to reverse changes resulting from pregnancy, aging and other factors. Patients that receive this treatment notice a range of benefits including a tighter feel in the vagina, enhanced sexual sensation, stronger or more frequent orgasms, increased natural lubrication and reduced symptoms of urinary incontinence for those suffering from urinary leakage.
  • O-Shot®: The O-Shot® is a leading therapy for enhancing sexual satisfaction and performance. Using advanced PRP therapy to improve vaginal health and provide a boost to sexual satisfaction, this non-surgical procedure is ideal for women with low sexual desire, that have difficulty with arousal, that suffer from pain during intercourse, or that experience urinary leakage when jumping, coughing or laughing. What’s more, there’s no downtime required.
  • Our partner practice, Age Management Center of New England, also works with women to help them evaluate and understand their hormonal health to see if there are any other contributing factors to their intimate wellbeing. They offer women a free, confidential screening to discuss the role hormones, and hormone replacement therapy, can play in women’s intimate wellness. To schedule your screening, call (207) 774-1356.

Many of these therapies can be combined to deliver enhanced results, with the O-Shot® being one of the most frequently added therapies for women receiving the Viveve® or Emsella® treatments.

If you’ve considered vaginal rejuvenation in the past, or this is your first time thinking about enhancing your intimate wellbeing, it would be our pleasure to help guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

No pain, all gain with the Motus AX laser hair removal treatment

Motus AX Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal in Portland, Maine

Motus AX Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal in Portland, Maine

Dreaming of the day you no longer have to worry about shaving or waxing? From legs to lips, abdomen to armpits, backs to bikini lines…unwanted hair is one of the most common themes we see among both male and female patients.

There’s no better time to start thinking about addressing unwanted hair than now so that, come spring, the warm weather doesn’t mean more grooming!

Laser hair removal is a long-lasting hair reduction solution that uses laser energy to target and destroy hair follicles without any harm caused to the surrounding skin. As the laser targets the root, it damages the follicles so that they are no longer able to produce hair, decreasing both the volume and thickness of hair, and leaving you with smooth skin for prolonged periods of time. Now, with the Motus AX, patients can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal, without the discomfort of traditional laser hair devices!

“We’ve been offering laser hair removal solutions for more than two decades, and in the past the only drawback to this therapy was the temporary discomfort that could come with the treatment. But now we have the technology to provide this proven hair removal solution without pain or the need for numbing creams. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to offer this to patients—it’s a game changer for laser hair removal,” said Dr. Atkins.

The Motus AX uses advanced Moveo technology to eliminate the discomfort patients normally experience with traditional laser hair removal, with no numbing required. Laser hair removal is safe and effective for all skin types and can be used on:

  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Upper lip
  • Arms
  • Armpits
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • And more!

“Fall is really the best time to start your laser hair removal therapy because it gives you plenty of time to complete your series of sessions before you’re ready to start thinking about warm weather again. Plus, this therapy is ideal for skin that hasn’t been enjoying the summer sun!” said Shirley Millett, medical aesthetician at CEC.

If you’re considering laser hair removal therapy, call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation! As with previous laser hair removal services, the number of treatments patients need will vary depending on the area being treated. Our expert staff will be able to provide a more precise estimation after your initial consultation. This takes into account the amount and thickness of the hair, and average regrowth patterns in the treated area.

Patients can expect to undergo a minimum of 6 sessions, spaced 4-12 weeks apart. With each treatment, patients can expect 10-20% of hair reduction. On average, the recommended length between sessions is six weeks.

  • Before and After for Motus X laser treatment on 32 year old male, legs
    Photo courtesy of Cartessa Aesthetics
  • Before and After for Motus X laser treatment on 37 year old, bikini area.
    Photo courtesy of Cartessa Aesthetics
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    Photo courtesy of Cartessa Aesthetics
  • Before and After for Motus X laser treatment on 24 year old female, underarm area.
    Photo courtesy of Cartessa Aesthetics

**This procedure does not guarantee permanent hair removal but will create a hair-free period for a range of several months up to a year or more, as well as a permanent reduction in the number of re-growing hairs.

Live with confidence, not incontinence

Ladies and gentlemen, take a seat.

Today, that’s how simple it is to treat urinary incontinence.

The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England is delighted to introduce our newest medical device in our Portland office, a breakthrough treatment in urinary incontinence: the EMSELLA.

An estimated 1 in 4 women and millions of men suffer from symptoms of urinary incontinence in the U.S. It’s a common challenge and contrary to common belief, it isn’t necessarily a symptom of aging. Urinary incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine, can set in at any age and be caused by a wide variety of factors—from childbirth to an enlarged prostate to weakened pelvic floor muscles, among a host of other possible causes.

“Unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable talking about urinary incontinence with their health care provider because they’re embarrassed that it’s happening to them. They’re embarrassed to admit that they can’t run around with their kids or that they’re always thinking about where the nearest bathroom is or that they fear simple things like laughing or coughing. Urinary incontinence is common and it is something we should be talking about openly, because it is treatable. And by taking the simple steps to treat it, we can greatly improve people’s quality of life,” said Dr. Maria Atkins, Medical Director of the Cosmetic Enhancement Center.

Emsella at CECofNE in Portland, MEIn fact, 95% of patients treated with the EMSELLA have reported significant improvement in their quality of life.

The EMSELLA strengthens the muscles in the pelvic floor using cutting-edge technology that allows the patient to remain fully dressed for the brief, pain-free session. The patient simply sits on the machine while High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy produces the equivalent of 12,000 Kegel-like contractions that help train the targeted muscles without any effort. The EMSELLA not only effectively stimulates pelvic floor muscles but also increases blood flow.

“It’s as simple as taking a seat,” adds Dr. Atkins. “And in as little as six sessions*, we can help people literally build the strength they need to regain their confident and control.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from urinary incontinence, don’t continue suffering. Laugh freely, run freely, jump freely. Contact us today to see how we can help address your incontinence challenges, rebuild your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

*Individuals may vary. Our expert team of providers will develop a tailored treatment plan based on your needs.

Top tips for protecting your skin this summer

Summer sun = summer fun. But summer is also among the most important times to get serious about nourishing and protecting our skin. In fact, July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and fittingly, this month the UV index in Portland has been projected to reach “Very High” levels on various occasions–levels where unprotected skin can burn in just minutes. 

If you’ve come into our office before, you’ve heard us say it time and again, use sunscreen daily and remember to always reapply! Not only do healthy sun protection and skincare routines matter now, but they can have lasting, long-term effects on both your appearance and your overall health.

What is sun-damaged skin?

“…too much sun exposure can significantly damage human skin. The sun’s heat dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.

What can you do to stay protected?

    1. Never leave home without SPF!Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush

    You never know when you’re going to be in the sun—even driving to work with your arm in the open window can leave you exposed and unprotected. Try travel-sized sunscreens that can fit easily in your bag, glove compartment, desk drawer or other convenient locations you access every day. We love the Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF, for it’s convenient, on-the-go application – alone or over makeup!

    1. Consider skincare and make-up products with built-in protection

    Today there are incredible face and body products with SPF protection available for both men and women. And for those that are already accustomed to putting on makeup in the morning, opting for a tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF protection can help make a big difference, with no extra effort. We offer a variety of high-quality products from trusted brands at our in-office boutique and online store, but if you aren’t sure where to get started, our staff is happy to provide recommendations based on your lifestyle and personal needs.

    1. Check the weather – but not just the heat!

    Even on cool, seemingly cloudy days the UV index can be high, so don’t assume clouds or lower temps means low UV! It’s best to apply SPF daily, regardless of the weather and temperature.

    1. Consider the time of day.

    UV rays are generally strongest between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you’re planning outdoor activities like a bike ride or dip in the pool, make sure to be aware of how strong the UV rays will be, and select a sunscreen accordingly.

    1. Sunscreen application isn’t just “one and done”!

    Ears, hairlines, hands, necks, chests and shoulders are sunburn hotspots! Don’t just think about where you’ve put on sunscreen, think about where it might be rubbing off. In the summer we take hats on and off, we put our hair in ponytails when our necks get warm, we wash our hands constantly – particularly in the wake of COVID, we throw bags over our shoulders with the straps rubbing against our skin. All of these every-day actions, and so many more, can cause sunscreen to wear away. Remember to apply throughout the day to avoid burns even in the places you thought you had covered.


    What services are available for preventing, addressing or treating sun-damaged skin?*

    For those with sunspots, freckles, dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles from furrowing or squinting, and beyond, we offer the industry’s leading cosmetic services to get you back to looking and feeling your best.

    One of the ultimate ways to achieve youthful, healthy skin is by maintaining a healthy skin care routine, which is why we offer a series of medical grade skin care products to patients. These products include items such as cleansers, moisturizers, lotions, sunscreens and more.

    We also offer treatments to improve skin tone and texture, and eliminate wrinkles and lines that form over time, with services like Botox, the Diamond Glow, microneedling and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation to see which of our services might be best for you.

    This summer, own your sunshine!


    *Our highly trained staff want to ensure any presenting sun damage is only cosmetic in nature and does not need further medical attention. As such, we have strong relationships with dermatologists specializing in analyzing sun-damaged skin, if that step is deemed necessary as part of a treatment or service.


    Got cellulite? Not for long!

    It is estimated that 90% of women will have cellulite in their lifetime. Even lean, fit women can have cellulite because cellulite isn’t fat! So, if you have cellulite, the simple fact is: You are not alone!

    What’s not so simple is getting rid of it.

     Until now.

    The Cosmetic Enhancement Center is now the first practice in Maine to offer Qwo for Cellulite – the only FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women.

    “Many of our patients ask us about ways to reduce cellulite. They’ve tried lotions, they’ve tried increasing their water intake, they’ve tried changing their workout habits, they’ve tried all the tips you can find online. This treatment is a game changer for women with cellulite,” says CEC Medical Director, Maria Atkins.

    Qwo is a simple, in-office injectable procedure that treats moderate to severe cellulite in women’s buttocks. Qwo requires a series of three pain-free treatments every three weeks. The treatments are quick, in-office visits and patients can see results with just one treatment, but optimal results occur 28 days after the third session.

    Check out some of the incredible results:


    For women who are fed up with their cellulite and want to see if QWO could be right for them, contact us to schedule your free consultation.