I purchased a one-session laser treatment for my aging face from Groupon, and I wish wish wish I had purchased the three-session package. It’s easy to make the appointment. Originally I booked for the first week of January, but had to reschedule to March for personal reasons. The receptionist told me that I needed to come in a little early to fill out forms — which I did, no problem. I got an email reminder about the appointment the day before – thank you, I like that. The business is located inside an updated and remodeled old Chicago-style building. It’s narrow, but goes way far back. I was kind of surprised how big the place was, because there are several rooms as you go back. I was greeted professionally and courteously, even though they knew I was a Groupon customer. Michelle was the aesthetician who gave me the treatment. In the treatment room, which looks like it’s part of an out-patient surgical center, she told me clearly what the treatment involved and what kind of results I could expect. She explained that you really needed more than one treatment for best results. In fact, they recommend one treatment for each 10 years of your age. I paid $99 for this session, the normal cost of which is $350!! Michelle did give me a goodie bag that contained skin care samples, and information about a discount package for a series of six treatments, the first few were at the Groupon rate. Still, the total would be $1,500! Way out of line for me, sadly. Both the client and the aesthetician wear goggles to protect the eyes from the laser. The laser feels like little burning pinpricks. It’s not comfortable, but it is certainly bearable. I just kept telling myself, it’s for a good cause and it’s over soon. Michelle was so straightforward about diminished expectations for this treatment that I really thought I wouldn’t notice much of anything. But you know what? Friday evening, one week after the treatment, I went to wash my face before bed and I noticed, my skin looks different. It looks better. The acne breakout on my cheek was almost all gone. Somehow, I looked fresher. Even with only one session, there was a visible difference, at least to me. I did notice. Unless the lottery ticket comes up a winner, I can’t afford to go back. It’s only Groupon that makes such treatments available to me. Considering what a loss this spa takes on a Groupon, they’ll probably never make this offer again. Just in case, though, I’ll be watching for it. If you can afford it, you are likely to see a real difference in your face. The spa does offer a payment plan. As my mother used to say, people can afford what they want. Maybe I just don’t want this enough.