Lasers.

Everything you need to know.

Lasers work by emitting a very strong light of a single wavelength that is carefully matched to the absorption characteristics of the target tissue, whether this target be thread vein, hair or tattoo pigment. The intense pulsed light is absorbed by the target and converted into heat, thereby destroying the target. Because this destructive process is over in a fraction of a second, there is little time for the heat to affect other tissue nearby, and because of this the risk of scarring is minimised.

The body then excretes the damaged cells.

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Treatments we offer include:

  • Laser treatments

  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

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What does this treatment do?

Lasers are precise devices which produce light of a particular wavelength depending on the material being energised. We offer laser treatments for conditions such as Acne, Acne Scars, Hair removal, Tattoo Removal and Broken Veins.

Across our clinics we have access to a whole host of different laser systems, wavelengths and a variety of delivery systems. To find out more about the lasers being used in a clinic near you, please contact the team for more information.

Patients having this type of treatment should understand it is important they are not tanned as the tanning layer may impede the penetration of the laser light.

How does it work?

Lasers – A laser is a high energy beam of light that can precisely transfer this energy into certain tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength at a time and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used by our dermatologists to perform various skin treatments for dermatological and aesthetic purposes, including hair removal, photorejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne.

Intense Pulsed Light systems differ from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used to filter out the unwanted wavelengths, so that they work in a similar way to lasers causing heat damage to the particular skin problem.

The process of directing a laser or IPL source to a target area in the skin is technically known as “selective photothermolysis”. The appropriate use of either lasers or IPL will be assessed at the consultation.

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Frequently asked questions

Can a pigmented lesion be removed in one treatment session?

There are certain lesions that can be treated in just one session, and these include the so-called liver or age spots, benign lentigo and freckles. However, for lesions with deeper lying pigment, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary e.g. pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots.

How often are treatments carried out?

Laser treatments are usually scheduled at 6-week intervals, but often just one session is sufficient, depending on your individual response. IPL treatments may be repeated every 3-4 weeks for a course of 4 sessions.

What is the treatment like?

You may experience a warm, stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure. The treatment usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes.

Are there any side effects of the treatment?

Immediately after treatment, the treated area becomes darker, crusts and peels off over 1 to 2 weeks, leaving a pinkish area of new skin lasting several more weeks. Significant fading can continue for up to 6 months after treatment in some cases.

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