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This non-invasive technique for rejuvenating the appearance of skin is understandably popular — it can be used to treat a wide range of skin issues without having to resort to surgery, anaesthetics or harsh acid peels. You don't need to hide your face while bruises fade or scars heal — it really is quick and convenient. We would call it the ideal skin treatment for busy people!
What can be treated with laser skin rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is a treatment that can be used on practically any part of the body that might benefit from it. This includes on:
· the face
· the neck
· the chest
· the hands
We would recommend laser skin rejuvenation for the following conditions:
· Sun damaged skin
· Signs of premature ageing
· Excess or hyper-pigmentation, such as age spots and freckles
· Excessive redness due to vascular issues such as rosacea, poikiloderma and thread veins or broken capillaries
What can be achieved with laser skin rejuvenation?
The purpose of this treatment is to return skin that has in some way deteriorated back to a more even tone and colour. The result will be a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone — and after just a few sessions, clients' skin appears more radiant and youthful.
The extent to which laser skin rejuvenation can transform the skin varies from person to person. Our practitioners will assess your skin and will be able to tell you what you might expect to achieve, and how best to comply with the pre- and post-treatment advice. Generally a course of three to six sessions is recommended, at three week intervals.
Laser skin rejuvenation — the facts
We use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for our skin rejuvenation treatments — this means
using a beam of light made up of hundreds of different light wavelengths, rather than a single laser beam which emits just one wavelength. Each different wavelength is selectively absorbed by different tissue structures, allowing for a multitude of skin conditions to be treated in the same way.
With each pulse of light, the structure being targeted is heated up by the light energy — for example, blood vessels if excess redness is being treated, or melanin if excess pigment is the issue. The heat breaks down the target cells while leaving healthy tissue unaffected. The damaged tissue is either sloughed off the skin surface naturally or reabsorbed by the body and disposed of naturally. This process is known as the theory of photothermolysis. The heat also stimulates the body's natural healing processes at the same time, resulting in increased collagen and elastin production — the skin becomes smoother and thicker, while the appearance of fine lines is reduced.
Prior to treatment one of our fully-trained practitioners will assess your skin and conduct a patch test to check your suitability. They will talk you through your expectations and the benefits and side effects of treatment. They will also check through your medical history for any contraindications: · Tanning — you must not expose your skin to UV light or tanning products prior to IPL treatment. If you have a tan, you will need to wait until two weeks after your last exposure. This is necessary to avoid side effects such as such as pigmentation. · Pregnancy — hormonal changes can cause abnormal pigmentation during pregnancy so IPL treatment should be avoided. · Medication — if you have taken Roaccutane you will need to wait six months after finishing treatment before having IPL treatment. You should also avoid IPL if you are taking photosensitising medications. · Clients with a history of seizures are not advised to have IPL treatment, nor are those with very dark skin or severe dermatitis or eczema.