FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Does Laser and IPL Light Work?
The light emitted from our NHS approved laser and IPL systems directly target overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the treatment carried out?
The laser or IPL light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. During treatment, protective eyewear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
This will be determined during the initial consultation process. There are a few contra-indications that can prevent us from performing some of our treatments, however, there may be other options available if this is the case.
How does the treatment feel?
Our treatments range from mildly uncomfortable to a relaxing experience. The sensation during treatment will be fully discussed with you during the complimentary consultation once a decision has been made about the best treatment course for yourself.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. During some treatments, the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied after the treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Depending on the treatment being performed the treated area can become quite red immediately after but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does treatment take?
Typically treatment sessions are between 15 and 60 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person and also depends on the type of treatment being performed. A better indication will be given during the initial consultation once the affected area has been fully assessed.
Prior to treatment, you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability for our treatments. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and possibly undergo a patch test depending on the course of treatments recommended for your concerns.