Which colours are the easiest to remove with laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal has been around for quite some time now and has been widely available to both Joe Public and Hollywood stars alike. With tattoo parlours on the increase (and Bournemouth being no exception), people are getting inked without necessarily thinking of the long-term consequences. After all, you can easily get it removed, right? Wrong. Removed, yes. Easily – not so.

Laser tattoo removal takes time. Amateur tattoos take 4-6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos can take 8-12 treatments on average. In addition, you need to leave approximately 8 weeks or so between treatments, making laser tattoo removal quite a lengthy process, especially for those desperate to remove their unwanted tattoo as quickly as possible. Ex-partners names, wedding ring tattoos and dates, or simply bad or old fashioned art make up most of the laser tattoo removal treatments performed at our Bournemouth laser clinic.

Whilst laser tattoo removal is not easy, it is certainly easier to remove some colours than others. So when deciding on your new art, it may be worth considering the following when choosing colours:

Black tattoos are by far the easiest to remove and with the least side effects.
Red tattoos are fairly easy to remove but in a lot of cases will leave a faint ‘hue’ of colour on the skin, which although can happen with black tattoos, you’re more likely to get this with reds.
Green tattoos are fairly easy to remove, but again can leave a faint hue on the skin. Green tattoos require a certain type of laser which are not as readily found as lasers which treat reds and blacks
Blues and yellows: Can sometimes respond a little bit, but turquoise and yellow are largely regarded as near on impossible to remove with laser tattoo removal. Dark navy blues tend to respond.
Purples: difficult to treat

Laser tattoo removal side effects:
Generally black tattoos have the least side effects. Although mild swelling, reddening of the skin, pin-point bleeding and blistering can occur, black tattoos tend to have the least side effects of all the tattoo ink colours. Colours like red for instance tend to blister. Textural changes can occur but side effects from laser tattoo removal are extremely mild in comparison to chemical removal like rejuvi tattoo removal. At Laser Skin Solutions we do not recommend going down the chemical route due to the severe side effects like burning and scarring.

So what can be done if time is of the essence? Well, if you’re desperate to remove your tattoo as soon as possible, you may like to try the R20 laser tattoo removal option. Black tattoos can be treated 4 times, in one treatment sitting, with a 20 minute cooling in between. At Laser Skin Solutions we have started seeing dramatic results even with just 2 treatments being performed in one sitting. We’ll be blogging further on this soon.

For a free no obligation laser tattoo removal consultation, please contact us or call Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69.

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Beware of beauty clinics offering laser treatments. We give you the lowdown on how to keep your skin safe.

Beauty clinics offering laser treatments are on the up and Bournemouth beauty clinics are no exception. Many clients wishing to remain loyal to their local beauty clinic are often quite happy to swap their usual facial or waxing for a laser hair removal treatment. Beauty clinics however are not specialists in laser treatment and we would advise caution. Vanda Thomas who went public with her first degree burns last week in the Daily Mail learnt the hard way.

In the article, Vanda explains that her beautician was nice and friendly and so when laser hair removal was offered as a new treatment, she decided to go for it. The treatment has now left her with burns which may well end up as hypopigmented scars (white marks). From the profile picture in the article, Vanda is clearly Black British and should therefore have been skin typed as a type VI on the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale. She should never have been treated with what looks to be (judging by the burns) an IPL. And yet there are a fair few laser clinics in Bournemouth whose websites state they are using an IPL and yet claim to be able to treat ‘all skin types’. This is utter nonsense and we would advise serious caution to anyone in Bournemouth contemplating having their laser hair removal treatment or laser skin rejuvenation at a beauty clinic making these claims. Indeed if you are a darker skin type, we would advise you not to have treatment with an IPL at all.

So, how do you go about having a laser treatment, whilst keeping your skin safe? First and foremost, check their training. Most laser clinics only receive training from the people they’ve purchased the machine from. If it happens to be a small IPL which most beauty clinics buy, the training can be as little as a few hours. At most, it will be a day or two, and that’s for top end IPLs which small beauty clinics don’t tend to buy. Worse still are those clinics which opt to buy their equipment directly from China. These machines which are sourced directly from China arrive in the UK with nothing but a user manual. Always ask what ‘laser’ qualifications your laser operator holds. Beauty and even medical qualifications are all very well, but they are NOT laser qualifications.

Secondly, take a good look at the machine itself. In the laser world bigger is generally better, although there are several cheap lasers from China which are now being built with larger cases to give the illusion that they are large ‘medical-looking’ machines, when it fact a large part of the plastic casing is simply filled with air. If the machine looks small and is sitting on a trolley, these tend to be cheap IPLs. The cheaper the laser, the less control you have over the energy delivered onto the skin. Cheap lasers from China also don’t have the peak power outputs which medical grade lasers have. The problem therefore with having a laser, which doesn’t emit peak powers, is that it is unlikely to give a very successful hair removal treatment. Especially when you are looking to treat the finer lighter hairs left towards the end of a treatment. Cheap lasers have the worst combination of delivering both bad results and increasing the risk posed to skin. What you really want is a high-powered laser where the fluence, pulses and delays are manually controlled, by a highly trained and extremely competent laser operator who can get the most out of the machine, whilst keeping your skin safe.

Laser Skin Solutions is a clinic dedicated to delivering laser hair removal treatments using medical grade lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machines. We are the most highly trained practitioners in Bournemouth. In addition to treating the general public, Kerry Belba is also a laser trainer and has trained dermatologist, GPs and clinicians alike. To find out about our qualifications and training check out the ‘about our clinic‘ page on our website.

For more information on how to keep your skin safe, check out our article on choosing a laser clinic, or call us for a free consultation on 01202 29 69 69.

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Requests for laser tattoo removal in Bournemouth are on the rise

The recent explosion of new tattoo parlours in Bournemouth has resulted in a sharp rise in enquiries for laser tattoo removal. It comes as no surprise therefore to learn that the same is happening the world over. The Daily Mail reported in an article this week that cosmetic surgeons in Australia have seen a 300% rise in the number of people seeking laser tattoo removal treatment.

At Laser Skin Solutions the reasons as to why clients seek laser tattoo removal have always varied. Clients often no longer like the tattoo they had done 20 years ago and name removal has always been one of the most sought after treatments. More recently however we have seen an increase in clients seeking to remove spelling mistakes or tattoo artwork which have been badly done by inexperienced tattoo artists.

So what should you do when considering having a tattoo? Carl Collinson from Urban Tattoo gives us the lowdown on how to go about getting inked.

1. Choose a long-standing studio

2. Do your homework and check out their work

3. Get a consultation. This should be free to advise you on how to get the best tattoo. If they charge you for advice it’s not a good start

4. Having to wait for an appointment is a good thing, it means they are busy

5. Make sure your tattooist treats you well and tries to do what you want within the limitations of tattooing

Ken Wolfy from Inked Bournemouth couldn’t agree more. In addition he warns of the dangers of assuming that the artwork you see in the studio is that of the tattooist about to ink you, and says “Make sure you check out the artist, his work, credentials, insurance etc; NOT just the studio as the work you have seen might not have been done by the artist doing your tattoo.”

Sometimes however, even with the best will in the world (and the research to match) things can go awry.

What to do if things go wrong.
1. Speak to your tattoo artist or get a second opinion

Don’t panic. Don’t rush to have laser treatment either. First and foremost speak to your tattoo artist. In some cases they may be able to correct or tweak your artwork. If however you no longer have confidence in your tattooist it’s always worth getting a second opinion from a more experienced tattoo artist. It may be possible to do a cover-up.

2. Consider laser tattoo removal treatment – the sooner the better.

If the above is not an option and you’d like the tattoo removed, the sooner you can get yourself to a laser clinic the better. Within 4 weeks of your skin being tattooed, the ink gets encapsulated in collagen meaning it will take 1-2 years to remove. In some cases, if the tattoo can be lasered before the month is up, the time it takes to remove is drastically reduced.

3. Do your research when choosing a laser clinic.

At Laser Skin Solutions we often advise clients to have at least 2 consultations at different laser clinics. It’s important that you feel both comfortable and supremely confident with the person delivering your treatment. To find out the 3 most important things to check when choosing a clinic, check out our useful article on our website.

Most importantly, as Wolfy states “Think! Before you get Ink!”

For free and impartial advice on your laser tattoo removal options, please contact our Bournemouth laser clinic or call Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69.

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Why laser hair removal is worth every penny

When it comes to hair removal people generally fall into one of two camps. Those who’ve had their hair removed permanently with laser and those who wish they could afford laser hair removal. Whilst laser hair removal has without a doubt proven to be the single most effective form of permanent hair reduction (yes it is more effective than electrolysis hair removal, despite what you may read online), it isn’t the cheapest option upfront. At our Bournemouth laser clinic, six bikini line treatments cost on average around £600 (if a package is bought) which can seem like a lot to spend on de-fuzzing. However after the average 6-8 treatments required in order to permanently get rid of your unwanted hair, that’s pretty much it – no more plucking, waxing or shaving. As a laser clinic owner and laser trainer, it will probably come as no surprise that I am living proof that laser hair removal is indeed permanent – 17 years of proof to be exact as I started laser hair removal in the late 1990s. But would it surprise you if I told you that in the long term, laser hair removal is actually cheaper than shaving or waxing?

I could sit here and write and tell you all about the benefits of having laser hair removal (and there are several), but for me, and the majority of my clients at Laser Skin Solutions it’s the sheer freedom it gives you when you’re not having to both worry about, and deal with unwanted hair. There are financial benefits too. Laser hair removal, in the long term is cheaper than waxing and shaving and most importantly will save you a staggering amount of time. Time is money after all….and if you value your time, as much as your bank balance, then laser hair removal treatment is definitely not the unaffordable expensive option you once thought it to be, as the chart below demonstrates.

Table showing the cost of a Hollywood or Brazilian bikini wax vs. permanent hair removal. The table is based on a laser hair removal package of 8 treatments and a Brazilian wax at £30 per treatment.

Laser Wax
Year 1 £1,050 / 4 hours £360 / 4 hours
Year 10 No cost / no time £3,600 / 1 day 16 hours
Year 20 No cost / no time £7,200 / 3 days 8 hours
Year 30 No cost / no time £10,800 / 5 days exactly
Total £1,050 4 hours £10,800 / 120 hours
Results Permanent hair removal Not permanent. On-going treatment required

As this table shows, to have your bikini permanently removed, the cost would be approximately £1,050.00 and would take 4 hours of your time, spread over a year. On-going bikini waxing over 30 years would set you back approximately £10,800.00 and take up 5 lots of 24 hours of your time – or 10 days to be exact.

For your free permanent hair removal consultation or if you’d like to speak to us about laser hair removal cost and packages, please contact us or call the clinic on 01202 29 69 69 and book your free consultation.

Apart from laser treatment for hair removal we also offer a host of other treatments like tattoo removal, pigmentation treatment and acne treatment.

(Prices correct at 21 July 2014. The occasional Laser hair removal top-up treatment may be required for some people)

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Is YOUR skin in need of a wake-up call? Try our 4 top tips to slow the ageing process

Monday morning. Your alarm goes off. You stumble into the bathroom and take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Tired, dull skin? If so, you’re not alone.

If like most people you tend to consume most of your weekly alcohol units at the weekend, chances are, your skin will be at its most dehydrated on a Monday morning. The ageing process and life style choices can really take their toll on your skin. But there are plenty of things you can do to help the largest organ of your body along the way.

At Laser Skin Solutions we take a very holistic approach to all treatments, especially our skin treatments where client participation can have the biggest effect on treatment outcome. There’s little point in paying for fantastic anti-ageing products and having regular glycolic peels, if every cell in your body is permanently dehydrated and crying out for water.

So what is a girl (and guy) to do?

1: SLEEP

Get your 8 hours. Eight hours of sleep that is. Sleep (along with water) is probably one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking great. A clinical trial performed at University Hospitals Case Medical Centre showed that sleep deprivation increases skin ageing and also depletes the body’s ability to recover from environmental stresses like UV radiation.

2: WATER

DRINK DRINK DRINK!!!! I cannot emphasise enough the importance of drinking water. Not only is it fantastic for your skin, it also aids other bodily functions like digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Although there is a debate as to whether drinking water improves the look of your skin at all, when you think about it your skin is made up of cells, which in turn are made out of 70% water. It’s a no brainer.

3: SUNSCREEN

Sleeping 8 hours and drinking plenty of water will have limited impact on your skin ageing if you expose it to ultraviolet radiation 365 days of the year. Did you know that 90% of our skin ageing (due to environmental factors) occurs from the months of September, to May, and not during the summer months as most people think. UVA, the ray, which penetrates deep into the dermis, is the same strength all year round. It bypasses your melanocytes (your melanin producing cells), gives you no tan but does eat your collagen, gives you lines and wrinkles, and can cause skin cancer. We recommend using a daily sunscreen of at least spf30. We don’t advise using a sunscreen combined with a moisturiser. Reason being, based on the amount the average person would use as a moisturiser, your SPF protection can drastically reduce. It is estimated that someone using a moisturiser with a built in spf15, will get on average a protection of around spf4. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we recommend using a separate sunscreen, preferably a zinc oxide physical block of at least spf30. At Laser Skin Solutions we stock both Jan Marini and Vitage SPF30

4: GLYCOLIC PEELS

If you’d like to really brighten and hydrate your skin, glycolic peels are for you. Glycolic acid works by getting rid of the debris of dead skin cells, which lie on the surface of your epidermis, which can make our skin, look dull and lifeless. At Laser Skin Solutions we don’t recommend facial scrubs as we find these are too harsh and abrasive. Glycolic peels are a much more effective, yet gentle alternative to scrubs, which really ought to be saved for rough thickened skin areas like the soles of your feet – not your delicate facial skin. Clients sometimes worry that having a glycolic peel will mean a lot of downtime and often worry about what their skin will look like afterwards. There are varying degrees of acid peels and some, like TCA peels will indeed burn the upper layers of your skin. The glycolic peels we use in our Bournemouth laser clinic however have minimal downtime, as they do not burn the epidermis. The glycolic acid which comes from sugar cane simply dissolves the glue-like bond which holds dead skin cells together, meaning the debris on the surface of your skin simply comes away, leaving your skin looking smooth, radiant and refreshed.

If you have any skin concerns, come in and see us for a free consultation by calling 01202 29 69 69 or register here.

For more information on skin treatments available at Laser Skin Solutions visit our Treatments Page.

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Groupon laser hair removal

Over the last year or so I have been asked on occasion why we don’t offer Groupon deals at Laser Skin Solutions. I have to admit, when Groupon suddenly appeared on the scene a couple of years ago, I was intrigued as I watched many people suddenly doing all their shopping and even booking holidays via Groupon and other ‘daily deal’ websites like Living Social. It all seemed a bit too good to be true. An afternoon tea for £9.95 instead of £35? A massage for £15 instead of £60? Even laser hair removal promotions at £99 instead of £600. Wow! What’s not to like?! Well, for a start…..all the negative experiences and horror stories from people who have felt either cheated or whom have ended up spending more money trying to fix the damage their Groupon deals have caused them. It soon became apparent that daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social are no good for businesses and customers alike – and there’s why:

Why Groupon appears to be a ‘good’ thing:

Sites like Groupon and Living Social make a living by convincing businesses to offer their products and services at ridiculously low prices; the theory being, that these businesses will then gain an increase in returning customers who will then pay full price for the services offered. This seems like a great idea if you’re either a new business, or an established business which is struggling. However, this model only works for businesses selling low cost items and does not work for service-orientated providers like medical or cosmetic aesthetics providing treatments like laser hair removal. Many clinics up and down the country jumped on the Groupon band-wagon without thinking of the dire consequences that lay ahead, as ‘The Retreat’ Clinic in Ringwood which closed down (after months of Groupon deals) found out.

Why Groupon is actually a bad thing:

So, here is how your Groupon or Living Social deal works: Groupon will email you a package deal from a local laser clinic offering discounts of up to 90% off on laser hair removal. You then purchase that package and Groupon collects all the money. Then they take between 45 – 50% of that money as a commission for themselves. The other 50% gets paid back to the clinic in question, usually in three installments spread several months apart. For instance, if I am offering a £100 laser hair removal deal for £10, Groupon will keep £5 of that. So that leaves me with £5 which does not even get paid back to me in full right away. Let’s say for argument’s sake, that 500 people purchase that deal from Groupon, this would generate £2,500. Great? No, not great. That £2,500 would need to cover the cost of an hour of clinic time for 500 consultations and patch tests, plus another 500 lots of 30 minute treatment slots in order to carry out the treatment. This would mean that your local laser clinic (if doing things properly without cutting corners) would be putting aside 750 hours of clinic time for the £2,500. This, believe it or not, would equate to the clinic making £3.33 per hour. There is no laser clinic on this earth, that can afford to run and deliver laser hair removal treatments on £3.33 per hour.  It is little surprise therefore that daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social have been the reason behind so many businesses like the Retreat Laser Clinic in Ringwood, closing up shop.

Bad for the business and the customer

Given the above scenario, when a local laser clinic offers a groupon deal, within a couple of hours hundreds of discounted laser hair removal packages are sold. Fantastic for business right? Wrong! Not only is the clinic only making 5% of its original price it now has to accommodate 500 new clients. It is not uncommon to hear of laser clinics being swamped following Groupon deals and unable to keep up with client demand. Clients are unable to get through or get the appointment times they need (crucial for successful hair removal if it is to be a permanent solution), phones are busy, the clinic is heaving and staff are often expected to put in extra hours in order to cope with the sudden influx of clients wanting their cheap laser treatments. It’s impossible to keep up so something has to ‘give’ and sadly that ‘something’ is the quality of the treatment and service you receive. I have heard of anything and everything, from appointment times being delayed for months, to treatments being done a bit ‘slap-dash’ (as one of my clients put it), to lasers being ‘turned down to low settings’, to people having their skin burned. The problem with having your appointment delayed for months is that you miss the right hair growth cycle – crucial if your laser hair removal treatment is to be permanent. Careless laser hair removal treatments mean the treatment is either ineffective, or worse still can give you unwanted side effects like burns and blisters and possible scarring. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that an established laser clinic like Laser Skin Solutions is ‘bound to say such things’ and that perhaps we are merely scare mongering. Not so. Only last week a client of mine from Bournemouth whose husband has purchased a laser hair removal package for her, had initially been concerned that a friend of hers had bought a better deal through Groupon months earlier. Turns out that her friend is now going for regular laser hair removal at another clinic. Not only did her groupon package not effectively get rid of her bikini line hair, but the lady in question did not trust the clinic to ‘finish the job’- and I don’t blame her. A couple of years ago when Groupon first appeared on the scene, we had a young girl arrive at Laser Skin Solutions with a 5cm burn across her chin and jawline, seeking advice on what to do. She had purchased a groupon offer and had paid for more than she bargained for.

Groupon: the figures just don’t add up

The fact is, a clinic using expensive medical grade lasers and IPLs of £60K plus, which employs highly trained and skilled staff, simply cannot operate a business on £3.33 per hour. Therefore, the clinic is either operating sub-standard equipment (which won’t get the desired results) and/or using unqualified or inexperienced staff to deliver those treatments. And if this is the case, would you really want or trust such a clinic to use a laser on your skin?

At Laser Skin Solutions, we are in the fortunate position of not needing to offer Groupon deals. As one of the oldest and most established laser clinics in Bournemouth, we do not need Groupon for cheap marketing, nor are we in the business of making a ‘quick buck’. We are here for the long term and our reputation is built on both the first class laser treatments we deliver, and the personal relationships we build with our clients.

In the laser world, you really do get what you pay for. At Laser Skin Solutions we do not pride ourselves on being the ‘cheapest’ laser clinic in Bournemouth. We pride ourselves on being the ‘best’ laser clinic in Bournemouth. There is no other laser clinic locally which is better qualified to deliver your laser treatment. In addition to being the only laser clinic which insists on staff being trained over and above the basic manufacturer training, I myself train dermatologists, GPs and clinicians in the use of lasers and IPLs. We are therefore the only clinic in Bournemouth and the surrounding area that both treats Joe Public and trains medical professionals alike.

So….the likelihood of Laser Skin Solutions ever doing Groupon? Not a chance!

For your free, no obligation consultation, please call 01202 29 69 69 or contact us via the website.

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5 things you can do to increase the success of your laser tattoo removal

So you’ve decided to remove your tattoo. Great. But did you know there are a few basic things you can do to help speed the process up?

At Laser Skin Solutions we often get asked if there is anything patients can do in order to speed up their laser tattoo removal. The answer is ‘yes’, there are 5 things which you can do in order to help you get the most out of each laser tattoo removal treatment. The good news? You may be doing most of them already.

Laser tattoo removal relies on your immune system to clear away the ink. More specifically, it relies on your white blood cells to do the clearing up job. At our Bournemouth laser clinic we use a powerful Active Q-switched Nd:YAG laser which delivers the energy in nanoseconds. What this does is, it shatters the ink into tiny particles so that your white blood cells can come along and get rid of the ink. So, the better a person’s immune system and the more aggressive a person’s white blood cells, the more successful a laser tattoo removal treatment will be. Location also affects the speed at which it’s possible to remove a tattoo with laser treatment. The further away from the heart a tattoo is located (e.g. ankle), the longer it takes for that tattoo to fade.

Take for instance, a young, healthy, fit 20 year old with a tattoo on his/her chest. Compare this to someone in their 50s who has been partial to drinking and smoking for 30 years and is sporting a tattoo on his/her ankle – and you can start to see why laser tattoo removal treatment times can vary.

Smoking is the single biggest barrier to successful tattoo removal. It has been estimated that it can slow the process by up to 70%, according to an article published by the University of Florida. The number one thing therefore that you can do to help speed up your laser tattoo removal is to avoid cigarettes.

So, the 5 things you can do to help your laser tattoo removal are all centred around boosting your immune system:

  1. Avoid cigarettes
  2. Get 8 hours sleep a night (and keep to a regular sleep pattern)
  3. Eat well – aim to eat a balanced diet
  4. Take a good supplement (if you feel you can’t commit to having your 5 portions of fruit and veg per day)
  5. Commit to treatment

Point 5 may come as a surprise to you, but committing to treatment and accepting that you’re in this for the long haul, can be the difference between successfully removing the tattoo or not. Because laser tattoo removal involves a gradual fading process, clients can sometimes feel like giving up. But keeping to your appointment schedule and not allowing large time gaps to lapse is all part and parcel for successful laser tattoo removal within the least time possible.

At Laser Skin Solutions we recommend a 6 – 8 week gap between treatments and don’t recommend treatment any sooner than 6 weeks.

Want to know more about laser tattoo removal? Read out post on tattoo removal techniques.

For your free laser tattoo removal consultation, please contact us via the website, or call the clinic directly on 01202 29 69 69

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How long does laser hair removal last?

At our Bournemouth laser clinic we constantly get asked whether laser hair removal is permanent. Does the treatment actually get rid of hair permanently?

The answer is yes, it can get rid of up to 90% of your hair. But it is never going to get rid of every single last little hair – in other words it won’t look like a waxed effect. But, if 90% is good enough for you, then I would say laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is definitely for you.

The fact is, when we laser or IPL a hair, we are aiming to heat the hair follicle to 60-70 degrees. This not only kills the hair itself, but also heats and destroys the stem cells at the base of the follicle which are responsible for producing the hair. Once those stem cells are destroyed, those follicles will not produce again. That is why we can say that laser hair removal is permanent. However, as we always inform our clients at Laser Skin Solutions, everybody has dormant hair follicles which may or may not start producing hair in future, often as a result of hormonal changes in the body. Pregnancy for instance can cause some women to develop a ‘fury’ line of hair from the navel down to the bikini line. When women come to us therefore for laser hair removal on the this area, we have to warn them that whilst we can permanently remove the hair we can see there now, they may get ‘new’ hair growth (not re-growth) should they become pregnant. Once those stem cells have been destroyed, those follicles will not produce again. But dormant hair follicles (which are not producing hair now) can be hormonally stimulated to produce new hair.

For some people with underlying hormonal conditions like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), laser hair removal can end up being a hair management system rather than a permanent solution. Whilst we can heat and destroy actively growing hair follicles, if dormant hair follicles are constantly being stimulated by hormones, then new hair growth would need to be lasered in the same way. Whilst we always warn clients of this at our Bournemouth laser clinic, to date, all of our PCOS sufferers respond in exactly the same way as everyone else. Namely that a course of 6-8 laser hair removal treatments are required in order to achieve the required reduction, followed by the odd top up treatment if and when any ‘new’ growth appears.

To put it into context however, I had my bikini and underarm hair lasered nearly 15 years ago now and apart from the odd straggler, I never need to do anything to the area. So if that amount of time is good enough for you, to be able to call this treatment ‘permanent’, then laser hair removal is definitely for you. The fact remains, that laser hair removal is as permanent for as long as we’ve had the technology – which is about 20 years how. What we haven’t yet been able to do is to do a laser hair removal treatment on the bikini line of a 23 year old and look at her when she’s 83 – but that day will come I’m sure!

In the meantime, if 15-20 years is permanent enough for you, come see us for your laser hair removal consultation by calling us on 01202 29 69 69 or contact us via the website at www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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Diet DOES affect Acne. Fact.

Ever wondered whether what you eat and drink affects your acne? At Laser Skin Solutions we have been advising our clients for years to watch the intake of various sugars in their diet due to the hormonal fluctuations these can cause.

Years ago, the idea that eating a greasy chip could give you spots was pooh-poohed in a big way as nutritionists and doctors alike were quick to dismiss the idea that diet could have such a direct impact on your skin. A review however of 50 years of clinical studies as reported in an article in the Daily Mail indicates that there is a direct link between diet and acne after all.

The conclusions of the study confirm what we at Laser Skin Solutions have been saying all along – that it’s the fluctuations in hormone levels that have a direct impact on your acne. Whilst we never claim to be nutritionists, as all our acne clients know, we have been advocating the low GI (Glycaemic Index) diet for some time now.

So what is the Glycaemic Index (GI) and why could the GI Diet benefit you if you suffer with acne? The Glycaemic Index is a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular food. All foods are measured against glucose which is given a number of 100 on the Glycaemic Index. The effects that different foods have on your blood sugar can vary considerably and are given a number on the Glycaemic Index of 1 – 100. Foods that are high on the Glycaemic Index are usually considered to have a rating of 65 or above. Foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream tend to have a high GI like white bread, white pasta etc. Foods with slow release carbs like porridge oats, beans, pulses etc are considered low GI as the rate at which they release glucose into the blood stream is much slower.

So why are foods that are high GI bad news for acne sufferers? Well, in a nutshell, if you are eating foods which spike your blood sugar, it is thought to have a direct affect on the severity of your acne because of the hormonal fluctuations this causes, namely the release of insulin. Many of us experience constant sugar highs and sugar lows during the day. We may have a biscuit with our mid-morning coffee. This satisfies us for a while but then a little later we are craving another snack. It’s this constant yo-yoing up and down in blood sugar, (and therefore insulin release) which can have a direct impact on acne.

Diet is only one aspect of acne, which is a complex skin condition as explained in our skin advice centre. The treatment for acne at our Bournemouth laser clinic is actually very straightforward and simple. Acne vulgaris, or Grade 3 acne on the Leeds Grading system is caused by an anaerobic bacteria which loves conditions where there is no oxygen. What we do at Laser Skin Solutions is attack acne with a 3-pronged approach. We take away the bacteria’s food source (sebum and dead skin cells) by oxygenating your skin using glycolic peels. We then use laser light to kill the bacteria itself. Lastly, we take a holistic approach to acne (as we do with Rosacea ) and get clients to think about diet and stress levels.

If you are struggling with your skin (or know of someone who battles with acne), why not come and see us for an acne consultation? It’s free of charge and free of obligation.Read more about the most popular treatment for skin acne on our post Dying for Clear Skin.

You can call our Bournemouth laser clinic directly on 01202 29 69 69 or contact us via our website.

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How to do a Self-Check for Moles

January is traditionally a time for getting fit, shedding those pounds and generally making little (or big) changes to improve our health and wellbeing. What better time then, to take a good look at your skin and check your moles?

Moles, known medically as ‘melanocytic naevi’, are small skin lesions and can be either coloured (usually brown) or non pigmented (skin coloured). In addition to colour they can also vary in shape and size. Some of our moles are there from birth (congenital) whilst others start to increasingly appear with increasing sun exposure. It’s important not to confuse moles with sunspots, known medically as ‘solar lentigos’. Sunspots are a form of pigmentation which can easily be removed by specific lasers. Moles on the other hand should never be removed at a laser clinic and we would always urge people to see their GP or dermatologist to discuss removal.

So why is it important to check your moles? Put simply, this collection of pigmented cells can change and if abnormal cell changes occur, it is possible to develop a rare form of skin cancer called ‘Malignant melanoma’. The problem with melanomas is, if left undetected, the cancer can spread to other organs in the body. Early detection therefore is vital to the successful treatment of this type of skin cancer.

So what do you need to look out for?

The most important thing is that you get to know your moles so that you can easily spot any changes in their appearance or indeed if any new, fast growing moles start to appear. If you come across the latter, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible by your GP or dermatologist. To keep an eye on existing moles, the ABCDE approach to self-check is a good start.

A is for ASYMMETRY: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.

B is for BORDER: Normal spots have smooth edges. Cancerous spots may have irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred edges.

C is for COLOUR: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black or sometimes with patches of red, white, or blue.

D is for DIAMETER: Normal spots are about the size of a pencil end-about 1/4 inch- anything larger is worrisome.

E is for Elevated: Having a spot above skin level is another warning sign.

Spotting unusual moles early gives the best opportunity for intervention and cure if any abnormalities are identified. The message at Laser Skin Solutions is, ‘if in doubt, get it checked out!’.

Whilst we do not offer a mole removal service, (nor do we diagnose abnormalities), we do specialise in skin rejuvenation as well as laser hair removal. If you would like a free skin rejuvenation, or a laser tattoo removal consultation, please contact our Bournemouth Laser Clinic on 01202 29 69 69 or contact us via our webpage.

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