Anti ageing cream that’s literally ‘Out of this World’? A beauty cream containing meteorite stardust claims to keep you looking young.

The quest for younger looking skin and slowing down the ageing process has never been more at the forefront of both women and men’s minds as it is now. Hardly a day goes by without the media bombarding us with the latest ‘magic’ ingredient claiming to reverse the signs of ageing, providing maximum skin rejuvenation.

So what is so special about the new stardust beauty cream? ‘Celestial Secret’ contains calcium, iron and magnesium – all of which can help benefit skin. The dust, which is more than 4.5 billion years old, is apparently packed with potent minerals. However as we are always keen to point out to our clients at our Bournemouth laser clinic, whilst a good skincare regime is of paramount importance, there will only ever be a certain amount of absorption of ingredients like minerals and vitamins from topical creams. It should never be substituted for a good diet rich in antioxidants.

Our message at Laser Skin Solutions Laser Clinic Bournemouth has always been the same. Prevention is better than cure. No matter what your age or how damaged your skin may be, it is never too late to start wearing daily sun protection. We strongly recommend that men and women wear an SPF 30 sunblock, 365 days of the year. The winter rays (mainly UVA) are very damaging, going deep in to the dermis, causing lines and wrinkles and can still cause skin cancer. A staggering 90% of all the environmental damage on our faces occurs between September and May, not the summer months as is commonly believed. Laser treatment is now considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists not only for laser hair removal, but for skin rejuvenation treatments.

Prevention is all very well but what about the cures? The truth is whilst there are no miracle cures there are lots of excellent options for skin rejuvenation. I often get asked at my Bournemouth laser clinic, ‘what is skin rejuvenation’?. Literally speaking, it means putting youth back into the skin. We do this simply by taking away the things that age us, namely thread veins, pigmentation, sunspots and wrinkles. Dull and lifeless skin can be transformed with a course of glycolic peels.

At Laser Skin Solutions our message has always been: eat well (lots of antioxidants), live well (lots of sleep and exercise), wear your sunblock and use glycolic, both at home as part of a skincare regime and also as part of an in-clinic course of glycolic peels.

Here’s to a great, healthy 2013. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients and blog followers a Happy New Year from Laser Skin Solutions Laser Clinic Bournemouth.

To book your FREE skin rejuvenation consultation contact us on 01202 29 69 69 or fill in a contact form on our website.

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‘Dying for Clear Skin’ – tonight 9pm BBC3

Interviewer Gemma Cairney takes a look at how acne impacts the lives of people in the UK following the death of acne sufferer Jesse Jones. Both Gemma and Jesse’s father Derek Jones go on an emotional journey looking at how acne affects people in the UK and what the doctors and dermatologists are doing to combat the problem.

Whilst laser acne treatment is now considered the gold standard option by many dermatologists, treatment is not offered on the NHS due to cost. The antibiotic Roaccutane is usually prescribed for severe acne, often to the detriment of the patient – as Jesse’s family are all too aware.

Roaccutane (known as ‘Accutane’ in the States) is simply a brand name for the generic drug isotretinoin. It works by shrinking the oil glands in the skin, thereby virtually stopping oil production. Whilst many people see their acne return once they stop taking the drug, for a lot of people, Roaccutane can be a permanent solution to getting rid of their acne. Those who do experience recurrences of acne report that their breakouts are not as bad and occur less frequently.

Roaccutane does not come without side effects however. For some these can be as mild (and temporary) as dry lips, headaches, photosensitivity (sensitivity to sun), rashes, joint and hair loss. For others however, it can lead to severe depression – sadly in the case of Jesse Jones, suicidal depression. It can also cause birth defects meaning doctors usually insist on women being on the pill when prescribed with Roaccutane.

Like all drugs, Roaccutane has its side effects. It is therefore always a question of weighing up the pros and cons of having acne, versus the potential harmful effects of the medication. For some people, suffering on a daily basis with acute acne can be worse for their general wellbeing than putting up with minor side effects like dry cracked lips or headaches. For others however being plagued with suicidal thoughts and spiraling into depression clearly outweighs any possible benefits Roaccutane could bring.

To find out more, don’t miss ‘Dying for Clear Skin’ tonight at 9pm on BBC3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xxy87

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Laser Skin Solutions to train dermatologists and clinicians in the use of Laser & IPL

Kerry Belba, Laser Clinician and Director of Laser Skin Solutions has been headhunted by Lynton Lasers – the UK’s leading medical laser manufacturer and supplier, to train dermatologists and clinicians alike in the use of Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems. Lynton which supplies the NHS with state of the art laser equipment for the treatment of medical conditions such as birthmarks as well as laser hair removal, also provides indepth and extensive training on the principals of Laser and Light, as well as practical delivery of treatments.

Kerry Belba will now join a team of expert laser trainers to deliver Laser and IPL training in both medical and clinical settings in the UK. Laser Skin Solutions is now the only Bournemouth laser clinic in the surrounding area which not only delivers expert laser treatments to members of the public, but now also delivers training to medical and clinical laser operators.

At Laser Skin Solutions you are in expert hands.

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Does laser tattoo removal really work?

The answer is: it depends. There are in fact very few colours which cannot be removed with laser treatment, namely yellows, turquoises and pale greens. The easiest and most effective tattoos to remove are plain black ones. The key is to ensure you choose an effective tattoo removal method which delivers the results you want with minimal risk.

So what are the options?

Tattoo removal using chemicals.

There are various methods of tattoo removal using chemicals. These can range from Rejuvi tattoo removal to deep chemical peels. Rejuvi tattoo removal involves injecting a cream in to the skin which bonds with the tattoo ink and expels it from the body.

Deep chemical peels: Not recommended. The aim is to burn away a layer of skin in order to get rid of the ink.

Advantages: None

Disadvantages: ineffective removal of the tattoo. Severe potential scarring.

Rejuvi tattoo removal:

The product claims to be able to remove light ink colours like yellows which are either difficult or impossible to get rid of with laser tattoo removal. Can be effective if administered correctly. Avoid tattoo parlours offering this treatment. Rejuvi tattoo removal is an art form in itself and is not necessarily best administered by a tattooist.

Advantages: can remove colours like yellow which cannot be removed with laser tattoo removal.

Disadvantages: The high risk of scarring is the biggest disadvantage of this tattoo removal option.

Laser tattoo removal

There are 2 types of laser which can be used for laser tattoo removal. A ‘passive’ laser and an ‘active’ laser tattoo removal system.

Laser tattoo removal using a passive laser: these are on the cheaper end of the laser tattoo equipment scale and as such tend to be purchased by tattoo parlours or beauty salons.

Advantages: These cheaper machines may enable a beauty salon or tattoo parlour to pass on the savings to you. However as most people do not know the difference between a ‘passive’ or ‘active’ laser (to most people a ‘laser’ is a ‘laser’), a lot of businesses will not offer a cheaper treatment.

Disadvantages: laser tattoo removal using a passive laser will not remove the tattoo completely. It will only partially fade it. A beauty clinic or tattoo parlour may take advantage of the fact that you, the consumer do not know the difference between an active or passive laser and may well charge you the same price you would expect to pay for a medical grade active Q-switched laser.

Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched laser:

This is the single most effective way of removing tattoos of nearly all colours. The laser light is delivered in nanoseconds meaning a Q-Switched laser tattoo removal machine will literally shatter the pigment in the skin, breaking it up in to small particles which are then eliminated by the body’s immune system.

Advantages: Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched (AQS) laser is considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for effectively removing almost all tattoo colours with minimal risk of scarring. An Active Q-Switched tattoo removal laser will, in most cases, remove all traces of the tattoo. Because it requires several treatments, it is also possible to fade a tattoo if this is the desired effect. Unless you are prone to scarring anyway (e.g. keloid scarring) there is very little risk of any scarring if the skin is allowed to heal properly and aftercare advice is followed.

Disadvantages: Will not remove certain colours like yellow or light blue. Not suitable for people prone to scarring problems e.g. keloid scarring. However the same would apply to any tattoo removal methods.

At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we offer laser tattoo removal using an Nd:YAG Q-Switched (AQS) laser. We only operate medical grade lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems, the same ones used by the NHS. We offer a FREE no obligation consultation. Book in today by calling 01202 29 69 69

Always do your research. If in doubt, do not treat.

For more information on laser tattoo removal in Bournemouth check out our laser tattoo removal treatment page and laser tattoo removal frequently asked questions.

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How thorough should a laser consultation be? And do I need to declare any medical conditions?

A laser consultation should take around an hour to complete if it is done properly. It never ceases to amaze us here at Laser Skin Solutions that some clinics only allow 20 or 30 minutes maximum for a consultation. When considering any form of cosmetic procedure, there should be ample time for your clinician to thoroughly explain your treatment options and to go through the procedure itself. Cost should be discussed in the early part of the consultation so that the patient can decide whether they would prefer to go home and have a think about it at this point. Once treatment options and price have been discussed if the patient at this point would like to take things further, then a full medical questionnaire should be undertaken. This should cover all aspects of your general health and wellbeing. As laser consultants, what we are interested in, is whether the patient has either any medical conditions, or on any medication that could cause problems with a light-based treatment. For instance, some medical conditions like lupus, are contraindicated to treatment. As are certain medications which we know to be problematic with exposure to light eg Roaccutane or St. John’s Wort to name a couple.

Once a thorough medical assessment has been carried out and there is no reason as to why a patient shouldn’t have laser treatment, then a patch test is carried out on a small area of skin. A small amount of gel is applied to the skin and a few shots of light are fired at the skin’s surface. This is a final test to check for any skin reactions before launching in to a full treatment (a bit like when a small amount of hair dye is placed behind the ear before having your hair coloured at a salon). It is also used to set effective treatment parameters, meaning that a patient will be treated with the correct settings from the word go. Most patients can’t even remember where the patch test was carried out. Normal side effects however can include slightly pink skin, some swelling around the hair follicles (a bit like the appearance of ‘chicken skin’ which you can get after waxing. Unwanted side effects can include blistering or mild burns, but these are rare. All expected and rare side effects should be discussed at the consultation.

At Laser Skin Solutions we offer laser hair removal, thread vein removal, laser acne treatment, pigmentation removal, skin rejuvenation and glycolic peels.

To book your free consultation call today on 01202 29 69 69 or fill in our contact form.

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So you’ve chosen your Bournemouth laser clinic – what should you expect from you laser hair removal consultation?

A laser hair removal consultation is the first step towards embarking on a hair free you. It is very important therefore that your chosen clinic allows enough time to thoroughly assess whether you are suitable for the treatment and to allow you time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. At Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth we allow a full hour for all laser hair removal and laser skin treatment consultations in a quiet and confidential environment, meaning you get that one to one time to thoroughly explore whether this is the right treatment for you.

Do’s and Don’t’s at a laser consultation:

Do:

– Do expect to have a full hour of one to one with your laser consultant for laser hair removal or laser skin treatments.

– Do prepare lots of questions – if necessary write them down beforehand

– Do arrive in plenty of time so that your consultation is not cut short

– Do ensure you discuss all medical conditions or medications you may have/may be taking as these could impact on your laser treatment.

– Do question your consultant about their qualifications. Ask them which ‘laser’ qualifications they hold. Beauty and even nursing qualifications are all very well but make sure you know what ‘laser’ qualifications they have. Most ‘laser consultants’ are only trained by the laser manufacturer. This can vary from 2 hours to 2 days maximum after which they can start lasering. At Laser Skin Solutions we insist on staff obtaining the BTEC Laser & Light, the only nationally recognised qualification in the UK.

– Do ask whether your chosen clinic can offer you a choice of both laser and IPL to ensure you get treated with whichever is most appropriate for you, not because it is the only system they have.

– Do your research before booking a consultation. What does the website look like? Is it informative? Does it give you details of the laser qualifications held? Does it simply say ‘fully qualified’ or does it specify which qualifications. A laser consultant may well be ‘fully qualified’, but in what exactly?

Don’t:

– Don’t be afraid to question your practitioner. If they tell you they are qualified, ask them to specify

– Don’t go ahead with laser hair removal treatment (or any laser skin treatment) unless you feel completely comfortable with you laser consultant and the procedure has been thoroughly explained to you.

– Don’t commit to laser hair removal packages of more than 5 treatments. And don’t commit at all unless you are 100% sure you would like to go ahead with treatment. Check what the refund policy is.

–       Don’t choose a clinic with only one laser or IPL. If the clinic has only one system this is what you will get treated with which may not be the best laser or IPL for you. Clinics may have more than one laser, but ask whether they have a more than one laser (and therefore a ‘choice’) for your chosen treatment eg laser hair removal.

–       Don’t be afraid to ask about any risks or side effects and ensure they are thoroughly explained to you

If you would like to book a free no obligation with a BTEC Laser & Light qualified laser consultant, please contact Laser Skin Solutions Laser clinic Bournemouth on:

01202 29 69 69 or www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

We specialise in laser and IPL treatments for

laser hair removal Bournemouth

laser acne treatment

laser rosacea treatment

thread vein removal Bournemouth

Pigment treatment / pigmentation problems

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At my laser clinic in Bournemouth, I often get asked by laser hair removal clients: ‘why do I suffer from excessive hair growth?’

Most people will experience some kind of excessive hair growth on certain body areas during their lifetime. For men this can often occur on the back and chest, ears and eyebrows. For women the most common areas tend to be the face and also the ‘midline’ running from the belly button down to the bikini line. This can often be as a result of pregnancy. Laser hair removal is the most advanced and successful treatment today for permanent hair reduction. However at my laser clinic in Bournemouth, I always take clients through a thorough medical questionnaire in order to establish whether there is an underlying cause before embarking upon a course of laser hair removal treatment.

So what are the most common causes of excessive hair growth? At my Bournemouth laser clinic, I generally come across the following most common causes:

Hereditary factors: if one or both of your parents suffer with excessive hair growth, there is a good chance you could too. Excessive hair growth can be passed down from our parents in our DNA. The good news however is that you have the choice to permanently remove unwanted hair in the form of laser hair removal – something your parents would not have had the option to do at your age.

Pregnancy: having a baby means huge hormonal changes within the body. This can sometimes have an impact on hair growth. The most common area tends to be a line from the navel down to the bikini. In most cases, the hair disappears once the baby is born. However at my laser clinic Bournemouth I am finding that more and more women do not lose the line of excessive hair after childbirth. This is something that is easily treated with laser hair removal. At Laser Skin Solutions laser clinic Bournemouth, we recommend that women wait to see whether the hair will disappear of its own accord shortly after childbirth. If it doesn’t women are welcome to come in for a no obligation chat and laser hair removal consultation.

Hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): As with pregnancy, any hormonal changes or imbalance in the body can result in excessive hair growth. Where there is a constant hormonal stimulus to the hair growth, laser hair removal can end up being a hair removal management system, as oppose to a permanent hair removal solution. This is because whilst we can permanently remove unwanted hair with laser, if the body keeps producing new hair, then this needs to be treated in the same way. From my experience however at my Bournemouth laser clinic, clients with PCOS have responded in exactly the same way as clients without the condition.

Medication: certain medications can induce unwanted hair growth. Before embarking on a course of laser hair removal, check to see whether any medication you may be on could be the cause of the problem. Hair growth usually returns to normal once the course of medication has ended. If you need to be permanently medicated, laser hair removal may be a good option for you.

Normal aging process: as we get older, our hair and nails change. More often than not, people tend to lose hair volume and colour and hair can become thinner due to it having less protein. For some people however, they can experience hair growth. I often see clients at my Bournemouth laser clinic who say they never used to have hair on their backs, chests, ears etc. As long as the hair hasn’t turned grey or white, then laser hair removal is an option for permanent hair reduction.

If you or anyone you know suffers with excessive hair growth, please contact Laser Skin Solutions for a free consultation. We always give advice that is in your best interest and would always recommend you explore any possible underlying cause for your hair growth before undergoing laser hair removal treatment.

Call 01202 29 69 69 or visit

www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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How many laser hair removal treatments are needed in order to achieve permanent hair removal and how far apart should treatments be?

As a busy laser clinic in Bournemouth the first question I often get asked by laser and IPL hair removal clients is, ‘how many treatments will I need and how often should I come in?’.

Laser hair removal clients should expect to have approximately 6 laser treatments in order to achieve permanent hair removal. This can depend very much on the hair and skin type but in general 6 treatments with a medical grade laser should see the end of unwanted hair. Certain parts of the body like the face or extended bikini can take 6-8 treatments as the hair in these areas is very hormonally driven. A standard bikini line however should take around 6 treatments.

It is crucial that hair is removed using a powerful medical grade laser. Cheaper, less powerful systems, often used in beauty clinics, can make the hair thinner and finer, rather than remove it permanently which in the long run makes it more difficult to treat. Click here to find out more on the importance of the laser hair removal equipment itself:

‘How to choose a laser clinic’

The frequency of treatments also depends on body area. Laser hair removal for bikini and underarms for instance should be every 6-8 weeks. For the face, every 4-6 weeks. Clients often tell me that other laser clinics in Bournemouth and even London suggest a fixed 6 week interval no matter what the treatment, whereas other laser clinics in Bournemouth suggest anything up to 3 months between treatments. Some Bournemouth laser clinics insist on a 12 week interval gap for laser hair removal on the male chest for instance. This is unnecessary and means it will take longer for the client to achieve permanent hair removal. Male laser clients at my Bournemouth laser clinic get treated every 6-8 weeks and usually only require 6 treatments, as the photos in the link above illustrate.

In order to get the timings right, it’s important to understand hair growth cycles and to know the cycle time for each body area. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we assess each client individually by allowing a full hour of one to one time, completely free of charge.

If you would like to find out more, book your private consultation today by calling 01202 29 69 69 or visit www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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Laser clinic Bournemouth: How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light systems for permanent hair removal emit light of a certain wavelength which is attracted by the melanin (pigment colour) in the hair. The technical term is called ‘selective photothermolysis’ meaning that the laser or IPL ‘selectively’ heats and destroys the hair, whilst protecting the surrounding skin. Due to the nature of how laser hair removal works therefore, it is crucially important that the skin is not tanned. The ideal scenario for laser hair removal is dark hair and pale skin. However with advances in technology it is possible to treat all skin types and most hair types.

At Laser Skin Solutions Laser clinic Bournemouth we operate both a laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system meaning we can treat all skin types and fairer hair. However due to the way in which laser hair removal works, (ie selective photothermolysis) it is important that the hair is always darker than the skin in order for laser hair removal systems to select and destroy it.

As you will see from the photos in the following link, the hair on this male client’s chest hair is darker than his skin tone. This proves to be the ideal conditions for permanent hair reduction or permanent hair removal at our laser clinic bournemouth

Before and after photos of laser hair removal at Laser Skin Solutions Laser clinic Bournemouth

For more information on how to choose a Bournemouth laser clinic and how to ensure you receive a laser treatment with the most appropriate laser or intense pulsed light system for you, please contact:

Laser Skin Solutions, Laser clinic Bournemouth on 01202 29 69 69

Or visit

www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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How to choose the right laser clinic in Bournemouth Dorset

The Laser Clinic: Most people will have a gut feeling as to whether any given laser clinic is where they would like to have a laser hair removal treatment for instance. However appearances can be deceptive. An ultra modern, chic looking clinic could detract from the real issues at stake, namely how safe and effective their laser equipment is and whether staff are sufficiently trained. Always ensure therefore that your chosen laser clinic offers a free consultation allowing you time to find out all about the treatment in question and enable you to quiz the clinic and laser operator to your heart’s content.

Be an informed laser client and be sure to ask questions to test the laser operator’s knowledge about lasers and laser hair removal. Well trained and informed staff should be only delighted to impart with both their practical and technical knowledge.

The Laser: Always choose a laser clinic which offers both laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – in other words ensure that your chosen clinic has more than one laser to choose from. Don’t fall for marketing hype which claims that the one laser or IPL which a clinic happens to have is the right one for you. Almost every laser and IPL can technically be applied to any skin type without causing any unwanted side effects simply by manipulating the settings, but only the right laser or IPL used at the appropriate settings or ‘parameters’ will result in permanent hair reduction. Again, always ensure that your chosen clinic has a choice of laser and IPL for any given treatment (eg hair removal). Some clinics advertise as having more than one laser, but in reality they still only have one laser that can be used for hair removal and another laser which can only be used for say thread vein removal.  Bottom line, they still only have one laser for each treatment type. At Laser Skin Solutions we offer a choice of both laser and IPL for permanent hair removal in Bournemouth.

Another consideration is whether the laser or IPL itself is medical grade. Many clinics use small Intense Pulsed Light systems which are intended for beauty clinics and are not the same grade of laser used in hospitals. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we use the Lynton Lumina, which is the same laser used by the NHS (not to be confused with the small IPL the ‘Luminette’).

The Laser operator: the best laser consultants are those who have the most practical hands-on experience as well as recognised laser qualifications. It’s no use having a high spec medical grade laser if the person delivering the treatments has neither the experience nor the qualifications. Equally there’s little point having qualifications without the experience.

Always ask what qualifications your laser operator has. More often than not, the only training received is from the laser manufacturer themselves. This can vary from 2 hours, to 2 days maximum depending on the laser in place. It is simply not possible to gain enough technical or practical knowledge in laser hair removal or laser skin rejuvenation to perform safe and effective treatments.

At Laser Skin Solutions, laser clinic Bournemouth anyone operating a laser or Intense Pulsed Light system (IPL) has to hold the BTEC Laser & Light technologies certificate. This takes a year to complete with both written exams and practical assessments.

A good laser practitioner should be able to answer anything from the simplest laser hair removal questions, to more complex physics questions about wavelengths.

If you would like to test out knowledge and find out which laser or IPL is best for you, book in now for a free consultation by calling our Bournemouth laser clinic, Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69.

Or visit www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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