At my Bournemouth laser clinic I often get asked: Are all hair colours suitable for laser hair removal?

Many laser clinics make claims that all hair colours can be permanently destroyed with laser and/or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment thereby achieving permanent hair removal. This is not true and clients should be wary of clinics making such claims. I often get asked at my Bournemouth laser clinic whether permanent hair removal is suitable for white hair. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we are very clear on hair colour and suitability for treatment. The answer to whether it is possible to have laser hair removal on white hair is a definite ‘No’. Laser hair removal has no doubt come on in leaps and bounds since the 1990’s. The very first laser hair removal system was the Ruby laser which, whilst effective, was very limited in terms of the hair and skin type it could treat. As technology advances it has become possible to treat lighter coloured hair and darker skin types. The rule of thumb however which I explain to clients at my laser clinic in Bournemouth is, ‘if the hair which you would like removed is lighter than your skin, then it will not be suitable for laser hair removal’.

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light systems are attracted to the pigment (colour) in the hair, which it heats and as a result, destroys. If the hair is so light in colour, that there is more pigment in the skin (ie the skin is darker), then the laser light will heat the skin more than the hair. The reverse is required for laser hair removal. In order to achieve permanent hair reduction the hair must be heated to 70 degrees for a split second. This will only happen if the hair itself is darker than the skin.

If you are looking for laser hair removal in Bournemouth contact Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth for a free laser hair removal consultation where your skin and hair type can be assessed.

For laser hair removal Bournemouth, call 01202 29 69 69

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Men: how to resolve common body image issues with laser hair removal

You could be forgiven for thinking it is only women who are body image conscious. After all, it’s us who are constantly bombarded with images of celebrities on the cover of glossy magazines looking like they have just stepped out of a salon (truth is, they most likely have!). But men? Surely they’re not that bothered? According to Dr David Giles of Winchester University, they most certainly are. Along with his colleague Jessica Close, 161 men were surveyed leading them to conclude that men who read glossy magazines were more likely to be influenced by the images contained within. According to Dr David Giles,  “Men and women increasingly get their ideas of what they should look like from imagery they see in the media”.

Whilst some of us wouldn’t mind looking like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt, I think most people, and certainly those who come through my doors at my Bournemouth laser clinic, just want to improve on what they already have. Since the opening of Laser Skin Solutions in 2005 I have seen a huge increase in the number of male clients seeking laser hair removal, thread vein and acne treatment. Here are the most common male body issues I treat at my Bournemouth laser clinic, and what you can do about them:

Back and chest hair:

There seems to be a general consensus on back hair. And that is, nobody wants it. But the chest? Well that’s a matter of preference. The good news is that you can easily remove unwanted chest or back hair with permanent laser hair removal. It takes around 6 sessions, every couple of months or so, and yes it’s permanent.

Male bikini line:

It may surprise you to know that this is an increasingly popular treatment to have. Both men and women like their partners to have ‘neat and trim’ bikinis and the peri-anal area is an increasingly popular treatment requested at Laser Skin Solutions. Like with all laser hair removal treatments, around 6 sessions are needed in order to achieve the desired amount of permanent hair reduction.

Thread vein removal.

Broken veins and capillaries affect men and women alike. Smoking, drinking, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to thread veins both on the face and legs. Some male clients even use their partners’ make up in order to try and cover them up. The good news? If you don’t like them, you don’t have to keep them. Thread vein removal is simple, quick and effective. Approximately 3 treatments are needed and can be done in a lunch break.

Acne:

Spots used to be a teenage a problem. Or at least that’s the way I remember it when I was young. Adult acne is on the rise and stress is thought to be a major cause of this. Products like benzoyl peroxide aim to kill the bacteria which cause acne, but products alone get limited results. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is now considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for acne. For more information on how this works, visit the laser acne treatment page on the main Laser Skin Solutions website:

www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

For more information on these or any other treatments, please book your FREE consultation now by calling Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69

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Laser Hair Removal Bournemouth: what is laser hair removal and is it suitable for everyone?

Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from various parts of the body the body using the light emitted from a laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system. Lasers for permanent hair reduction have been used now for well over a decade, since 1997. The treatment is carried out by directing the laser light on to the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, travels down the hair shaft, heats the hair bulb to around 70 degrees for a split second and disables it at the root. Hair grows in cycles – 3 to be exact. Permanent hair removal can only occur when a hair is lasered in the active ‘anagen’ growth phase. As a result, 6-8 treatments are usually required to achieve the desired amount of hair removal. The before and after effects are staggering, as can be seen from laser hair removal before and after photos

Can anyone be treated for Laser Hair Removal?

Despite many claims by laser clinics, it is not possible to treat very blonde or white or grey hair with lasers. The colour of the hair is essential. Whilst it is true that as technology has advanced, it is now possible to treat lighter coloured hair, it still needs to have a certain amount of pigment in it in order for it to work. The lightest hair colour which can be treated with laser would be dark blonde. As lasers and IPLs work by targeting melanin, it therefore works best on darker hair and pale skin. It is also important that the hair is a good texture, the more coarse the better. It will not work on very blonde, fine, fluffy hair. Different lasers and IPLs are suited to different hair and skin types. Always ensure therefore that your laser clinic in Bournemouth offers a choice of both lasers and IPLs to ensure that you are being treated with whichever system is most appropriate for you, not because it is the only one they happen to have. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we have medical grade lasers and Intense Pulsed Light systems ensuring you always get the treatment most appropriate for you.

For the lowdown on how to choose a laser clinic in Bournemouth and what you should be looking out for, check out our article on the main website by clicking on the link above, or visiting www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

For free consultations for laser hair removal Bournemouth, call 01202 29 69 69

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Pigment problems? Plagued by Acne? Thread veins a nuisance? Learn about your first line of defence: Sunscreen

Each year at my Bournemouth laser clinic I get asked about sun exposure and UVA and UVB sunscreens. There is a lot of confusion out there as to what is ‘safe’ sun exposure and what isn’t. And more importantly what kind of sunscreen should be applied.

It is widely believed that only ‘burning’ equates to ‘dangerous’ sun exposure. Whilst this is true to a large degree, dermatologists have also now confirmed that UVA, long thought to be the ‘safe’ ray is extremely harmful. A couple of years ago whilst attending a laser conference, the dermatologist speaking, called it (UVA), the ‘silent killer’.

So what is UV?

UV stands for Ultraviolet radiation. It is radiation that forms part of the light spectrum given out by the sun. These wavelengths are classed as UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC having the shortest wavelength is therefore the most damaging, but little is ever mentioned about this ray as it is absorbed almost entirely by the ozone layer. UVA and UVB therefore are of most concern to us.

At my Bournemouth laser clinic, many of my clients seem to only be concerned about UVB, the ray which causes burning. However as I am always very keen to point out, UVA is the ray which causes premature ageing. After laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation is the most popular laser treatment at my laser clinic in Bournemouth. Skin rejuvenation encompasses thread vein removal, pigment removal (in the form of sunspots, age spots and liver spots), laser acne treatment, as well as collagen boosting using the fraxel laser. Prevention is always better than cure, and knowing what you’re up against when it comes to UV exposure, makes for better informed choice when it comes to sunscreen.

UVA:

This long wave is absorbed more deeply into the skin than UVB and is now known to be responsible for causing premature ageing of the skin in the form of lines and wrinkles. Think of this ray as literally eating your collagen. Whilst in the early 80’s it was thought that this was the ‘safe’ UV ray, studies over the last 20 years have shown that in fact UVA plays a far greater role in the formation of skin cancer than previously thought. UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes which are found in the basal layer of the epidermis. This can lead to ‘basal cell carcinomas’. UVA is the main tanning ray, which is why artificial tanning booths emit only UVA. However consistent tanning (and therefore damage to the skin) over a prolonged period of time has been shown to lead to skin cancer.

UVB:

UVB is the ‘burning’ ray. It hits the skin very superficially and causes reddening of the skin and sunburn. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer which is why most people think of only UVB as causing potential health problems. It also plays a role in skin tanning and premature skin ageing. In the UK this ray is at its strongest during the summer months, between 11am and 3pm. However at high altitude UVB rays can damage all year round, especially during the ski season when UVB rays are reflected and intensified by the snow.

Protect your skin

Using a broadspectrum (UVA & UVB) sunscreen will protect your skin from UV damage and will help keep thread veins, acne and pigmentation under control. Whilst other factors like genes play a major part in all skin conditions, exposure to UV undoubtedly exacerbates if not causes many skin complaints.

Always wear at least an SPF15, which if applied properly will protect from 93% of the sun’s rays. Ideally a factor 30 should be applied to the face which has some of the thinnest skin on our bodies. At my Bournemouth laser clinic I recommend using ‘Vitage’ a zinc oxide sunscreen. It is a mineral (not chemical) sunscreen which creates a barrier and reflects rays away from the skin’s surface. It is also non-comedogenic which means it will not cause spots. Zinc Oxide provides excellent protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation

Whilst having laser hair removal treatments or indeed any laser skin rejuvenation it is crucial to keep out of the sun, both before and after treatment. Treating sun tanned skin will lead to laser burns and blistering. If you have laser treatment on tan-free skin, but then go out in the sun immediately afterwards, the combination of cosmetic laser treatments and UV exposure can lead to pigmentation in the skin. At my Bournemouth laser clinic I always recommend therefore that clients where an SPF 30 for at least one month after their last treatment with me.

If you would like any advice on sun protection or laser treatments, please contact Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69 or at www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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Permanent hair removal for transgender and transsexuals in Bournemouth

Hair removal can be one of the biggest and time-consuming problems for transsexual women. Shaving alone does not provide permanent hair removal and often leaves a grey shadow on the skin. Completing the feminine look post op requires a permanent hair removal solution such as laser hair removal or electrolysis. Both forms of hair removal are permanent but electrolysis is more painful, slow and time consuming as it requires treating one hair follicle at a time. Laser hair removal on the other hand is quick and convenient as well as permanent. Whilst electrolysis definitely has its place as a permanent hair removal option, it is more suited to removing the odd whisker (particularly if the hair is white), rather than removing an entire beard area.

Advances in laser hair removal technology over the last decade means good news for both transgender clients and anyone wanting to permanently remove body hair. Medical grade lasers now enable hair to be removed in approximately six treatments, with minimal side effects. As laser hair removal advances and technology gets better, so too do the options for hair removal clients. At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth, it is now possible to treat all skin types for laser hair removal and most hair colours.

Deciding to have laser treatment is straight forward. Deciding where to have your laser hair removal can be tricky. For sensible, no non-sense advice on the three most important points to consider, please read the article ‘How to choose a laser clinic‘ on our main website at www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

If you are a transsexual or transgender in the Bournemouth area and you are considering permanent hair removal, please feel free to book in for a free, no obligation consultation by calling Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69

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Sunga wax or laser hair removal? Choices for the male brazilian bikini line

Waxing or sugaring has been around for centuries and has long provided women with an effective form of hair removal, particularly for our bikini lines. More recently however, waxing and laser hair removal is proving just as popular with men as it is with women as our male counterparts finally start grooming, trimming and removing unwanted hair on their bikini lines.

So what is ‘The Male Brazilian’?

Put simply, the ‘male brazilian’ is a form of hair removal using wax which removes even more hair than the amount usually removed from the bikini line. Originating in Brazil, it is otherwise known as the ‘Sunga wax’ which was designed to remove as much hair as possible in order to wear the ‘sunga bikini’ (a very skimpy speedo). Brazil has long been synonymous with scantily clad gorgeous beach-babes, sporting the most minimalist bikinis on the planet, however it wasn’t long before male beach goers joined the trend. As the ‘Sunga’ became a hit with the boys, so too did the sunga wax.

As any woman will tell you however, waxing the bikini is no picnic. Particularly if you’re going for the ‘brazilian’ look. It wasn’t long before the boys came to this painful realization themselves. Not only is the sunga wax extremely painful for men, but it has to be repeated frequently as it is only a temporary solution to hair removal. The solution? Welcome laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal

Men have long been fans of laser hair removal and were not far behind their female counterparts to take advantage of smooth hair-free skin. Laser hair removal for backs, chests, necks, buttocks and even beards has meant that men too can wave goodbye to the razor and those oh so painful waxing appointments at the salon. But the bikini line? Really? Surely men would be too apprehensive to even entertain the idea of lasering their unmentionables? Not so. Whilst Bournemouth beach is no Brazil, men are now increasingly keeping their bikini areas neat and trim which can only be a good thing for us girls, and boys alike. Whilst waxing has it’s own problems (namely painful ingrowing hairs) Laser hair removal is not without risk which is why it is extremely important that your chosen clinic operates medical grade lasers, the staff are BTEC Laser trained and are fully insured.  For more information on how to choose a laser clinic in Bournemouth or elsewhere, check out the article on this blog.

For a free, confidential consultation, call

Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69

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What is permanent hair removal? And is it really permanent?

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems have been around for well over a decade now, as has the promise of ‘permanent hair removal’. But what exactly is meant by ‘permanent hair removal’ and well…. is it really permanent?

Here are the facts:

How much hair does laser hair removal actually remove?

Laser hair removal provides a reduction of up to 90%, providing of course that the hair is suitable to treat in the first place. This means that you should not expect the treatment to permanently remove every single hair from the specified area. You can however expect it to remove nearly all of it, bar a few stragglers. In many cases however, this can be the desired result. Take facial hair removal for instance, particularly the upper lip. Most women who come through my laser clinic Bournemouth say that they don’t want the ‘waxed’ effect on their upper lip. They want the thick dark hairs removed, and the very fine blonde hairs left alone. Laser hair removal will do just that.

Is ‘Permanent hair removal’ and ‘Permanent hair reduction’ the same thing?

In recent years there has been some confusion over the term ‘permanent hair removal’ and ‘permanent hair reduction’. The key word here is ‘permanent’. What exactly is meant by ‘permanent’ hair reduction? The issue over the word hair ‘reduction’ or ‘removal’ is to do with the amount of hair that laser hair removal is able to get rid of.  Because laser hair removal will remove around 90% of the hair, it is referred to as ‘permanent hair reduction’, rather than ‘permanent hair removal’, in order to acknowledge the 10% of hair it may or may not be able to remove.

So how does it work?

Lasers and IPLs target the melanin (or pigment) in the hair. The thicker, the darker the hair, the more energy it absorbs from the laser.  This is crucial as in order to achieve permanent hair reduction, it is necessary to heat the hair bulb to around 70 degrees for a split second. The darker the hair, the easier it is for the heat to transfer. Thin, soft, fine blonde hair will not be able to absorb the required energy from the laser or IPL. Once a hair bulb is heated to approximately 70 degrees, it not only kills that particular hair, but actually destroys the stem cells at the base of the follicle which are responsible for producing a hair. Once those cells are heated and destroyed, that follicle will not produce again. It is for this reason that we can call it ‘permanent hair removal’ or ‘permanent hair reduction’.

Put simply, there is nothing more effective or permanent at this moment in time than laser hair removal.

Why do you need several laser hair removal treatments?

This comes down to hair growth cycles. If you were to shave your legs, in a couple of days it would look like all those hairs are growing back. In fact they are not all growing at once. Every single hair all over your body grows in 3 stages. They actively grow, which we call the ‘anagen’ phase. They then come out of this hair growth stage and go in to a resting or transitional phase called ‘catagen’. The third stage of hair growth is ‘telogen’ where the hair actually sheds. In order for permanent hair reduction to take place a hair must be in the active, ‘anagen’ growth phase. If a hair is lasered whilst in the resting or shedding phase, it will not be permanently destroyed and will therefore grow back again.

It is not possible to know by looking at any given body area, which hairs are growing, resting or shedding so the whole area is treated each time. On the bikini line for instance around 20-30% of the hair will be in the active anagen growth phase. Clients can expect to see a reduction of around 20-30% of hair after each laser hair removal treatment, provided that a medical grade laser or IPL is used. For more information on how to choose a laser clinic in Bournemouth or elsewhere, and to ensure you are getting the best laser treatment possible, check out the article on this blog called ‘What to look for in a laser clinic’.

If you could like more information on laser treatments in Bournemouth or laser hair removal, please book in for a FREE consultation at

Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth tel. 01202 29 69 69

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‘Threading’ versus Laser Hair Removal: which is better for me?

What is threading?

‘Threading’ hair removal is on the increase in the UK and is now very popular for facial hair removal both at home and in clinics. It has been practiced in the Middle East for centuries and provides a safe and effective method for facial hair removal. So how does ‘threading’ compare to laser hair removal? And which is the right choice for you? Well, as you can expect, there are pros and cons with each:

Threading Hair Removal – the lowdown

Threading can be used on all skin types and hair colours and is even appropriate for sensitive skins. It tends to be used only for facial hair however whereas laser hair removal can be performed anywhere on the body. Whilst it is possible to perform threading at home, some people may find it more difficult than waxing or tweezing as it requires mastering a specific technique which some people may find difficult or fiddly.

The threading method involves using a piece of thin cotton thread which is twisted tightly and moved backwards and forwards in order to pull hairs out at the root. When done correctly it can be a very precise method of hair removal making it very suitable for shaping eyebrows for instance.

The main advantages of threading hair removal is that it is cheap, low risk and comfortable compared to waxing and tweezing. The main disadvantage however is that like all non-laser methods of hair removal, it isn’t permanent. You can expect to remain hair free for as long as you would do if waxing or tweezing. It also doesn’t tend to be an option for hair removal on the body.

Laser Hair Removal – the lowdown

Laser hair removal is often thought of as a fairly new method of removing unwanted body hair, but it has been around now for about 15 years. The very first laser hair removal system was called the ‘Ruby’ laser, which although effective, had unwanted side effects like intense heating of the skin, requiring a lot of pre-cooling. However technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last 15 years and now it’s all about fast results, with minimal side effects. As lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)’s have evolved so too has the influx of cheap lasers and IPLs, not only from the UK but also from China. It is very important therefore to insist on knowing whether your laser is beauty grade, or medical grade.

The power of light:

Lasers and IPLs work by targeting melanin (pigment) in the hair. It uses the pigment to travel down the hair shaft where it disables it at the root. It does this by heating the root to approximately 70 degrees for a split second. This not only destroys the hair bulb itself, but the stem cells lining the hair shaft meaning that hair follicle will never produce again. Several laser hair removal treatments are required (generally between 6-8 sessions) approximately every 6 weeks, although this can vary depending on where on the body the hair is being treated.

I often get asked at my laser clinic in Bournemouth whether laser hair removal is permanent. The truth is, it’s as permanent for as long as we’ve had the technology, which is currently around 15 years. As I tell my clients at the Bournemouth clinic, at the end of the day, we haven’t yet been able to laser someone when they’re 20 years old, and looked at their bikini when they’re 80 years old. But if you can provide laser hair removal that’s permanent for 15 years, I’d say that’s as permanent as you’re going to get.

The only other method of permanent hair removal is electrolysis. However this has been shown to be not as effective as laser hair removal. It also takes an incredibly long time to do as it’s only possible to treat one hair at a time. Whilst it is feasible to treat facial hair, it makes it an unattractive option for larger areas like legs and backs.

There is no doubt that the biggest advantage of laser hair removal is that it is permanent. It’s also quick and not limited to facial hair. Indeed it is suitable for all skin types and most hair colours, even dark blonde. It is important however to always check with your laser technician that you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal and that they have a laser powerful enough to deliver results for your hair type.

The Solutions: laser or threading – which hair removal method is most appropriate for you?

The most important factors likely to influence your decision will come down to body area to be treated, and length of hair free results. If permanent hair removal is what you’re after, then laser hair removal is your only option. In Bournemouth laser hair removal for facial hair proves to be more popular than threading, partly due to a lack of threading practitioners, but also due to the fact that threading does not provide permanent hair removal.

Cost – Whilst laser hair removal is definitely more expensive initially than any other form of hair removal, including threading, it is nonetheless cheaper in the long run compared to a lifetime of paying for non permanent hair removal methods.

Length of hair free period – If the length of your hair free period is the most important issue for you then laser hair removal wins hands down.

Treatment areas – whilst facial laser hair removal is very popular at my laser clinic Bournemouth, there is no doubt that for actual shaping of the eyebrow, threading is the better bet. Whilst it is possible to remove excess eyebrow hair laser will never be able to get that perfect shape as threading would do. On the other hand, any other body area, including the face would be better off treated with laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment.

Hair and skin types: clients with white, grey, very blonde or red hair in general will be more suited to threading. However if a clinic has more than one laser or IPL for any given treatment, chances are they will be able to treat all skin types and most hair types. Beware of beauty clinics operating small IPLs, claiming to be able to treat all skin types. Dark skin types should never be treated with an IPL as the risk of laser burns is high.

At my laser clinic Bournemouth we have a range of medical grade lasers and Intense Pulsed Light systems meaning we can treat clients with whichever laser hair removal system is most appropriate for them, not because it is the only system we happen to have.

Always ask:

–       how many lasers and IPLs a clinic has for hair removal (if this is your chosen treatment)

–       Are the medical grade? (the term medical grade is often misused by clinics, so always ask which hospitals currently use their laser)

–       Qualifications: always ask what laser qualifications they hold and how long it took to obtain them. Most clinics receive only manufacturer training which lasts between a few hours and 2 days at most.

At Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth we operate medical grade lasers and IPLs and insist on laser technicians obtaining the BTEC Laser & Light technologies, currently the highest national qualification available.

We also offer a price match promise locally meaning you will get the best deal. For details please click on the link below:

http://www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk/price-promise,173,,list.html

For your FREE, no obligation consultation, please call the clinic on

01202 29 69 69

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What to look for in a laser clinic

Having decided you would like to proceed with laser treatment, be it laser hair removal or thread vein treatment, finding the right laser clinic can be a bit of a minefield. Here at Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth, we believe the following are the most important things to consider when looking for a laser clinic:

1. Qualifications:

The problem:

It may surprise you to know that the majority of laser clinics receive only the basic training provided by the laser manufacturer. This training can vary from a mere 2 hours, to 2 days maximum, meaning beauty or laser clinics can start treating people having only 48 hours of laser training and experience. Even more worrying are those clinics who choose to obtain cheap lasers from China, which arrive in this country with only a ‘user manual’, and no training is provided.  Some clinics will state that you will be treated by a ‘doctor or nurse’. This is irrelevant however, unless they have received extensive laser training. Being a doctor or nurse, does not make you a cosmetic laser expert.

What qualifications to look for in a laser clinic:

Always check that your laser technician has obtained the BTEC Laser & Light Technologies, currently the highest national qualification available.

At Laser Skin Solutions we are the only laser clinic in Bournemouth which insists on staff obtaining the BTEC Laser & Light Technologies which takes a year to complete with both written exams and months of practical training.

What to ask the laser clinic regarding qualifications:

When contacting a laser clinic always ask what laser qualifications they hold apart from the training received by the laser manufacturer. (Medical, nursing and beauty qualifications are all very well, but they are not laser qualifications)

2. Laser Clinic Equipment

The problem:

Having checked that the staff at your local laser clinic are BTEC Laser trained, the next thing to consider is the piece of laser equipment itself. This issue really falls into 2 categories:

Firstly: the laser or IPL itself. It’s no use having a highly qualified laser technican if they are operating a substandard laser or IPL. Many beauty clinics purchase cheap IPLs which simply do not get the same results as a medical grade laser.

Secondly, always check how many lasers and IPLs they operate. Different lasers and IPLs are suited to different skin types and cosmetic applications. If a clinic only has one laser or IPL, this is what you will get treated with, which may not be the most appropriate system for you.

What to look for in a laser clinics equipment:

Always look for a clinic which can offer you a choice of both lasers and IPLs and that these machines are ‘medical grade’ and not intended for beauty clinics.

At Laser Skin Solutions we offer a choice of medical grade lasers and IPLs meaning you get treated with whichever system is most appropriate for you, not because it is the only one we have. The Lynton Lumina (not to be confused with the Luminette), is a medical grade laser and IPL and is used by NHS hospitals.

What to ask about the laser clinics equipment:

Always ask:

–  how many lasers and IPLs any given clinic operates. For instance, for laser hair removal, can they offer you a choice of both laser hair removal as well as IPL hair removal?

– Is the laser a medical grade laser? The term ‘medical grade’ is often misused by clinics. If a clinic says their laser is medical grade, ask them which hospitals in the UK currently operate their laser.

3. Cost of laser treatment

The problem:

Laser treatment doesn’t come cheap. This is because the laser machines themselves, and the consumables they use (eg flashlamps) are very expensive. It is these 2 things which dictate the price for a bikini laser hair removal treatment for instance. If a clinic is offering cheap laser treatments this should be your first alarm bell. It is not unreasonable to assume that clinics which can afford to offer cheap laser treatments must be able to do so because their costs are lower, which in turn may mean they are operating a cheap IPL.

What to look for when looking at the cost of the laser clinic:

A laser clinic which offers:

–       A fair price for the treatment offered

–       package deals earning you free treatments

–       a reward scheme of some kind for your customer loyalty

–       a corporate discount so you and your colleagues can all benefit.

What to ask regarding the cost:

Always ask whether your chosen clinic offers the above.

At Laser Skin Solutions we have a price match promise ensuring we will not be beaten on price locally (subject to terms and conditions). For full details see

http://www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk/price-promise,173,,list.html

For more information on laser treatments, laser qualifications and laser treatment costs, please visit

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Thread vein removal

Various forms of vascular lesions (commonly known as thread veins), including telangiectasia and rosacea are one of the most common cosmetic complaints for people. A number of pulsed lasers and continuous wave lasers have been used to treat these and other facial vessels. To varying degrees these laser treatments have been successful however various side-effects, such as pronounced purpura (associated with vessel rupture) and pigmentary changes are often disturbing and of great concern to the client.

Recently, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment has proven highly successful in the treatment of vascular lesions presenting on the face, neck and decollette. IPL systems operate on the principle of selective photothermolysis in which target vessels are selectively damaged with minimal risk of injury to the surrounding healthy tissue. In general, when light enters the skin, the majority of light is absorbed by blood, melanin and water. Different wavelengths of light (different colours) are absorbed in different amounts. The Lumina, developed by Lynton Lasers Ltd a company globally recognised as a leading British manufacture of laser and light systems for niche applications, effectively and efficiently treats facial vascular lesions with minimal risk of side effect. The Lumina vascular application ( not to be confused with the ‘Luminette’)covers a wavelength range from 585 to 1100nm which targets absorption peaks in haemoglobin and oxy-haemoglobin. In addition, the Lumina comprises a multiple pulsing facility with variable interpulse spacing, allowing the operator to select appropriate parameters to treat vessels of different sizes and at different depths. In this way, the Lumina system predominantly targets blood vessels by delivering sufficient energy to thermocoagulate the entire vessel while causing minimal damage to the surrounding skin. Following treatment, the damaged vessels are absorbed by the body and little or no trace of the initial lesion remains. Treatment is mildly uncomfortable and short term erythema (reddening) and oedema (swelling) is usually observed but typically persists for only a few hours post treatment. Total number of treatments required varies depending upon the size and density of lesions ranging from as little as one and up to five sessions.

The Lumina is not only capable of successfully addressing facial vascular lesion but offers a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser to treat leg veins. Telangiectasias of the legs occur in 40% of women and 15% of men and are often of great cosmetic concern. Nd:YAG lasers emit a wavelength of 1064nm. At this wavelength there is a broad peak (approximately 800 to 1100nm) in the absorption spectrum of blood. Skin penetration depths are relatively high (approximately 1mm) as there is little absorption by melanin at these wavelengths, enabling safe treatment of darker skin types. These lasers have proved particularly effective in the treatment of leg veins and treatment of larger and deeper facial veins, such as those that occur frequently around the nose.

For more information, or if you would like to book a free consultation, please contact Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth on 01202 29 69 69 or visit www.laserskinsolutions.co.uk

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