Zap that facial hair!

Women have been removing facial hair since Ancient Egyptian times. ‘Sugaring’, invented by the Ancient Egyptians is still used today to remove unwanted hair, which along with waxing still provides an effective form of hair removal for both men and women. Incredibly however, hair removal has remained unchanged over the centuries until the arrival of Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Welcome ‘permanent hair removal’.

So what are the hair removal methods available today and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Laser hair removal

What is Laser Hair Removal?

A flash of light is fired at the skin’s surface. The Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, where it heats and destroys it. If the hair is actively growing (anagen), the heat travels down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle destroying the cells responsible for producing the hair. Hair caught in the actively growing stage will not grow again. Several treatments are necessary in order to catch all of the follicles in the anagen stage and thus achieve permanent hair removal.

A course of six to eight treatments is recommended to ensure the follicles are completely disabled and the hair will not grow again.

Skin must be protected from sun exposure for a month before and after treatment to avoid unwanted side effects

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

After a course is completed, hair growth will be permanently reduced – if new growth (not re-growth) appears top up treatments may be required. This could be 6 months after the last treatment, or as long as 5 years after the end of the course and generally only a couple of treatments would be required.

Advantages of Laser Hair Removal:

Long-term permanent hair removal that can be used on any area of the face and body

Disadvantages to Laser Hair Removal:

Initially it is more expensive than waxing for example. (However long term studies show that over a lifetime, waxing is more costly than laser treatment and unlike laser is not a permanent solution to unwanted hair).

It takes time because there needs to be a four to six week gap between treatments. In between, you need to shave or bleach any remaining hair, rather than pluck or wax it.

It is most suitable for dark hair on pale skin (laser energy is absorbed by pigment, so works best when there is a strong contrast between skin and hair colours), though new lasers mean dark-skinned women and those with sensitive skin can be treated in some clinics. It is not effective on blonde, white or grey facial hair. A good practitioner is essential to ensure there will be no burning or hyperpigmentation.

For the widest choice of lasers and IPLs, and practitioners with excellent training visit contact Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 29 69 69 or visit

The cost of Laser Hair Removal:

For upper lip or chin, £50 a treatment or £200 for a course of 5 at Laser Skin Solutions


What is IPL?

IPL — or Intense Pulsed Light — is similar to laser treatment, but uses various light wavelengths (laser uses a single wavelength), which can be more comfortable than laser and can have less side effects like reddening of the skin. Six to eight treatments are needed, with a gap of one to three months between each one depending on body area.

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

As with laser, hair treated in the growth stage (anagen) will be permanently destroyed.

Advantages of IPL:

As well as the permanency of the procedure, it can be a more comfortable option compared to the Alexanderite laser. Treatment is also much quicker as with each flash, an area of 5cm squared is treated, compared with often a 3mm spot size of one laser shot. Lower legs therefore can be treated in less than half an hour, compared with 2 hours of laser treatment.

Disadvantages of IPL:

As with laser, between treatments, you cannot pluck or wax, though you can shave. Initially it is more expensive, but as with laser, in the long term it is cheaper than waxing or shaving.

The Cost of IPL:

For upper lip or chin, £50 a treatment or £200 for a course of 5 at Laser Skin Solutions (tel 01202 29 69 69 or visit


What is Waxing?

Warm wax is applied to the area with a spatula. Fabric strips are applied and then pulled off, bringing the hair with it.

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

Two to six weeks.

Advantages of Waxing:

Fairly quick, cheap and available in beauty clinics across the country. It can also be done at home by yourself.

Disadvantages of Waxing:

It is not a permanent hair removal solution. Waxing will need to be repeated over an entire lifetime, Not ideal for darker skins because waxing can cause skin discolouration. Regrowth is relatively fast and the hairs must be ½cm long before you can re-wax. It can cause a temporary rash, but will not damage the skin long term. It can, and often damages hair follicles by distorting them, resulting in in-growing hairs. Once in-growing hairs start appearing, you should stop waxing altogether as continuing will only exacerbate the problem. Many people complain of clothes and underwear ‘sticking’ to them after a treatment as it’s not always possible to remove all the wax completely.

The Cost of Waxing:

At ‘Jay Lowe Beauty’ prices start at £7 for upper lip. Treatments both at home and at East Cliff Therapy Centre. Call Jay 07760217880 or visit East Cliff Therapy Centre at

Depilatory Cream

What is Depilatory Cream?

Hair removal creams which can be applied to the face and body are left on for a few minutes before removing, at which point the hair comes away, too. The chemicals contained within the cream dissolve the keratin in the hair structure.

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

From a few days to two weeks.

Advantages of Depilatory Cream:

Cheap, effective and they are applied at home privately and quickly.

Disadvantages of Depilatory Cream:

Regrowth is rapid because hair is dissolved to just below the skin surface, not at the root. The chemicals can irritate sensitive skin, causing redness. Regrowth is slightly stubbly.

The Cost of Depilatory Cream:

A tube of facial hair removal cream costs £4.50 and can be purchased at supermarkets and chemists.


What is Threading?

Threading is an ancient, natural and eco-friendly method of hair removal that originated in the Middle East and has become increasingly popular in the UK. A cotton thread tied together and then twisted over the practitioner’s hands to make a figure of eight. It is then run over the skin in a scissor like motion, catching and pulling out the hair from the root.

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

Two to six weeks.

Advantages of Threading:

It’s a quick, cheap, effective and safe hair removal method not involving any chemicals. Threading is suitable on very short hair and, over time, the process damages the follicle, limiting regrowth.

Disadvantages of Threading:

Though widely available, it may not be easy to find practitioners who are as expert in threading as other methods of hair removal. As with waxing, it is not a permanent hair removal solution and as with any hair removal methods which involve ripping the hair out of it’s follicle, it can lead to ingrowing hairs.

The Cost of Threading:

Prices start at £4.


What is Electrolysis?

Hairs are given an ‘electric shock’ through a fine, sterile needle that is inserted into each follicle. This cuts the supply of blood and oxygen to the hair, killing it.

Length of Time Before Regrowth:

You might need several sessions, but the result is permanent.

Advantages of Electrolysis:

As with laser, results are permanent.

Disadvantages of Electrolysis:

It’s a time consuming, tedious process thereby only making it a feasible option for small areas like facial hair removal. Clients can need more than a 15 sessions, which can make having this treatment costly. An upper lip could take up to ten hours to clear of hair. It is also painful. Although initially it looks cheaper than laser hair removal, many more sessions are needed and in the long run, it is not as effective as laser treatment. A study conducted at the NHS Withington Hospital, MAnchester by Lynton Lasers concluded that laser was both more effective than electrolysis, much quicker and more comfortable.

Although electrolysis should be permanent, results can also be inconsistent due to practitioner skill and training. Unlike laser where the pigment in the hair grabs the light energy, effective electrolysis relies on the needle being inserted to the correct depth within the hair follicle in order to ensure that follicle is permanently damaged. If the electric current is not delivered correctly, it can be a very ineffective treatment.

The Cost of Electrolysis:

A 15-minute session will set you back approx. £20.

For treatments such as laser and IPL, finding a reputable, well-trained practitioner or clinic is essential.

Poor use of equipment can result in burns and permanent lightening or darkening of the skin (hypo or hyperpigmentation).

They should have full insurance and be happy to show you their certification.

Don’t be afraid to ask what qualifications they hold. The majority of practitioners only receive training from their equipment supplier. Training provided by laser manufacturers can last anything between 2 hours, to 2 days maximum after which they are free to start treating clients. Many clinics advertise that you will be treated by a doctor or a nurse. However unless they have obtained a specific qualification in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light, they will be none the wiser than any beautician who has been trained by the manufacturer.

Always ensure that your practitioner has obtained the BTEC Laser and Light Technology certification which takes a year to complete and requires the candidate to have completed many hours of training and treatments on different lasers and IPLs.

You should also check that your practitioner owns their equipment and is not merely hiring it. Paying for expensive machines indicates a commitment to their profession.

An independent company called The Consulting Room ( has a list of all insured clinics
and practitioners however they do not distinguish between those clinics who have received basic manufacturer training or those who are BTEC qualified. Always ask before booking a consultation.


Book a free consultation with Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth by calling 01202 29 69 69

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How Mosaic fractional laser treatment works

Skin resurfacing has historically only been an option for those willing to go down the ablative laser route, meaning significant ‘down-time’ for the client. Now with the arrival of fractional laser technology it is possible to achieve real skin rejuvenation, without the undesired side effects.

For a detailed explanation of how the Mosaic fractional laser treatment works, please take a look at the following video. Despite the cartoon-like beginning, the video provides a straight forward explanation of how fraxel or pixel laser works.

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Focus on Laser hair removal

Excess body hair can be unsightly, difficult or inconvenient to remove, and grows back quickly. Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal is the only clinically proven treatment available for permanent hair removal. 

At Laser Skin Solutions we use both a Laser and Intense Pulsed Light system for permanent hair removal, enabling us to treat all skin types. Your skin is safe in our hands.

We are very excited to announce that Laser hair removal in Bournemouth has now got even better. Laser Skin Solutions is one of the few clinics using the Lynton Lumina 650 advance handpiece that delivers outstanding results in fewer sessions than ever before. When looking for laser hair removal in Bournemouth always be sure to check which Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) system is being used. We use a medical grade laser and we are registered with the Care Quality Commission (previously the Healthcare Commission)

How does Laser Hair Removal work?

A short burst of light is fired at the skin’s surface. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, where it heats and destroys the hair. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft, causing their destruction.

Why is it necessary to have more than one laser hair removal treatment?

Because the hair must be lasered whilst in the ‘anagen’ (active) growth stage. All hairs grow in 3 cycles. The active, or ‘anagen’ phase is just one of the growth cycles. Further treatments are needed in order to ensure all of the hairs are caught in the ‘anagen’ phase.

How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?

Somewhere between 4 and 8 treatments are usually required. Research indicates that on average, somewhere between 20% – 30% of hairs will be in the active growth phase. This means therefore that a minimum of 4 treatments would be required to treat any one area. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past and, of course, your individual response. Hormonal conditions, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), may have a significant bearing on how the treatment progresses.

How often will I need to have laser hair removal treatment?

This will depend on the area treated. Clinic trials have shown that for best results, facial hair should be treated every 4 weeks. Bikini lines and legs would be treated somewhere between 6-8 weeks. Generally speaking most areas would be treated every 4-8 weeks.

Is Laser hair removal permanent?

Yes. Actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed. However as with all depilation methods, only actively growing follicles are affected, so dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles may start to produce hair at a later time. This ‘new growth’ (not re-growth) would need to be treated in the same manner.

For a free consultation, contact Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth on:

01202 29 69 69

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At Laser Skin Solutions we only use medical grade lasers

At Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth we only use medical grade lasers which is why our lasers are Lynton Lasers. Our Lynton Lumina (not to be confused with the ‘Luminette’ used in Beauty Clinics) is the same Nd:YAG Laser and IPL used by the NHS. A medical Lynton Laser was recently loaned to the set of Holby City which you can see on YouTube. See the Video below.

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Bournemouth Skin Clinic boasts Newest Age-defying Laser

Bournemouth Skin Clinic boasts Newest Age-defying Laser

Laser Skin Solutions in Gervis Road, Bournemouth is the only laser clinic in Dorset to now offer the very latest ‘fractional laser technology’ which can virtually eliminate years of pigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, and other skin problems.

Crow’s feet before treatment - © Lynton Lasers

Crow’s feet after 4 x treatments - © Lynton Lasers

Advances in laser technology mean that the gruesome laser skin resurfacing, as seen on Channel 4’s ‘Ten Years Younger’, is no longer necessary in order to achieve a beautifully even-toned skin. With fractional lasers, minute sections of the skin are targeted with laser light which penetrates into the skin to stimulate significant collagen renewal. This innovative laser treats the deeper layers of skin without damaging the surface. It gradually and safely erases the signs of aged and sun damaged skin and in many cases can eliminate blemishes altogether. The surrounding non-affected areas of skin aid the body’s natural recovery process, for dramatic results without significant down-time.

My clients are extremely excited about this fractional laser, and for good reason,” Kerry Belba, founder of Laser Skin Solutions. “Previously, in order to achieve maximum skin rejuvenation, the only real option available was treatment using ablative lasers. This would literally involve burning away a layer of skin, which inevitably leads to a lot of ‘down-time’ and time off work in order to recover. Clients can now have a laser treatment in the afternoon and then return to work or their other activities the next day. ”

Most treatment sessions last about 30 minutes, with an additional 60 minutes needed to let the numbing cream take effect for maximum patient comfort during the procedure. Some people need more than one treatment to achieve their desired results. Treated skin will appear slightly red for a few hours after treatment, and over the next two weeks, firmer and more radiant skin will begin to appear.

The fractional laser restores a youthful skin appearance gently and safely,” adds Kerry Belba. “ It delivers multiple microscopic laser beams to the skin, penetrating deep enough to stimulate significant collagen renewal. With anywhere from 1 to 6 treatments spaced about a month apart, my patients can expect dramatic results and have the skin they’ve always wanted.”

Laser Skin Solutions is a specialist skin clinic that offers non-invasive cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.  It is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Book a free consultation with Kerry at Laser Skin Solutions on 01202 296969 or visit for more information

Image 03: Scar BEFORE treatment Image 04: Scar AFTER 3 x treatment

© Lynton Lasers © Lynton Lasers

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Drinker’s nose not just for tipplers………The facts on Rosacea

Drinker’s nose not just for tipplers……………

We all get rosy cheeks and nose after a glass of our favourite tipple, but if you have a permanently flushed face, you could be one of the 6 million people currently suffering from Rosacea in the UK.

Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-shah) is a progressive inflammatory vascular disorder which mainly affects the face. It is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face, scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. It is also possible to get rosacea in your eyes, a condition known as ocular rosacea which can make the eyes look bloodshot.

Rosacea affects about 1 in 10 people in the UK and most of them don’t know they have it, let alone what can be done about it, as Kerry Belba of Laser Skin Solutions explains: “Rosacea is a lot more common than people think. I notice cases of rosacea whilst walking around Bournemouth town centre, and wonder whether people actually realise they have the condition. The good news is, it’s possible to treat rosacea without having to resort to antibiotics.”

There is no cure for rosacea and science hasn’t found a cause. However, it is possible to both treat the symptoms and slow the condition from progressing. Laser treatment is now considered to be the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for rosacea. Some believe that early treatment may reverse the disease. If ignored, rosacea often worsens and becomes difficult to treat. Rosacea may last for years. For most people it tends to get better and then flare

Symptoms usually begin in adults between the ages of 30 and 60. When women with rosacea go through menopause, they may experience additional flushing.

Rosacea often starts with what looks like a blush. Then the disease progresses to red spots and bumps filled with a clear fluid. Tiny blood vessels may become noticeable. The skin on the nose may become thick and red.

Research has set the record straight regarding the old tale that rosacea is caused by heavy drinking. Alcohol aggravates rosacea but does not cause it. Another myth is that rosacea is “adult acne.” The disease has little to do with the spots and blackheads of acne.

People with fair skin tend to get rosacea. Women are afflicted more often than men, but men get more severe forms of the disease. Rosacea often runs in families

If you have rosacea, here are some tips to avoid flare-ups:

• Shield yourself from the sun and extreme cold .

• Abstain from alcohol, if you can. If not, cut down.

• When you put anything on your face, do it gently. No scrubbing.

• Avoid spicy foods and hot beverages.

• Do not use facial products containing alcohol and fragrances.

• Avoid overheating. When exercising, make sure it’s in a cool place. And no hot showers or baths.

• Don’t get hair spray on your face

For more tips and advice on the treatment and management of rosacea please visit the main website

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Ten Years Younger: Why Cosmetic Procedures in women over 50 have increased by 70% in the last year

Over the past 12 months the number of women opting to have skin rejuvenation treatments has increased by over 70% according to the latest figures reported by the Daily Mail. As technology advances, so too does the ability to ‘turn back the clock’, meaning women over the age of 50 have a better chance at counteracting the effects of the menopause.

When oestrogen levels drop so too does the ability to build collagen, retain essential skin moisture and maintain an even skin tone. Menopausal women can experience various unwanted changes to the face and body including weight gain, unwanted facial hair, skin laxity, thread veins, acne break-outs and pigmentation.

The good news is help is at hand. These days there is a laser treatment for just about everything. Long gone are the days when laser skin treatments were only accessible to the rich and famous. Now everyone can have laser treatment, whether it’s for permanent hair removal or skin rejuvenation.

Kerry Belba, Laser Consultant at Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth said: ‘The effects of the menopause on women’s skin can dramatically affect their confidence and how they feel about themselves. At Laser Skin Solutions we have noticed a significant increase in the number of women seeking skin rejuvenation treatments in the last year, not only for things like thread vein removal and pigmentation, but also for skin resurfacing treatments using our fraxellated laser.”

Women now have more choice than ever in choosing how to slow the visible signs of ageing which is no doubt attributable to the increase in cosmetic procedures being carried out. With increased choice however,  comes a certain amount of confusion as women often feel unsure as to which treatment option is best for them. Kerry Belba of Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth explains: “Every week I see women at the clinic who are unsure as to whether laser, botox or the latest product is the best solution for them. I pride myself in running a clinic which is not target driven, but instead advocates a policy of complete honesty, even if this means advising no treatment at all.”

Certainly many women may choose to do just that and grow old ‘gracefully’. However for those of us who would rather have a helping hand both pre and post menopause, there is certainly an abundance of treatments to choose from.

For more information please consult the main Laser Skin Solutions website at

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New Laser Clinic Bournemouth Blog

Welcome to the new Laser Clinic Bournemouth Blog. Watch out for latest news, advice and information.

If you are looking for laser hair removal treatment then contact Laser Skin Solutions, Laser Clinic Bournemouth for more information or to book a consultation.

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