In this week’s blog we look at Laser/IPL (intense, pulsed light) treatments and, as with last week’s blog about Botulinum Toxin, we are looking at a form of treatment that has both cosmetic and medical applications.
The Laser/IPL machine we use at SkinEnvie is from the manufacturer Lynton, which is an off-shoot of the University of Manchester’s research department. It is recognised as one of the very best laser machines on the market and is widely used within the NHS. Whilst it’s not the cheapest, it is a machine of the highest quality and, above all else, a machine that is very safe to use.
We use the Lumina model, probably Lynton’s most popular machine and it can perform a range of treatments, depending on the settings we use. The most popular aesthetic treatment is hair removal. It can also treat skin blemishes and sun damage, plus thread veins and acne rosacea.
Plus, as we’ve said, it’s not just for cosmetic treatments, but also for some medical conditions that can be very difficult to treat. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a good example. It’s a condition which can cause excess hair to grow in areas where it is not welcome, such as the face. For the patient, laser is often the only practical treatment that will keep the hair away for quite a while.
This is probably a good time to explain that laser treatment is usually delivered over four to six, or even more courses of treatment, depending on the condition. For hair removal, six courses often achieve long term effects with minimal re-growth.
Acne-Rosacea is another condition that responds well to laser treatment. It’s where a patient’s face is flushed and red all the time, due to prominent blood vessels that react to emotion or even alcohol. It’s a condition that’s very difficult to treat and can have huge psychological and social impact. There are camouflages and cosmetics that can hide the effects, but these obviously don’t get to the root of the condition. However, laser is a very effective treatment, usually taking 6 courses for long term reductions in the size of the blood vessels.
You can come to our aesthetics clinic, SkinEnvie for one of our many cosmetic laser treatments, or visit our GPs through our fully-fledged private GP clinic, where you can book consultations with a GP and have treatments for medical conditions like polycystic ovaries. We have the facilities to run the necessary tests to correctly identify underlying conditions: blood tests and scans for example. This means that, whatever your needs, we have either the medical laser treatments or the cosmetic laser treatments to help you!
Who Will Treat Me?
Most laser centres generally just have a laser therapist, often a beautician trained in the use of the laser machine. But at SkinEnvie, we have a nurse to deliver our treatments, so you are in the safe hands of someone with a trained, medical background. And your nurse has the support of our GPs, with initial diagnoses and should there be any additional questions or issues arising during treatment.
Please Plan Ahead!
Finally, it’s worth noting that you should plan to start the process 6-8 weeks ahead of when you’d like the treatment to be having an effect. Laser treatment can’t be done following prolonged exposure to the sun, or special kinds of makeup, for example. You also have to allow for several courses of treatment, so please plan ahead. Call us today to book your consultation.