Everything you need to know
Lasers work by emitting a very strong light of a single wavelength that is carefully matched to the absorption characteristics of the target tissue, whether this target be thread vein, hair or tattoo pigment. The intense pulsed light is absorbed by the target and converted into heat, thereby destroying the target. Because this destructive process is over in a fraction of a second, there is little time for the heat to affect other tissue nearby, and because of this the risk of scarring is minimised. The body then excretes the damaged cells.
HOW DO LASERS WORK?
A laser is a high energy beam of light that can precisely transfer this energy into certain tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength at a time and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.
INTENSE PULSED LASER (IPL)
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used by our dermatologists to perform various skin treatments for dermatological and aesthetic purposes, including hair removal, photo-rejuvenation (e.g. the treatment of skin pigmentation, sun damage, and thread veins) as well as to alleviate dermatologic diseases such as acne.
Intense Pulsed Light systems differ from lasers in that they can deliver hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in each burst of light. Certain filters are used to filter out the unwanted wavelengths, so that they work in a similar way to lasers causing heat damage to the particular skin problem.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN A PIGMENTED LESION BE REMOVED IN ONE LASER TREATMENT SESSION?
There are certain lesions that can be treated in just one session, and these include the so-called liver or age spots, benign lentigo and freckles. However, for lesions with deeper lying pigment, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary e.g. pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots.
HOW OFTEN ARE LASER TREATMENTS CARRIED OUT?
Laser treatments are usually scheduled at 6-week intervals, but often just one session is sufficient, depending on your individual response. IPL treatments may be repeated every 3-4 weeks for a course of 4 sessions.
WHAT ARE LASER TREATMENTS LIKE?
You may experience a warm, stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure. The treatment usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER TREATMENT FOR PIGMENTED LESIONS?
Immediately after treatment, the treated area becomes darker, crusts and peels off over 1 to 2 weeks, leaving a pinkish area of new skin lasting several more weeks. Significant fading can continue for up to 6 months after treatment in some cases.
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WHY HAVE LASER TREATMENTS AT STRATUM DERMATOLOGY CLINICS?
When having laser treatments, it is vital that the person conducting the treatment is both qualified and experienced. The facilities should be clean, safe and offer the best equipment. By choosing to have laser treatments at our clinics, you can be sure of all of the above.
We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatments. All our clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify and Trustpilot. Both our clinics and the consultants who work here are recognised by the main healthcare insurance providers.
We can reassure you that our clinics remain committed to providing safe cosmetic and laser treatments in an environment that is fit for purpose, and we remain registered with, and regulated by, the Care Quality Commission.
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