FAQ

 

LASER

How does laser skin treatment work?

Lasers generate wavelengths of light which target specific components of the skin.

Who can be treated?

Almost all skin types can be successfully treated for a wide range of blemishes, including vascular (red or blue) and pigmented (brown) lesions, acne and skin rejuvenation.

What parts of the body respond to laser?

Our lasers can be used on nearly all parts of the body, including face, neck, chest, back, hands, arms and legs.

How should I prepare my skin to take full advantage of laser?

It is best if the skin is clean and unobstructed with makeup, cream and skin scales.  We will discuss with you the best preparation.

How many treatments do I need?

For most vascular and pigmented lesions, one treatment will give some benefit.  However, in more difficult cases, several treatments may be required, especially for skin rejuvenation, stretch marks and acne.

What does the treatment feel like?

The treatment is well tolerated by most patients without any form of anaesthetic.  Most patients describe a feeling similar to that of a rubber band flicking the skin.  However, in the less common but more stimulating laser treatments, we have a range of anaesthetic options, from creams, medications, and pain-relieving gas.

Is the treatment safe?

Our lasers are operated by properly trained and qualified personnel.  We are very careful with laser therapy, but all treatments carry some risk.  We will explain the risks and benefits of each treatment to you in person.

What are the results like?

Mostly, the results are great.  Most of our clients are very happy that they’ve had laser therapy and, having seen the results, come back for more and tell their friends.  Most of our new clients are referred by our old clients.

How soon will I see results?

In some cases, such as broken capillaries, the results are immediate, so that as you walk out of the clinic you will notice the difference.  Some other lesions may take a week or so to disappear.  Fractionated laser and photodynamic therapy (PDT) which cause skin resurfacing and tightening, can take weeks or months to reveal their full benefit.

 

SKIN PEELS

What is a peel?

A peel consists of applying a range of creams and lotions to the skin.  These revitalise the appearance of the skin, often making it smoother and more radiant.  The procedure is usually used to treat the face, but sometimes used on other parts of the body, including the neck and hands.

How are our peels different?

Traditional chemical peels typically consist of chemical solutions being applied to the skin, causing flakes and blisters in the skin that eventually peel off.  This painful, olde worlde technology destroys healthy tissue, forcing the body to heal itself.  Instead, our non-traumatic peels succeed by encouraging healthy change.

When are peels helpful?

Peels are often used to improve the appearance of:

  • Acne
  • Aging skin
  • Dull, weathered skin
  • Excessive sebaceous oils
  • Post-acne scarring
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Blotchy pigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Sunspots
  • Dark skin discolouration
  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring (non-keloidal scarring)

What are my next steps?

When considering chemical peels it is important to speak to a skin care professional who is trained to perform these treatments.  You may discuss with Dr James Barnes and Claire Longo (our experienced Nurse) whether chemical peels are right for you.

 

MICRODERMABRASION

What does Microdermabrasion do? 

Microdermabrasion gently removes dead skin cells, revealing younger, fresher-looking skin, while at the same time unclogging pores and stimulating new cell growth.

When is Microdermabrasion used?

It is a great treatment in itself to give the feeling of clean, smooth, unclogged skin.  It is also frequently used to provide totally clean skin prior to laser or photodynamic therapy (PDT), in the treatment of acne, sun damage and facial resurfacing.

How long does a Microdermabrasion treatment take?

Microdermabrasion can take as little as half an hour, depending on the skin condition and the area being treated.

Is Microdermabrasion painful?

No.  Microdermabrasion is not painful.  Your trained Registered Nurse, Emma Rahe will ensure that you do not experience any discomfort while undergoing therapy.

How many treatments will I require?

Your skin will feel smoother and cleaner after just one treatment.  To experience maximum results, a course of six treatments at fortnightly intervals is usually recommended.  In some people, booster treatments every fortnight or month can be very helpful in maintaining that clean, smooth feeling.  Our Nurse, Emma Rahe, will discuss the number of treatments required at the time of initial consultation.

How will my skin look immediately after treatment?

The texture will be instantly smoother, your pores clean, and your blackheads reduced.  Overall your skin will look very clean and smooth.  You might be slightly flushed for an hour or two after the treatment, but this is a good kind of flushing.  Erythema (increased blood flow) brings in more nutrients, vitamins and especially oxygen, which help repair the skin and stimulate collagen.  You can return to your normal activities almost immediately.