Lasers are medical light devices which can be used for treating a wide variety of skin conditions, such as excess hair, birth marks, facial redness and broken veins. They are also used in scar revision and wrinkle reduction treatments as well as facial skin rejuvenation. When used by expert clinicians, the results of lasers are excellent but, in inexperienced hands, there could be significant complications. At True Me, we have a wide variety of lasers which can be selectively used to treat specific conditions.
Tiny blood vessels can become noticeable on the face, neck, upper chest and legs and are often difficult to hide with make-up. They respond well to laser treatment. We can advise you of how many treatments may be required during your consultation.
Facial Thread/Broken Veins
Facial thread veins develop as a result of excess sun exposure, trauma, surgery or age. Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatment is very effective in treating these, sometimes in as little as one or two treatments. Results of treatment are excellent but laser treatment does not stop new thread veins forming in the future. Bruising, following this treatment, is common and settles within a few days.
We recommend Microsclerotherapy as the first choice of treatment for thread veins on the legs. Small veins can be treated with laser. We are able to offer both treatments.
Solar, Lentigos, Liver or Age Spots
These are very common and appear as flat, brown patches on sun exposed areas, such as the face, arms and back of hands. They have nothing to do with your liver but occur as a consequence of years of sun exposure. They can be cleared effectively with laser treatment.
These are harmless warty growths which can be flat or raised. They also occur in sun-exposed areas. They can be effectively treated with minor surgery or laser.
There are several types of moles. Treatment of moles depends on the nature of the mole as some may harbour abnormal cells. Our specialist doctors will advise on the best treatment option for you.
Melasma causes dark, blotchy patches on the face. The condition commonly affects women who take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy or during pregnancy. Melasma is often called “the mask of pregnancy” and may disappear after pregnancy. Therefore, women who have pregnancy related melasma (chloasma) should wait several months after delivery before considering a cosmetic procedure.
These are a result of change in skin pigment because of inflammation/infection from any skin disorder such as acne, burns, scars, eczema, etc. Some types of post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation can respond to fading creams and chemical peels.
These vary considerably in nature and some can be treated with laser. Our specialist doctors will advise you on the best treatment option.
Is laser the best option for hair removal?
The answer is yes! Excessive facial and body hair can be embarrassing. Though there are several ways of getting rid of hair, laser hair removal is the most effective way of getting rid of unwanted hair. It is also extremely safe. Generally speaking, brown and black hair responds the best, whilst white, blond and grey hair does not respond as well. Men, women and adolescents can be treated and all parts of the body are amenable to treatment. We use the latest and most sophisticated laser technology. This allows us to treat people with different skin types from fair Celtic types to dark Asian and Black skin types.
How permanent is the treatment?
Most people will experience long lasting benefits with laser hair removal if they complete the recommended course of treatments (approximately 8 to 10 for the face and 8 to 12 for the rest of the body). As hair follicles can regenerate, some people require touch-up treatments once or twice a year.
Is laser safe?
Laser treatment has a proven safety record when carried out in a safe environment by trained personnel. The main side effects are darkening or lightening of the skin. This is uncommon, even in Black and Asian skins, but may take 6 months to settle. Lasers do not cause cancer.
How does laser work?
Laser works on the principal of selectively destroying hair follicles by heat without destroying other tissues. This process is called ’Selective Photothermolysis’. At any one time, a proportion of hair follicle is in the resting state, and the laser cannot destroy these. Hairs come out of the resting phase over a period of time. This means repeated sessions are required to achieve satisfactory result.
Are there any side effects of treatment with laser?
You may experience some discomfort during the treatment, which is relieved by cooling. The treated area will sometimes turn red, mildly sensitive and may show goose pimples. These side effects settle down with time. Some extremely rare side effects include crusting, infection, scarring and altered skin pigmentation, which reverts over a period of time.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
You should stop plucking or waxing your hair 4 to 6 weeks before and during treatment to optimise the outcome of treatment. We advise you to shave or trim the hair with scissors.
What after care do I need?
It is important to keep the skin moist following treatment. We recommend that you regularly soothe your skin with moisturiser. You should also wear a high factor sun block (25 or stronger) at all times. This applies to all skin types. Please note that, if your skin is tanned, you are more likely to suffer side effects and we may not be able to treat you.
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