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Q-Switch ND:Yag

I use the most up to date laser removal technology to make sure that my clients have the most effective and comfortable experiences that they possibly can whilst going through treatment.

What treatments are available?

The following Q-Switch ND:Yag treatments are available:

  • - Tattoo removal
  • - Carbon laser black doll facial (skin resurfacing)
  • - Birthmark removal
  • - Nail fungal infection

Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment. The very short pulse of high powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.

Do I need a consultation and patch test?

Most definitely - We require all clients to have an extensive consultation. The patch test costs £25 but this will be refunded when you pay for your first treatment. The consultation is free and will cover:

  • - Recording all medical history and conditions
  • - Assess if the treatment is appropriate for you
  • - Explain the treatment process
  • - Advise pre and post treatment care instructions
  • - Perform a test patch. This will allow you to feel the laser on your skin and we can see how your skin respond (there is a charge of £25 for the patch test which will be refunded when you pay for the first treatment).
  • - Advice on the cost of treatment if needed.

How does tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal is the process of applying light, energy/heat to pigment. The Q-Switched Nd:Yag Laser breaks down the ink pigments in your tattoo into smaller particles. The body then eliminates the ink particles naturally through your immune system. Around 6 weeks later you will have your next session. You will notice the fading of the tattoo between the sessions until you have had enough sessions to suit your needs or until the tattoo is completely gone.

How is the treatment carried out?

The skin will be cleansed and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise if often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment, a soothing lotion and a dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eyewear will be provided.

How does the skin look after treatment?

An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze that must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.

Are there any side effects?

Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time. Hair loss in the treated area is also likely.

How many treatments are necessary?

This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking on average 1 to 6 treatments. Professional tattoos on the other hand vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. The laser allows us to vary the wavelength, frequency and power to target specific colours in your tattoo to give the best results. However not all colours can be removed, particularly pastels and fluorescents. Treatment sessions are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart depending on the size of the tattoo. Being treated before the 4-6 weeks is just a waste of time and money for clients. It doesn’t allow the body to completely filter out the disrupted molecules.

Is it painful?

The sensation that you will experience depends on which part of the body the tattoo is on and the depth of the ink. Depending on your pain threshold it can feel anywhere between an elastic band pinging on your skin to a splash of chip fat landing on your skin. Being lasered can be painful for some clients, however everyone is different. There are numbing creams available for my clients if necessary, however we have found that these can lessen the effect of the removal.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £30 per session depending on the size of tattoo. You will be given an exact price per session during your consultation as the cost depends on the amount of ink spread across the surface area of your tattoo.

CARBON LASER FACIAL

The Carbon Laser Facial is often known as The Charcoal Facial, Carbon Laser Skin rejuvenation, The Black Doll Facial or China Doll Facial and creates a porcelain dolls complexion. It is a new non-invasive and pain-free treatment that is great for treating minor skin imperfections such as:

  • Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Tightens dilated pores
  • Clears pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads
  • Reduces acne, scars and post acne discoloration
  • Removes dead skin cells from the superficial epidermal layer
  • Stimulates collagen growth
  • Improves skin texture
  • Restores skin integrity and radiance

How does the carbon laser facial work?

The skin is cleansed and a medical grade Carbon paste is applied which penetrates the pores. The laser is then used to gently heat the carbon shattering the epidermal keratinocytes and dirt, killing bacteria in the pores, stimulating collagen production and closing the pores.  The carbon is ‘popped’ off the face with the laser. There is NO pain. No downtime. Just glowing skin which is truly clean. The laser treatment is suitable for all ages and can lighten age spots and dark spots, fade freckles, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, stimulate collagen production, shrink pores, and remove blackheads and acne. It can also lift and tighten the skin, improve elasticity, moisturise and give a bright and radiant complexion.

How many treatments can I have and at what intervals?

Typically 4 to 6 treatments are need for optimal, long-lasting results. Top up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain the results. Carbon facial laser treatments are recommended to be spaced from 1 to 4 weeks apart. This gives your skin the best possible chance to create collagen and elastin. Results build on one another so multiple treatments will provide superior results over time.

Does it hurt?

The sensation will vary from client to client. The sensation that is felt depends upon the amount of melanin found in the skin. The sensation is described as a heat sensation and a few clients say it feels similar to mild sunburn after the treatment. The skin feels glowing and fresh.

Aftercare

  • The use of 100% Aloe Vera gel is recommended directly after treatment and for a further few days if necessary
  • A high SPF30+ should be applied when outside for 4 weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid all heat treatments such as steam rooms, saunas, swimming/swimming pools hot baths/showers and excessive exercise for 48 hours.
  • Mineral makeup can be worn after your treatment but we would recommend waiting 2 hours before applying it to avoid irritating the skin.

NAIL FUNGAL INFECTION

Usually toenails are affected but it can affect fingernails. New laser treatments offer an easy non-toxic option for getting rid of nail fungal infection. Q-Switched ND:Yag directly destroys the fungus. You must have a proper diagnosis of Nail Fungal Infection from a doctor or podiatrist.

What the pre-treatment requirements?

  • You will have been diagnosed by a doctor or podiatrist with a nail fungal infection.
  • You must have a patch test before the treatment can go ahead. The £25 charge will be deducted from price of treatment.
  • You must attend your laser treatment appointment with clean feet or hands and with your nails completely free from nail varnish or nail varnish remove (remove any polish 48 hours before appointment).
  • You should bring a brand new pair of socks with you to avoid re-infecting the treated nails after your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Two sessions should be sufficient to kill the fungus.

What is the post treatment care?

  • It is important that you do not use the same socks, tights or stockings following the treatment as cross contamination with fungal spores may result.
  • Change socks etc and shoes frequently to try and keep your feet dry and free from perspiration.
  • Use of an antifungal powder in socks can help prevent re-infection.


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