May 07

Can I use a Numbing Cream for Tattoo Removal?

There is no doubt that laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable or painful. The pain or discomfort experienced varies from person to person. We find that most clients tolerate the pain – after all, the laser treats an area very quickly. (In addition, at LaserYou we use a Cryogenic cooling machine to blast ice cold air onto your skin before, during and after treatment and that helps ease alleviate discomfort. The Cryo directs freezings cold air (-30°C)deep into the skin where the ink is located, mitigating any discomfort or pain associated with the laser. Unlike other cooling methods, the Cryo 6 can cool the epidermis before, during, and after treatment, making it the the only cooling method that can be used during a laser procedure, for fast, prolonged numbing of the treatment area.

By simply blowing this cold air on the skin for a few minutes, the skin will be thoroughly cooled for treatment – reducing pain and risk of thermal injuries.

Numbing creams (eg Lidocaine, Emla cream ) are just that – they aim to numb the skin to make you feel less. 

At LaserYou we do not recommend the use of numbing creams as they swell the skin which is thought to slow down laser penetration and therefore treatment results. If the skin is numbed it also prevents the client from giving accurate feedback and can affect the visible endpoint. However if you insist on using numbing cream, please contact us so that we may give you further instructions on how to use the cream.

Apr 27

Can I still have laser treatment if I’ve applied fake tan?

No. For the well-being of your skin you should not have any laser treatment on your skin if it has tanned. This applies to holiday tan, suntan, fake tan and also sun beds. The reason is because the tan is brown and the laser wavelengths are absorbed by brown pigments.

If you have a layer of brown whether it’s fake tan, make up or recent sun tan, it will absorb the energy. This will potentially cause a burn as the epidermis heats up.

It’s also for this reason that we need to be more cautious when someone’s skin type is naturally darker. Your welfare is the top priority at LaserYou. Our technicians are not simply qualified laser practitioners, they are also medical professionals with a huge amount of experience from their time at the NHS.

Always err on the side of caution. If you have tanned, you must wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before you have laser treatment. If in doubt you need to simply ensure that you are tan-free. Some people will retain a tan longer than others. Also some fake tans were off quicker than others, so the time it takes for your tan to disappear may vary from another client.

Apr 26

Can I have my 1st Treatment on the day of the patch test?

It is very important to have a patch test with the laser machine prior to commencing your treatment. A patch test (this is where we actually use the machine on the tattoo) is normally done on a very small area of the tattoo. The purpose of the patch test is to ensure that the tattoo heals adequately and with no adverse effects. It is not uncommon to experience blistering or scabbing after a laser treatment. Such reactions are considered normal. However on very rare occasions someone may experience a more profound reaction. For that reason it is very important to wait at least 24 hours between the time of the patch test to the time of the first treatment. While we understand that some clients are travelling a distance in order to have their treatment, we will always insist on a patch test first, with a wait thereafter of a minimum of 24 hour before any treatment can be carried out. It is important not to rush the laser process- your skin is important! At LaserYou, our primary consideration is the clients welfare. That is why we have medical professionals carrying out tattoo removal treatments using the most advanced technology – PicoSure. Find out more or book your free consultation by contacting us : 01628 663075

Oct 21

Tattoo Removal Using Laser, Dermabrasion, Surgical Procedure & Chemical Peels

Tattoos are considered by many as works of art.  An expression of who you are and an extension of your personality. Often referred to as body art, it’s a popular option to boost your sense of style.  That is of course, unless you change your mind.  The trouble with tattoos is they are designed to be permanent.  

There are many different reasons to have a tattoo removed. Perhaps it was an impulse decision you’ve come to regret. Maybe the workmanship was substandard and you are not happy with the results.  Possibly, the name of the special someone you had forever etched to your skin, is no longer in the picture.  

Whatever your reason, the good news is, there are a few different methods to have your tattoo removed.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Many clinics use lasers to penetrate the tattoo and break up the ink. This will take several sessions for complete removal so is by far the quickest method. It’s popular and effective for complete tattoo removal.

Using Dermabrasion For Tattoo Removal

Some practitioners actually sand off the tattoo. Dermabrasion is sometimes used to file off each layer of skin until the tattoo is gone. This takes several treatments to get through the inked layers, and aside from being painful, can sometimes damage and scar the remaining tissue!

Removing Tattoos Using Surgical Procedure

In some cases, the entire tattoo is removed by surgical procedure. This is a costly method and often involves skin grafts. Recovery time for the excision to heal can sometimes be prolonged, and as with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection or other complications. Depending on the location of the tattoo, it may be difficult to care for the area after the tattoo has been removed.

Using Chemical Peels To Remove Tattoos

Finally, chemical peels such as TCA have been used with some success in tattoo removal. Several sessions are usually needed as each layer of skin is peeled away until the entire tattoo has been removed.  This method is widely available in spas, although some doctors may also offer it.  

If permanent removal of your tattoos isn’t feasible due to monetary restrictions or health concerns, there are several lotions and creams on the market that can reduce the look of your tattoo.  Lightening products will reduce the depth of the colours. However, this is a very lengthy process that will most likely take years and there is no guarantee of success. Most users will give up long before their tattoo is removed.

Discover more about our PicoSure laser tattoo removal service.

Jun 06

Acne Scar Laser Treatments

Acne is a skin condition that involves the sebaceous glands at the base of the hair follicles. The glands naturally produce oil to lubricate the skin and hair. Sometimes, the oil glands are stimulated to make more sebum or oil. When there is too much of this oily liquid, the pores of the skin may become clogged. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply, and this can lead to acne formation. Acne commonly appear on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.

What causes acne?

There are various factors that are thought to trigger acne formation. Among these are:

  • genetics
  • environmental factors such as humidity and pollution
  • premenstrual cycle in females
  • pregnancy
  • stress
  • some cosmetics or skin care products that are pore-clogging
  • certain medications

Although it is a problem common among teens, people can have acne at any age and even into adulthood.

What are treatments for acne?

Treatment of acne depends on its severity. For mild acne, gentle washing with water and mild soap or cleansing liquid will suffice. Gentle mild exfoliants containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or alphahydroxyl acids can also be used. For moderate to severe acne, medications are often prescribed. Antiobiotic creams, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and oral antibiotics can help in treatment of severe acne.

How do acne scars form?

Acne is not a dangerous skin condition. Most dark spots left by acne, also called acne marks, eventually fade after several months. To speed up the process, one can apply sunscreen regularly, apply vitamin C serum to help promote healing, retinoid cream to promote skin cell renewal, use skin lighteners such as hydroquinone, licorice, and kojic acid, and chemical peel treatments to remove dead skin cells and smoothen out the texture of the skin. Sometimes, acne can leave unattractive scars. One can liken a severe acne lesion to a wound. The body responds by creating tissue over the damaged area. Too much tissue can form a keloid or a raised scar while too little tissue leads to atrophic scar or a depressed scar. The deeper the acne lesion, the more likely it is to scar. These scars are permanent and require more intense treatments and procedures compared to acne marks. One way to manage scars is through the use of injectable fillers to fill in hollow spaces on the face. Dermal fillers work by lifting depressed scars. Their effect is immediate but often temporary, lasting 12 to 24 months. Dermabrasion is another treatment for acne scars. It is reserved for deep acne scars since it involves a resurfacing process. In dermabrasion, a brush or burr rotates rapidly to take off the upper layers of the skin. Microdermabrasion is similar to dermabrasion but uses tiny crystals to correct more superficial scars.

Laser scar removal is the latest approach to acne scar treatment. It is used to diminish the appearance of scars by using powerful laser technology. Picosure is an advanced laser treatment that produces better skin clearance compared to other laser treatments. Because it delivers lasers within a trillionth of a second, it is a safer procedure. Picosure does the job faster and more effectively without the intense heat energy associated with older lasers. Used over the skin, it encourages collagen production to treat acne scars and hyper pigmentation. Treatment sessions are quick and gentle, requiring no downtime, leaving you with smoother and more beautiful skin.

May 16

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Dermatologists and hair removal specialists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and efficiently. Laser hair removal is among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. Those who are tired of having to shave, wax, or pluck regularly or simply do not have the time to devote to removing unwanted hair opt to have laser treatments.

The process works by using an intense beam of light directed at the hair follicles. The heat produced is absorbed by the pigment in the hair roots, which is called melanin pigment. The laser weakens and  causes damage to the hair follicle. Each treatment weakens the follicle, until the hair follicle can no longer sustain hair growth. Darker hair, which has a higher amount of melanin, absorbs more light. The more light that is absorbed, the more effective the hair removal treatment. Laser treatment is less effective on light hair since it has very little melanin to absorb the light.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there may be associated risks with laser hair removal. This includes the potential damage to the surrounding skin if not done properly. The other effects include skin irritation, mild pain, redness, discoloration, and swelling. Since laser is absorbed by melanin, there is a higher risk of damage on darker skinned individuals. The majority of cases where damage occurs is where laser hair removal performed by an unqualified or inexperienced technician.

The good news is that there are newer laser therapy options that offer more focused light, thus safer even for those with darker skin. The risks dramatically decrease when the treatment is done by a qualified laser hair removal specialist who has properly assessed your situation.

Laser hair removal is absolutely safe when performed correctly by a certified and experienced laser hair removal technician. Make certain that the clinic features the latest hair removal machines and those with licensed professionals specifically trained to carry out the procedure. Have the professional determine the best treatment for your skin and hair colour.

May 16

How Does the Diode Laser System Remove Unwanted Hair?

There are many types of lasers that are used for hair reduction and hair removal. Thus, it can be difficult to understand which type of laser would be best suited for you. You should consider the laser machine based on your skin type (colour), and how quickly you want to see results. Generally speaking, the more basic lasers are cheaper treatments which produce slower results. The more advanced laser treatments will result in  in quicker and more noticeable results.

The Ruby laser is the oldest type of hair removal laser but is now somewhat outdated. It can only be used on small areas and cannot be used on those with tanned or dark skin.

The Alexandrite laser has a slightly longer wavelength than the Ruby laser, which means it can be used on a wider range of skin tones, although it is still not suitable for use on darker skin types. The high laser repetition rate also means it can be more painful. For darker skin, the Nd:YAG Laser is more suitable to use. However, it also has weaker melanin absorption, which means it requires more treatments to see results. It is less effective on fine hair.

Today, one of the most modern and commonly used laser systems today is the Diode laser. It is suitable for fair to medium skin types, and can even be used on darker skin types.

How does the diode laser work?

The laser targets the pigment melanin located in the hair follicle. The pigment then absorbs the light and the energy is converted to heat, which in turn weakens the hair follicle. The hairs in the active growing phase are affected, and their damage leads to delayed hair regrowth. With the diode laser, multiple follicles are targeted at a time ,making it very effective on large body areas. The hairs will begin to fall out about a couple of weeks after treatment. The damaged hair follicles do not produce hair, and many of them are permanently destroyed. Some follicles will rebuild as part of the body’s natural healing process, and they will need to be treated again.

Compared to other laser systems, the Diode laser has a longer wavelength allowing for safer and deeper skin penetration. Treatment is quicker and more effective, as large areas of skin can be treated at any one time. Another benefit is that there is less risk of epidermis (skin) damage and therefore recovery after each treatment  is faster. Each laser treatment leaves you with less and less hair and you will gradually notice the difference after each treatment.

May 10

Best Ways to Get Rid of Unibrow Hair in Men

Best Ways to Get Rid of Unibrow Hair in Menunibrow1

Eyebrows that connect in the middle, also known as unibrows, are just one of those features men do not want to have! This seemingly single eyebrow is formed when the edge of the two eyebrows meet above the bridge of the nose.  Although it is said that the unibrow has been prized by ancient cultures throughout history, most people nowadays find that unibrows are not very attractive on men. With the current trend in male grooming and with celebrities like David Beckham sporting perfectly shaped brows, more and more men are making an effort to keep their brows in place!

Getting rid of the unwanted unibrow hair can be tricky, as one may accidentally remove the brows as well, which could look rather strange! The method you choose will depend on the thickness of the hair, the time you have to maintain your brows, and the treatment you can afford or are willing to spend on.

One way of removing the unibrow is by plucking. Simply use your trusted tweezers (ideally a good brand like Tweezerman) to pull each unwanted hair by the root. This is a very effective way to get rid of the unibrow as one has full control of the specific hairs to take out. Although quite painful, it will keep your brow shape for at least a few weeks.

Alternatively, eyebrows can be threaded at a clinic, salon, or spa. Threading is an old method that uses cotton thread to remove unwanted hair by pulling the hair from the follicle (best left to an expert). Hair regrowth becomes more sparse and finer after regular threading.  Threading is probably just as painful as threading and you really should only have threading done by an experienced person.

If you would rather not pluck or thread your  unibrow, then you can als o consider for waxing. This is best done professionally. While waxing at home will definitely be less expensive than a salon or spa, removing a unibrow by waxing is a rather tricky procedure as one may accidentally remove the edge of the brows or remove too much. The downside is that after waxing, hairs may grow back about a couple of weeks later, requiring a repeat of the process.

For those who are not willing to spend much time on grooming those stray hairs, the method that gives the longest lasting results is laser hair removal. This method is best carried out by a professional at a clinic or spa. The laser focuses light into a narrow beam. This light penetrates the skin to disable the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding structures. Laser is meant to be a permanent solution and ultimately if you want to get rid of your unibrow, laser will save you time, money and convenience in the long run.

May 10

Ways to Remove Cheek Hair in Men

Ways to Remove Cheek Hair in Men

If you find yourself frustrated by excess facial hair, then you are not alone. It is estimated that a man will shave around 20,000 times in his lifetime. Furthermore, facial hair seems to grow in unusual places in some men, like the cheek area. Most men (and equally women) may find this quite unattractive, thus the quest for the most efficient way to remove facial cheek hair.

What are the ways to remove cheek hair in men?

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May 10

Nipple Hair In Men

Nipple Hair in Men

Chest hair develops during the late stages of puberty and growth continues subsequently. Some men are very hairy, while others may not have chest hair at all. The pattern of growth also differs with each individual. Hair usually grows at the centre and sides of the chest, below the collarbone, and sometimes may grow at the periareolar area, which is simply called nipple hair.

How do you remove nipple hair?

While some hairy areas of the body can easily be dealt with by shaving, this may not be true for the nipple area. Plucking the hair out may also seem to be the simplest way to remove nipple hair, but this can lead to ingrown hairs– these are hairs that have curled back round and re-entered the skin, resulting in painful, inflamed skin with tiny bumps.

Since the nipple region is quite sensitive, hair removal methods need to be gentler. For nipple hair removal, professional laser is still the best way to go. With laser a highly concentrated light is beamed into a hair follicle. The concentrated heat damages the hair follicle to inhibit future hair growth in the area, making the results permanent.

Laser hair removal is a much safer alternative to home treatments like waxing, tweezing or shaving, since it can be directed at the hairs without damaging the surrounding area. Results are long-term, with some people seeing noticeably lesser hair with each session, and others having permanent hair loss. Another plus with laser hair removal is the speed of the procedure. The laser can target an area about an inch in diameter, treating several hairs every second.

Among the five main types of hair removal machines, the diode laser is proven to be the most effective. It can cover a larger area and has a fast repetition rate. Compared to other laser systems, the diode laser is made up of diodes or semiconductors. These are then put together to form the light source of the laser. Based on safety and efficiency, the diode laser is the best to use for nipple hair removal as it can be used even on darker skin and on coarse hair such as that found on the chest area.