In our quest for healthy-looking skin, we may turn to a monthly facial, buy the latest antioxidant serum or powerful Vitamin A night creams. But laser treatments are not like regular facials, they are high performance treatments that achieve real results, particularly helping to improve inflammatory skin conditions, sun damage and age management.
Remember before you consider laser treatments, it’s important to take professional advice in order to find a suitable treatment for your individual skin concerns. At Face the Future, we provide free, no obligation skin consultations, offering personalised recommendations, bespoke treatment plans and achievable improvements.
What do laser treatments do?
We often use lasers and light treatments for inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and acne but they’re also a powerful in clinic tool for the treatment of sun damaged skin. They can also be useful as part of an age management programme.
What’s the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers?
About non-ablative lasers:
Non-ablative lasers for skin rejuvenation can improve the appearance of age spots and wrinkles without injuring the surface of the skin. The heat generated can also help stimulate collagen production and tighten skin, without actually directly damaging the skin.
- Minimum to zero downtime
- Multiple treatments required to achieve results
- Less overall risk
About ablative lasers:
Ablative lasers use heat to remove layers of damaged or prematurely aged skin, and although this process can be very effective, there is a significant amount of downtime involved, the treatment and recovery can also be painful for the patient.
- Can be very effective
- Potential unwanted side effects (e.g. post-inflammatory pigmentation)
- Significant downtime
- Can be painful
I tend to use non-ablative lasers in clinic as results are more predictable and the patient has significantly less downtime. We always try and achieve the best results possible using the least invasive techniques.
Lasers used at Face the Future
Lutronic Spectra/Spectra Peel treats:
- Post-acne redness
- Open pores
- Sun damage
- Pigment disorders
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treats:
- Visible thread veins
- Diffused redness
- Ageing skin
- Stimulates collagen synthesis
Are laser treatments suitable for everyone?
At Face the Future, we are passionate about skin and finding the best and most suitable treatment for your skin. All patients and skin types are different and lasers aren’t for everyone. But don’t worry we have alternative treatments that achieve similar results.
EndyMed Fractional is a skin resurfacing treatment, which offers controlled fractional skin resurfacing with the added benefit of Radio Frequency dermal heating.
This combined action results in predictable and excellent clinical results, achieving smoother and brighter skin as well as deep tightening effect.
EndyMed Intensif delivers radio frequency three layers deep into the skin using unique, non-insulated needles and fractionated pulse mode technology. In simple terms, this microneedling action stimulates skin’s own production of collagen to plump out scars and wrinkles.
This treatment is an incredible solution for acne scars, stretch marks, deep wrinkles and improving general skin texture.
Can you combine treatments?
Absolutely! In clinic, we regularly use a combination of treatments to achieve maximum results, selecting the most effective options to achieve the best results for each individual patient, following a thorough face-to-face consultation.
Recently we have been using a combination of Laser or IPL to treat sun damage, followed by Profhilo. Profhilo is an injectable Hyaluronic Acid that plumps and hydrates skin from within.
This combination of treatments has been achieving incredible results for patients, with many reporting that skin looks brighter, firmer and lifted.
How are laser treatments best supplemented at home?
We always recommend a good home care routine, including the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect skin after light based therapies. Skin can be more susceptible to sun damage post-laser treatments, and it’s important to protect the skin at all times.
We provide each patient with a thorough aftercare plan to ensure the correct products are used to support the in-clinic results.
We often also encourage the use of Retinol to help repair and normalise skin, as a good Retinol product can offer continued improvement and enhancement of results at home. It’s important to take advice on which Retinol product is recommended and suitable for the individual patient’s skin type.
Interested in laser treatments? Remember to always find a Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated clinic with experienced staff. As a CQC regulated clinic, at Face the Future we have to meet stringent levels of care, with strict policies and procedures in place to protect the patient.
Written for you by: Kate, Face the Future