Please note times stated below are a guide only and vary between patients.
- Procedure Time 10-30 minutes
- Full Recovery 0-7 days
- Duration of Results Long-term
- Back To Work Time Immediate
- Sensitivity Period N/A
- Anaesthetic Skin cooling only
- Risks & Complications Burns, scarring, pigment change
Harmony eg for pigmentation, facial redness/thread veins
Face (Neck done for free if appropriate) or back or chest.
1 treatment – £195
3 treatments – £ 495 (saving £90)
6 treatments – £895 (saving £275)
Get 2nd area treated at same visit (eg Chest with Face) for £50 supplement/session
Laser Hair Removal
|Area||Number of treatments|
|One||Six (Includes 10% discount)||Eight (Includes 20% discount)||Course of 3 (Top-up)|
|Middle of brows||£39||£210||£249||£110|
|Sides of face/Sideburns||£49||£264||£313||£139|
|Upper lip and Chin||£79||£426||£505||£224|
|Full face and front neck||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Jawline and chin||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Upper lip, Chin and Jawline||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Naval Pubis (Belly button)||£49||£264||£313||£139|
|Full back and shoulders||£199||£1074||£1273||£566|
|HANDS or FEET|
|Fingers or toes||£49||£264||£313||£139|
|Hands or feet||£79||£426||£505||£224|
|Hollywood (including peri-anal)||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Summer Package (full leg, underarms, bikini & naval pubis)||£319||£1722||£2041||£908|
|Bikini and underarm||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Brazilian and underarm||£119||£641||£761||£338|
|Hollywood and underarm||£159||£858||£1017||£452|
|Lower leg and bikini||£199||£1074||£1273||£566|
|Lower leg and Hollywood||£239||£1290||£1529||£680|
|Full leg and Brazilian||£319||£1722||£2041||£908|
|Full back, shoulders and upper arms||£279||£1506||£1785||£795|
|Full leg, Hollywood and underarms||£359||£1938||£2297||£1023|
No Heat treatments are permitted for 24-48 hrs (Sauna, steam room, hot showers & baths, swimming)
No make-up application for 24hrs, with the exception of mineral make-up., which can be applied immediately after if required.
No application of perfumed products for 24-48 hrs after.
A product with minimum SPF 20 is recommended for 4 weeks after, on areas exposed to sunlight.
Tanning the skin is not advised between treatments. The skin needs to be as pale as possible for optimumresults. (Tanned skin cannot be treated as the skin will absorb too much energy)
Aloe Vera gel or alternative recommended by your practitioner, should be applied to soothe skin if necessary afterwards.
No waxing or tweezing of the hairs is permitted between treatments, as a root must be present in the follicle in order for the laser to work.
Shaving is permitted as often as you wish between treatments.
In the unlikely event that a blister/burn should occur, you can apply a vitamin E cream or similar to the affected area. Do not burst the blister as this may leave a scar on the skin. Apply 3 times daily. Do not expose the area to sunshine, as you may increase risk of pigmentation.
Call the clinic if you have any concerns post-procedure.
What are IPL and Nd:YAG (laser) & how do these work?
Both are essentially light treatments. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and involves pulsed beams of visible light. Nd:YAG laser delivers invisible light with a wavelength of 1064nm.
Our Epsilon system is effectively 2 machines in one; housing both IPL and Nd:YAG laser technology. Both are based on a process called Selective Photothermolysis.
This is the principle upon which light based treatments work: Selective Heating through the Absorption of Light.
This advanced technology allows us to target very specific structures (selective) at varying energy levels to create a desired response. In having both IPL and Nd:YAG available, the Perfect Skin Solutions team, is able to choose the most appropriate light based treatment specific to your skin type and needs, whilst treating you safely and effectively. In having both Laser and IPL available, the risk of possible associated side effects from treatment is greatly reduced.
What are their uses?
- Hair removal – all skin types
- Vascular lesions
- Pigmentation issues
- Active acne clearance
- Small surgical applications
Those tiny red blood vessels on the face are usually capillaries, and the thinner bluish ones are veins. If you have intermittent flushing, rosacea associated redness, or brown spots, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the best choice for treating these. It will get a nice result with 3-6 treatments for all of these problems and build collagen too. If you just have red blood vessels in a specific spot like a cluster on the cheek or around the nose or body, then Nd:YAG may be a better option. We often can combine IPL with the Nd:YAG for a better result on the larger vessels. The number of treatments will depend on the anatomical site of the thread vein and severity/colour of the lesion.
The maximum diameter of a vessel that can be treated with IPL is 0.3 – 0.4 mm. These will appear red and with more of a ‘blushed effect’. Purple and blue veins with a diameter of up to 3.8mm can be treated with N:d YAG. For the body we will nearly always use Nd:YAG. For example, the patient below left would have IPL and below right, Nd:YAG.
Is hair removal permanent?
The general consensus of opinion amongst dermatologists and laser experts is that permanence cannot be claimed. Although many providers do claim this to be a treatment that results in “permanent” hair removal, as a medical clinic, we do not believe it is ethical to advertise this message. However, there are many individuals who do report “permanent” hair loss to treated areas. “Long-term” hair loss or “greatly reduced hair growth” would be more of an appropriate phrase. The results gained can still be life changing, with subsequent maintenance treatments few and far between.
How does an IPL treatment increase collagen?
The light bypasses the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and gently heats the cells in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). These cells, called fibroblasts, start to produce more collagen, which improves texture and plumps out fine lines and wrinkles. However, we consider this as a bonus outcome of having for eg your unwanted hair treated with IPL. Purely for collagen production, radio-frequency (Lipofirm PLUS) is far superior.
Is anyone not suitable for treatment?
The Epsilon system suits anyone with dark unwanted hair.
White, blonde and grey hairs will not respond. Ginger and pale brown hairs respond poorly. Dark brown and black hairs work best. Men and women can be treated, as can most body parts, and all skin colours. Nd:YAG is a more effective and safer option for those with darker skin. We cannot treat you if you have even a faint suntan or are about to get one.
Patients with light sensitivity should not have these light-based treatments. Their effects during pregnancy are unknown and we would therefore not commence treatment whilst you are pregnant. You should not have IPL/laser treatment whilst taking Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) or for 12 months afterwards. A full assessment will be carried out to ensure the treatment is suitable for you.
If you have Fitzpatrick skin types 5 or 6 we cannot use IPL on your skin as there is an unacceptable risk of causing pigment loss in the treated area. For hair removal in these skin types, Nd:YAG laser is superior.
Are treatments painful and how long do they last?
It is easy to make the treatments completely “painless” as many companies advertise. However, to actually achieve the desired clinical outcome, stronger settings need to be used and therefore, a minor degree of discomfort is likely. Most patients tolerate this quite well. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As the targeted area begins to clear, the treatments usually become more comfortable. Each session usually takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. Skin cooling is used to make the treatment more comfortable.
What happens during a treatment?
You should try to keep your face as pale as possible by avoiding sun exposure before and during your course of treatment (this includes use of tanning machines and tanning lotion). At your first visit your practitioner will discuss realistic treatment expectations with you and perform a patch test to assess how your skin reacts.
After a minimum of 72 hours the first full treatment is carried out. The whole of the affected area will be treated. There may be a feeling of heat during the treatment and your face will be redder for a short while afterwards. Cooling packs can be applied afterwards. You and your practitioner will need to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the light source.
What will I look like immediately after the IPL or Laser treatment and what is the healing time?
After thread vein treatment, the skin usually looks slightly redder for 2-5 days. The vein itself may disappear immediately, or appear significantly darker post treatment. Rarely, there is bruising, which can take 4-6 weeks to resolve.
Pigmentation usually appears darker for several days post treatment. Crusting can occur, which may last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear and usually be resolving at the one-month point. It takes an average of 3-6 treatments to clear age spots
Will an IPL Photo-facial treatment make me more sensitive to the sun?
No, it does not. You can have the treatments done any time of the year but summer is more difficult if you pick up colour easily in the sun. The good effects of the treatments will not last as long if you are getting significant sun exposure. You must wear a sunscreen every morning and top up your sunblock regularly throughout the day.
How many sessions will I need and how often can I have these?
• Hair removal – 6-12 sessions (very dependant on site)
• Vein removal – 2-4 sessions
• Pigment removal – 3-6 sessions
• Acne – on consultation
• Rosacea – on consultation
Hair reduction : facial areas 4- 6 week intervals
body 6-8 weeks intervals
Pigmentation / thread veins (face): 4-6 week intervals
Collagen stimulation / rosacea / acne: 2 week interval between the 1st & 2nd treatment and 4 weeks thereafter. Acne treatment is particularly effective in 3 weekly intervals
Pigmentation / thread veins (body) : 6-8 week intervals can prove to be an effective course of treatment. This allows for the lymphatic system to collect and disperse the breakdown products of the treatment, which is known to be a longer process with body treatments.
A course of 4-6 treatments at 3-4 week intervals usually produces the best results. There is obviously a spectrum of response across patients and some individuals may need more treatments. The number of treatments will also depend on whether you have IPL or Nd:YAG Improvement may continue for many weeks after the course has finished. Rosacea is a relapsing condition and this treatment improves the appearance but does not cure the rosacea. If you have active inflammatory rosacea then this will need to be controlled with medication before you can have IPL or laser treatment. A member of our clinical team can give you the necessary medical advice.
Are IPL and Nd:YAG laser treatments safe?
Yes; when used by appropriately qualified practitioners, these treatments are relatively very safe. All practitioners at our doctor-led clinic have had certified training specifically for the Epsilon system, with some also having higher qualifications in laser treatment. Unlike certain UV rays from the sun, the bright light used in treatments is not thought to be cancer forming, as it utilises visible and infra red light that is outside the ultraviolet range that causes sunburn, skin cancer and aging of the skin.
The flashes of bright light that are produced may damage the eyes so goggles have to be worn during the treatment. The treatment is generally well tolerated but some patients find it more uncomfortable. Exposure is limited to an extremely short flash that feels like the warm flick of a rubber band. Occasionally there is some swelling that will subside in a day or two. Bruising is unlikely but if it occurs, it will settle in a few days. There is a small chance that pigment changes may occur in the skin, either dark marks (hyperpigmentation), or pale marks (hypopigmentation). This is usually temporary and typically self-resolves. To help reduce the risk of this it is very important that sun exposure is avoided for 4 weeks before your treatment and throughout the course of treatment. Crusting and blistering may rarely occur after the treatment but this is best left to heal undisturbed so as to reduce the risk of scarring. It is important that you follow any aftercare instructions carefully. This form of treatment is extremely popular in many countries and most patients tolerate it very well, when performed at an appropriate clinic.