Consultation & Patch Test for Laser Treatment
Thank you for your interest in having your treatment with the Dr Tatiana Aesthetic Clinic. We feel it is important that our clients have a good understanding of their treatment, what it involves and what the potential risks are, before going ahead. So we would like to welcome you for a complimentary consultation prior to deciding on your treatment. All new patients are encouraged to come for an initial consultation with Dr Tatiana prior to booking their first treatment.
Lasers offer a broad range of significant skin benefits. They can be used to treat:
redness & rosacea
wrinkles & loose skin
removing unwanted hair
warts, verrucas & fungal nail infections
As with most skin therapies, best results are often seen after a number of sessions. On average, we anticipate 4-6 treatments per area.
How do they work?
A laser is a very specific colour of light that, at high energy, destroys targets within the skin. Different colours of light are drawn to different structures within the skin. This ensures that lasers are very specific in what they treat, minimising any damage to surrounding structures. For example, with hair removal, we are targeting melanin. This is a pigment present in skin and hair. Lasers are drawn to the pigment within the hair follicle. Laser energy heats and destroys the hair follicle, resulting in the cessation of hair growth. Laser hair removal works best when the hair is dark; lasers cannot be used to remove blonde or red hair or even very fine brown hair because there isn’t enough of a target for the laser.
At the Dr Tatiana Clinic we have a number of Gold Standard lasers to treat various skin health problems:
Pulsed Dye Laser 595nm wavelength which is used to treat: redness, rosacea, telangiectasia, thread veins, haemangiomas, port wine stains.
Alexandrite 755nm wavelength laser which is used to treat: pigmentation and for hair removal.
Neodymium YAG (Nd:YAG) 1064nm wavelength laser which is used to treat: thread veins, hair removal, skin tightening.
Our aim: To improve aspects of your physical appearance so that you may have better confidence, self-esteem and hence a better quality of life.
The best results from a laser are usually achieved when the skin is well prepared for the treatment. It is important to ensure that the skin has not been excessively damaged or inflamed in the time leading up to the treatment. We ask you to ensure that you have:
Not tanned (holiday, sunbed or fake-tan) in the last 6 weeks and are not planning to tan in the subsequent 6 weeks.
Not used oral vitamin A e.g. Roaccutane in the last 6 months
You are Not pregnant, breastfeeding or currently trying for a pregnancy
What to expect:
We want to make this treatment a pleasant and easy experience for you. During the treatment, we will cleanse and prepare the skin. You will be given eye protective goggles to wear. You will feel a cooling jet of air and some hot zaps on the skin. The cooling jet can be adjusted to make the treatment comfortable for you.
After the treatment you may have some redness, swelling, ‘goose bumps’ and darkening of the skin. Your skin may feel a little sensitive, like a sunburn. Over the next few days, you may notice some crusting of the skin and some itching. The crusts will come off naturally, please don’t pick at them. The pink flush of the skin may last for several weeks after treatment.
Although lasers have been used effectively and safely for many years, there are some potential side-effects and complications that you should be aware of before deciding to go ahead with this treatment. They include (but may not be limited to):
Darkening of the skin
Pitting of the skin
Stimulation of hair growth
Caring well for your skin helps to optimize the results, but also to reduce the risk of complications such as infection and pigmentation problems. The two most important factors are:
Avoiding UV exposure: UV exposure increases your risk of developing complications after laser treatment. It is very important to minimize your exposure to any UV light such as sunbeds, beach holidays, being out in direct sunlight for at least 6 weeks after treatment. You must also use a broad spectrum sunblock of factor 30 or more and reapply every 2 hours during the day.
Using aftercare cream provided to me to keep the area clean, protected, soothed and hydrated.
Your therapist will advise you if there are any additional precautions we would like you to take e.g. skin preparation regime or post-treatment antibiotic cream.
We are here to make your treatment easy, comfortable and safe. If there’s anything we can do to make sure you have an exceptional experience with us, please do let us know.
Dr Tatiana and the Team