Frequently Asked Questions
LOCATION OF SKIN DEEP
We are located in Tenterden, Kent. For directions to Skin Deep Laser Clinic go to our Contact Page for a Google Map.
Q: How many treatments are recommended for rejuvenation?
A: For general skin rejuvenation and reconditioning, treatments should be conducted every four to six weeks. Treatments con¬ducted at a more superficial depth can be done on a monthly basis. Depending on initial condition of the skin, between 4 and 8 treatments are recommended.
Q: Should I prepare my skin before having a Dermapen Treatment?
A: For optimal results, a period of effective active treatment creams, such as Vitamin A, C or Resveratrol & Procyanidin is recommended to allow the skin’s strength to build-up (especially for thin or delicate skin areas). Continue to use these recommended solutions after the treatments for a period of 6 weeks.
Q: How long should it take before I see results?
A: Typically, you will see results after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 4-6 weeks apart). Your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments and when combined with the recommended post treatment care.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: For minimum needle depths Dermapen treatments are painless. Treatments over 0.5mm deep may require a topical anaesthetic cream to be applied before the procedure. This will render the treatments virtually pain free.
Q: Is there any downtime after treatments?
A: Generally no, but you may experience facial redness for 12-48 hours after the treatment. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. Application of a breathable camouflage will seal the skin and cover any redness for an immediate return to work.
Q: How soon after filler injections can I have a Dermapen 3 treatment?
A: It is recommended to wait at least 7 days after filler injections, so that any post treatment bruising from the fillers can settle. It is possible to have your Dermapen treatment one week before having fillers injected as well.
Check with your clinician before proceeding with a Dermapen procedure if you are: Pregnant, using blood thinners, such as warfarin, or if you are susceptible to keloiding skin.
Q: How does IPL Hair removal work?
A: IPL stands for Intensed Pulsed Light. Depending on the wavelength of the IPL system that is used for laser hair removal, it can be very effective. If the wavelength is the appropriate range, the light targets the pigment in the hair follicle deep in the skin. The light is attracted to the pigment in the follicle and heats it up and most-likely kills the stems cells in the bulge region of the hair follicle that make it possible for new hairs to be formed in the future. So, once those cells are gone, no more hairs can be made and you have hair-less skin.
Q: How many laser treatments will I need and how far apart are they scheduled?
A Most people need at least 6-8 initial treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. This is because hair grows in 3 phases and is killed in the first “anagen” active growing phase. Several treatments are needed to target ALL hair in the active growth phase. Approximately 6-8 weeks after every treatment, additional treatment is required to eliminate the hairs that came out of the dormant phase and are now active. After 6-8 treatments or so, patients should experience a considerable percentage of hair reduction. Depending upon hair type and genetic factors, some clients may require additional treatments beyond these initial treatments. If it seems like the treatments are not working after 6-8 treatments, patients should look into possible underlying reasons.
Q: Am I suitable for treatment?
A: Most people are suitable for treatment. Best results are seen with people who have lighter skin and darker hair. Dark hair is more easily treated as it has a high concentration of melanin. Fair hair however contains less melanin so is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so is not suitable for treatment.
Q: Can I tan outside, go to the tanning bed or use self-tanners before and after a treatment?
A: Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your healthcare provider allows it. Recently tanned skin cannot be treated! If treated within 2 weeks of active (natural sunlight or tanning booth) you may develop hypo pigmentation (white spots) after treatment and this may not clear for 2 to 3 months or longer. The use of self-tanning products must be discontinued one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
Q: Should I shave before a treatment?
A: You should shave 24 hours prior to treatment.
Q: What will happen at the consultation?
A: You will be asked to complete a brief medical questionnaire prior to assessment of your individual treatment needs. Based on your hair colouring and skin type a test patch will be performed following your consultation, provided that you are suitable for, and wish to, receive the treatment you will be asked to sign a consent form for this.
Q: Why do I need a Test Patch?
A: This is to check your skin suitability and to ensure there are no adverse reactions to the treatment.
Q: Is laser hair removal permanent?
Though laser hair removal has been approved by the FDA for permanent hair reduction, don’t let this mislead you, Laser will not eliminate 100% of the hair, it will result in a long-term and effective reduction of hair growth. In order to completely understand you will need to understand the hair growth cycle. The quick and easy answer is that laser is only effective during initial growth phases and only certain hairs will be affected by a treatment at any certain time, and to be 100% percent effective you need to catch every single hair in its initial growth stage (which is very difficult to do).
In simple terms, the hairs that are in the root stage (anagen hairs) on the day of treatment will be treated successfully and be permanently disabled. The reason is that the laser only targets the blood supply and the cells in the area. The hairs treated in any other phase will NOT be permanently disabled.
The duration of the hair growth cycle varies in different parts of the body and from person to person. It is affected by your basic genetic (DNA) makeup, age, health and gender. Different hair colour and follicle shape also affects the timing of these phases. The growth cycle is the reason why you require numerous treatments; we cannot determine in what stage your hair growth is, as we cannot see what is happening under your skin.
Contraindications to IPL Treatments:
- Deep Suntan – either from natural sun, sun-beds or fake tan with lotions or spray (book your laser appointment at least 2 wks AFTER sun exposure as the laser is attracted to the melanin in suntanned skin)
- Photo-sensitive conditions
- Cancer, especially skin cancer or if undergoing chemotherapy treatment
- The recent or regular use of certain drugs- such as photosensitive antibiotics, anti-biotic creams or gels, Roaccutane, herbal St John’s Wort, anti-coagulants, Gold medications or Retin A prescribed by a GP
- Recent injectables or Botox in the area (1month apart from Laser treatment)
- Recent surgery in the area
- Healing Disorders- such as Diabetes Mellitus, lupus or radiation therapy or chemotherapy
- History of keloid scarring (thick dark scarring)
- Open wounds or lesions near the area
- Herpes Simplex (cold sores) we can treat you if a cold sore is not present, as long as you understand that laser can, in some instances, trigger the onset of a cold sore
- Lymphatic/Immune System disorders
- Psoriasis/Eczema in the area on the area to be treated
- Steroid Therapy
- Raised moles and Birthmarks at site of treatment
- Tattoos and Permanent Make-up in the area to be treated (These can be avoided if necessary)