Polaris Laser Hair Removal. How does it work?

The Polaris Laser emits an intense beam of light which passes safely through the upper skin layers to the underlying strata. Hair follicles are then eliminated by a process known as selective photothermolysis, which treats the problem without harming the skin. Is the process safe? This process is completely harmless and totally safe when administered by a trained operator.  All our operators have successfully completed the accredited Polaris training course. How does it feel? Patients may experience slight discomfort during the treatment but with no long term effects.  It is generally accepted however, that Laser hair removal is more comfortable than waxing or electrolysis and has a far superior recovery rate. How many treatments are needed? Due to the natural growth cycle of each hair follicle, several treatments may be required to achieve optimal results.  Each hair follicle goes through growing and resting phases, but hair is most sensitive to laser treatment whilst in the growing (anagan) phase.  In most patients successful removal can be achieved following a short course of treatments.

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What are the benefits of Fraxel treatment?

Smoother, fresher looking skin Improved skin tone and texture Reduced wrinkles around the eyes Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars Has Fraxel treatment received FDA-clearance? The Fraxel laser has received FDA-clearance for treatment of the following: Wrinkles around the eye (periorbital wrinkles) Age and sun spots (pigmented lesions) Brown spots/Pregnancy Mask (Melasma) Acne Scars and Surgical Scars Skin Resurfacing How many treatments will I need and how will they be spaced? Everyone’s skin is different, but clinical studies suggest that for most people, maximum results are realised in just 3 to 5 sessions.  They are usually spaced 2 to 6 weeks apart. Does Fraxel treatment hurt? Topical anaesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure to minimize discomfort.  After the treatment, most patients report a feeling similar to having had too much sun.  It usually disappears after 1 to 3 hours. What side-effects can I expect after treatment and how long will they last? You will have some degree of redness and swelling.  The intensity and duration depends on how aggressive the treatment was and your particular healing characteristics.  Other temporary side-effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance.  You will be given specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimise the side-effects. What precautions should I take after treatment? Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and avoid direct sun exposure while you’re healing for at least 3 months after your last treatment.  Further protect yourself by wearing wide-brimmed hats if you expect to be out in the sun. How long do the effects of Fraxel treatments last? It [...]

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How does MoleMate Work?

MoleMate comprises a handheld scanner and software that uses SIAscopyTM. SIAscopy is clinically proven non-invasive skin imaging technology that accurately detects melanoma at an early and treatable stage. Developed in the UK and widely used in Europe and Australia, the process is simple, using light and digital imaging to evaluate the state of your skin. SIAscopy provides medical professionals with a wealth of previously unavailable information to assist them in making an instant clinical decision about a lesion during a patient consultation.

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What is SIAscopy?

SIAscopy understands the way that light interacts with the skin; the manner in which it scatters or bounces, the amount absorbed by cells and other structures along with the different changes in wavelength or colour. By understanding these interactions and comparing the light sent into skin with light that comes back out, SIAscopy is able to determine the nature and position of many of the different components of the skin. SIAscopy measures key chromophores within the skin, in particular haemoglobin, melanin and collagen. SIAscopy is also able to determine whether melanin is in the top layer of the skin, or whether it has moved lower down into the papillary dermis (dermal melanin).

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Polaris Laser Thread Vein Removal. What are thread veins?

Thread veins are tiny, thin blood vessels, which run close to the surface of the skin and look line fine red or purple wiggly lines. They are also known as spider veins or broken veins. The medical term for this condition is telangiectasia. Although these super-fine veins are connected to the larger venous system they are not an essential part of it. 2. What causes thread veins? A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins including, heredity, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting. The use of certain medications. constrictive clothing, pregnancy and other events which cause hormonal shifts e.g. puberty, birth control pill, menopause and hormone therapy. Facial thread veins can also be caused by tight fitting glasses, squeezing spots, smoking. exposure to wind and cold and over exposure to the sun. 3. What is Laser Vein Treatment? Laser therapy is a proven treatment for treating unsightly broken, dilated vessels, as well as other unwanted vascular lesions, such as Rosacea, port wine stains and other vascular birthmarks. 4. How does Laser treatment work for thread veins The Polaris_Nd:YAG laser provides a revolutionary non-invasive treatment, which can quickly and safely remove larger and deeper vessels leaving your skin looking smooth and your legs and face much improved. The redness and bruising associated with traditional treatments or other lasers are minimised or completely eliminated. Polaris provides the most risk free treatment for dark or tanned skin when compared to other existing treatments. 5. Which conditions can be treated? Facial thread veins, facial redness and flushing Unsightly broken and dilated vessels just under the skin on the body and legs Blood spots and spider naevi Consultant Dermatologists recommend treatment sooner rather than later, as small [...]

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Microdermabrasion. How does it work?

A jet of fine crystals are vacuumed across the skin removing the dead and damaged skin cells. 2. What results can I expect from the treatment? Level 1 – Beauty Flash The skin may feel tight as if exposed to the sun or wind for a while after treatment.  Keep the skin well moisturised as advised by your therapist. Level 2 – Deeper treatment for more blemished or thicker skins The skin will appear red and slightly swollen, ranging from a few hours, to a few days for more sensitive skins. Level 3 – Deep treatment: scar tissue and stretch marks The skin will appear red and slightly swollen as in Level 2.  Slight blood spotting may occur immediately after the treatment and the healing process will commence.  Healing time is longer than Level 2, but the results are worth waiting for. 3. What about Caring For My Skin After Treatment? Keep the skin well moisturised as recommended by your therapist Ensure that the area is kept clean with PH balancing products, as recommended by your therapist. Remember that the new fresh skin which has been exposed will be delicate. Protect it from the sun by using a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 12. This is always advisable on any skin. Extra Care for Level 2 Treatment Do not apply make up for 24 hours Avoid any other treatments on the skin for two weeks Do not use sun beds for at least two weeks Keep the area as clean and dry as possible Avoid swimming for at least two weeks. Extra Care for Level 3 Treatment Follow all instructions for Level 2, plus Keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for [...]

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Clinic Questions. What happens if I miss an appointment?

If you are unable to keep your appointment please let us know as soon as possible e.g. 24 hours in advance.  This will enable us to offer it to someone else.  We understand that it is not always possible to give us this much notice. In the event that you are not able to give us 24 hours notice and we are not able to fill the slot we would regrettably have to set a cancellation fee of £20.00 per half hour booked. 2. How is the clinic regulated? We are regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and RPC (Radiological Protection Centre).  In addition we have a written policy and protocol for every treatment carried out at the clinic and all of our clinicians are trained to the very highest standards. 3. Is there parking at the clinic? Yes we offer secure, private parking that is free of charge 4. Do you have any other clinics elsewhere in the UK? No , we are an independent clinic based in Kent, however we are affiliated to other clinics e.g. Dr Rakus in London

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