Mary-Ann Astle of The Sentinel newspaper came to our Nantwich clinic in Cheshire recently to review the new Emerge Fractional Laser treatment, read on to see what she made of it...
When it comes to non-invasive advanced skincare the demand for laser treatments is on the increase. Mary-ann Astle tried out laser skin resurfacing...
I'm no stranger to beauty treatments and neither are my friends, but when I mentioned I was going to “have my face lasered", it generated quite a few questions.
What did that mean? Would it hurt? And was it something to do with me being a sci-fi fan?
To anyone who's new to the world of advanced skincare, it's actually far less scary than it sounds.
Laser skin resurfacing treats undesirable skin imperfections on your face and body, and it's now easier than ever to improve the way your skin looks and feels without surgery or lengthy recovery times.
That's not to say that you shouldn't take it seriously. When it comes to high-tech beauty treatments you must always put yourself in the hands of the professionals.
Which is why I went to Skin Health Spa, which has been one of the leading centres for skin treatment since 1999. Skin Health Spa has five clinics and I'm a regular at their Nantwich branch.
So how does laser skin resurfacing work? The Emerge Fractional Laser uses micro-beams to target skin imperfections without harming surrounding tissue.
The laser extends through the epidermis into the dermis, and this allows the body's natural healing process to rebuild tissue with new collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of youthful-looking skin.
This helps to banish all manner of imperfections from age spots and sun damage to fine lines and wrinkles.
Before my first treatment I was invited for a quick patch test, done by a qualified aesthetician. My first full treatment lasted 50 minutes and the aesthetician talked me through the process before she began, so I knew what to expect.
I was given some protective goggles to wear (it is a laser after all) and off she went. It wasn't in any way painful, it felt very similar to the tingling you get from acupuncture needles.
As the treatment went on, my face became very warm, and if you've ever had cause to use a hot topical treatment like Deep Heat, you'll understand the sensation.
After the aesthetician had finished going over my whole face with the laser (avoiding the very delicate eye area) it felt like I'd had my face next to a very warm radiator for too long. But she then used a cool roller to reduce the heat before making a second pass with the laser.
After she'd finished, there was no doubt that my face was a lot redder than usual – but not embarrassingly or frightening red. The immediate redness wore off quickly, but I did have a more rosy complexion than usual for a few days. Nothing that some mineral make up wouldn't hide.
Some people experience dry, flaky skin – this is the shedding of the old cells – but it's nothing a gentle exfoliation won't solve.
I was told that it usually takes two treatments to start seeing the full effects, but I noticed an improvement after the first one. And after the second session (which took place two weeks after the first treatment) there was even more of a difference. My skin felt smoother, it looked better and I reduced the amount of foundation I needed.
I'm now a fully-fledged fan of laser skin resurfacing and I'll be adding it to my list of brilliant aesthetic treatments.