Laser and IPL Treatments

Hair Removal

A large percentage of the population find the removal of body hair a challenge and unwanted daily struggle. The cost, effort and mixed results can lead to distress and low self-esteem.

Laser hair reduction has been safely used for over 20 years. In practice a laser beam is focused at the base of the target structure (in this case the hair follicle). It is a safe, effective, and clinically proven method that works for all skin types.

The principle upon which light based treatments work (the Selective Heating through the Absorption of Light) is known as: PHOTO–THERMO–LYSIS (Light – Heat – Destroy).

This treatment allows the targeting of specific structures (a selective process). The treatment involves reaching a temperature of 70 degrees to ensure permanent denaturing of proteins (in this instance destroying the hair’s capability to regrow).

Laser vs Intense Pulsed Light

A common question is whether a customer should choose laser or IPL treatments. Both have been commercially available since the mid 1990’s and both involve producing light energy, which is then absorbed and converted into heat to cause denaturing of the target. This is where the similarities end.

Laser is more effective and achieves much better results. Lasers are more precise in producing a single wavelength of light, which is then concentrated to a specific target. IPL produces a broad spectrum of light that cannot be focused at one specific target. With IPL the range of wavelengths produced means the energy is dispersed between them with only a few wavelengths reaching the intended target. With Laser all the energy is targeted in one wavelength at the target.

As laser is directed purely at the hair follicle there is much less risk of skin damage. This allows for the treatment of all skin types. With IPL being multi-directional only lighter skin types can be treated.

Why do I need a course of treatment if the hair follicle will be destroyed?

As with all cells the hair follicle has a growth cycle. In order for the hair to be permanently denatured it has to be treated in its growing stage. As the hair bulb cannot be seen below the skin its state of growth cannot be identified at the time of treatment. At any one time only 30% of the body’s hair will be in the growth stage. A course of treatments is therefore needed to achieve a good reduction of hair growth.

Does it hurt?

No. Laser hair removal doesn’t ‘hurt’ but there will be a feeling of slight heating in the area treated (sometimes described as a ‘flick’ of heat). Some areas can be more sensitive than others. A cooler is used for all treatments which reduce the heat sensation ensuring minimal discomfort. Some women may experience exaggerated skin sensitivity prior to and during their monthly period.

How much does it cost?

Please see our downloadable price list on this page for prices.

How often will I need to come for treatment?

This is dependent on the stage and area of treatment. The guidelines are approximately 4-6 weeks for the face and 6-8 weeks on the body.

Why chose Omni?

At Omni we use the very best equipment combined with the highest standards of training. All our Therapists are Level 4 Laser and IPL qualified so you can be reassured that you are in the very best hands.

What happens after a laser treatment?

Directly after treatment there might be some redness and a small amount of swelling. This usually dissipates within 24 hours. The area can feel quite warm and ‘tingly’ directly following treatment. The following is recommended for 24 hours post treatment:

  • No hot baths or showers – tepid only
  • No heat treatments i.e. saunas and steam rooms
  • No deodorant, perfumes or scented body lotions/creams
  • No swimming or Jacuzzis
  • No steam ironing or cooking over boiling saucepans

How should I prepare for treatment?

  • Do not use products containing retinol or strong AHA fruit acids prior to or during your hair removal treatment
  • Do not bleach or use depilators for at least 1 week prior to treatment or perfumed/aromatherapy products for 24-48 hours before treatment
  • Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before treatment
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing when attending the treatment
  • Keep the area clean and dry
  • Physical sunblock should be worn at all times on areas visible to sunlight (SPF 30)
  • Avoid sun exposure and sun beds for 4 weeks before treatment
  • Avoid use of irritants or stimulant solutions or creams on the area
  • Do not use any other form of hair removal except shaving during your treatment programme and shave no earlier than 2-4 days after treatment
  • Should area appear red or tender then apply recommended aftercare gel or apply ice or cooling gel packs which can improve comfort and reduce redness and swelling
  • Do not use fake tanning products for two weeks prior to treatments including spray tanning and tinted moisturisers

Tattoo & Pigmentation

Removal

The ND:Yag Q-Switched laser is the only effective treatment for removing tattoos and benign pigmented lesions without scarring.

During tattoo/pigment removal photons of light are selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink or pigmentation (melanin). This sudden increase in temperature causes the ink/pigmentation structure to shatter. The body’s own immune system then removes the shattered pigment.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies person by person. Amateur tattoos can usually be removed in 3-4 treatments with professional tattoos taking 6-12 treatments. While pigmentation can take anything from 3-8 treatments

Does it hurt?

Ppigmentation removal is relatively painless although this can vary from person to person. The Tattoo removal procedure involves some discomfort which varies depending on the size and colour of the tattoo. To maintain client comfort we use a “cooling” machine that blows cold air onto the area being treated to ensure minimal discomfort.

How often will I need to come for treatment?

Every 4 – 8 weeks or until the skin has completely healed.

Why chose OMNI?

At Omni we use the very best equipment combined with the highest standards of training. All our Therapists are Level 4 Laser and IPL qualified so you can be reassured that you are in the best hands.

What happens after the tattoo/pigmentation removal treatment?

Directly after the treatment there will be some redness, the skin will appear to have white bubbles, and there will be a small amount of swelling. We will apply antiseptic cream and a dressing before you leave the clinic and recommend you purchase some to apply twice per day for the 7 days following treatment. We also advise the following:

  • No hot baths or showers – tepid only
  • No heat treatments i.e. saunas and steam rooms
  • No deodorant, perfumes or scented body lotions/creams
  • No swimming or Jacuzzis
  • No steam ironing or cooking over boiling saucepans
  • Do not scratch or rub the treated area
  • Do not wear tight or restrictive clothes over the area treated for 48 hours
  • Apply the antiseptic cream twice a day for 7 days

How should I prepare for treatment?

  • Do not use products containing retinol or strong AHA fruit acids prior to or during your tattoo removal treatment
  • Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before treatment
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing to your treatment
  • Physical sunblock should be worn at all times on areas visible to sunlight (SPF 30)
  • Avoid sun exposure and sun beds for 4 weeks before treatment
  • Do not use fake tanning products for two weeks prior to treatments including spray tanning and tinted moisturisers
  • If the tattoo/pigmentation is in a hairy area, please shave the day before treatment

How will my tattoo look directly after treatment?

Immediately after treatment your tattoo will look red, raised, swollen with white bubbles where the pigment has been shattered. This can last up to a week and can be followed by bruising. It is extremely important that you follow the after-care advice given by your practitioner.

Vein Removal

Through the science of Nd:YAG laser technology we offer a non invasive solution for the removal of smaller vascular lesions including facial thread veins and leg veins (telangiectasias).

How does ND:YAG laser treatments work on veins?

A vein is a small blood vessel that sits near the surface of the skin. The laser light targets the blood that contains haemoglobin within the vessels. The haemoglobin absorbs the laser light emitted converting it into heat. This heat destroys the protein in the wall of the vein vessel causing it to collapse and disperses the blood. The vessel is then reabsorbed naturally by the white blood cells with the body. An in-depth consultation with your thread vein removal specialist will be carried out to assess your personal needs before a treatment programme can proceed. This is followed with a patch test to determine skin response and the size of vessels that need to be treated.

Which thread veins can be treated?

Thread veins can be unsightly and can affect self confidence and through the use of Nd:YAG laser technology veins can be treated on all parts of the body. Superficial smaller veins in the facial, chest and leg areas are the most common veins to be removed by this technology. The technology is supported by worldwide clinical research studies with proven results.

How many treatments are needed?

This treatment relies on the absorption on the laser beam into the haemoglobin within the blood to disperse the vein and is most effective on light skins. The lighter the skin the more pronounced the vein is which makes it easier to be treated. The darker or tanned skins will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective. Recommended treatments of 1-4 treatments may be required one month apart; however this does depend on many factors depending on how many vessels that are to be treated and the area to be covered along with skin sensitivity. It is not possible to define how many treatments an individual will require.

What does a treatment involve?

Nd:YAG laser vein removal hand piece is held above the vein and a beam of laser light is delivered to the individual vein. At the time of treatment and thereafter some veins will visibly disappear immediately, some become darker in colour, some fade gradually and can take up to a few weeks or more for the vein to disperse or lighten ready for further treatment. It is important to avoid tanning of the skin by solarium, sun or self tanning before and during Nd:YAG laser vein removal sessions. This is to ensure that the vessel absorbs the light for an effective treatment. It is advised not to smoke 2-4 hours prior to receiving this treatment as smoking can cause the vessels of the vein to constrict making the vein less available to treat. We also advise that post treatment an SPF sunscreen is used to the treated area(s), to limit sun exposure for a few weeks and compression (surgical stockings) should be worn for up two weeks after receiving treatment.

Acne Problems

Active Acne Clearance

There are many factors that can cause acnenic problems on the skin from foods to hormonal imbalance.

Acne is caused by the imbalance of the hormone androgen, a hormone that stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil in the skin. This increase of oil on the skin surface therefore causes pores to become blocked stopping the oil to arise to the surface of the skin. The oil within the blocked pore then becomes a form of bacteria created from waste products and sebacic acid creating swollen and inflamed pores known as papules, comedones, blackheads, white heads, spot or pimple.

How do IPL treatments work?

IPL treatment relies on absorption of haemoglobin in the blood for the treatment to be effective. The system transmits a filtered light to the treatment area which is a beam of energy that passes through the skin. If the haemoglobin is hit with the correct level of energy, the energy will heat up within the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands causing minor injury to the glands and slow down the overproduction of oil and remove the most common bacteria that leads to the cause of acne growth. An in-depth consultation with your acne specialist will be carried out before a treatment programme can be processed to assess your personal needs followed with a patch test to determine skin response. The technology is supported by worldwide clinical research studies with proven results.

How many treatments are needed?

Recommended treatments of 4-6 sessions may be required to obtain the desired result; however this does depend on the grade of acne in place, the area required to be treated/ covered along with skin sensitivity. It is not possible to define how many treatments an individual will require.

Can I be treated?

If you suffer from permanent acne you will benefit from an IPL acne rejuvenation treatment. IPL acne treatments can work on inflammatory acne skins which are best known as red, aching, raised spots, lower grade acne suffers and for skins which suffer frequent outbreaks.

What does a treatment involve?

IPL acne treatment is a quick and simple way to combat acneic skin on the face and body. By using a sapphire chilled hand piece this is gently placed onto the skin and pulses of intense light is applied to the treatment area. The skin after a treatment can appear hot, red with slight swelling for up to 24-48hrs after.

It is important to avoid tanning of the skin by solarium, sun or self tanning before and during acne sessions. We also advise that post treatment SPF sunscreen is used to the treated area(s) to limit sun exposure for a few weeks and application of medicated topical cream to be used in the evening to the treated area prescribed by your doctor.


Acne Scarring

Acne scarring can really affect a person’s confidence. Redness, marks and ‘pot holes’ can’t easily be hidden when it’s on the face. Laser therapy is one of the advanced techniques, which is frequently used for skin rejuvenation. Non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing is developing very rapidly to become the gold standard for laser resurfacing therapy for various indications including photo rejuvenation therapy and acne scarring reduction.

How does it work?

Fractional laser skin treatment is a new technology that successfully corrects many dermatological and cosmetic skin conditions. With fractional laser resurfacing, the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams that are separated so that, when they strike the skin surface, small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and are thus left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote much more rapid re‐epithelialisation, recovery and healing, with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional micro beams, called micro treatment zones, cause sufficient laser injury deep in the dermis to promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation.

Fractional laser skin treatment

Does it hurt?

No – you will feel a warmth when the laser is worked over the skin but no pain will be felt. Your skin may remain pink for up to 24 hours and we recommend you follow a thorough skincare routine following your treatment.

What do I need to do to prepare my skin?

During consultation you will be advised on a thorough skincare routine which we advice that you follow to achieve maximum results.

What will my skin look like after?

Everyones skins react differently but we do expect you to have pink/red skin directly after the treatment which will fade over the next 24/48 hours. Skin flaking can follow roughly 4/7 days post treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Again this varies from person to person but we recommend a minimum of 3 with 4 week in-between each treatment.

Nail Fungi – Onychomycosis

Fungal nail infections pose a global health threat, with over 50 million people suffering from the contagious condition last year.

What is a fungal nail infection?

Fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails is caused by a fungal microbe that invades the nail bed. Fungal nail infection is also termed onychomycosis and tinea unguium. Fungal nail infection causes fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolour, disfigure, and split. At first, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, however, the toenails can become so thick that they press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain.

Who is affected?

This is an increasingly common nail disorder in adults the risk of having this nail disease increases with age and through underlying nail disease.

What causes Fungal nail infections?

Half of all nail disorders are caused by onychomycosis, and it is the most common nail disease in adults. Toenails are much more likely to be infected than fingernails. The incidence of onychomycosis has been increasing and is associated with diabetes, a suppressed immune system, and increasing age. Adults, especially the elderly, are more likely to have onychomycosis than children.

  • Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection which can spread to affect toenails. The risk of developing athlete’s foot is increased by having hot sweaty feet.
  • Candida is a fungal yeast infection which can affect the skin around the fingernails before affecting the nails.
  • Health conditions, including diabetes or psoriasis, may increase the risk of fungal nail infections as they can damage the nail or skin allowing infections to develop.
  • Biting the nails and use of artificial nails can increase the risk of fungal nail infections.
  • The risk also increases with age and among smokers.

How severe can a fungal nail infection become?

Fungal nail infections are not usually painful at first, but left untreated the infection may spread and could cause complications, which include cellulitis skin infection, or osteomyelitis bone infection. If the infection becomes painful, shoes may be uncomfortable to wear and tasks using the hands such as writing may hurt.

How do I prepare for treatment?

Ensure all nail varnish is removed and nails are clean.

What can I expect from the treatment?

Some warmth will be felt in the treated area. The treatment will last at least a few minutes per nail and you will feel an increase in heat within the nail being treated.

How does it work?

Using a short pulsed Nd:Yag laser, we increase the temperature underneath the nail bed which kills the fungi. Depending on the severity of the infection you may require a course of 3 or more treatments. In mild cases one treatment will be sufficient. In the below picture you can see the laser (in blue) being directed down onto the nail bed through the nail itself.

Before and After Nail Fungal

Before and After Nail Fungal Treatment