What is Cool Laser?
Cool Laser is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that can help smooth wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars including acne scars, pigmentation spots such as age spots and melasma and stretch marks. It can also remove warts and other benign skin growths such as skin tags, and can be another alternative for treating excess wrinkles on the eyelid or under the eyes – a non-surgical blepharoplasty. It is also used to tighten skin around the jawline or on the neck and chest and can plump lips without the use of fillers.
It is called Cool Laser because of its method of ablation (skin removal). It uses a pulse of laser light that is shorter in duration and only targets the water within the layers of the skin, leaving other tissue unharmed. It does not burn the skin or heat the skin as much as other types of laser such as CO2 lasers, and as a result it is considered more comfortable and there is less downtime.
It is suitable for all skin types.
The pulse from the Cool Laser heats the water in the skin and vapourises it. The duration of the pulse can be adjusted for different types of treatments making it versatile enough to vapourise a wart as well as more gentle treatments that help promote skin rejuvenation.
It does not burn the skin but after a few days there may be peeling of the superficial layers if it has been used for skin rejuvenation. The heat also triggers a healing response in the deeper layer of the skin that boosts collagen growth to give the skin a smoother appearance over a longer period of time.
What is the treatment like?
For facial treatments for rejuventation, skin tightening or pigmentation, the skin will be cleansed and a local anaesthetic may be used in sensitive areas, although many patients find this isn’t necessary. The pulse is moved over the area and there is a clicking noise as it fires. The sensation is one of mild sunburn.
For scarring and stretch marks the laser pulse is moved across the area being treated and depending on the severity one or two passes may be needed.
For skin tag or benign growth removal the laser pulse is more focused and the unwanted spot is vapourised. This would be done with a local anaesthetic.
What areas can be treated?
The Cool Laser can be used as a treatment for:
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Wrinkle and fine line reduction
- Stretch-mark removal
- Large pore reduction
- Pigmentation spots
- Skin Lifting
- Minimises Scars
- Reduces Dark Circles
- Peri-orbitally – ie puffy eyes, eye bags, excess skin or hooded eyelids (non-surgical blepharoplasty)
- Acne scar reduction
- Non surgical Lip Plumping
- Cool Laser Drug delivery or mesotherapy
How many treatments are needed?
It will depend on the area being treated. Moles and skin tags should be a single treatment whereas scars and stretch marks may require up to 5 repeat treatments. Skin rejuvenation and eye treatments may require 1-3 treatments depending on the condition of the skin. Treatments will usually be 4-6 weeks apart.
Is there downtime?
There may be some redness and a feeling of mild sunburn in the area that’s been treated that should subside within a few hours. The redness may take 1-5 days to disappear depending on the individual. The skin may feel sensitive to touch and it’s advised to avoid using make up or touching it unnecessarily for 24 hours. After a facial rejuvenation treatment there may be mild crusting and skin peeling after a few days. Keeping the skin well hydrated and moisturised is advised as well as using an SPF30 or above with a 5 star UVA rating.
Is it safe?
Laser treatments have been used for many years and if done by a trained professional are safe. The Cool Laser, as it only targets the water in the skin is considered safer than many other forms of laser. The laser has been developed over 40 years in a collaboration between Karl Zeiss and Asclepion and is a mainstay treatment of Dr Jason Emer in Beverley Hills and other well known doctors.
Who is it suitable for?
It is suitable for people with mild to moderate skin wrinkling and laxity.
Unlike many laser treatments the Cool Laser can be used on all skin colours.
The treatment should not be done on pregnant women and may not be suitable for people with epilepsy, thyroid conditions, diabetes or those who are having radiotherapy, have cancer or blood coagulation issues.
How much does it cost?
Price will depend on the area being treated and could range from a few hundred pounds for a skin tag removal to a couple of thousand if large areas are being treated.
|Treatments||Sessions Required||Prices From|
|Minimising Pores & Scars||Single Session||£200.00|
|Minimising Pores & Scars||Course of Three Sessions||£550.00|
|Stretch Mark Reduction||Single Session||£250.00|
|Stretch Mark Reduction||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Stretch Mark Reduction||Course of 6 Sessions||£1000.00|
|Hollywood Red Carpet Peel Glow||Single Session||£250.00|
|Hollywood Red Carpet Peel Glow||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Full Face, Neck & Decolletage||Single Session||£450.00|
|Full Face, Neck & Decolletage||Course of 3 Sessions||£950.00|
|Pigmentation Or Freckles||Single Session||£250.00|
|Pigmentation Or Freckles||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Sun Damaged or Aged Skin||Single Course||£250.00|
|Sun Damaged or Aged Skin||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Thermal Heat Treatment||For Back Pain Single Session||£100.00|
|Thermal Heat Treatment||For Back Pain 3 Sessions||£285.00|
|Dark Circle Eye Reduction||Single Session||£250.00|
|Dark Circle Eye Reduction||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Skin Tightening||Single Course||£250.00|
|Skin Tightening||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
|Fine Lines & Deep Wrinkles||Single Sessions||£250.00|
|Fine Lines & Deep Wrinkles||Course of 3 Sessions||£600.00|
Before & After
Is it worth it?
Like fractional CO2 lasers, the results can be impressive, but in this case the pain and the downtime is much less.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the rules for laser hair removal?
Laser Hair Removal – Pre and Post Information
- Make sure you don’t wax, pluck or bleach the area you are having treated 4 weeks before commencing treatment or at any time during treatment.
- Stay out of the sun and avoid the use of solariums and self-tanning creams for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to treatment.
Can you shave between laser treatment?
Yes, you can shave in between each session of laser hair removal. During your course of treatment you can shave any hairs that may regrow. After your first laser hair removal session you will notice that you won’t need to shave as much as before. After 2-3 sessions you may only need to shave once in a 4-6 week period.
How many sessions would I need for laser hair removal?
We would recommend a minimum course of 6 sessions every 6-8 weeks to have up to 80-90% reduction. However, hair growth is hormonal so results could vary from one individual to another and certain areas could require additional sessions.
How long should you not shave before laser hair removal?
It is important to shave before your laser hair removal appointment, 24 hours before is recommended. Shaving on the day of your session can be dangerous and should be avoided completely. This is because when you shave the razor may lift a layer of skin off as it passes over your skin.
How long does it take for hair to start falling out after laser?
In many patients the skin is slightly pink for 1-2 days; in others (generally, fairer patients) there is no pinkness after laser hair removal. Hairs begin to fall out in 5-14 days and may continue to do so for weeks.
Why is my hair growing back after laser?
This is mainly due to the hair’s growth cycle. Hairs in the anagen, or active phase will be affected by the laser. The hairs in the catagen, or dormant stage will be unaffected during the treatment and grows when it goes to the anlagen phase.
What happens if you don’t shave before laser hair removal?
As we mentioned a little earlier, if you don’t shave before your appointment, the laser will singe the hair resulting in a burn to your skin. In addition, if the hair hasn’t been shaved properly, treatment will not be as effective, and it may result in small temporary grazes on the top layer of your skin.
How long does laser pubic hair removal last?
After you’re finished receiving all of your sessions, then laser hair removal will last for at least two years; however, maintenance (top up) sessions may be needed to keep the area without hair forever.
Does hair grow back after first laser treatment?
After your laser session in no particular order, the growth of new hair will be less noticeable. However, even though laser treatments damage hair follicles, they’re not destroyed completely. Over time, the treated follicles may recover from the initial damage and grow hair again.?
Will I see results after one laser hair removal treatment?
You can begin to see hair fall out in approximately 1-3 weeks post-treatment. Laser hair removal can only damage hair that is in its active growth stage. Although hair will appear thinner and less noticeable with just one treatment, you’ll need to return for multiple follow-up appointments to see optimal results.
What happens if you wait too long in between treatment session due to Covid-19?
During pandemic who are having laser hair removal will not be affected in a negative way. The results will be slightly delayed but they will not have an adverse effect or anything like that. If some hair cycles have been missed these will be caught up in due time and the clients will notice the results once again.