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As the summer months come to a close, leading Consultant Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto has introduced a series of post-summer skin revival treatments using advanced laser technology at her clinic, Self London. Having been an advocate of lasers for many years, Dr Mahto has combined her wealth of knowledge and experience with powerful laser technology to transform and rejuvenate skin health after summer sun exposure.
The summer season often brings sun-kissed skin, however, extended sun exposure can also lead to a host of skin concerns including pigmentation irregularities, fine lines and a loss of elasticity. As a result, Dr Mahto has curated a series of bespoke laser treatments that aim to address these concerns and restore skin to its pre-summer vibrancy.
For a quick post-summer healthy glow: Nano Laser Peel (NLP) - Erbium: YAG technology
A favourite of Dr Mahto’s for post-summer skin, the Nano Laser Peel is a laser treatment with minimal downtime which ablates the skin at 10 microns* or below. No topical anaesthetic is required and the pain relief can be managed with cool air. “This is a fantastic ‘weekend peel’ as it’s minimally invasive. We use the laser to precisely remove the outermost layer of the skin. By removing the damaged skin cells, the nano laser peel promotes skin rejuvenation and helps to improve the skin’s texture, tone and overall appearance.” The treatment is quick and the downtime is minimal, making it a popular option for those looking to refresh their skin with minimal disruption to their daily activities.
For those with sun spots: Broad Band Light (BBL)
“This is not a true laser. It is a type of IPL that uses a broad spectrum of light that is great for helping with sun spots, amongst other things” says Dr Mahto. It doesn’t require numbing cream but ultrasound gel is applied to the area before the device is fired. “It’s a very good option for those with freckling, sun damage and sun spots and can be used on any part of the body”. There is minimal recovery time with BBL, but some may experience 24-48 hours of redness, but this is easily covered with makeup, if desired. “BBL is superior to traditional IPL devices as it is far more precise, allowing for better customisation of treatments to address specific skin concerns such as sun spots. Additionally, BBL has been shown to stimulate collagen production leading to improved skin texture and overall skin rejuvenation”
For heavily sun-damaged skin: Halo - hybrid laser (both fractional ablative and non-ablative)
If you have cumulative sun damage that has occurred over many years, then it might be worth considering the Halo laser. The recovery period is usually 5 days (7 if deep settings are used). “The hybrid Halo laser offers the unique advantage of combining both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths in a single treatment” explains Dr Mahto. “Ablative wavelengths remove thin layers of skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process, while non-ablative wavelengths stimulate collagen production without damaging the skin’s surface. This allows for more effective skin rejuvenation, addressing various concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven texture”. The hybrid Halo laser delivers controlled thermal energy to targeted skin layers, creating micro-injuries that stimulate collagen remodelling and skin renewal. The process promotes skin healing and leads to improved texture, tone and overall skin appearance, making it perfect for those who have overindulged in the sun.
Dr Mahto shared her excitement about the launch: "As summer comes to an end, it's crucial to address the impact of sun exposure on our skin. With our advanced laser technology, we can now effectively treat a range of concerns and help our patients achieve skin that radiates health and confidence."
*The skin consists of three primary layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis, the outermost layer, is approximately 50-100 microns thick and acts as a protective barrier. Beneath it lies the dermis, around 1,000-2,000 microns thick, containing collagen, blood vessels, and nerves that support the skin's structure. Deeper still, the subcutaneous tissue is 1,000-4,000 microns thick and houses fat cells and blood vessels, regulating temperature and providing cushioning. Understanding these micron depths is essential in various dermatological treatments, such as laser therapies, which target specific skin layers to address various concerns and promote skin rejuvenation.
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Many thanks to the author of this thoughtful blog Dr Anjali Mahto who is a consultant dermatologist at Skin55 on the prestigious Harley Street in London.
Dr Mahto has worked as a substantive consultant dermatologist in North West London Hospitals NHS Trust where she was also the lead for paediatric dermatology services. She is happy to consult both adults and children with skin, hair and nail disorders. Her areas of specialist interest include acne and scarring, rosacea, moles, and anti-ageing therapies including injectable and laser treatments.
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