The Q-Switched Nd-YAG laser technology, used in the Lumenis M22™ machine, has a large spot size on its handpiece making it ideal for quick and effective treatments of deep, black ink tattoos and the treatment of larger, dark pigmentation patches on the skin.

The Q-Switched handpiece sends out short pulses of intense light. This light converts to heat and, in the case of tattoos, it targets the ink and breaks it down so that it is gently reabsorbed by the body and then expelled naturally. In the case of pigmentation, the laser does the same thing but this time targeted at the skin’s pigment, known as melanin.

Q-Switched can also be used in one of the favourite facial rejuvenation treatments of today’s models, actresses and singers – the Carbon Peel Facial, sometimes called the Hollywood Peel. It uses carbon and lasers, not the harsh chemical formulas or abrasive scrubbing tools which many people associate with facial peels. There’s no bleeding, no risk of a bad reaction to chemicals and no recovery time; but it can stimulate collagen, tackle acne, blemishes and uneven skin tone, tighten pores and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

When you have a treatment with the Q-Switched, your eyes will be covered by protective goggles before the handpiece is applied to the area of your skin to be treated.

If you have very sensitive skin, you may have temporary redness and white spots for a very short while after the treatment.

You must apply sunscreen at SPF 30 every day for a couple of weeks after treatment as your skin will be more susceptible to burning – even on days when the sun is not shining. Our technician will give you all the aftercare information you need and explain what is involved when you have a no-obligation consultation and patch test before embarking on a course of treatment.