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What are Laser Skin Treatments?

In the ever-evolving world of skincare, laser skin treatments are a powerful way to address a variety of skin concerns with precision and effectiveness. From reducing the signs of aging to combating stubborn acne and minimising scars, laser skin treatments offer tailored solutions for achieving clearer, smoother, and more youthful skin. 

In this blog, we’ll summarise the different types of laser skin treatments available today, exploring how each one works and the skin issues they target. Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your complexion or tackle specific skin problems, understanding the range of laser options can help you make informed decisions about your skincare journey.

About Laser Skin Treatments

Laser skin treatments are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that use concentrated intense pulsed light (lasers) to address various skin issues. These treatments can improve the appearance and texture of the skin by targeting specific skin concerns, including wrinkles, scars, and pigmentation. Here are some of the common types of laser skin treatments:

Laser Resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin to improve skin texture and tone, as well as reduce wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes.

We use the iPixel – a non-ablative laser (the laser beams coagulate the affected tissue). This type of laser uses rapid pulses of high-intensity light to remove the damaged upper layers of your skin.

This laser is suitable for treating skin conditions associated with aging and active lifestyles. It can also dramatically improve the appearance of any previous scarring.

Laser Skin Tightening

Skin that has lost its elasticity will appear to sag or droop. Non-surgical skin tightening is an ideal solution for those not wanting to undergo cosmetic surgery. 

Laser skin involves using radio-frequency and ultrasound to target deeper layers of skin. It leaves the surrounding tissue unscathed as it gradually heats these chosen areas, triggering the body’s natural healing response. This results in the production of more collagen which ultimately causes that particular area of skin to tighten.

Laser Treatment for Pigmentation

Laser Treatment for Pigmentation targets melanin to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun damage. 

When skin cells are damaged, (by UV or in some cases, pregnancy and certain skin diseases) the melanin production is affected and creates pigmentations on the skin.

Our Harmony® AFT pulsed light technology is a virtually painless treatment to treat dark patches, age spots and sun damage. It combines heat and light to target the pigmented areas and gradually break them down.

Laser Treatment for Acne

Laser Acne Treatment uses concentrated light beams to reduce acne by targeting bacteria, excess oil, and inflammation in the skin. It also promotes collagen production, which helps to heal and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

We offer the leading laser treatment for acne to dramatically reduce blemishes caused by this condition. The Harmony® AFT laser works quickly and thoroughly to destroy acne bacteria. It permeates the tissue to precisely target the problem areas. As the light penetrates the tissue, it begins a chemical reaction beneath the surface, natural molecules increase which work to kill the bacteria and prevent acne at its source.

Laser Treatment for Rosacea

Laser Rosacea Treatment uses targeted light to reduce redness and visible blood vessels by collapsing and reabsorbing them. This non-invasive procedure also helps to decrease inflammation and improve overall skin texture.

Rosacea is a condition involving the face that results in a “blush” or redness and progresses from intermittent to consistent. It is associated with prominent blood vessels that are visible on the skin’s surface. Rosacea can worsen the longer it is left untreated. Redness can worsen, and puss filled bumps (pustules and papules) may appear. Topical creams and antibiotics are solutions that work well for a short period of time. But the issue lies beneath the layers of the skin that is visible, and laser treatment will work more effectively to clear the reddening of the skin.

Harmony® AFT works by the laser being placed directly onto the skin and emitting wavelengths of light to target the visible blood vessels just underneath the surface. The heat from the laser works by breaking these vessels down and eventually the vessels collapse. After a course of treatment, they shall altogether disappear. This treatment is effective and works brilliantly to diminish Redness, Rosacea and Broken Capillaries. 

Laser Treatment for Thread Veins

Laser Treatment for Thread Veins treats broken capillaries, spider veins, and vascular lesions by targeting blood vessels. Examples include pulsed dye lasers and Nd:YAG lasers.

Thread veins or broken veins occur when a vein dilates and becomes large enough to be visible through the transparency of the skin. This is especially noticeable on fair skin but can affect any skin type and colour.

Laser thread vein removal uses targeted light to heat and collapse visible veins, which the body then absorbs and eliminates, resulting in reduced vein visibility with minimal discomfort and downtime. At HC MedSpa we offer a range of thread vein removal treatments, including the latest laser technology in Harmony® Nd:YAG (for individual capillaries) and AFT (for the face). 

Laser Stretch Mark Removal

Much like the previous conditions, laser stretch mark removal uses the targeted laser energy to penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production, which helps to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. 

The procedure encourages the growth of new, healthy skin cells, making stretch marks less noticeable over time. It is a non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime, though multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal breaks down tattoo ink particles in the skin so they can be absorbed and eliminated by the body. Q-switched lasers are commonly used. At HC MedSpa, we offer a range of lasers, this is in order to remove the various colours that a tattoo may contain.  One laser system cannot eliminate them all. This provides our clients with a safe and effective laser tattoo removal treatment.

Benefits of Laser Skin Treatment:

  • Precision: Lasers can precisely target specific skin issues without affecting surrounding areas.
  • Minimal Downtime: Many laser treatments are non-invasive and require little to no downtime.
  • Versatility: Can address a wide range of skin concerns.

Considerations for Laser Skin Treatment:

  • Side Effects: Possible side effects include redness, swelling, and temporary discomfort.
  • Multiple Sessions: Often, several sessions are needed to achieve desired results.
  • Cost: Costs vary depending on the type of treatment and the area being treated.
  • Skin Type: Certain lasers may be more suitable for specific skin types. For instance, darker skin tones may require specific types of lasers to minimise the risk of pigmentation changes.


Consulting with a qualified practitioner is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment for individual skin concerns and to understand the potential risks and benefits.

HC MedSpa has 4 clinics located in North London – Mill HillFinchleyBarnet and Radlett.