Personal Consultations

The importance of personalised consultations

Personal Consultations
Help us to help you get great results.

Just as you are expected to have a patch test before a beauty treatment, laser hair removal and laser skin treatments are not walk-in, walk-out procedures. Before embarking on your supple-skinned, hair-free journey, you’ll need to have a chat with your laser technician.

Why do I need a consultation?
Would you start driving somewhere that you didn’t know how to get to, without consulting a map? No. Without a full consultation, both you and your laser technician are going in blind.

A consultation is required to discuss:
– Your skin type and which areas you’d like to treat.
– How many sessions you’re likely to require, depending on hair type, skin
complaint and area.
– Any possible side effects, pain or discomfort and how to treat it.
– Contraindications that might affect your treatment.
– Preparation and aftercare procedures.

Your laser technician also needs to know about any pre-existing conditions or regular medications. This may involve a short run down of your medical history and asking whether you have been, or are, pregnant. During this consultation, it’s important to ask as many questions as you need to. There’s no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to medical procedures, so make sure you leave ‘in the know’.

Managing expectations
One of the most important reasons for needing a thorough consultation, is to discuss the various contraindications that may affect your treatment. For example, many laser treatments cannot be carried out on those with:

– Bleeding disorders
– Large metal implants
– Histamine allergies
– Vitiligo
– A prescription for medications that increase photosensitivity
– Keloid scarring
– Lesions, wounds or active herpes

There are other conditions that may affect the efficacy or longevity of your laser treatments. For example – with laser hair removal on those with hirsutism, it may take a few extra sessions to get the desired result. For acne scarring and other skin discolouration, several specialist laser facial treatments may be required. The best  way for us to assess the level and length of your treatment, is to examine the skin in-person.

A consultation will allow us to discuss the effectiveness of your treatment. We believe that should get what you pay for – therefore, we are upfront about results and will not treat someone or recommend a treatment that may not work for them. If we are concerned, we’ll always suggest that you speak to your GP before embarking on any aesthetic procedure process.

As specialists in laser treatments, there is nothing we haven’t seen before. Our state of the art training means that we are always up to date with the latest practices and contraindication information. If you’re concerned or would like know if laser might be the way forward for you, start by getting in touch and speaking one of our friendly team.

Emma Simpson
Laser Couture
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Medical Conditions

4 medical conditions that might make you consider laser treatment


This condition is the appearance of male-pattern hair growth in women. This may
manifest as excessive or very dark hair on areas such as the face, chest, back and
neck. Sometimes hirsutism is genetic, but it may also be caused by excessively
high levels of the hormone: androgen. Medications and other external influences
may also cause excessive hair growth.
Laser therapy, the process of passing concentrated laser light over the skin, can
help to damage the extra follicles. This will prevent the hair from growing over a
course of multiple treatments. Different areas may require varying levels of
intensity and treatment lengths
If you think you are suffering with symptoms of hirsutism, or are looking for a
treatment option, laser hair removal therapy may be the answer.

Acne & Scarring

Scarring from acne can prolong the discomfort, long after the pimples have faded.
Many women find that acne scarring serves as a reminder of an uncomfortable
time in their lives. Whilst topical creams and facials may help, there are more
effective and faster acting treatments available.
Non-ablative fractional laser treatments deliver small, concentrated beams of heat
into the skin. This stimulates the replacement of old skin cells with new, healthy
ones. The body produces more collagen in the area, plumping out divots and scars
to produce an even skin tone. You don’t need to cover up your acne scars for life –
non-ablative fractional laser is fast acting and requires little downtime. You will be
advised on how to properly care for your skin after the treatment.

Hormonal conditions

Women with hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and postmenopause, may find an increase in dark or unusual body hair. Most commonly, this
will be evident on the upper lip, neck and chest – all of these areas are easily
treated with laser. Using the latest machines and highest quality lasers, Laser
Couture is very experienced in the field of hormonal related hair-growth.
Over a course of several treatments, laser treatment kills the hair follicle and
prevent further hair growth. Several treatments are needed in order to deliver the
laser to the entire area, at different stages of hair growth. This ensures that all
hairs are ‘caught’.
If you’re concerned about hormonal related hair growth, speak to our experts who
have been helping women feel more comfortable, no matter the area in question.


As well as assisting with scarring and acne marks, non-ablative fractional and IPL
(Intense pulsed Light) laser treatment together, can also improve the colouring and
pigment of the skin. If you have an uneven skin tone, melasma or liver spots, a
course of laser treatment may be able to help. Melasma or ‘chloasma’ is a common
skin condition, often effecting pregnant women. Melasma is simply irregular
pigmentation in the face, causing brown or darkened patches to appear over time.
The strong, but safe, laser works to destroy the melanin-producing cells that
darken the skin tone. Over several weeks or months, the marks will fade until
barely noticeable. The only important process to note is that you must take extra
care to protect your skin from the sun. Not only to prevent the melasma coming
back, but also to care for the tender new skin that is produced as a result of the
As Winchester’s laser specialists, there is truly nothing we haven’t seen and we are
equipped to treat a wide variety of medical conditions related to skin tone,
scarring and excess hair.
If you’re ever concerned, or wish to find out whether laser might be suitable for
you – please give our friendly team a call and let us advise you on the best course
of treatment.

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The Difference

The difference between a Beauty Therapist & a Laser Technician

Across the field of health, wellness, beauty and aesthetics – there are numerous titles and accolades. To the customer, patient or client, these can become confusing and baffling. When choosing the professional you’d like to carry out your aesthetic treatments, it’s important to note their qualifications and choose the appropriate level of expertise.

Beauty therapists pamper, beautify and treat customers to a relaxing experience. This might include treatments such as:
– Facials and exfoliation treatments
– Manicures, pedicures, gels or nail extensions
– Waxing, threading or plucking
– Eyelash and eyebrow dyes and perms
– Lash extensions

Experienced and highly qualified beauticians and beauty therapists may have also trained in intimate waxing, reflexology, massage or aromatherapy. In the UK, most beauty therapists must complete NVQ qualifications and vocational training at specialist colleges (such as ITEC in Advanced Beauty Therapy or VTCT Diplomas). When it comes to more advanced beauty procedures, these may require individuals to have a level of medical training – above and beyond their potential beauty therapy experience.

These types of procedures might include:
– Botox and fillers
– Medical grade facials and peels
– Non-surgical aesthetic treatments
– Laser hair removal

In particular, practitioners and experts carrying out medical grade laser hair removal must be highly qualified. At Laser Couture, our laser experts are trained by laser specialist manufacturers and have professional certifications in laser safety. On top of NVQ qualifications in Beauty Therapy, we are VTCT Level 4 Laser qualified and trained with 510nm – 1540nm lasers – ensuring the complete safety of our clients.

It is incredibly important to consider the knowledge and background of your laser specialist. Any treatment which involves the skin, or permanency of results, must be taken seriously. The cost of a bad laser job is much more than a few hundred pounds. If you pay for laser treatments from an under-qualified individual, you risk:
Burnt skin
– Darkened areas around the removed hair
– Blistered areas
– Rashes and pimples
– Extreme pain during and after the procedure
– Patchy hair regrowth and poor results
– A total waste of money…

With over 20 year’s experience, our laser specialists are some of the most exceptionally
qualified in the field. Emma is also trained by Cynosure, the creator of the medical grade Cynosure Vectus Laser – the best on the market. Our unrivalled results are due to Emma’s advanced level of experience with all types of hair removal, from PCOS to hirsutism. A highly-qualified specialist will be able to assess your skin type, advise you on top-of-therange after care and deliver results after your first session. If you experience anything less than this, then it’s time to look elsewhere. If you have any questions about Emma, her team or the procedures and treatments they carry out – please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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