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Laserase Bolton welcomes cooling off period for cosmetic procedures

Laserase Bolton logoLaserase Bolton has welcomed new guidance from the General Medical Council to make surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures safer.

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures must allow patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead with treatment, according to the new guidance, which has been produced by the General Medical Council (GMC) to make cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts, dermal fillers and Botox, safer.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We welcome any steps that improve the safety of cosmetic treatments and the new guidance will help to make patients more aware of the implications of the procedures they are having. It will also give people more time to decide if it is right for them.

“At Laserase Bolton, all our patients are invited to a free, no obligation consultation in order to assess their suitability for treatment and to discuss the different treatment options available. We believe it is important to understand our patients’ needs and to listen to any concerns they may have. We always recommend that people think carefully about the treatment they choose, before going ahead.”

Some of the key points in the new GMC guidance are that doctors will be open and honest with patients and not trivialise the risks involved; they will give patients enough time and information before they decide whether to have a cosmetic procedure and allow them time to ‘cool off’; and they will ask patients to tell them how they have been affected by a cosmetic procedure, both physically and psychologically, and check whether they are satisfied with the outcome.

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England, providing a complete range of non-surgical skin health solutions. It has been established for over 20 years and all of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses.

The General Medical Council, which sets the standard that UK doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures are expected to follow, will now consult the public and doctors about the guidance. To find out more about the new guidance and to take part in the consultation, visit http://www.gmc-uk.org/news/26550.asp

Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including hair reduction and removal, laser skin peels, acne and acne scarring, thread vein treatments, tattoo removal, pixel laser skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900, email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or visit the website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Huge owl tattoo leaves Darwen woman wise after the event

Ashley TothAshley Toth from Darwen was left regretting a huge owl tattoo on her lower arm and is warning other people to think before they ink. Luckily, with help from a North West laser clinic, Ashley is now well on the way to getting rid of her tattoo for good.

23 year old Ashley had always wanted a tattoo of an owl, as it was her favourite animal, but once she saw the finished design, she realised it wasn’t what she expected.

“I’d wanted a tattoo of an owl for many years,” says Ashley. “They were my mum’s favourite animal and they’re mine, so I knew that no matter what, it would always mean something to me.

“I spent months and months searching for the perfect owl and after failing to find one that I liked, I asked a tattoo artist to design one for me.”

The first time Ashley saw the design was the night before her tattoo appointment. “I wasn’t 100% sure of it,” she says, “but I told myself it was just nerves about getting it done.”

Ashley Owl TattooAshley had her tattoo in April last year but, as time went by, she began to feel that it was too big and, even though she liked the design, she wished the tattoo was smaller. In the end, Ashley decided she couldn’t live with it any more.

“After hearing about Laserase Bolton, I decided to take the plunge and get it removed,” explains Ashley.

Laserase Bolton, located in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital, is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West and has been using lasers to remove tattoos for over 21 years.

“I have been having laser tattoo removal treatment regularly for the last seven months and I am already seeing good results,” says Ashley. “The tattoo has started to fade and looks a lot less obvious now.

“The staff at Laserase Bolton were all friendly and knowledgeable and I really felt put at ease by the nurse delivering my treatment. The standards are excellent and I would recommend the clinic to anyone.”

Ashley adds that, although the laser treatment can be quite painful, particularly on the areas of the tattoo where there is the most ink, the use of ice and numbing cream helps to make it less uncomfortable.

Ashley is now warning other people to think carefully before they get a tattoo done.

“Make sure the design is what you want and find out exactly how big the tattoo will be. If you need time to think about it before you go ahead, then don’t be afraid to tell the tattooist. Whatever happens, don’t be pressured into anything.

“It’s great that laser tattoo removal is there if you change your mind, but you do need to do your research to ensure you choose a reputable tattoo removal company. I chose Laserase Bolton because the removals are done by doctors and nurses and they are CQC registered.”

As well as laser tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including hair reduction, acne treatment, thread vein and birth mark treatment. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900, email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Laser hair reduction treatment helps polycystic ovaries sufferers

Sister Saria Tahir

Saria Tahir

For women suffering from polycystic ovaries syndrome, one of the most visible and embarrassing effects of the illness is the growth of excess face and body hair. However for Saria Tahir from Bury, and many others like her, laser hair reduction treatment is helping to alleviate these symptoms.

Polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects millions of women. Those who suffer from PCOS typically have high levels of male hormones (androgens), missed or irregular periods and many harmless small cysts on their ovaries. The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown, but according to NHS UK, it is thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels.

The symptoms of PCOS include difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss from the head and acne. Although PCOS can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed, and laser hair reduction is one way of helping to treat excessive hair growth.

Saria, who is a nurse at Laserase Bolton, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome about seven years ago.

“When I was first diagnosed, I was suffering from many of the symptoms related to the illness, such as excess hair growth, weight gain and acne. I had tried all sorts of creams for unwanted hair, but none of them really worked and I needed a more permanent solution.

“As I work at Laserase Bolton, I was aware of laser hair reduction treatment, so I decided to give it a try. I had four treatments at four weekly intervals and the results were great. The hair regrowth was about 80% less than it had been and any hairs that did grow back were much finer.”

Saria followed up on her initial course of treatment with additional sessions once every three or four months for a while.

Saria adds that laser hair reduction treatment is painless, is less abrasive than other hair reduction treatments and has helped to improve the condition of her skin.

Dr Kiran Patel at Laserase Bolton, says: “We see a number of women each year like Saria, who come to us for laser hair reduction treatment as a result of polycystic ovaries syndrome.

“Women are encouraged to see their GP in the first instance if they have any of the typical symptoms of PCOS. However, for women like Saria, it is reassuring to know that hair reduction treatment can help to provide a solution for one of the most embarrassing effects of this illness.”

Dr Patel also explains that, as Asian skin is more susceptible to scarring, when it comes to laser treatment extra care must be taken with Asian skin and only qualified medical professionals should undertake treatment.”

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England and has been established for over 20 years. All of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses. For hair reduction, Laserase Bolton uses the Soprano XL laser, which is one of the best on the market and offers a fast, efficient and virtually painless way to remove hair from any part of the body.

As well as hair reduction treatment, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including tattoo removal, acne treatment, thread vein and birth mark treatment. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900, email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or visit the website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Asian Skin Care Open Evening

Asian Skin Care EveningAsian skin care specialists Laserase Bolton are holding an open evening on Wednesday 13th May and offering free skin consultations to the Asian community to advise them on how to improve the look and feel of their skin and how to look after it for the longer term. The event will take place at 7.00pm at Laserase Bolton, opposite the ambulance station on the site of the Royal Bolton hospital.

Sister Saria Tahir of Laserase Bolton says: “Asian skin has some unique characteristics, some of which are very positive and some of which can cause problems. The good news is that Asian skin is more resistant to aging but the downside is that it tends to scar more easily than other skin because Asian people have a thinner ‘stratum corneum’. This is the outermost of the five layers of the epidermis, which is largely responsible for the vital barrier function of the skin, and is the first line of defence against the external environment. Unfortunately, therefore, Asian skin is genetically more predisposed to scarring.

“This means that, when it comes to laser treatment, for example, extra care must be taken with Asian skin and only qualified medical professionals should undertake laser treatment.”

Saria says that there are other skin conditions which are also more problematic for Asian skin – for example, Asian skin is more susceptible to acne and more prone to excess hair growth.

“Because of the unique nature of Asian skin, we would always recommend that expert medical advice is sought before undergoing skin treatment,” adds Saria.

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading and longest established laser clinic and is highly experienced at treating Asian skin conditions, offering a range of skin treatments carried out by qualified medical experts. Treatments include hair reduction and removal, laser skin peels, acne and acne scarring, thread vein treatments, pixel laser rejuvenating and dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections. Laserase Bolton can also offer safe and effective tattoo removal.

To book for the Open Evening at 7pm on Wednesday 13th May ring 01204 570900 or email: admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk

An Open Morning for all skin types takes place at 11am on Saturday 13th June.

For more information on Laserase Bolton visit www.laserase-bolton.co.uk

Competition winner donates prize to friend for tattoo removal

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

A competition winner at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show has generously donated her prize to a friend, to help her have an unwanted tattoo removed.

Angela Wilson from Bolton donated the £100 Laserase vouchers she won to her friend Deepa Khatri who was saving up to have a tattoo removed. Deepa, who is also from Bolton, said she was really happy with the vouchers.

“I am really pleased as it means I can finally get rid of the tattoo I had done as a teenager,” said Deepa. “It was very kind of Angela to let me use the vouchers and I am really grateful to her.”

Deepa had some music symbols tattooed on her wrist about eight years ago, when she was a student.

“Last year I finished university and I decided that, now I am in employment, I didn’t want the tattoo any more,” explains Deepa.

Deepa had a few tattoo removal sessions previously and was just saving up for some more, which is why the vouchers were so welcome.

Deepa has now used some of her vouchers and says she is delighted with the service she received. “Everyone at Laserase Bolton has been really nice.”

The competition that Laserase Bolton ran at the Tattoo Show was to guess how many removal treatments were needed to remove a tattoo which they had pictured. Angela correctly guessed that 10 treatments were needed.

As well as tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including thread vein and unwanted hair removal, skin rejuvenation, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

NHS tattoo removal ‘exception not rule’, says Bolton laser clinic

Laserase Bolton logoDespite recent reports in the media about the cost of NHS laser tattoo removal, tattoo removal on the NHS is rare and is only carried out when major trauma is being caused to the patient, according to Laserase Bolton.

Figures showing that more than two thousand people have had tattoos removed on the NHS over the last five years, at a cost of over £330,000, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tattoo removal, explains Laserase Bolton, with many thousands of private tattoo removal treatments taking place each year.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “At Laserase Bolton alone we have carried out over 10,000 tattoo removal treatments over the last 20 years – and our prices are a fraction of those quoted in the press, starting at only £40 a session.

“For most people who choose to have tattoos in the first place, paying to have them removed is their own responsibility – and rightly so. However, for a small minority of people, tattoo removal on the NHS is necessary because of the distress caused by their tattoos. This can be for a number of reasons, such as an allergic reaction or infection caused by the tattoo, or perhaps the tattoo was done against their will and is causing significant mental health issues.”

Although almost all of Laserase Bolton’s patients pay for their own tattoo removal, the clinic is fairly unique in that it only uses experienced and qualified doctors and nurses to carry out laser tattoo removal treatment. Laserase Bolton is approved by the Care Quality Commission and always puts patient safety and care first.

The number of tattoo parlours has rocketed in recent years and, as a result of this growth in popularity of tattoos, more and more people are turning to clinics like Laserase Bolton to have them removed. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as to improve job prospects, to remove the name of an ex-partner or just because people have changed their mind.

Adds Julie Kershaw: “Tattoo removal on the NHS is the exception not the rule and there are very few instances where people can get a tattoo removed on the NHS these days.”

Tattoo show winners recognised by Laserase Bolton

A tattoo artist from the Wirral and a competition winner from Bolton were recognised by Laserase Bolton at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show.

Laserase Bolton sponsored the Best Oriental Tattoo award at the show and the award was won by Sean Crane (also known as Sean Siamese XIII) from Alan’s Tattoo Studio in Moreton on the Wirral.

Award winning oriental tattoo

Leon’s award-winning oriental tattoo by Sean from Alan’s Tattoo Studio.

“We were delighted to sponsor Best Oriental Tattoo at this year’s Manchester Tattoo Show, ” says Pam McCann of Laserase Bolton. “The standard of entries was incredible and the winning tattoo was a work of art from a very talented tattoo artist.”

Although Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser centre offering a wide range of skin health solutions – including tattoo removal – as Pam McCann says, there is no conflict between liking tattoos and having them removed.

“Tattoos are very popular these days, but sometimes people need to have them removed,” explains Pam. “This can be for a variety of reasons – maybe the tattoo was badly drawn or maybe a bride or groom doesn’t want a tattoo on show at their wedding. It might also be to remove the name of an ex-partner or to improve job prospects – whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help safely remove the tattoos.”

Laserase Bolton also ran a competition at the Tattoo Show and this was won by Angela Wilson from Bolton. The competition was to guess how many removal treatments were needed to remove a tattoo which they had pictured.

Angela correctly guessed that 10 treatments were needed and won a £100 voucher to use against laser treatment at Laserase Bolton for either tattoo removal or skin regeneration treatment.

As well as tattoo removal and skin regeneration, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Manchester International Tattoo Show took place at Manchester Central on 28 February and 1 March. To find out more visit www.manchestertattooshow.com.

Dramatic increase in tattoo parlours in Bolton

Laserase Bolton logoThe number of tattoo parlours licensed in Bolton has rocketed over the last ten years according to figures from Bolton Council.

A freedom of information request to Bolton Council from laser clinic Laserase Bolton situated in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital shows that the number of tattoo parlours in Bolton has grown from 4 in 2004 to 37 in 2014 – an 825% increase.

The growth of tattoo parlours in Bolton is much more dramatic than in the country as a whole. A report from Experian published last year showed that the number of tattoo parlours nationally grew by 173% over the last decade.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “Anyone who knows Bolton will realise that the number of tattoo parlours in the town has rocketed in recent years. Tattoos are very popular these days, but as a consequence of that we are seeing a growing number of people coming to our clinic for tattoo removal.

“This can be for a variety of reasons; it may be because it has been badly drawn (sometimes done by themselves), due to a forthcoming wedding where the bride or groom do not want tattoos on show on their wedding pictures, it may be to remove a name of an ex-partner, to improve job prospects, or because they’ve simply changed their mind about it, but whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help to safely remove the tattoos.”

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser clinic and has been carrying out laser tattoo removal for over 20 years. It has removed over 10,000 tattoos in all. All of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses.

“It is important that anyone thinking of having a tattoo checks out the tattoo parlour first,” says Julie. “As well as checking that it is registered with the local Council, make sure it looks clean and displays a health and safety certificate; check if they are a member of a recognised tattoo trade organisation and, if you know anyone with tattoos, why not get a recommendation from them first, or ask the parlour for customer testimonials.

“Of course it also makes sense to check out the artist’s portfolio, to make sure you are happy with their work.”

Tattoo removal challenge for Bolton bride-to-be

Jane and her fiancé

Jane and her fiancé

A teacher from Farnworth is in a race against time to get rid of her unwanted tattoos before she gets married next year and, with help from a laser clinic in Bolton, is well on her way to a tattoo-free wedding day.

Jane is planning to get married in August 2016 and wants her tattoos to have gone by then, so she decided to contact Laserase Bolton, which is located in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital.

“I’d been thinking of having my tattoos removed for some time now,” says Jane. “Finally, after setting my wedding date, I realised it was now or never! So I gave Laserase Bolton a ring. There and then I booked an appointment for the following day.”

Jane first decided to have tattoos when she was at university. “I can honestly say it was an impulse decision! I had always liked butterflies and one day, sat in a lecture at university, I thought ‘I want a tattoo’.

Jane's tattoos before treatment

Jane’s tattoos before treatment

“I knew I wanted it somewhere that people could see, but that I could still hide if I needed to. I was a trainee teacher at the time and some schools disapproved of staff showing tattoos. A few of my friends had them and they gave me advice on where to have it done. Within a week I had the first five tattoos on the top of my neck and then had more added at a later stage.”

However when her boyfriend proposed to her last February, Jane decided the tattoos had to go. She didn’t want to be walking down the aisle on her wedding day with lots of ink on show.

At her first tattoo removal appointment, Jane says the nurse at Laserase Bolton was very understanding and it was clear that she knew what she was talking about. “She eased my nerves by explaining how things would work, how long it would take and the aftercare. More importantly, we discussed pricing.”

Jane's butterfly tattoo is fading

Jane’s butterfly tattoo is fading

Jane had her first treatment in July 2014 and has been having regular treatments at six weekly intervals ever since. By September 2014, the results were beginning to show – as Jane said at the time: “Feeling rather excited by the results! It’s quite clear that the tattoos are on their way out bit by bit!” However, she realises that it is going to take some time for the tattoos to disappear completely.

Jane explains that the tattoo removal process is quite uncomfortable, but with the help of ice and numbing cream it isn’t too bad. “Thankfully the nurse used ice to numb my butterflies. Half way through the session, when it became too uncomfortable, she offered me some numbing cream for the areas that were left to do. The cream was really helpful. It took the edge off the pain and really helped me to finish the treatment.”

Jane recently found out that her mum is getting married again soon and she wants Jane to be her bridesmaid. “Very exciting,” says Jane, ”but a little more pressure time wise as she hates my tattoos and really does not want them visible on the day. A good job I started this process when I did!”

As well as tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of other treatments. This includes skin rejuvenation treatments, thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Charity toy appeal gets a head start for Christmas 2015!

Bolton Lions Toy Appeal

Michael Crompton from Bolton Lions collecting the toys from Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton.

A toy collection at a laser clinic in Bolton for the Caring Christmas Appeal, run by Bolton Lions and The Bolton News, proved so successful that a big bin of toys has now been donated to next year’s appeal.

Thanks to the generosity of customers and staff, Laserase Bolton, which is located in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital, collected three bins of toys for this year’s appeal. However the toys kept coming in, so Bolton Lions have decided to put the remainder towards next year’s appeal – giving them a head start for Christmas 2015.

Customers at Laserase Bolton include people coming in for skin rejuvenation treatments, tattoo, thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments.

It is the 33rd year that Bolton Lions have run the appeal and this year saw a record number of needy children supplied with toys. 1,063 children, all from the Bolton area, received six to seven mostly new toys each.

John Crompton, Treasurer of Bolton Lions, said: “We were very pleased with the toys provided in the Laserase collection. These toys when collected go to our unit in Bolton, to be sorted into age categories and then put into large bags to be distributed to children. These bags go to schools, children’s homes, social workers and children’s centres, which provide us with lists of underprivileged children.”

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We’re delighted to have helped collect toys for the Caring Christmas Appeal and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and staff. We hope that the toys which came in after the end of this year’s appeal will help to get next year’s appeal off to a flying start!

“We’re looking forward to taking part again and to helping the appeal break new records next time, with even more toys donated.”

If you would like to help Laserase Bolton and the British Lions in next year’s appeal or want further information about Laserase ring 01204 570900 or visit the website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk. Bolton Lions can be contacted via their website www.boltonlions.org.uk.