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The Ultimate Guide to Laser Treatments for the Face

If you’ve never considered facial lasers, you may feel a little sceptical about what they can offer. However, at the Cambridge Laser Clinic, we offer a variety of non-surgical procedures to help you feel your best. We have created this guide to help you learn more about how facial lasers work as well as the benefits they provide.

What types of facial laser treatments are available at the Cambridge Laser Clinic?

Facial laser treatment can be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions that in the past were thought to have no treatment options. Lasers offer quality precision and can help to restore confidence in a wide array of patients.

We use a range of laser systems to help us achieve superior results. By using different techniques, we can offer treatment for:


Laser treatment for snoring is called Somnilase. In this treatment, a microscopic laser is used to stiffen and strengthen the soft palate and uvula. This laser utilises the Er YAG 2940nm near-infrared wavelength.


Acne can leave a variety of scars and cause emotional distress to any individual. If you’ve tried a variety of acne treatment methods but find nothing works to treat scars, consider facial lasers. We can help to treat both active acne and acne scars.

Hair Removal

If you’re tired of shaving and waxing, hair removal through laser treatment can help to permanently solve your problem. This process is also relatively painless and works by deliberately damaging the hair follicle, preventing future growth.

Tattoo Removal

According to statistics, around 1/3 of people regret getting a tattoo. Whilst most tattoo removal is on the arms or back, small face tattoos are still a popular choice for some. Our tattoo removal lasers are 10x more effective and deliver up to 16x more energy than high street removal companies.

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

As we age, our skin loses collagen and becomes less elastic. Further exposure to smoking and sunlight can deepen this process, leaving many patients desiring smoother, youthful skin.

Facial Thread Veins

Facial thread veins are also known as broken veins and appear around the mouth and nose. They can also spread towards the cheeks. Many people feel self-conscious about these veins and opt for laser treatment to diffuse the redness.


Many people believe rosacea is just a blushing condition, however, if left untreated, it can result in rhinophyma. At the Cambridge Laser Clinic, we help patients reduce and control symptoms through Laser and Light technologies.

Port Wine Stains

Port-wine stains are a genetic condition and can darken over time. This can result in feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Our team can help to treat port-wine stains, including those that are more resistant to treatment.

What systems are used in facial laser treatments?

One of the most common facial laser treatments is for the reduction of veins, fine lines, and rosacea. To reduce redness and diffuse blood vessels, we use the following lasers:

  • V Beam pulse dye laser (PDL) 595nm for gold standard treatment of superficial and deeper diffuse redness, flushing and smaller blood vessels
  • KTP 532nm LP Laser for the treatment of superficial larger bright red discrete blood vessels
  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP Laser for the treatment of deeper, larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels and the treatment of flushing.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm for the treatment of superficial diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 570-950nm for the treatment of deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels

What do facial lasers feel like?

At the Cambridge Laser Clinic, we understand that some patients may be apprehensive about treatment due to fears that laser treatment is painful. However, the majority of patients who have received treatment would describe it as more of a stinging sensation and slight discomfort rather than pain.

When the laser touches the skin, you will feel heat followed by a sting. This redness usually resolves within an hour or two, though it depends on the intensity of the treatment you are receiving.

Whether laser treatment hurts or not depends on the patient and their tolerance for pain. The best way to describe the feeling of your face after laser treatment is sensitive and as if it has been sunburnt. A lot of patients also describe the feeling of laser treatment as though elastic bands are being temporarily snapped against the skin.

We, therefore, recommend avoiding touching or picking the area immediately after treatment and not straining yourself through heavy exercise or physical activity. The best way to help the swelling or irritation is to apply cold compresses to the face.

Who performs the treatments?

All laser treatments are performed by our in-house medical team and overseen by Dr Nathan Holt. We have over 25 years of experience in laser treatment and have completed over 120,000 successful treatments since we began operating.

By choosing the Cambridge Laser Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands every step of the way. We understand that your appearance can determine how you feel and work hard to find treatments suitable to your every need.

Will I need more than one treatment?

To achieve your desired results, we usually recommend a course of at least three facial laser treatments.

The first treatment is usually the most intense and will kickstart your programme with intense, quality laser blasts. The second is less severe but will continue to address your skin concerns. Finally, the third laser treatment will help to achieve your best complexion leaving you glowing.

If you’re currently struggling with a facial issue that laser treatment could help with, get in touch with our team today by calling us on 01223 789900. Alternatively, you can book a free consultation with Dr Nathan Holt, who will be more than happy to talk you through your treatment options.

At the Cambridge Laser Clinic, we always put our patients first. Our staff are never offered bonus incentives, nor are they commissioned to sell treatments. This means we remain ethical and adhere to health and safety standards at all times.