My face is in safe hands

“I have put my face in the safe hands of Dr. Mansoor Ahmed for the last 15 years, as, after many years working in the beauty industry (and having seen some truly overdone ‘work’), his are the only hands I would trust to keep me looking naturally ageless.

Dr. Ahmed understands that an artistic sensibility is key, and he spends time understanding not just how your face looks, but how it moves. He is not swayed by the latest fads, and knows how to gently tell you is something won’t work, and is diplomatically stubborn when ensuring you will still look like ‘you’-just a better, less creased, rested and more symmetrical version.

I love the fact that he sees the changing face as something holistic, that can often benefit from many small subtle interventions, rather than one large tactical change that everybody notices. In all my time working with him, I have had a lot of compliments on how I look-but none on the work I have done-and that’s the way I like it!”

Deborah G. Winchester

Laser or IPL? Which one is best?

The question that still burns!

Even after 20 years of performing hair removal using light based technology, I still get asked time and time again by both clients and fellow aesthetic therapists.

There are two camps of people. IPL is best camp and Laser is the only way camp.

To answer the question of ‘which is best’ is neither quick or easy, so I will simplify the pros and cons of each.

First, a brief explanation of the two types of light is needed.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This technology is basically a very powerful lightbulb. IPL delivers a broad spectrum of light, Eg. It delivers a range of different colours. IPL produces a bright flash of light that you can see. It has much more heating effect in the surface of the skin.

LASER (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Hair removal lasers all produce only Infrared type of light. Infrared is invisible type of light, and is just one part of the light spectrum. The laser beam is straight and concise which means all the energy is concentrated into a small beam and is more precise. Laser energy penetrates a bit deeper into the skin and causes less heating on the skin surface than IPL.

laser-hair-technologySo, Which is best Laser or IPL?

This depends on two main factors.

  1. The quality and the power the machine is able to deliver.
  2. The skin and hair type that needs treating

QUALITY AND POWER: Because lasers are precision engineering, they generally only work if they are well made. Of course some lasers are better quality than others, but even the lower quality laser machines will work to a reasonable standard.

IPL, however, is very different. There are a lot of poor quality IPL machines being used in clinics and salons. They contain lightbulbs with poor energy output.

Low quality IPL machines also have less ability to control the energy output. They are made more simply so the operator needs less training and very little thought is needed to adjust treatment settings.

This is maybe why I get many clients who say they had lots of IPL treatment and it didn’t work.

However, a well made good quality IPL will have high energy output and the ability to adjust the treatment settings. This means good training is needed so the operator can tailor best parameters for your skin and hair type.

A good quality IPL can be as good as a laser to achieve hair removal results.


This makes IPL more risky when treating tanned skin or very dark skin types.

Treatment Exceptions

The exceptions are when it comes to treating three types of skin:

  1. Recently Tanned Skin.
  2. African and Caribbean skin types.
  3. Lighter Hair Types (Caucasian, white people).

In the first two skin types, the NdYAG type laser is the safest choice of laser. NdYAG laser has the least heating effect in the surface of the skin because it is less absorbed by pigmentation, so the risk of a surface skin burn is greatly reduced.

As opposed to IPL that has much greater heating effect at the skin surface. This makes IPL more risky when treating tanned skin or very dark skin types.

In the third skin type: Light skin types that have medium to light brown, or dark blond hair. This lighter type of hair does not get hot very easily and does not absorb light very well.

IPL has a better heating effect in these lighter hair types. I have found much better results on lighter hair types when using a good quality IPL than with an NdYAG laser.

To find out more visit our Laser and IPL treatment page or book a free consultation call:

Telephone: 0330 223 1009

Text: 07909 516577

Email: info@atskinandlaser.co.uk

An amazing facial!

I had a multi-layer facial with Alicia a month ago and I’m still getting compliments about my skin.  My dark pigments have faded, my pores are visibly tightened and my complexion is much brighter.  I been wearing minimal make-up! I won’t be going anywhere else for my facials in future.

Tina, High Wycombe

I had tried many products, but none seemed to really help.

I first considered laser treatments after developing acne rosacea 2 years ago.

I had tried many products, but none seemed to really help.
I initially had 3 sessions of laser last year, followed by 1 IPL this year. At my first appointment I had a consultation to assess my problem areas and to discuss The recommended treatment plan.

We decided on a course of 3 focusing on the raised colour across my checks. I had my first treatment the same day as the consultation, which was quick and more or less pain free, just an intense heat for half a second each time which was very bearable.
I didn’t see a huge difference after my first treatment but by the end of the course the high colour across my cheeks had greatly reduced. I had one more session this year, which has shown even further results, which I am very pleased about. Although I could probably still benefit from one more session to see even more drastic results

I’ve been coming to Alicia for the last 5yrs.

I’ve been coming to Alicia for the last 5yrs. (I’m now in my mid fifties) I trust her implicitly, mainly because she always advises treatments that suit my needs.

Not being a big fan of facial fillers, I like results that look natural and find that Alicia can provide treatments that give better results than fillers.

Having been a smoker and had some amount of sun exposure, I believe that had I not benefited from her treatments I would look a lot older!

I would go as far to say that Alicia has peeled the years back off me as opposed to just maintained my appearance.

Areas of my face in particular that I feel have the most noticeable results are the lines on my forehead, around my eyes and the smokers lines around my mouth.

Highly recommended!

Diane Holyoak