Cambridge skincare clinic rebranded
A Cambridge laser clinic has joined a nationwide network which will allow it to offer the latest technology.
Located at Brooklands Avenue, the centre was, until recently, known as the Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic and was set up 12 years ago by Dr Nathan Holt.
But it has now become part of the sk:n clinic network, a move that will see its offering expand to more than 200 clinically-proven specialist skin treatments.
The clinic has undergone a refurbishment and officially opened as part of the sk:n brand in July, ahead of an autumn launch party.
Established in 1990, sk:n has the largest network of national skincare clinics, with 46 across the country.
Treatments include rejuvenation, laser hair removal and tattoo removal. More than two million clients have been treated by sk:n, the winner of best clinic group at the 2016 Aesthetics Awards.
Dr Holt will continue to hold regular sessions at sk:n Cambridge and the same team will serve the clinic’s customers.
The Welsh-born doctor, who has more than 20 years’ experience, has expertise in laser aesthetics. He began his career as a laser operator, working his way up to laser protection supervisor and subsequently managing director of the Laserase clinic in Croydon.
Since 2005, he has administered more than 50,000 treatments at the Cambridge clinic, before joining up with sk:n.
Dr Holt, who says sk:n is a “great network led by doctors and nurses,” explained that laser technology has come a long way since he first started using it in the early 1990s.
“Certainly from about 2005 onwards there were huge advances in laser technologies. We were able to deliver a wide range of treatments without causing any major downtime for clients.
“It meant we could do quite incredible things and people could almost get straight back to work afterwards – whereas in the past with the older technology we could still achieve a lot, but it caused quite a lot of marking on the skin so it would often involve people being at home for a couple of weeks afterwards.”
Tattoo removal is one of the treatments to benefit. Dr Holt said: “For tattoo removal, the original lasers were CO2 lasers which always caused scarring of the skin.
“Then in about 1993-94, Q-switch lasers were brought out and they were able to remove a tattoo with minimal risk of scarring. I think the risk of scarring at the clinic at the moment is just under half a per cent, so we can normally remove 99.5 per cent of tattoos without any scarring.
“You can’t always get all the ink out, but most of the time we can remove the majority.”
Laser hair removal has also advanced, he said.
“With cold air treatment and the ways we protect the skin now, we can remove hair in a far more comfortable way for the client – but also you can now get very high percentage removals in a relatively low number of treatments.”
Dr Holt, a GMC-registered doctor, concluded: “I think what you’ll find [in the future] is more of a move away from heavy surgical intervention – surgery and general anaesthesia – to a lot more procedures being carried out with local anaesthetic and which are minimally invasive.
“What that means is that we’re not being aggressive to the body, which makes the procedure a lot safer and it means there’s far less downtime and discomfort for the client.”