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Teresa says:

“I’ve tried so many different treatments for melasma but this is the only one that I really trust—I know it works.”

What is Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel?

The Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel is a unique, multi-ingredient chemical treatment designed to reduce areas of skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation. It can improve the appearance of freckles, pregnancy melasma, hyperpigmentation, chloasma from UV damage, birthmarks and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne or scars. There’s no harsh hydroquinone and is suitable for all skin types and ages.

How does it work?

The Cosmelan peel decreases the skin’s natural melanin production (which causes hyperpigmentation) by inhibiting an enzyme deep within the skin. It also improves cell turnover which ‘pushes’ pigment cells to the surface where they are sloughed away. Rather than harsh hydroquinone which is often used for melanin lightening, Cosmelan uses azelaic acid, which kills bacteria on the surface and boosts new skin production, as well as Kolic acid, to inhibit melanin production.

Teresa says:

“I use LED Light Therapy in every single facial to calm any areas of irritation and it’s also brilliant at brightening the skin.”

What is LED Light Therapy?

Dermalux™ LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive hand and facial treatment that uses narrow band, non-thermal LED light energy to trigger your body’s natural cell processes to accelerate rejuvenation and repair of the skin. It’s recommended for skin rejuvenation, sun damage, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, sensitive and inflammatory conditions, wound healing and scarring as well as anyone looking to restore skin’s radiance.

How does LED Light Therapy work?

LED Light Therapy uses colour wavelengths of visible light which have specific skin benefits. As a result of ageing, skin disorders or trauma, healthy skin cells are compromised and unable to renew themselves normally. The skin uses the light as a source of energy to fuel the repair and rejuvenation of damaged cells, or, in the case of treating acne, kill bacteria. The energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, boosts circulation and accelerates tissue repair. During the treatment, you’ll simply lie underneath a light screen while the device does all the work.

Depending on your skin concern, the three types of light available are as follows:

Red light—increases natural hydration levels, reduced redness and inflammation, shrinks the appearance of pores, regulates oil production, improves circulation, accelerates skin repair as is a medically-approved treatment for rosacea.

Blue light—powerful antibacterial properties for the treatment of acne without irritation, reduces oil production, prevents future breakout and offers a UV-free alternative for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.

Near infra-red light—the most deeply absorbed wavelength, it increases cell permeability and absorption, smooths lines and wrinkles, improves elasticity, reduces pain and inflammation, accelerates wound healing and heals cystic acne.

The need to knows:

A course of treatments offers corrective and long-lasting results, although you’ll be able to see a difference after the first session. Light therapy is also particularly calming, so you’ll leave feeling refreshed.

Does LED Light Therapy hurt?

No, LED Light Therapy is completely non-invasive and does not hurt.

What are the after-effects?

Unlike some other treatments, there is no downtime, nor any discomfort or redness post treatment.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa Says:

“IPL targets so many different skin concerns but it’s especially good for skin rejuvenation and fading hyperpigmentation.”

What is IPL?

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is often also referred to as a photofacial, which uses a beam of light energy to target skin pigment imperfections (whether created by melanin, or blood) on the surface of the skin. Thus, it’s a great tool to use in the treatment of freckles, age spots, spider veins, sun damage, enlarged pores, redness and flushing (rosacea) as well as irregular hyperpigmentation and can be used to treat the face, neck, décolletage or hands.

How does IPL work?

A beam of intense light energy passes through the skin and seeks out irregularities in pigment—whether they are created by excess melanin or blood. Here, the light will damage the abnormalities, and after time, they will fade away.

The need to knows:

A consultation at the clinic will help determine how many sessions you need. For the treatment of brown spots, you can expect them to get darker over the following three days, before flaking off or becoming absorbed by skin within a couple of weeks.

For rosacea or vein removal, the red veins will either disappear immediately, or become more pronounced before fading over the next 4 weeks. Cherry angiomas (red moles) will persist for 3-6 weeks post treatment, at which point they should disappear. You’ll also see smoother skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles 1-3 months after treatment.

Does it hurt?

IPL can feel fairly hot on the skin, so it may feel uncomfortable at first, but it is completely bearable.

The after effects:

There will be a temporary redness that can feel like sunburn on the treated area.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“This treatment is so good at stimulating collagen and strengthening the skin, so it’s amazing for a pre-party skin reset.”

What is Clearlift Collagen Treatment?

Clearlift is a laser treatment that rejuvenates the skin and encourages collagen production. It penetrates the skin much deeper than traditional lasers and allows for the precise treatment of the delicate skin around the face, neck, décolletage, hands, forehead, chest, eye and mouth areas.

How does it work?

After your skin is cleansed, the laser will be passed over the skin, creating a warm sensation. The laser light is transformed into acoustic sound waves, creating thousands of microscopic perforations—tiny micro ‘injuries’. The skin then works to heal these areas by creating extra collagen, which in turn significantly improves the texture and tightness of the complexion.

The need to knows:

For maximum results we recommend a course of 6 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart, and you’ll start to see a difference in the complexion in the weeks that follow the treatment. Maintenance sessions when needed will help to top-up the results.

Does Clearlift Collagen Treatment hurt?

It’s completely painless, but you might hear a snapping sound during treatment which can be off-putting, but it’s nothing to worry about.

What are the after-effects?

Immediately after the treatment you will notice mild redness and swelling, which is only very temporary.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“Fractional is my favourite treatment on the planet. It’s proven to help acne scarring and basically gives you a whole new complexion.”

What is fractional radio frequency?

The next generation in facial remodelling and skin resurfacing treatments, Fractional Radio Frequency uses both radio frequency as well as microneedling to treat texture irregularities, scarring and wrinkles.

How does Fractional Radio Frequency work?

Using the latest technology by Alma lasers, the device uses radio frequency energy to heat the skin tissue and stimulate collagen production deep with the its layers, to tighten the skin, as well as to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The need to knows:

It’s safe and effective on all skin types. Usually we recommend a course of 4 treatments, one every 4 to 6 weeks.

Does Fractional Radio Frequency hurt?

After cleansing, an anaesthetic cream will be applied to skin to reduce any discomfort.

What are the after-effects?

Unlike some traditional anti-ageing technologies, there is minimal downtime with Fractional Radio Therapy. You may experience some redness post treatment and you can wear makeup again 24 hours after your session.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“iPixel is extremely powerful, so I tend to only use it for targeted areas of scarring.”

What is iPixel?

iPixel is a fractional laser treatment that offers excellent facial resurfacing results. iPixel is designed to treat face and body scarring, enlarged pores, rough skin texture, dark hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.

How does iPixel work?

The pulses of the Pixel laser create tiny ablative (scar) zones, removing the epidermis and upper dermis—the layers of skin that can often become rough or dull overtime. It then triggers the body’s natural healing process, stimulating the growth of new healthy tissue, which makes for a brighter, smoother skin surface. The TK of the laser means it can target small zones of skin and leave the surrounding tissue untouched and intact. These large unaffected areas act as a reservoir for more effective and rapid healing and collagen production. The results: new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of old skin imperfections.

The need to knows:

The treatment time varies from individual, but it usually takes under 30 minutes per session, and we’d usually recommend a course of 2 to 5 treatments, one every four to six weeks for optimal results. Speak to specialists at Teresa Tarmey to find out what’s best for your skin goals.

Does Ipixel hurt?

You might feel a mild to severe level of discomfort with this procedure, but topical anaesthetic applied beforehand can help.

What are the after-effects?

As iPixel is a fractional laser that uses thermal heat, healing time is relatively short. You will experience redness in the area, with a sunburn-like effect that can last between a few hours, 2-3 days or longer, depending on the degree of your treatment. There will also be mild to severe swelling immediately post-treatment which can take hours or days to resolve. You’ll also feel a little tightness in the skin, and will see pale or dark brown hyperpigmentation, as well as a leathery feeling on days 3-5 before the skin flakes away. With good hydration, full recovery is expected within 7-10 days and you’ll need to avoid the sun for four weeks after the treatment.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“This treatment is brilliant for taking inflammation down, reducing acne-causing bacteria and you can often see its effect instantly.”

What is Clear Skin?

If you’ve exhausted all prescription and over-the-counter options, this advanced laser treatment is useful in treating particularly stubborn acne, by inhibiting the skin’s sebum and bacteria production.

How does Clear Skin work?

It consists of a non-ablative laser that travels deep into skin to cut off the sebaceous gland, destroying acne-causing bacteria and reducing sebum production without affecting the outer skin layers. A built-in vacuum sucks away all the sebum build up, to ensure skin is free from all potentially pore-clogging material. It can treat all types of acne, including papules (raise red bumps), pustules (whiteheads) and nodules, and also boosts collagen production, helping to diminish the appearance of acne scars.

The need to knows:

We recommend a course of treatments to be spaced 2-3 weeks apart, and every 6 months during the maintenance period.

Does Clear Skin hurt?

Thanks to the contact-cooling feature, this laser causes minimal pain and discomfort.

The after effects:


For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“When skin needs a quick reboot, I always recommend TriBella. It’s great for anyone that’s time-limited.”

What is Tribella?

TriBella utilises three non-surgical procedures in one treatment for complete skin renewal. It targets skin concerns such as uneven skin tone and discolouration, wrinkles and lack of skin firmness and uneven skin texture.

How does Tribella work?

There are three stages. First, the photofacial, which uses precise bursts of intense pulsed light (IPL) which targets and reduces the haemoglobin pigment inside visible blood vessels and dark spots of hyperpigmentation. Next, there’s the lifting and sculpting treatment which uses a comfortable combination of energy types to produce heat underneath the skin, boosting blood flow and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. And finally, tiny electrode pins create micro-dermal wounds, which, as they heal, cause skin to create more collagen and elastin, leaving skin smoother.

The need to knows:

The treatment takes 90 minutes and a minimum course of 3-5 treatments, spaced 4-5 weeks apart is recommended for optimum results. The best results are visible three months after the last treatment and to maintain, one treatment every 6 months is ideal.

Does it hurt:

Yes, it’s a little bit painful.

What are the after-effects?

It can take up to 7 days for the skin to recover, but you can wear makeup again after 24 hours. You’ll experience redness throughout the first day, and then mild to moderate swelling, dryness and peeling thereafter.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“Super laser works on all skin types but is especially amazing for anyone who has a pretty low pain threshold as it’s gentler than IPL.”

What is Super Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is great for anyone fed up of waxing, ingrown hairs, painful plucking or bleaching, or those who suffer from sensitive skin after shaving. At Teresa Tarmey, we use the Soprano laser. It’s one of the safest laser hair removal treatments on the market and can remove hair from anywhere on the body. Unlike many lasers out there, this one suits pretty much every skin type and skin tone.

How does Super Laser Hair Removal work?

After we cover the skin a thick cold gel to protect the skin, the laser light will be passed over the area multiple times. The laser safely passes through skin and seeks out the hair root by identifying the pigment. The heat from the laser destroys hair follicles at their base, meaning they’re no longer able to produce hair.

The need to knows:

Before your first treatment, you need to book in for a patch test, during which we’ll talk you through the entire laser hair removal process. The laser only works during the anagen (or growing) phase of the hair growth cycle, and therefore multiple treatments are needed at regularly spaced intervals to treat all of the hair in your chosen area. You’ll notice a reduction in hair after the first session, but it typically takes a course of 6-8 treatments, spaced 4-8 weeks apart to stop the hair from growing. It is also worth noting that dormant hair follicles can become active years later, so you might need to book in for top up maintenance sessions after you’ve completed your full treatment program.

Does Super Laser Hair Removal hurt?

Thanks to its DualChillTM Treatment tip that keeps skin cool at all times, the Soprano laser is pretty painless, although you may feel some mild discomfort as the laser penetrates the hair follicle—it feels a little like a warm pin prick.

What are the after-effects?

After laser hair removal, you may experience some immediate redness and swelling of hair follicles, but it will last no longer than 24 hours. You should avoid direct sunlight, and limit exposure to very hot showers, saunas, jacuzzis and swimming pools (to avoid infection). Anywhere between 5-14 days after the treatment, shedding of treated hair may occur, but note, this is not new hair growth.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“It’s quite incredible how well Lipocontrast sculpts the body, and can be used to spot-treat particular areas of concern.”

What is Lipocontrast?

Lipocontrast is a revolutionary fat reduction treatment using thermal shock technology to treat localized areas of excess fat on areas such as the abdomen, flanks, upper and lower back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, arms and chin.

How does Lipocontrast work?

Lipocontrast works via an innovative, new technology called thermal contrast lipolysis. Fat cells are packed with saturated fatty acids, which are vulnerable to temperature changes. During Lipcontrast, the fat tissue is covered in a conductive gel and placed inside a transducer. This then subjects the fat cells to a sequence of hot-cold-hot exposure—the first blast of hot (around 41°C) ‘liquifies’ the cells, which are then cooled to 3°C for 40 minutes to induce cell death before being heated once more to optimise the treatment. The dead fat cells are then metabolised by the body (some immediately, others over the next 2-3 weeks). Once a fat cell is destroyed, it cannot grow back, and so the results should be permanent, providing a healthy diet and exercise is maintained and further weight gain is avoided.

The need to knows:

Each Lipocontrast treatment session lasts around 60 minutes. Depending on the thickness of fat tissue and the desired results, we recommend 1 to 3 sessions, with a break of four weeks in between each one. As Lipcontrast has been designed to treat small areas of excess fat, it isn’t suitable for obese or very thin clients, and as always, it’s best to seek guidance from your GP on your suitability.

Does Lipocontrast hurt?

Being a non-invasive procedure, Lipocontrast doesn’t hurt, although there may be some discomfort at the beginning of the treatment.

What are the after-effects?

There’s no real downtime although you can expect to experience some reddening, bruising, swelling and numbness in the treatment area, which should fade after a few hours.

For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.

Teresa says:

“I love love love the Body Ballancer system for pre-party and post-flight. I personally suffer from water retention and it’s the only thing I’ve found that works to reduce it.”

What is Body Ballancer?

A revolutionary new treatment, the Body Ballancer is like a giant sleeping bag for the body, that, inspired by lymphatic drainage massages, uses compression therapy (pressotherapy) to eliminate toxins, slim and tone the body and treat cellulite.

How does the Body Ballancer work?

The Body Ballancer uses patent-pending compression garments that apply a gentle or firm massage. The direction of glow increases circulation and gently but thoroughly decongests areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks. It uses lymphatic drainage massage to accelerate the removal of waste products and excess fluid, which in turn reduces the appearance of cellulite, improves skin tone, clears fluid retention and puffiness and clears the lymphatic system for optimum gut health. Its gentle, rhythmic action also promotes deep relaxation.

The need to knows:
We recommend a course of treatments to see the best results, but you’ll be able to notice a difference after just one session.

Does the Body Ballancer hurt?

No, in fact, the massage sensation is deeply relaxing.

After effects:


For more information, feel free to call the TT clinics.