Laser Facial

We offer 2 laser facial treatment protocols:


 Reduces signs of sun damage and hyperpigmentation

 Refreshes your complexion

 Reduces visible pores

 Improves skin texture

Our gentle Coolpeel protocol offers you many of the benefits of Erbium laser resurfacing whilst minimising downtime and giving fast recovery. This protocol normally consists of a course of 3 treatments each 3 to 5 weeks apart.

Intensive Laser Facial:

This protocol offers all of the benefits of Coolpeel listed above and also:

 Reduces signs of scarring

 Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

 Gives thicker, plumper skin

The main indication for this is acne scarring or other focal damage. This protocol normally consists of a course of 6 treatments 3 to 5 weeks apart and combines several modalities including fractional Q-Switch laser to strengthen skin and give deep neocollagenesis as well as intensive Erbium fractional laser to target the surface layers.


Our Laser Facial treatments are a genuine panacea for skin. Using Erbium fractional laser we trigger your skin’s natural defence and repair mechanisms by inducing very limited and specific damage. This heals quickly and completely but the process provokes a full spectrum response which remodels the surface of your skin and stimulates collagenesis deep within your tissues.

The fractionated laser delivers many thousands of tiny Microthermal Treatment Zones deep into your skin. Surface lesions, pigment and texture is effectively removed.

You have the option to use fractional laser as a delivery system for Hyaluronic Acid. This powerful and naturally occuring moisturiser is in many cosmetic treatments, but the reality is that little to none of it is normally able to penetrate the surface of your skin. Applied directly after treatment, we utilise the Microthermal Treatment Zones we have created with the laser to allow this application to move down deep within your tissues to where it is needed

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Erbium abalative laser gives great results while minimising the downtime associated with CO2 lasers

The full results of collagenesis are not seen for up to 6 months following each treatment, so ongoing background improvements are normal.


How many clinic visits do I need and how much will it cost?

After an initial consultation and patch test we recommend a course of 3 to 6 treatments. Please see Prices for costs.

Does it hurt?

The face is quite a sensitive part of the body, but surprisingly there is only minimal discomfort during the procedure and most people tolerate the procedure well. We recommend you take a couple of paracetamol and hour before treatment, but please do not take ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers. 

Following treatment there is a definite heating sensation on the skin. We apply intensive cooling directly after treatment to reduce this, and careful use of cold packs at home can afford additional relief. Your face will feel a bit sensitive with a sunburn sensation for a few days afterwards.

How will I look after treatment?

A network of microthermal treatment channels will be visible across your face giving a slightly textured appearance. Following treatment erythema will develop making you look slightly sun burned 

How long does it take to heal after treatment?

It will be obvious that you have had the procedure for about a week, and full recovery takes around 2 weeks.

We recommend a gentle daily cleansing regime and avoidance of makeup if possible. The treated area should be protected from the sun by wearing a hat if required. It is very important that you do not receive direct exposure to direct sunlight during the healing process

When can I wear make-up?

We recommend that you avoid wearing make-up for a week after treatment. It’s VERY important not to have ANY product of ANY kind on your skin on the day of treatment. You need to be properly cleansed of all makeup, preferably in the shower so all traces are removed. We will refuse treatment for safety reasons if we see product on your face. This also applies to self tanning products.


Persons with a history of cold sores or herpes are advise to take a course of prophylactic antiviral medication to prevent viral reactivation on the treated facial area

Highland Laser Clinic is unable to prescribe medication but we recommend the following:

Aciclovir 400mg Twice a Day for 2 days before procedure & 5 days after procedure

Online prescription services are available from e.g.

Pre Treatment Advice

For 4 weeks prior to treatment

•  Do not expose the skin to strong sunshine, sun-beds, or fake tan for at least 4 weeks before, and between laser treatments. We can not treat you if you are tanned.

In the week prior to treatment

•  No waxing, plucking or threading for at least one week before each treatment

•  Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels

In the  24 hours prior to treatment

•  Do not use perfumed products on the area to be treated

•  If necessary, make sure area being treated is cleanly shaved 24hours prior to treatment

On the day of treatment

•  Avoid swimming in chlorinated water immediately before treatment

•  Don’t be hungry, or thirsty, don't be hung-over or just worked a nightshift

•  You may choose to take paracetamol an hour before treatment to help mitigate treatment associated pain if that’s a safe drug for you to use, but please do not consume aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s)

•  Please do not have any kind of product on the area to be treated on the day of treatment, including fake tan

Post Treatment Advice

In the 2 days post treatment

•  We will apply Hyaluronic recovery serum directly after treatment (optional)

•  We will provide intensive cooling following treatment

•  Shortly after treatment, you will experience an intense heating sensation for 1 to 2 hours, this effect is part of the clinical action of the treatment. Please have cold packs available in your freezer to use at home if needed

• Please use Cicaplast ointment

•  Some slight crusting and scabbing is unavoidable. Do not pick scratch or otherwise irritate the treated area

•  Some swelling will occur and will peak about 24 hours after treatment

•  If any unusual side effect occurs, contact Highland Laser Clinic immediately to arrange aftercare

•  Avoid makeup

For 1 week post treatment

•  Moisturise intensively using Cicaplast. Later this can be substituted to a more conventional moisturiser e.g. E45

•  Avoid all heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers directly onto your face

•  No shaving, waxing, plucking or threading for at least 1 week after treatment

•  No swimming in chlorinated water

•  Avoid Makeup

In the 2 Weeks post treatment

•  Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels

•  Do not use Retinoids, AHA’s, BHA’s or other intensive skin treatments

•  Do not use fake tan

In the 8 Weeks post treatment

•  Use sun protection SPF30+

•  Limit sun exposure and do not use tanning beds until all pinkness has subsided. We will be unable to give you further treatments if you are tanned

Ongoing support is part of the service that Highland Laser Clinic provides, any questions or concerns please get in touch