Patch Test – What is it and why do we do it?

Why do I need a patch test?

Patch test for PicosureThis question surfaces a lot.

First – What is a patch test?

A patch test is done, prior to your treatment, by using 2-3 different settings and testing small areas of skin.

The reasons people give, to avoid having a patch test, range from “I’ve had patch a test and PicoSure before” to “you must be trying to see if your treatments work”.

Lets start with the latter….. The PicoSure, like any other laser has a specific range of treatments that it can perform. When patients enquire about the treatments we offer, we advise them whether we can help them or not – before booking any appointments. We only do a  patch test for the treatments we offer.

When you are seen for the first time, we will do a consultation which includes a complete medical history.

Patch test for PicoSure treatment

By doing a full medical history we can determine whether:
– You are suitable for the treatment
– Your treatment has to be delayed
– You actually need to be referred

Now for the former…. You’ve had a patch test and PicoSure before…..

Yes many people don’t understand, but here’s

Why we do your patch test.
1. Best practice
UberSkin is a registered clinic and our treatments are carried out under strict medical protocol, which includes having a patch test prior to your first treatment.
2. Best setting
This simply means, we need to choose the correct settings on the PicoSure which will give you the best results for your treatment. In order to find out what this setting is, we do a patch test.
3. Best result
We then wait to see how these spot tests develop and respond over a period of time. This can be anything from 24 hours to several days depending on your skin type.

Doing a patch test, is a simple way of understanding whether a setting is right or too high or too low. If the setting is too low, then your treatment will not be effective. If it is too high, then you could have an adverse reaction.

Ultimately your safety is paramount. We want you to feel confident having the treatment. So doing a patch test is the simplest way of finding out the best setting to achieve the best results with your chosen treatment.

Acne Scarring – The emotional aspect

Acne scarring leaves emotional scars, as I recently discovered.

For years acne scarring has been a word I’d Acne scarring with PicoSurebeen familiar with, because lo and behold…. I did exactly what my mother told me NOT to do. Don’t pick your face! As a teenager you always know best, don’t you.

But I got a whole new understanding of acne scarring, when I started treating patients as part of my clinical training for the PicoSure laser.

The first question my potential patient asked was: How soon can I put my make up on?

This threw me for a second, since I thought the first question would be – ‘Is the treatment painful?’ Then it hit me: what I was calling acne scarring was NOTHING compared to the people who really had acne scarring, because I hardly wear any make up.

My conversations with these wonderful people were very emotional as I realised that make up was the first thing they thought about when they woke up in the morning. The first thing they thought about when going out. Literally the mask they got into before facing the world.

‘It’s not what I look like, but how I feel’ – really struck a chord.

Women, who I saw had beautiful skin, removed layers and layers of make up before I could treat them. They were still beautiful – I’m a firm believer that nothing on the outside can detract from someone’s beauty on the inside.

The stories associated with acne scarring are varied, but it has one common theme. It takes away a certain amount of confidence and the added confidence is literally ‘put on’ by a brush & palette of powder.

Acne scarring has whole new meaning to me. I have seen some wonderful results from the treatments I have carried out. Some people only need a few appointments, where others definitely need more.

I have to be honest, I have been forced to take on a different perspective – a perspective much deeper than any superficial ‘concerns’ I could have about my own skin.

If you would like to speak to me, send me a text at +44 (0) 74 3737 7244 and I will call you back or drop me an e-mail at and I will see how I can help you.






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