Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an option worth considering if you are unhappy with other hair removal processes. Removing hair from our bodies can be an arduous process. Many of us remove hair regularly, and methods like shaving, waxing, threading, epilation or plucking. This can be painful, time-consuming and repetitive. Only a few days may pass, and you need to perform the task all over again, particularly if you have excessive hair growth.

The outdated hair removal methods can leave you with painful ingrown hairs which can lead to irritation and infection. It can also be challenging to remove all the hair in certain places. Laser Hair Removal London provides a precise and effective solution for conveniently eliminating hair.

Laser Hair Removal London

What does laser hair removal involve?

During your consultation, we will discuss the treatment areas and whether you will be a suitable candidate for treatment. You’ll have a patch test two weeks before your treatment to determine how your skin reacts to the laser.

We will assign a select number of laser hair removal sessions to your treatment programme, accurately scheduled, as your hair falls out in cycles. The first laser treatment session will be the most uncomfortable, but our device has a cooling effect which helps counteract the heat. You will be asked to shave before treatment and ensure that your skin is entirely tan free.

Before the treatment, we will outline (with a white erasable pencil) the treated areas. You’ll be advised to put on some protective goggles. If you’re treating your bikini area, you’ll be asked to remove your trousers and provided with a pair of specially designed underwear that will cover your modesty while we treat you. Some patients prefer to wear a skirt or a dress (with or without tights) so that it’s easier to change. If we’re treating your underarm area, you may be required to remove your top.

During the treatment, the device will move over the skin but doesn’t physically touch the surface. At a few millimetres away, the laser ‘zaps’ across the skin. If you think of the area as a grid, the laser will treat one box at a time.

Following the treatment, you should protect treated areas from the sun with use of SPF50.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser Hair Removal employs the use of a targeted laser beam which passes through the skin to target the individual hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. It identifies this follicle by emitting a light that is absorbed by the pigment of the hair. For this reason, it’s particularly essential to remove any trace of tan from the skin. This is because the light cannot differentiate between the melanin of the hair and the skin. Consequently, burns are more likely to happen. Specificwavelengths target the hair precisely and effectively, and when used by qualified and trained professionals, laser hair removal offers precise, safe, and reliable results.

Before being treated, many patients believe that laser hair removal works by treating a batch of hair, which falls out or is removed immediately after hair removal. However, the hair has four phases of growth. During your laser hair removal treatment, we will be treating the hair during its growth phase (anagen), destroying it before it can regrow. Not all hair is at the same stage, and some hairs will be in their rest phase. You’ll require several sessions to perform this process again and ensure all the hair is targeted. Therefore, with each treatment you will expect to see regrowth, that will gradually diminish and become thinner with each treatment until the hair does not return.

Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Who is the treatment suitable for?

Those who have excessive hair growth or unwanted body hair (that may or may not be caused through conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Link to condition), and no longer want to go through the time-consuming processes associated with other methods of hair removal may wish to consider this treatment. It’s also a great treatment for those who suffer from ingrown hairs.

Though the treatment is suitable for all skin types, the treatment is most effective for those who have fairer skin with darker hair as laser hair removal works by absorbing pigment. It’s not an ideal solution for those who suffer with sensitivity and those who have darker skin and hair, or very fair hair and very fair skin. Laser hair removal cannot treat blonde, red or grey hair because the hair needs to be dark and enriched with melanin.

How many treatments are required?

The exact number of treatments requires varies from patient to patient, depending on the size of the area being treated and the hair growth. Hair responds differently to the laser at various stages during the hair growth cycle, therefore a course of treatments is required to affect as many hairs as possible.

Typically, areas of the body such as the chest or legs require 6-8 treatments, whereas facial areas require 8 to 12. Maintenance treatments may need to be carried out once or twice a year depending on skin type and ethnicity, and hormonal discrepancies.

When can results be seen and are they permanent?

You can expect to see up to 79% reduction in hair in just a few short sessions, but the results vary from person to person. Depending on how your hair responds to the treatments and your skin tone and genetic background, you may decide to return for a top-up-treatment once or twice a year to maintain your result. Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy may also affect your hair growth, and further treatments may be needed.

What areas can laser hair removal treat?

Laser hair removal can treat many hairs at the same time from virtually anywhere on the face and body. It’s an ideal treatment for removing hair in unwanted areas such as facial hair for women, or hair on the back and shoulder for men. Popular areas of treatment include the underarms, legs, arms, and bikini line.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime following a treatment, however your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to keep the skin covered and wear a broad-spectrum SPF 50.

How long does the treatment take?

Laser hair removal is a relatively quick treatment as each pulse of the laser only takes a fraction of a second. The exact length of treatment depends on the size of the area being treated, but small areas like the upper lip can be treated in a matter of minutes, while larger areas like the legs or back may require an hour or more.

Is laser hair removal painful?

This is a common question and we’ve therefore dedicated a whole post to this here. Generally, laser hair removal is described as quick bursts of heat like a hot elastic band pinging against the skin. Topical anaesthetic can be applied to minimise discomfort and the machine also has a cooling device to soothe the skin with each pulse.

Areas that are quite bony such as the ankle or elbow are the least comfortable to treat. Subsequent treatments will become more tolerable.

Is laser hair removal dangerous?

We use Cynosure lasers for laser hair removal which uses two of the safest and most effective wavelengths. This treatment benefits from a precise method of hair removal as the laser only targets the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

It is safe for all ethnicities and skin types but is best suited to those with fair skin and dark hair. Our aesthetic practitioners are trained to the highest standards and will ensure your treatment plan is tailored to give you the best results. We advise that you do not tan before your treatments, since this can implicate the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Burns or discolouration of the skin may occur if the laser is attracted to darker pigment of the skin.

Does laser hair removal work on face?

Yes, it can treat any area where there is hair growth.

Is laser hair removal safe when pregnant?

Not enough information is available to decipher how the treatments will affect a pregnancy. We therefore advise patients to avoid the treatment whilst pregnant.

Can I continue other hair removal methods between sessions?

In between treatments you can continue to trim or shave hair. However, waxing, threading, plucking and epilation must stop as they make fewer hair follicles visible to the laser which reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

Why should I avoid the sun during my treatments?

You should protect treated areas from the sun with the use of SPF50. If you expose your treated skin to the sun, this may affect the future results of your treatment. As the skin becomes darker the laser will not be able to differentiate between the hair and skin as efficiently, which could make the treatment painful and your skin could burn and become discoloured. If you do get a tan, then a patch test will need to be performed two weeks later to ensure that it is safe to continue with treatment at the agreed intervals.

Price For Laser Hair Removal

Our pricing allows you getting the best possible results. Hence you may notice that it is far better value to book this treatment as a course.

Treatment Area(s) Single
Course of 8
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Earlobes; Between Eyebrows; Nose £35 £210

Upper Lip; Cheeks; Nipples; Fingers; Toes £75 £450

Chin; Sideburns; Jawline; Naval Pubis; Perianal £85 £510

Hands & Fingers; Feet & Toes; Upper Lip & Chin; Jawline & Chin; Jawline & Sideburns; Neck; Underarms; Bikini £105 £630

Upper Lip, Chin & Jawline; Chin, Jawline & Sideburns; Brazilian inc Perianal; Shoulder Blades; Shoulders £125 £750

Half Face; Bikini & Under Arms; Hollywood inc Perianal; Lower or Upper Arms; Abdomen; Chest; Half Back; Buttock £150 £900

Full Face; Brazilian & Under Arms £180 £1,080

Full Face & Neck; Hollywood & Under Arms; Lower Leg; Full Arms £210 £1,260

Thighs; Full Back & Shoulder Blades £240 £1,440

Full Back, Shoulder Blades & Shoulders,
Lower Leg & Bikini (any type)
Full Leg
£300 £1,800

Full Back, Shoulder Blades, Shoulders & Upper Arms;
Lower Leg, Bikini (any type) & Under Arms
Full Leg & Bikini (any type)
£400 £2,400

Full Leg & Bikini (any type) & Under Arms £480 £2,880

Men’s Upper Body inc any / all: Chest, Abdomen, Full Back, Shoulder Blades, Shoulders, Upper Arms £550 £3,300

Women’s Full Body inc any / all: Chest, Abdomen, Full Back, Buttocks, Full Arms, Under Arms, Bikini, Perianal, Full Leg £600 £3,600

Men’s Full Body inc any / all: Chest, Abdomen, Full Back, Buttocks, Full Arms, Under Arms, Bikini, Perianal, Full Leg £700 £4,200

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