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FAQs

Laser Hair Removal

How long does the treatment take?

How frequently should I attend?

Do I need to grow the hair before treatment?

Can I use sunbedsCan I use sunbeds, fake tan or have a sun tan during laser treatment?

I have a young daughter who would like laser treatment. Will she be suitable?

Are there any contra-indications to treatment?

What payment methods are available?

My sister/mother/best friend is interested too. Can I bring her along?

Which treatment is best for me?

Do I have to have a consultation and a patch test, even if I have had a previous IPL treatment some where else?

How does IPL work on fine lines and wrinkles?

Why do some of the hairs grow back after my first treatment?

Can I have laser hair treatments if I have dark Afro-Caribbean skin?

Can I have laser hair treatments if I have blonde, red, grey or white hair?

How does laser work on the hair?

Does laser hurt?

Who can have laser treatments?

What regulations cover laser clinics?

What are the side effects of laser treatments?

Is laser safe?

How much doeslaser cost?

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

I have polycystic ovary syndrome, can you help me?

What type of laser/IPL do you use?

How do I prepare for a treatment/consultation?

Will I be suitable for treatment?

Can all areas be treated?

Is it permanent?


How long does the treatment take?
From 15 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours, depending on the areas treated.
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How frequently should I attend?
Approximately monthly for laser hair reduction. This interval will lengthen after the first few treatments as the regrowth will slow down.
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Do I need to grow the hair before treatment?
No it is not desirable – in fact you will be asked to shave or trim the hair from the surface beforehand, although we will need to see it at the consultation.
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Can I use sunbeds, fake tan or have a sun tan during laser treatment?
No it is not possible to treat over a sun tan. If using fake tan, it should be worn off first in the area being treated.
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I have a young daughter who would like laser treatment. Will she be suitable?
All patients must be over 16 years of age for laser and injectable treatments. There is no age limit on other treatments.
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Are there any contra-indications to treatment?
Epilepsy, lupus, diabetes and cancer will probably make you unsuitable for most treatments. Also, there are some medications which are incompatible which will be checked before any treatment commences.
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What payment methods are available?
Cash, cheques, credit/debit cards (most major cards).
Interest free credit is available subject to status and conditions.
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My sister/mother/best friend is interested too. Can I bring her along?
You are welcome to bring someone along with you to the consultation and if you both go ahead with treatment you will both receive an incentive.
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Which treatment is best for me?
Book a free consultation. There is no obligation and our therapist will be able to assess you individually and advise you on how to proceed.
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Do I have to have a consultation and a patch test, even if I have had a previous IPL treatment some where else?
Yes. We need to assess your medical history and current skin condition to check that you are (still) suitable for treatment and we determine the correct settings for your particular treatment from the patch test. We also ask you to sign a consent form that confirms we have explained the laser treatment process, and allows us to carry out treatments and store your personal data. During your initial consultation, your practitioner will devise an individual course of treatments suited to you, and will discuss your treatment expectations.
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How does IPL work on fine lines and wrinkles?
When treating fine lines and wrinkles, the light stimulates the growth of collagen which makes the skin feel plumper and more youthful.
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Why do some of the hairs grow back after my first treatment?
Hair goes through a 3-stage cycle, and laser treatment is only effective when the hair is in the growing phase. Since only about 15% of hairs are in the growing phase at any given time, some new hairs will grow after each treatment. These are then successfully removed during subsequent treatments. This is why a course of approximately 6-12 treatments is normally recommended, after which the number of remaining hairs is very small.
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Can I have laser hair treatments if I have dark Afro-Caribbean skin?
We have treatments available for dark skin types. Please arrange a free consultation.
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Can I have laser hair treatments if I have blonde, red, grey or white hair?
In simple terms, the greater the contrast between your hair colour and your skin colour, the more easily we can achieve great results. If you have blonde or red hair you will need to have a consultation with a practitioner to determine whether there is enough pigment in the hair for you to have a successful treatment. Grey or white hairs are not always suitable for this type of treatment, as they usually do not contain sufficient melanin to absorb light. Some people find a number of grey or white hairs remain visible after a course of IPL treatments. Research is being carried out to find ways to boost the melanin in grey and white hair for long enough to allow successful IPL treatments and we are monitoring these developments.
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How does laser work on the hair?
The melanin in the hair (which gives hair its colour) absorbs the light, which is momentarily converted into heat. This heat is transferred to the growth cells at the root of the hair, permanently disabling them. Most colours of unwanted hair can be removed from all parts of the body, except very sensitive areas such as the inside of the nose and ear.
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Does laser hurt?
Not really, although the treatment sensation will vary from client to client. Most of our clients say that it feels like the flicking of an elastic band on their skin. Any discomfort is momentary and there is no lasting sensation.
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Who can have laser treatments?
We are registered to treat anyone from the age of 16 upwards.
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What are the side effects of laser treatments?
You need a consultation before we can treat you. You should follow our advice before and after your treatment. Laser does not work on all hair colours and all skin types. You may need 6-12 treatments before you can say goodbye to shaving and waxing, although individual results can vary. Improving your skin using IPL may need around 6 treatments and individual results can vary. Immediately after treatment you may notice a slight reddening of the skin around the hair follicles or slight local swelling which may last for up to a few hours (or in very rare cases, a few days). These are positive indications that the treatment was effective and no cause for concern. Following your treatment, areas of pigmentation will darken and rise to the surface of the skin before being exfoliated naturally within 1-2 weeks. This is a positive indication of a successful treatment and no cause for concern.
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Is laser safe?
Laseris safe, non-invasive, has minimal side effects and requires no recovery time. It is gentle and we believe it is the most advanced hair removal and skin treatment system available. We value the comfort and safety of the client very highly and will take the greatest care to ensure that you feel at ease about every aspect of the treatment.

The treatment has been approved as safe and effective by the Food & Drug Administration in the USA. Lasers/IPLs have been used safely in medical practice for a number of years but should only be operated by trained and qualified staff.
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How much does it cost?
This will vary depending on the area you are having treated and the number of treatments you need, please choose the type of treatment required from the main menu to view our price list.
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What is Intense Pulsed Light?
IPL systems use hand-held flash lamps to emit micro pulses of light across a broad band of visible wavelengths.  IPL achieves excellent long term results when treating thread veins, skin pigmentation, acne and other skin complaints. On your first visit, your personal practitioner will carry out a detailed consultation and assessment before recommending a treatment plan to suit your individual requirements. Your practitioner will also demonstrate the equipment and answer any questions. Laser is also a light therapy, delvered on a single wavelength in a collumated beam. We use laser for hair removal and also for red veins/rosacea, and pigmentation/sun spots.
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I have polycystic ovary syndrome, can you help me?
A large number of PCOS patients are being assisted by us. In fact, we are already linked to a PCOS clinic which is referring patients to us and we offer a price reduction.
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What type of laser/IPL do you use?
Intense pulsed light (IPL), pulsed dye, Alexandrite and NdYag. There is a big advantage in having several different types as the Alexandrite and NdYag will vaporise the hair, removing it instantly, giving a smooth result. The IPL is particularly suitable for larger areas such as backs and legs and the pulsed dye laser is great for acne, acne scarring, rosacea, vascular lesions, and age management (fine lines and wrinkles).
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How do I prepare for a treatment/consultation?
Refrain from any form of depilation for 2 weeks before your appointment, we need to assess the extent of the hair to assess the number of treatments. Please do not remove the hair prior to attending a consultation.

Please avoid the use of:

  • Sunbeds
  • Self tan
  • Vitamin A and AHA products
  • Saunas/steam baths
  • Suntanning

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Will I be suitable for treatment?
The majority of patients are, however there are some exceptions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Keloid scarring
  • Photo sensitivity inducing drugs
  • Compromised immune system

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Can all areas be treated?
Yes, with the exception of the brow bone as this is too close to the eyes.
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Is it permanent?
The hair follicles which have been destroyed are not capable of producing further hair. However, dormant hair follicles can be activated due to major hormonal disruption.
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