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Laser Hair Removal

Until the introduction of laser treatment for unwanted hair, a number of treatments were available such as electrolysis, waxing and shaving.  Electrolysis is painful and painstakingly slow and whilst waxing may be suitable on the arms or legs, it can be very painful if used on the face and most women finding shaving completely undesirable.

The major advantage of laser assisted hair removal is that it is effective in most patients and much faster and less painful than electrolysis.

Unwanted hair in some body areas is easier to treat than others, for instance, the bikini area, underarms and facial hair responds well.  Unwanted hair on the trunk, arms and legs may be more difficult to treat but will also usually respond.

For laser treatment to work there must be hairs in the hair follicles, so do not wax or pluck them for 1 months before treatment.  The hair should be visible, so do not shave on the day before or the day of the treatment.

The treatment is uncomfortable but is reduced by cooling the skin.  It feels most like an elastic band being snapped against the skin.  The laser burns hair near the skin surface and you will be aware of a burning smell, although your skin is not being burnt.

Possible Complications

We wish to stress that it is unrealistic to expect all unwanted hair to disappear with laser treatment, but very significant improvement occurs in most treated patients.

The pigment in your skin can be affected by the laser.  This can result in pigment loss – hypopigmentation, or pigment increase – hyperpigmentation, in the treated area.  Both complications are more common and may be more noticeable in darker skinned patients.  They are much less common with newer lasers.

Although pigmentary changes can be distressing they are transient and clear after some months.

Scarring is very rare with laser hair removal and much less common than with electrolysis.

After Treatment

The skin will be a little red and swollen around some of the treated hair.  This usually settles within 24 hours.

Blistering and weeping can occur but this is usually only in the first couple of days and settles completely.

Some hairs will remain in the follicles but will fall out with time.

After treatment it is very important to protect the treated skin from sun exposure.  This will reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation and also tanning the skin will reduce the effectiveness of the laser at your next visit.


Laser hair removal prices 2015

Procedure

Single

Session

Course of 8

Nurse consultation and test patch

£25

 

 

Eyebrows

£40

£195

Nose

£55

£295

Upper lip

£55

£295

Ear lobes

£55

£295

Fingers

£55

£295

Nipples

£55

£295

Chin

£80

£390

Cheek bones

£80

£390

Hands

£80

£390

Under arms

£80

£390

Shoulder blades

£80

£390

Feet and toes

£80

£390

Neck

£90

£455

Upper lip and chin

£90

£455

Bikini line

£90

£455

Bikini and underarm

n/a

£590

Bikini line extended

£115

£595

Beard area

£115

£595

Jaw line, upper lip and chin

£115

£595

Lower arms

£115

£595

Abdomen

£115

£595

Shoulders

£115

£595

Beard area

£115

£520

Chest

£135

£660

Buttocks

£135

£660

Full face

£160

£830

Shoulders and upper arms

£200

 

£995

Full arms

£200

£995

Lower legs

£200

£995

Chest and abdomen

£220

£1150

Full back

£230

£1190

Whole legs

£230

£1190

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