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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. Laser hair removal is carried out by one of our highly experienced Aesthetic Nurses Hilda McKinlay & Tina Hird.
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.
These will be discussed with you at your consultation.
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 2018||Single session per area||Course of eight sessions per area|
|Nurse consultation & test patch per area||£25|
Feet & Toes
Upper Lip & Chin
|Bikini & Underarm||N/a||£590|
|Bikini Line Extended
Jaw line, upper lip & Chin
|Shoulders & Upper Arms
|Chest & Abdomen||£220||£115|