Laser Hair Removal FAQs

  • We utilise the latest Laser & Light systems to ensure you are receiving the best possible treatment for your hair & skin type.
  • We have the most versatile & effective hair removal system available for coarse hair.
  • We have the largest number of Lasers in one Clinic. Most of our clients are referred to by Friends & Family.
  • We offer the most competitive prices without compromising on quality
  • You are suitable for Laser treatment if you have excess dark hair growth and are prone to suffer from ingrown hairs.
  • You will benefit if you find traditional methods of hair removal difficult or inconvenient ad would like a quick and permanent solution for hair reduction.
  • Laser Hair Removal is perfect if you desire smooth, soft skin after hair removal as laser treatments will ensure that rough, dry skin becomes a thing of the past.
  • All skin types are suitable for Laser Hair removal including dark skin. Our Nd:YAG Lasers are perfect for safe usage on darker skin types.
  • The golden rule for Laser Hair Removal is that the hair needs to be darker than the skin, the darker the hair the better. Unfortunately, we cannot treat white/grey, blonde or red hairs.
  • Your medical history will be taken at the consultation in order to check you are medically suitable to have the treatment performed.
  • Significant Hair Reduction in the treatment area.
  • Finer softer Hairs.
  • Less pigmented Light colour Hairs.
  • Eradication of thick coarse Terminal Hairs.
  • Eradication of Ingrown Hairs.
  • Smoother Softer Baby Skin. Laser is proven to improve skin texture, heating up the dermis stimulates collagen production.

How Laser works

  • Alexandrite laser penetrates deep into tissue (3-5mm)
  • Absorbed by peri-follicular melanin, hair shaft
  • Thermal damage to key structures:
    • bulb, bulge, vascular supply
  • Hair regrowth is impeded
  • Depigmentation
  • Follicle remains intact but miniaturized
  • Conversion of terminal to vellus hair
  • Gentle burst of laser light
  • Penetrates into the skin to the root of the hair
  • Targets the brown pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft
  • The hair absorbs the light energy and converts it to heat
  • Thus heating up the follicle
  • And disabling the hair growth mechanism
  • Laser only targets hair in the anagen (growth) phase
  • And only a certain % of the hair is in anagen at any one time
  • So several treatments will be required

In order to understand Laser Hair Removal further you need an understanding of the Hair Growth Cycle. The Hair growth cycle has three distinct growth phases. These are known as the:

  • Anagen:   Active growth phase
  • Catagen: Regressive phase
  • Telogen:   Resting phase

Special Note: It is ONLY during the active growth ‘Anagen’ phase that Laser can disables hair growth.

  • The cycle for Facial Hair renews every 4 weeks
  • The cycle for Body Hair renews every 6 weeks
  • The cycles for each hair is not syncronised, it is because this that we recommend having multiple treatments & at the correct time for optimal results. ie. Every 4 weeks for Face & 6 weeks for Body treatments.
  • All skin types are suitable for Laser Hair removal including dark skin, our Nd:YAG Lasers are safe to use on dark skin types.

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Skin Type 1 For skin types 1 to 3, we use the Alexandrite Laser, GentleMAX machine, as it is the optimal laser to use, on the lighter skin.
Skin Type 2
Skin Type 3
Skin Type 4 For skin 4 to 6, we use Nd:Yag laser, the GentleYAG machine, as it is the most effective and safe laser to use on olive to dark skin types.
Skin Type 5
Skin Type 6
  • You are suitable for grown male or female who has overly dark facial hair and prone to suffer from ingrown hairs.
  • You will benefit if you find traditional methods of hair removal difficult or inconvenient ad would like a quick and permanent solution for hair reduction.
  • Laser Hair Removal is perfect if you desire smooth, soft skin after hair removal as laser treatments will ensure that rough, dry skin becomes a thing of the past.
  • All skin types are suitable for Laser Hair removal including dark skin. Our Nd:YAG Lasers are perfect for safe usage on darker skin types.
  • The golden rule for Laser Hair Removal is that the hair needs to be darker than the skin, the darker the hair the better. Unfortunately, we cannot treat white/grey, blonde or red hairs.
  • Your medical history will be taken at the consultation in order to check you are medically suitable to have the treatment performed.

There are 3 main steps involved in a typical Laser Hair Removal session:

  • The hair should be shaved prior to the treatment. We need the hairs to be as short as possible to make the treatment more effective & as comfortable as possible.
  • The area will be wiped & marked out.
  • The area will be treated with a laser applicator, with a built in cooling device to ease pain & reduce sensitivity.
  • At the end of your session cooling Aloe Vera Gel & Sun Protection (if necessary) will be applied.
  • At Leicester Laser Clinic we make it very clear that there is no such thing as permanent hair removal, it is called Permanent Hair Reduction.
  • The goal of the treatment is to significantly reduce the amount of hair growth, and for the hair to grow back lighter and softer, giving you a long hair free period.
  • Laser treatments will get rid of coarse dark hair & leave you with much smoother skin.

Permanent Hair Reduction – FDAs Approval

  • The FDA has defined permanent hair reduction as the long-term, stable
    reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which
    may include several sessions.
  • The number of hair re-growing must be stable over time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of hair follicles, which varies from four to twelve months according to body location.
  • Permanent hair reduction doesn’t necessarily imply the elimination of all hairs in the treatment area. It is now generally accepted that complete hair removal may not be achieved with Laser and IPL. The absence of growth in any 12 month period is classed as ‘permanent hair reduction’ and any regrowth is both lighter in colour, finer in texture and fewer in number.
  • We have cooling devices to cool the skin so you don’t feel the heat from the laser as much.  Candela’s Dynamic Cooling Device™ sprays Cryogen Gas into the skin before the laser to make the treatments as comfortable as possible.
  • We now have our new ice cooler which cools your skin before during and after the treatment.
  • However, expect there to be a slight discomfort but nearly all our clients find it tolerable.
  • You should have short visible hair when you come for a consultation so we can better advise you on you hair type & suggest the most appropriate treatments.
  • There is no need to grow your hair out for regular treatments; you may shave as many times as you wish, this will not affect the results.
  • The following methods are suitable for removing hair:
    1. Shaving – removing the hair by using a blade.
    2. Trimming – removing the hair by the use of a machine to cut the hairs; or
    3. Hair Removing Creams – removing the hair by applying a non-invasive cream that removes the hair without it affecting the follicle.
  • The following methods should not be used to remove hair:
    1. Bleaching – Lightening the hair using harsh chemicals.
    2. Epilating – removing the hair, including the follicle, by a pulling motion. Included in this are Waxing, Epilating Machines, Plucking, Threading, Tweezing and more.
  • A patch test is done on a small section on each different body areas you want treated.
  • The Patch Test provides us the optimal temperature for your skin and checks the sensitivity leave if your skin.
  • You are required to wait a minimum of 1 – 2 weeks for darker skins before your first session.
  • The purpose of the patch test is to highlight any adverse reactions you may have to the treatment.
  • We charge £20.00 for the Patch Test which is refundable against your first session.
  • Treatment times vary according to equipment used, Size of area and comfort of the patient.
  • Treatment on a full face can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Treatment on the under arms will take 15 minutes whereas full legs will take up to an hour or longer depending on the surface area.

Area Treatment Times
Upper Lip 10 mins
Chin 10 mins
Upper lip & Chin 15 mins
Full Face 30 mins
Bikini 20 mins
Underarms 15 mins
Lower Legs up to 45 mins
Full Legs up to 75 mins
Arms 30 mins
Full Back & Shoulders up to 45 mins
Consultation including Test Patch 30 mins

Temporary Side Effects

  • After the treatment, you can get temporary erythema (redness) or temporary peri-follicular oedema (swelling/bumps).
  • Any initial reactions should settle down within a 48 hours period.
  • In some rare cases, people have suffered from temporary blistering and scabbing.
  • Aloe Vera Gel and cool/ice packs should be used to reduce irritation.
  • There is also a very slight risk of hyper- and hypo- pigmentation. This is the darkening and lightening of the skin, which is why it is important to protect the skin from the sun using medical grade sunblock of SPF 30 or above.

Rare Side Effects

  • The following side effects are very rare and can be avoided by following aftercare advice:
  • Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin) and Hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) can be avoided by ensuring that you use sun protection cream and avoid Laser treatment when the skin is tanned.
  • It is also possible, but highly unlikely that the light intensity may generate light blistering or crusting of the skin that may cause temporary scabbing. These expected conditions are known and recognised, and will resolve themselves in a relatively short time.
  • Significant Hair Reduction in the treatment area.
  • Finer softer Hairs.
  • Less pigmented Light colour Hairs.
  • Eradication of thick coarse Terminal Hairs.
  • Eradication of Ingrown Hairs.
  • Smoother Softer Baby Skin. Laser is proven to improve skin texture, heating up the dermis stimulates collagen production.
  • The number of treatments are dependant on the individual.
  • The number of treatments is also dependant on medical background & hormonal changes in the body.
  • Some clients are happy after 6 sessions; whereas some people will desire more. It is important to note that maintenance sessions will be required.
  • Usually, woman’s faces require more treatments than bodily areas. Women are predisposed to grow new hair on the face as they get older. Hormones, menopause & medication all increase growth.
  • Areas like legs, bikini & under arms are 95% successful because women are predisposed to lose hair in these areas as they get older.
  • During the initial 6 treatments, we recommend treatments very 4 weeks for the face & every 6 weeks for the body areas.
  • After the initial 6 treatments, the time between treatments varies from client to client.

Testimonials*

  • “Very satisfied with the level of service provided, all the staff have been well trained and prices are very competitive!”*

    Waseem
  • “Excellent layout of the premises with top of the range machines. Professional and friendly staff.”*

    Zee S
  • "Very helpful, accommodating and friendly. Leicester Laser Clinic are the people to see for laser hair removal."

    NeMo
  • "Have had really great results so far. The staff are extremely professional and friendly. The site itself is big, modern and clean. Prices are very reasonable!"*

    Lavishka Katwa (5stars)

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