What is Laser Hair Removal?
At the Rae clinic, we use the Diolaze Laser for hair removal by Inmode.
Whether you have unwanted hair on your legs, back, face, underarms or groin area, or if you suffer from excess hair growth in any areas of your face or body, we offer one of the the most advanced solutions at our London practice.
We use gold-standard laser diode technology which combines speed, efficacy, safety and comfort to achieve the best results in hair removal therapy.
Treatments6-8 sessions per course
ResultsLasts several years
Repeat4-6 weeks until course completed
What is Laser Hair Removal for?
Having superfluous hair can affect both men and women and could potentially have a damaging effect on an individual, be it physically or psychologically.
Many people seek to remove unwanted hair for cosmetic reasons alone. The cost, both financially and in time spent, makes solutions such as waxing or shaving cumbersome over time. By using the laser, we can permanently reduce hair growth, leaving you with long-lasting hair free skin.
Laser hair removal can reduce hair in many areas of the face and body, including:
- Bikini Lines;
- Upper and Lower Legs;
- Hands and Arms.
We also treat men who seek solution for troublesome hair around their neck and beard areas, which can be prone to in-growing.
How does it work?
Diode Laser hair removal technology delivers the optimal light wavelength (810nm) in order to reduce unwanted hair. The light is then absorbed by the melanin or pigment that is present in the hair follicle and hair root. As a result of this heating action the hair destroys its ability to grow. Significantly, as darker hair contains more melanin, it absorbs more light.
We recommend to repeat treatments to ensure that the hairs are targeted at the optimal time during their natural hair growth cycle in order to diminish them.
How do I know if I am suitable for treatment?During a consultation with our doctor, the areas of hair growth which concern you will be discussed as well as whether your hair type is suitable for treatment with laser.
Darker hair colours on fairer skin types respond best to laser hair removal treatment, with blonde, white or red hair colours being harder to treat and remove long term.
individuals with darker, brown or black skin types (Fitzpatrick types V and VI) are not suitable for treatment with diode laser as the skin absorbs the light and can cause scarring. Alternative solutions may be available.
Excess hair or hirsutism is caused, in some instances, by an underlying medical condition or hormonal imbalance. Women with a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are especially prone to growing unwanted hair on their face, arms and other areas and are ideal candidates for laser treatment as this is rarely available via the NHS.
Those taking photo-sensitising medicines will not be suitable for laser treatments. If you have a recent suntan or sunburn, or are currently wearing a fake tanning product, it is likely that your treatment will have to be delayed so that the darker pigment can fade.
If you are pregnant or currently breast feeding you will not be suitable for laser treatment and will need to wait to await the period of weaning your child before we can embark on a treatment plan.
What can I expect to happen during treatment?You will need to shave the area to be treated before your visit. A thin layer of a special gel will be applied to the area being treated. This acts to both guide the treatment head as the laser light is delivered, and also provides additional protection for the surface of the skin.
The laser hair removal machine has a built-in cooling system, making the treatment more comfortable. The head of the device has a large spot size, meaning big patches of hair can be treated at once, reducing treatment time in comparison to other systems.
You will also be asked to wear special protective glasses during treatment, in order to prevent the light from damaging your eyes.
How many treatments will I need?Repeat treatment sessions are performed every four to 6-8 weeks during a course of approximately 6-8 treatments treatments, depending on the area being treated, so that we can be certain we are targeting each hair follicle as it reaches its optimal growing stage.
Does It hurt?Most people do not find laser hair removal treatment to be uncomfortable and liken it to the sensation of someone flicking your skin. With the skin cooling system built in the laser head, our laser hair reduction treatment is virtually painless.
What are the possible side effects?You should expect some redness and mild swelling in the area treated, which will disappear after a few hours. Skin may also feel itchy for a short period of time. There is a risk of superficial burns from laser treatment, but it is extremely rare.
What results can I expect?Laser treatment will permanently reduce hair growth with noticeable reduction after the first couple of treatment sessions. We use the term hair reduction rather than permanent hair removal since hormonal changes, ageing and other medical factors, can affect future hair growth. Most people however, experience almost complete hair removal from a full course of laser treatment.
How long will the results last?Laser treatment will permanently reduce hair growth in the area treated and is expected to last for several years, or permanently, depending on the various biological factors mentioned above.
How much does it cost?The cost of laser hair reduction will depend on the number and size of the areas that you will be treating.
As an example, sessions of laser hair removal treatments is priced as follows: Underarms – £528 Bikini line – £624 Lower legs – £1128