Laser Hair Removal.

Everything you need to know.

Laser hair removal treatment is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women alike. We understand how unwanted or excess hair can cause embarrassment and at Stratum Dermatology Clinics, we are here to eradicate unwanted hair and help you to gain your confidence back. Most areas on the body and face can be treated with lasers for permanent hair reduction with the most popular areas being the chin, upper lip, cheeks, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and back.

Not only are we experts in laser hair removal for cosmetic purposes, our practitioners are also able to help patients who have excess or unwanted hair due to medical conditions such as Hirsutism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or due to hormonal changes. Our qualified and experienced practitioners use state of the art equipment to deliver effective treatment.

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How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal works to remove hair by using a light source to destroy the hair. Light is directed on to the skin which is then absorbed by the melanin pigments in the hair. The absorption of the light causes the hair follicle to heat up. By using the correct amount of light energy which heats the follicle to the correct temperature, the heat is able to interrupt the hair growth cycle causing the hair to stop growing. Actively growing hair follicles will be permanently destroyed, so that the end result is permanent hair reduction.

A course of treatment is required to see the desired results because hair grows in cycles, so not all the hair will be targeted during one single treatment session. Results are usually seen between four to six sessions but this is dependent on the thickness of the hair being removed, as well as the skin type and hair colour. During your consultation and patch test, your treatment plan will be discussed. Laser hair removal also requires some patience as results aren’t often seen until two or three weeks after your first treatment.

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Three steps to laser hair removal

STEP 1

Book a free consultation and patch test by filling in our online form or giving us a call. You can also book a full skin health check with a consultant at the same time.

STEP 2

Visit your local Stratum Dermatology Clinic where one of our skin experts will carry out a thorough consultation to help understand your needs and answer any questions you may have. They will also perform a simple patch test to ensure suitability for treatment and discuss your individual treatment plan.

STEP 3

Begin your treatment with trusted experts in dermatology, knowing you’re in safe hands and in care quality commission approved facilities.

Where can I have laser hair removal?

To find out more about the laser hair removal services we offer at each of our clinics, click on the links below

Frequently asked questions

How should I prepare for treatment?

You should stop plucking, waxing or threading 2-3 weeks prior to treatment and change to shaving, cutting the hair or use depilatory creams. Ideally hair should be about 1mm long for treatment. It is important that you do not have a suntan during the laser treatment – whether natural or artificial.

CAN ANYONE HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal is suitable for all skin types, your hair just needs to be dark enough to attract the laser. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair because it contains more pigment to absorb the laser light. Fair hair and red hair can respond but white hairs will not, since this hair colour contains little or no pigment. Electrolysis is available for these. At Stratum Dermatology clinics we offer laser hair removal for men and women.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SAFE?

Laser hair removal at the Stratum Dermatology Clinics is safe. We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatment. Stratum clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify.

HOW LONG DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL LAST?

We recommend a course of at least 8 treatments of laser hair removal to get the desired results, however this depends on your hair type. During your free consultation your treatment options and recommended course length will be discussed. The treatment can produce permanent hair reduction of up to 90%.

WHAT AREAS OF HAIR CAN I REMOVE WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Hair removal lasers are able to remove hair anywhere on the body where the hair has enough pigment to attract the laser light. Brief pulses of light energy damage the follicles preventing hair growth. The most common areas for hair removal include sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and bikini line, to larger areas such as the arms, legs and back.

DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?

Laser hair removal isn’t described as painful but more like an elastic band flick. As your treatments go on, this feeling will lessen as there are fewer hair follicles to target. During your free consultation, you will have a patch test where you will be able to feel the sensation of the lasers before treatment starts.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOLLOWING TREATMENT?

Your practitioner will provide you with detailed advice post treatment specific to the area you had treated, however the following advice is common following laser hair removal.
Avoid sunbathing – you will also need to let your therapist know if you are going on holiday during your course of treatment
Apply moisturiser containing a high SPF daily
Avoid very hot showers or saunas for 24 hours
Don’t go to the gym or do strenuous exercise for 24 hours
You can reapply your makeup following treatment
Avoid using harsh scrubs as part of your skincare routine
Wait 1-2 weeks before using fake tan
During your laser hair removal treatments, don’t pluck, wax or dye the hair, you can however shave or use hair removal creams

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