Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has been extensively researched and is clinically proven as a highly effective treatment to permanently reduce hair growth. Using the ‘Power of Three’ 3D TRILOGY ICE is the latest advance in laser hair removal technology available in the UK. The system combines the proven benefits of three wavelengths, achieving maximum results and versatility when compared to single wavelength.

With the innovative ICE technology, the 3D TRILOGY laser applicator cools the skin surface as the treatment is carried out preventing side effects & allowing for a virtually painless hair removal experience.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed skin procedures in the world. If you're tired of shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal is an option worth considering.

This hair reduction treatment works by delivering highly concentrated beams of light into the skin. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles which damages this structure resulting in a permanent reduction in hair growth. With a course of treatment clients can experience up to 90% reduction in hair growth resulting in slower, softer, finer and less dense hair growth.

Laser hair removal consultation

Before starting your laser hair removal journey, we will conduct a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly trained Consultants. During the consultation, the consultant will explain the process to you, decides which laser will be used on appropriate settings, answer any questions you have and carries out a patch test on each area.

The skin test will ensure you are suitable for laser hair removal (95% are eligible) as well as give you an idea of how the treatment will feel. The laser Consultant will then advise you on the best course of treatments to achieve your goal; The recommendation is a minimum of 6-8 usually. Our FAQs section below covers many of the aspects covered in the consultation. Following the consultation, if you choose to go ahead, you can start the treatment from as early as 48 hours later.

Following a laser hair removal treatment

The skin may be red immediately after the treatment, and the hair follicles where the skin has been treated may be raised and bumpy, this usually subsides within a few hours but can take up to 48 hours for some clients. A very few people experience itching a few days later as the hair is pushed out.

Following a laser hair removal treatment, the hair growth slows considerably. It usually takes 2-3 weeks at which point the dead hair will fall out. New hair follicles will then grow, which are usually less coarse. After the second laser treatment, depending on skin and hair type, the area can already begin to look patchy as certain hair follicles stop producing new hairs. After 4-6 treatments, the hair should be significantly reduced, and after 8 sessions, we can achieve up to 90% reduction.

The main benefits of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is the most effective method for achieving permanent reduction. After 6-8 sessions, you can achieve up to 90% reduction. Compare this to a lifetime of shaving or waxing laser hair removal is an investment and more economical in the long run.

The laser is also extremely effective at treating ingrown hairs. After 2-4 sessions you will notice a significant if not complete removal of ingrown hairs. The bumps, redness and skin pigmentation caused by ingrown will also clear up as leaving the skin healthier and smoother.

FAQs

Is it worth getting laser hair removal?


If you sum up the amount you spend on razors or bikini wax courses in your life, it might be worth £50-£300 per session for hair removal with laser. So consider laser hair removal as a beauty investment. Always chose a clinic that provides the latest technology lasers and the treatment performed by a trained technician to avoid burns or scars on the skin.




What is bad about laser hair removal?


Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicles on the targeted area. The skin reacts to this, and typically people present irritation and redness in the treated area. After the treatment, the skin might be tender and feel a tingle or may appear a slight swell. However, these side effects are temporary.




Is laser hair removal permanent?


Most clients will get up to 80-90% hair reduction with the recommended course and top up treatments as long as the interval is maintained.




How many laser hair removal treatments do you need?


Usually between 6-8 sessions will get you up to 80-90% reduction of hair growth, this is mostly dependent on the area. For instance, lower legs usually require 8 sessions whereas the face sometimes require more. All areas need top-up sessions to finish the areas off. When you have completed 8 sessions you can book for a free review to help us to guide you how many more sessions you will need on each area and the frequency of the to ups. You will not maintain the result if you do not do the to up sessions at the end!




Does laser hair removal hurt?


There can be some mild discomfort during laser hair removal treatment but it is often described as having an elastic band pinged against the skin. The heat only hits the hair not the entire skin like waxing does, so most clients find laser a lot less painful and faster per session than waxing! As we destroy more hair it will become less painful!




Is laser hair removal suitable for darker skin types?


Yes, laser hair removal is suitable for darker skin types. We use the ND: Yag laser for Asian and Black skin. This laser penetrates deeper than most lasers, missing the upper layers of skin where the skin pigment lies, therefore it is one of the safest lasers on the market for laser hair removal and side effects are very low!




How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?


Each area can vary depending on what body part you are planning to treat. For example, underarms can take 10 minutes, and half arms or lower legs from 20 minutes, full back and shoulders from 45 mins to full body which can take 2 hours.




Why is my hair still growing after laser hair removal?


Immediately after one laser treatment, the hair still sits inside the follicles and then over the course of around 2 weeks, the hairs push out the follicles as if still growing, but then they shed out the follicles completely. If the hair is still growing after your recommended package, you would need to follow up with top-up treatments to weaken further the hairs' roots and the environment that grows them. Laser hair removal is not always 100% everything gone forever, so top-ups are recommended for the finer remaining hairs.




How soon after my course will I need top ups?


To answer this you will need to book a free review after your course is complete. The best time to book your review is 12 weeks after the final session on the body or 6 weeks on the face. Most clients are aware from the consultation that the upper body has more hair follicles so it's usually best to start the second course of laser on the upper body/face straight after the first course finishes for optimum results.




Can I shave between sessions?


Yes of course on the body! On the face we request you leave the area between sessions so we can closely monitor the progress for you and use the best settings as the hair can get very light and thin quickly. The body is fine to shave if you see any growth.




What happens if you don't shave before laser hair removal?


In some cases, we ask clients not to shave a particular area so we can see where the specific hair growth is. We would then shave it off at the clinic, but in most cases, we require all clients to fully shave the area to be treated as the laser needs the full focus of its energy right through the hair follicles and also needs to impact the bulb of the hairs. If the hair is on the skin's surface, it is not suitable to treat over that hair without shaving as it is less effective, more of a risk to the skin, and it will be much more painful for the client.




Can I use hair removal cream instead of shaving before my laser?


Yes you can just leave 3 days before the appointment as hair removal creams can make the skin very sensitive. You must check the night before the session that there is no hair on the surface of the skin you will be having lasered or you will need to run over the area with a razor!




Can I bleach my face hair between sessions?


We prefer you not to do this as we do like to see the regrowth on the face at each session. However, if you have left a bigger interval, been in the sun and can’t have treatment for any reason then yes you can bleach. The hair is shaved off at the appointment so it won't affect your treatment. Please do not bleach 1 week before your session as your skin may be too sensitive to laser!




My hair is really thick and dark, will I need a lot more sessions?


No, the thicker and darker the hair the better for laser! If you have hormonal hair you will still see great results, but more frequent top-ups will be needed.




Can I tan between sessions?


Do not use sunbeds if you are having laser hair removal it can increase chances of side effects dramatically! Fake tan can be used up to 3 weeks prior to the next session but must all be removed or we will have to rebook your appointment. If you tan in the sun you will have to exfoliate the skin you are having treated and re book for a skin test. We will not treat sun tanned skin. You must be at your natural skin tone for every session. If you tan easily, you need to be more cautious as it can affect the frequency of your treatments and therefore the results.




How many laser treatments are needed for a full Brazilian?


We recommend that a client starts with 6-8 treatments for any body area and then potentially do top-up treatments afterwards for the remaining hair growth. In some cases, clients do not have much hair growth left on the top area of the bikini line and they do not need to follow up sessions in that area, but to start with 6-8 sessions is vital.




How long until the hair falls out after laser hair removal?


After performing Laser Hair Removal, hairs start to fall out between 5 to 30 days. You can help hairs to fall out with a scrub product.




How do I remove dead hair after hair removal with laser?


Between 5-30 days following the Laser Hair Removal session, shedding of the hair may happen & it might seem like new hair growth. However, that's not the case; actually, it's dead hair making its way out of the follicle. A washcloth or exfoliation could support the hair to come out quicker.




Do celebrities get hair laser removal?


Celebrities always are being followed by the British paparazzi on the red carpet or even on private moments. They absolutely do not want underarms or bikini hair to be presented in photos; therefore, Laser Hair Removal for celebrities is a must.




Is Brazilian bikini laser hair removal embarrassing?


Most women do get flustered about laser hair removal on their Brazilian bikini area, which is entirely normal. Yet, treatments in this intimate area may feel a little intimidating, to begin with. However, our practitioners are always discreet and well trained to provide the best customer experience, and our clients enjoy their journey with Portland Body Clinic.




Is laser hair removal cancerous?


Laser hair removal treatment hasn't been associated with skin cancer. Actually, some of the procedures being used to treat precancerous lesions involve lasers. The machine produces minimal radiation when treating laser hair removal or other laser skin procedures, and only to the skin surface.




How much is laser hair removal?


As mentioned above, laser hair removal permanently reduces the hair up to 80-90%, the truth is to be more affordable than waxing in the long run - however, it will, of course, look costly rather than spread out over a long period like monthly waxing is. At Portland Body Clinic, we have competitive prices, we also do regular discounts, or you can spread the cost into monthly instalments with our 0% finance option.