Laser Hair Removal Treatment

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light technology) and laser hair removal are commonly performed procedures that can help you get rid of unwanted hair on virtually any area of your body. The results can be smoother skin and less time and money spent on waxing and shaving, which makes these two of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK.

This long-term hair removal method involves minimal discomfort and at Transform, we regularly perform laser treatment for hair removal on both women and men of all skin types. It’s suitable for almost any part of the body including your arms, back, cheeks, chest, chin, ears, eyebrows, face, legs, bikini line and underarms.

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IPL and laser hair removal frequently asked questions

If you’re thinking about IPL or laser treatment for hair removal, you might have plenty of questions relating to the treatment, results and cost. We’ve answered the most common questions below, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for then please feel free to contact us for more information.

Laser hair removal FAQs

Yes, we have some great offers on our laser hair removal courses! Call our team of experts on 0330 053 9115 to ask about the discounts we have available for our laser and IPL treatments.

At Transform, we offer a bespoke treatment plan for each person in line with their individual requirements. This means that laser hair removal prices can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the area you’re having treated. For instance, full body laser hair removal costs will be different to treatment involving a small area such as the underarms. Following the consultation process, your advisor will let you know how much your laser hair removal will cost and provide a detailed pricing overview, as well as information regarding our flexible credit options.

Intense Pulse Light treatment, otherwise known as IPL hair removal, is a long-term hair removal treatment that uses light to destroy hair follicles. It can treat a much bigger area of skin per pulse of light than laser hair removal, meaning it can be a faster treatment. IPL technology can also be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including thread veins, sunspots and rosacea.

Yes, there are. Here at Transform, we offer two different types of hair removal – laser hair removal and IPL technologyl. They work in a similar way, using pulses of light to heat up and destroy hair follicles. Typically, both types of laser hair removal take between six and eight sessions to get the area completely free of hair. But there’s one important difference – laser hair removal is more intense as it has a denser light which focuses all the energy. The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is anyone with hair that’s darker than their skin, whereas IPL technology is usually only suitable for those with nat­u­rally dark-blond, brown and black hair. If you’re unsure whether IPL or laser hair removal will be right for you, get in touch with our experts today who’ll be happy to help you find your most suitable method.

Thanks to our advanced technology lasers, we should be able to perform hair removal treatment on anyone, including both light and dark skin tones − as long as you have a suitable medical history and don’t have a reaction to the patch test. We cannot provide our laser hair removal service if you have a tan or if your hair has lightened in the sun, so you’ll need to wait for this to completely fade before sessions.

Most people require six to eight sessions of laser hair removal to get the results they want, but your practitioner will be able to advise exactly how many are right for you. Typically, with laser hair removal the interval between treatments is between four and six weeks, as it’s best at removing hair which is in the active growth stage and not all hair in in that phase at the same time. You’ll notice that less and less hair grows back after each treatment.

Yes, laser hair removal is a safe treatment, but may sometimes cause side effects such as redness, bruising, pain and swelling, although this is quite rare. Here at Transform, all our practitioners are CTC-registered and receive ongoing training in the very latest techniques. Using our experience and expertise, we have helped thousands of people through their hair removal journeys, so you can book your treatment with complete confidence and know that you’re in capable hands. We also use the highest quality equipment such as Lightsheer, Quantum, Soprano, Lumenis One and Harmony machines in our Care Quality Commission-registered clinics to ensure your treatment is effective.

You’ll notice that your hair grows back finer with each laser hair removal session, reducing by approximately 10-15% with each treatment until it disappears entirely. We recommend a top-up treatment once a year to maintain the smooth results.

Yes, shaving is fine. In fact, we’ll ask you to shave between each laser hair removal session as it makes it easier to perform the treatment, but you shouldn’t wax or pluck as this removes the hair from the follicle, so there’s nothing for the lasers to target.

Winter is the best time to have laser treatment for hair removal because it’s easier to avoid direct sunlight, which can damage sensitised skin. However, you can have laser or IPL treatment at any time of year, as long as you don’t have a tan. Because it takes several months to fully complete a laser hair removal course, it’s important to plan ahead. For instance, if you want hair-free skin in time for your summer holiday, you probably need to book your first session for January or February.

Yes, you’ll need to keep the treated area out of the sun for approximately two weeks before and after your laser hair removal course, depending on your skin type. Your practitioner will advise you on any precautions you’ll need to take and for how long. For darker skin types, you may need to avoid sunlight for six weeks before and after your treatment to avoid marks appearing on your skin.

No, your skin needs to be totally free of tanning products. This is because the lasers can’t tell the difference between natural melanin in the skin or stimulated melanin from the tanning products, so they’ll heat up both structures to the same temperature. This can damage the skin and cause blisters, darkening or pigmentation.

You’ll need to wait for approximately six weeks so that the hair has time to grow back in the follicle.

For your first consultation and patch test, you should leave hair unshaven so that the practitioner can properly assess the hair and take accurate before photos. After that, we advise that you shave before each treatment session.

Understandably, many patients are keen to understand how IPL and laser hair removal work. While both lasers and IPL use light to heat hair follicles and prevent hair regrowth, the technology used for each is not the same, because different light sources are used.

Laser hair removal treatment involves using a powerful laser that emits precisely controlled pulses of energy, which heat and destroy the root of the hair in the skin. By damaging the hair at its source, future hair growth is stopped or delayed safely without affecting the surrounding tissue.

IPL technology, in contrast, is not a laser treatment because it uses a broad spectrum of light rather than the single spectrum light used in laser hair removal.

Yes, it is. Usually, laser hair removal is more suitable than IPL treatment for darker skin types. This is because dark skin has higher levels of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour, so it absorbs light at a faster rate than light-coloured skin. The advanced technology lasers we use at Transform for darker skin tones can tell the difference between melanin in the skin and the melanin in the hair to precisely target the area to be treated. During your treatment, our practitioners will use a long wavelength to destroy the hair in its follicle. This disrupts the cycle of hair regrowth without damaging your skin, resulting in effective hair removal.

We always perform a patch test on all patients to ensure the chosen hair removal treatment will be suitable. This means our experienced practitioners will test a small area of your skin using the laser. Your laser settings will then be recorded before waiting 2 to 14 days to assess the outcome of the patch test. Usually, the darker your skin, the longer we need to wait for the results.

How long your laser hair removal, or your IPL treatment, takes will depend on the size of the area you’re having treated and the amount of hair you have. As a guide, sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours. For example, laser hair removal of the underarms may take 30 minutes or less, whereas treatment of the upper and lower leg may take up to 90 minutes.

If you’re thinking about having this treatment, it’s important to get a good understanding of the potential laser and IPL hair removal side effects. Please know that both IPL and laser treatments are safe and will be carried out by CTC-registered practitioners with the relevant knowledge and expertise. However, there are some potential laser hair removal risks which may include tender or painful skin, bruising, blistering, swelling, scarring or burns. The IPL and laser hair removal side effects are rare, and your advisor will discuss all risks with you during your consultation. We’re here to help you along your hair removal journey, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

IPL and laser hair removal are very effective, but results will vary depending on your complexion and hair. You’ll notice that your hair grows back finer with each laser hair removal session, reducing by approximately 10-15% with each treatment until it disappears entirely. We recommend a top-up treatment once a year to maintain the smooth results.

Technically, laser and IPL aren’t permanent hair removal techniques, but they will have long-lasting results. Laser hair removal works by heating and destroying the hair follicle to reduce future hair growth. While this is not a guaranteed permanent hair removal method, most patients will find that the hair will grow back finer with each session until it stops growing. Typically, we advise patients to have a laser hair removal treatment once per year after their initial course to maintain the result.

Many of our patients ask us if laser hair removal is painful. The treatment shouldn’t hurt, but as the practitioner glides the laser device across the surface of your skin, you’ll experience a pulsing sensation. Some patients say this feels like stinging, a hot pinprick or an elastic band flicking the skin.

After laser hair removal sessions, you should be able to leave the clinic and go about your normal daily life. However, it’s important to avoid any strenuous activities or applying products that may irritate the treated area. Your skin will be much more sensitive to sunlight after laser hair removal so you should stay out of the sun for several weeks and apply regular SPF protection. Your patient advisor can provide more information on laser hair removal aftercare during your consultation. Rest assured that we’re committed to providing the highest standard of aftercare for all our patients, which is why we have a 24/7 helpline that you can contact if you need any assistance or advice post treatment.

More details on hair removal treatment

When you come to Transform, the entire experience is designed around you and your needs. We’ll listen carefully to your aspirations for being the best you, and you’ll receive all the advice and support you need throughout your journey with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from your IPL or laser hair removal treatment.

Laser hair removal step by step

The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering the treatment, whether laser or IPL would be right for you, when you’d like to have the treatment and the likely laser hair removal costs and finance options. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our professional practitioners or nurses.

At your free consultation, your professional practitioner or nurse will ask you about the results you want to achieve. They’ll assess your skin type for suitability to either IPL or laser treatment – but rest assured that both types of laser hair removal provide long-lasting results. Your practitioner will explain any laser hair removal risks and conduct a patch test. You’ll then need to wait at least two weeks before starting your hair removal treatment. This is so we can make sure that you’ve not had an adverse reaction in the area we’ve tested. If your patch test is satisfactory you can book your next appointment, at which your practitioner will recommend a personal treatment plan. If you feel ready to go ahead, you can start the laser hair removal course. During your consultation, you can discuss every aspect of your treatment with no obligation to go ahead. Our practitioners and nurses are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you may have.

Your laser hair removal will take place at one of our Care Quality Commission-registered clinics in the UK. On the day of your IPL or laser hair removal, you’ll be able to go through any last-minute questions with your practitioner or nurse. They will apply a cooling conducting gel before gliding the laser machine across the skin. You’ll feel a slight tingling, which some patients have described like a hot pinprick or stinging sensation but it shouldn’t be really painful. After they’ve finished your treatment, your practitioner will apply a cooling gel and then an SPF sunscreen to sooth and protect the treated area. Each IPL or laser treatment can take between 15 minutes and two hours, depending on the amount of hair being treated. The underarm may take 30 minutes or less, legs 45 to 90 minutes, and the back 45 minutes to 2 hours. Our friendly, expert team will do everything they can to keep you comfortable throughout your laser hair removal course and ensure you’re free of problem hair and feeling great as soon as possible.

Recovery times vary after IPL or laser hair removal, but you should be able to leave our specialist clinic as soon as your treatment has been completed and go about your normal day-to-day activities. We just recommend that you avoid doing any strenuous activities or using products that could irritate the skin in the area that you’ve had treated. You should also try to stay out of the sun and apply SPF skin protection regularly.

We believe that laser hair removal aftercare is just as important as the treatment itself, so rest assured our team of experts are here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. Effective treatment is usually achieved over a course of six to eight treatments. These will be spaced about four to six weeks apart and you’ll soon notice a reduction in hair growth after each treatment. Once your laser hair removal course is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy smooth skin for many months. We recommend a top-up treatment once a year to ensure the area stays hair free.

Laser hair removal demonstration

Watch the video here to find out more about laser hair removal from our Head Aesthetician Simone Golumb.

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