Laser Hair Removal FAQ’s

Does it hurt?
Depends how much of a wimp you are?! Lol.
I’ve done my own treatment on my legs, bikini and underarms and I just felt some heat and a few bits made me jump. Not like a few years ago when I tried laser on my bikini and underarms and couldn’t take the pain so only had it once lol. The heat feeling is normal, as it’s heat that kills the hair follicle; but we will pre and post cool with cool packs plus the machine has a cooling tip to counteract the heat and keep the skin cool.

Do tattoos limit the areas which can be lasered?
Yes, unfortunately. I can’t laser over tattoos as the pigment is what it seeks out to heat up and destroy the follicles. So it would result in skin burns! You can still have treatment we just have to cover them up and give a 2cm margin around the tattoos.
Obviously if you’re heavily tattooed in the area we will be covering more than treating so it would probably be a waste of money. But certainly if you have a few tattoos and don’t mind those areas not getting treated then it’s all good!

Can you have laser anywhere on your body?
Yep, literally anywhere you’ve got hair EXCEPT within the eye socket area.

Is it better to wait until winter?
As long as you’re not exposing the area to sun / sunbeds within 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment you’ll be fine. SPF50 is a must if you’re having laser on any areas that are exposed to daylight regularly, even in winter.

Can you have laser when pregnant?
No, not while pregnant and it’s actually best to wait til your hormones have gone back to normal afterwards too, this includes after breastfeeding.

Can you treat black skin?
Yes, as long as the hair is darker than the skin. But be aware, less skin/hair contrast does mean lower settings so that we don’t burn the skin, so results may take longer or full hair removal may never be achieved. With this in mind you might be better off finding a clinic that uses different and more appropriate technology for darker Fitzpatrick skin types, such as an ND-YAG laser.

My husband just asked can he have it done on his face?
Absolutely! I mean, if you’re talking full beard l’d say only if he’s really serious about removing the hair. But it’s great for the cheeks and throat for guys with beards that shave those bits to neaten it up. PS, men can have other areas done too!

What if you’re going on holiday somewhere sunny during your laser course?
You need to leave the recommended time before and after sun exposure.

Tanned skin can be treated provided the tan is not active. Therefore, avoid direct sun exposure to the area being treated for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sensitised or sunburned skin will not be treated.

After treatment your skin may have increased sensitivity to the sun and we recommend that you use factor 30+ sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure on the treated area and sunbeds for at least 2 weeks after your treatment.

How long after laser can you apply fake tan?
Once any redness has gone down and the skin has gone back to normal. But no sooner than 48 hours. Just don’t apply it to the area for at least two weeks BEFORE your treatment please! Instant wash off tans are fine though, I stock these so just ask.

Can I have sessions with you if I’ve had laser elsewhere previously??
Yesss!! Of course! Either full courses or any required maintenance sessions.

I work away a lot, do treatments need to be a set number of weeks apart?
Yes and no. Treatment is recommended anything from 4 to potentially 16 weeks as your course progresses and growth diminishes and slows down, so unless you’re going to be away months at a time then I’d say you’ll fit them in as long as you’re organised!

How many sessions do you need to be hair free?
This varies from person to person, and due to the nature of the treatment I can’t make any guarantees on results. But usually a minimum of 6-8 treatments is required which on average can take up to 18 months. Depending on the type of hair growth (ie if it’s hormonal) some can take more as it’s not straightforward growth. Hormonal growth, eg growth on chin from PCOS, will often require more maintenance and will never fully go due to its hormonal nature.

How effective is it if you have PCOS hair growth on face?
It can be completely life changing, but for some people it can take more sessions or longer term treatment. Once a follicle is destroyed it won’t come back, but hormonal hair growth can keep sprouting new hairs whenever it feels like it, which is out of our control. It will most definitely help to reduce and make the growth more manageable though. So l’d say it’s definitely worth a try – and for facial areas the cost is less as it’s a smaller area which makes it more accessible to try it out.

This picture below is a client with PCOS, she’s has 6 sessions over 6 months so far (June 2022-Dec 2022).

What happens if your laser treatment falls at the same time as your period?
Period schmeriod lol I’ve been waxing women on their periods for nearly 20 years! There’s no reason not to carry on as normal, just pop in a tampon and we’re good to go. I could not care less lol. I have a bathroom and wipes etc too so you can freshen up.