Frequently Asked Questions about

Laser Hair Removal

Is Laser Hair Removal painful?

This depends on what type of laser you choose. At ERA Skin & Laser clinic we use a the award winning Xlase Plus system with it's Alex Pro laser. This is a combination of Alexandrite laser which is the gold standard for laser hair removal and diode laser which is safe for all skin types. Most importantly it's a painless technology and is very quick, thanks to the motion speed handpiece which allows us to glide over large areas. This means you need to spend less time in the treatment room and will see results more quickly than you would from IPL laser hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser targets the pigment (colour) in your hair folicle. Energy from the laser is directed down into the hair folicle, which prevents it from growing.

Why do you need multiple sessions of laser hair removal?

Your hair grows in 3 phases. These are called Anagen, Catogen and Telogen. The laser is only effective on hairs in the Catogen (growing phase). Your hair is always at a different stage of hair growth, so for example on each part of your body you will have hairs in various stages of growth. A typical hair growth cycle is 4-8 weeks, depending on where on the body the hair is. You therefore need to have multiple sessions 4-8 weeks apart to ensure all the hairs are affected by the laser.

Who is suitable for laser hair removal?

Advances in laser hair removal mean that most hair and skin types can be successfully treated with laser hair removal. As lasers require pigment (colour) in the hair to target, you will not be suitable for laser hair removal if you have blonde, white or ginger hair.  

What are the types of laser for hair removal?

There are 3 main types of laser which are common in laser hair removal, these are Alexandrite, ND:Yag and Diode. IPL is often also used for laser hair removal, this is not a true laser as it uses a broad spectrum light to target the hair folicle and whilst effective, it can be painful and much of the energy from the laser penetrates the surrounding skin, as opposed to the hair folicle.

Can you have laser hair removal if you have dark skin

Yes, at ERA Skin & Laser clinic we offer laser hair removal for all skin types as we have 3 medical grade lasers, 2 of which are more suitable for dark skin.

What is a patch test for laser hair removal?

Before you embark on any laser treatment you will need a patch test. This involves treating a small patch of the area you are wanting laser hair removal on, to see how your skin reacts to laser and to ensure an appropriate starting level for your treatment. Following your patch test you will need to wait 48 hours. Providing there is no reaction you will be fine to start your laser hair removal treatment.

What happens during laser treatment?

Following your consultation and patch test your therapist will mark the area to be treated using a white pencil. This provides an opportunity for you to check that you are happy with the area which will be treated (particularly useful when treating the bikini area). You will be provided with a pair of dark glasses to protect your eyes from the laser light (or eye shields if having laser hair removal on the face). A cooling gel will be applied to the area being treated and your laser treatment will then start. The laser will glide quickly over the area. You may feel a small prickle when the laser passes over a hair folicle, but it is not painful. After treatment the gel and markings will be removed and a restorative cream applied to help keep the area cool and hydrated.

How many sessions will I need?

Most people require 8 sessions of laser hair removal, one every 6 weeks to ensure optimal treatment of the hair folicle. You should expect to lose around 12% of the hair in the treated area each time you come for treatment.

Will I need top up sessions?

Depending on your hair and skin type you may need top up sessions after 2 years. Sometimes hair can regrow but the results from one treatment course are usually enough for most people.

What happens after laser hair removal treatment

After your treatment you will be provided with aftercare advice. This includes avoiding any heat treatments such as sauna's or hot tubs. You should also avoid the gym for 24 hours. Avoiding heat after laser hair removal is important because your skin will still retain heat from the laser treatment and whilst you won't be able to see or feel this, it will be exacerbated by any heat treatments.

How long does laser hair removal treatment take?

Depending on the area you are having treatment, your laser hair removal session can take anywhere from 15  minutes to 60 minutes. The top lip, chin and underarm are generally very quick areas to treat for laser hair removal, the bikini area can take 20 minutes for bikini line, or up to 30 minutes for a Hollywood laser treatment. Full legs take the longest time, around 60 minutes.

What are the side effects for Laser Hair Removal treatment

Side effects for laser hair removal treatment include, itching, redness, burning, always ensure your therapist is Level 4 qualified. Level 4 is a specialist laser qualification which means you can be confident in the skills of your laser provider.

How quickly will I see results from Laser Hair Removal treatment

Everyone is different but at ERA the majority of our clients see results after their 2nd or 3rd session using our Alex Pro laser. These include reduced hair growth and slower hair growth particularly on the underarm and bikini areas.

Can you have Laser Hair Removal when pregnant?

No, you should not have laser hair removal when you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.

Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is effective at reducing hair growth and you should expect around 96% hair removal from your treatment. Over time new hair may regrow in which case a top up may be required.

Can Laser Hair Removal cause acne?

No, Laser Hair Removal does not cause acne and laser light is actually a very effective treatment for acne and can be used to reduce acne scarring.

Can I have Laser Hair Removal treatment if I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Laser Hair Removal is an effective method of reducing hair growth if you have PCOS. You may find you need a couple more sessions than normal but having PCOS does not prevent you from having laser treatment.

Can I have Emsella treatment if I have a prolapse?

You can have Emsella treatment if you have a prolapse. Treatment will help to strengthen the muscles around the bladder and whilst it will not treat the prolapse it will improve symptons of urge incontinence which often occur with a prolapse

How much is does Emsella treatment cost?

You should expect to pay around £1450 for a course of 6 sessions. This is the recommended number of sessions to ensure optimal results. You can also opt to include a 6 or 12 monthly top up session within your treatment course. Treatment courses of 8 Emsella sessions cost £1850.

At ERA we offer interest free payment options including Clearpay and Go Cardless direct debit plans so you can spread the cost of your treatment over a time period to suit you.

Does Laser Hair prevent ingrowing hairs?

Yes! Laser hair removal will stop the hair folicle from producing the hair, so your hair will not be able to ingrow. If you suffer from ingrowing hairs laser hair removal is a good option to consider for both the face and body.

How much does Laser Hair Removal cost?

Costs vary depending on which area you are having treated and how many sessions your therapist recommends based on your hair and skin type. At ERA we offer great value laser hair removal treatment packages which include free sessions, as well as monthly interest free payment plans - click here for details

Can I have Laser Hair Removal with a sun tan?

If you have a sun tan it is best to wait until your tan has faded before resuming your laser hair removal treatment. This is because the laser is attracted to the colour in your skin which can lead to burns. 

Can I shave between Laser Hair Removal treatments?

Yes! You can shave hair in the area you are having treated but you cannot wax, pluck or tweeze. This is because these methods remove the hair from the skin, meaning there is no hair for the laser to target. Shaving only cuts the hair off at skin level, meaning there is still hair within the skin for the laser to target. 

What is the difference between IPL and Laser for Hair Removal

IPL (intense pulsed light) is not a laser, it is a broad spectrum light. This means that instead of the energy being directed into the hair folicle, it is spread out across the skin. Lasers like Alex Pro, ND:YAG and Diode penetrate to the correct depth within the skin to target the hair folicle, with all the energy being directed downwards where it is most effective. IPL does work for laser hair removal, but you will likely need more sessions and results will take longer to be noticeable.

When is the best time to have laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is safe to have all year round but you'll need to make sure that areas being treated are not exposed to the sun during the summer months without the use of sunscreen.