Hair removal can be a pain. There is never any joy in shaving, epilating or the use of depilatory creams, so how does laser hair removal compare?

At Tracey Bell over the past 13 years we have utilised the latest in laser hair removal technology, from the original large IPL hair removal systems, through to the modern (almost pain-free) Alma Soprano and Elos Systems.

Below are some key facts concerning hair removal:

  1. How Laser Hair Removal works:

The treatment for laser hair removal uses a laser that targets pigment in the hair.

The pigment or chromophore allows the laser to penetrate down the hair shaft and destroy the ‘bulge’ of the follicle.

Laser hair removal works only in the ACTIVE PHASE OF HAIR GROWTH.

Laser hair removal only works on dark hair (with pigment).

  1. Shave before you Laser

It’s important that after the test patch, you shave the day before your appointment. Laser hair removal works by targeting pigment and hence long hair can result in redness and possibly a burn on the top if the hair is too long.

  1. Avoid a Tan

False tan and direct sunbathing should be avoided two weeks in advance of your laser hair removal treatment.

False tan or colour on the skin can result in the heat being generated in the skin rather than the hair.

  1. ALWAYS Test Patch

A test patch is an essential part of laser hair removal treatment.  A laser removal test patch involves a small number of laser shots being delivered to the area to assess the skin’s reaction to the laser.

Once the test patch is complete, the treatment can commence 24-48 hours later.

  1. Laser Hair Removal takes time…

Laser hair removal works on the active phase of hair growth only.

Hair growth occurs in 3 phases – anogen, catagen, telogen

Therefore hair removal normally involves 6-8 sessions and results can be seen after 3-4 sessions

  1. Appointment time for Laser Hair Removal

The time taken at a laser appointment is always dependent on the area to be treated and the patient.

Typically a top lip laser hair removal may take 2-3 minutes but full leg hair removal may take 30 minutes.

  1. Skin Type and Hair Type

Dark hair follicles are normally easy to treat as the laser targets pigments.

Grey, white and red pigments can be tricky when using laser hair removal.

Products such as Meladine may be used to enhance pigments in lighter hairs for better results.

  1. Is Hair Removal Safe?

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment when performed by registered, trained clinicians.

It gives permanent hair reduction and is fast, safe and effective.

  1. What are the Costs Involved?

Laser hair removal generally costs £45.00 per treatment for small areas such as top lip, chin and underarms.

Full Leg may vary from £100-£200 per session.

A full treatment plan and consent form should be provided prior to treatment to fully inform.

  1. Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee to remove 100% of your unwanted hair, but in general will reduce it by 85-90% when done correctly. Great laser treatment will require approx. 2 maintenance sessions per year.

For your free consultation at our Tracey Bell Clinics in the Isle of Man or Liverpool, call: 01624 613323 or visit:

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