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Laser Hair Removal Q&A

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Charlotte Lundy, Regional Nurse Trainer at sk:n clinics, gives us the lowdown on laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal being carried out on woman's legs

If you have recently scrolled through TikTok, you may have noticed an array of videos of people who have had laser hair removal and have been less than impressed with the results. Some claim it never worked, some claim it did work but the results didn’t last as long as expected. With these videos gaining thousands and thousands of views it is understandably confusing and scaring some people about their potential treatment results sparking a lot of alarm in the comments with people sharing similar experiences.

We spoke to Charlotte Lundy, Regional Nurse Trainer at sk:n clinics to find out more…

Is laser hair removal a permanent solution for hair loss?

“Laser hair removal is not permanent, it’s a reduction in hair growth and you find you will need top up sessions – this can vary from person to person on when these need to be and how often. The only permanent form of hair removal is electrolysis – this is offered at some of our sk:n clinics and is great for the odd area where there may be a few stubborn areas or for white/grey hairs. The face is a popular area for electrolysis.”

How much hair reduction is realistic to achieve from laser hair removal?

“At sk:n we aim to achieve 60-70%. However, it can often be more with many clients reporting a 90% reduction. It important to make sure you stick to the recommended time intervals between each treatment to achieve the optimum results, as we need to be capturing the hair in the anagen phase of the hair cycle for the laser to be successful.”

Why may laser hair removal not work on some people?

“It may not work due to an underlying health or hormonal condition that can have an impact. Also as mentioned it may be because they haven’t stuck to the right time intervals and treatment being delayed to sun exposure.”

Do some people require more sessions?

“Often people with underlying health conditions causing a hormonal imbalance will require more sessions – we will always recommend them to have regular top up sessions to maintain the hair reduction.”

How long will the hair reduction last post laser hair removal treatments?

“This really can vary from person to person – it’s always important once you have finished your course of treatments to have top up sessions throughout the year to help maintain the results.”

Can life events such as pregnancy cause the hair to grow back?

“Yes, it can have an impact due to hormonal changes. At s:kn we don’t treat anyone pregnant due to health and safety aspects, and we always recommend waiting for at least 6 weeks post-partum before restarting or starting laser hair removal to give hormones a chance to settle to within normal range.”

Why are sk:n clinics the best place to go for laser hair removal?

“At sk:n we use grade 4 medical lasers and are proven to be the most effective lasers for hair removal. By having lasers that are dual wavelengths it means we can treat all skin types safely. We regularly review our protocols to make sure we are keeping to the latest advice and maintaining safety is paramount. All our practitioners go through training to make sure they are safe, competent and confident. By being regulated we run regular internal audits and inspections to maintain our standards.”

Laser Hair Removal at sk:n clinics starts at £29 per treatment (course of 8), find out more at www.sknclinics.co.uk/treatments-and-pricing/laser-hair-removal.  

About sk:n

sk:n is the UK’s largest network of specialist skin care clinics, and is passionate about providing the highest quality of treatment and care to patients to help them rediscover their skin confidence. Their 60+ clinics across the country are regulated by the CQC, the Health Inspectorate Wales and Health Improvement Scotland. Their clinics are home to over 450 consultant doctors, nurses and medical practitioners, all of whom are registered with the GMC, NMC or GDC. Further to this they have partnered with the Junior Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) since 2016 and together they strive for better patient safety and the development of strict, accredited regulations for the aesthetics industry. Find out more at sknclinics.co.uk