Are you tired of shaving, plucking, and waxing? London has some excellent laser hair removal clinics that can save you both the time and bother.

Many people opt for laser hair removal as a ‘permanent’ solution to unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal is good for treating:

  • The back
  • Bikini area
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Upper lips
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

It is a safe procedure and most people will be eligible for treatment. Indeed, advances in technology have led to the price of laser hair removal falling dramatically in recent years.

Laser hair removal is available in a number of London clinics. We’ve listed the best of them at the end of this guide.

Note: Visit our Best London Laser Clinics page for full details on the treatments offered by each clinic.

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Laser hair removal in London: What long-term treatments are available?

Complete Guide to Laser Hair Removal in London

Is Laser Hair Removal Really Permanent?

The answer to this question depends on how you define ‘removal’.

Laser hair removal has been proven to result in significant long-term reduction of hair in the treated areas. It does not, however, remove all hair permanently.

Some hair may grow back several months after your final treatment. This hair is likely to be lighter and thinner, but it won’t disappear completely.

At this point, you might consider booking another laser hair treatment session. They are safe procedures that you can undergo more than once.

Laser hair removal lasts significantly longer than shaving, plucking or waxing.

Laser Hair Removal: How It Works

It is a quick and straightforward procedure.

Your doctor will trim any hair that is undergoing treatment to a few millimeters on the skin surface. They will then adjust the laser equipment according to the colour, thickness, and location of your hair, as well as your skin colour.

Once set, laser treatment begins. An intense beam of light is aimed at the skin. Light is absorbed by your pigment, which damages the follicle and prevents further growth.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

It’s not pleasant, but it doesn’t provide the sudden shockwaves of, say, waxing.

The strength of the laser will increase as you visit for later sessions (if required).

Advice for dealing with the discomfort ranges from taking a painkiller 30 minutes before treatment, to avoiding caffeine, to applying skin cooling gel, to having a glass of wine before you enter the surgery.

We’d never recommend the latter, but we don’t doubt that it will help in taking the edge of a lengthy session!

Preparation for Laser Hair Removal

In preparation for laser hair removal, avoid plucking, shaving or waxing for as long as you can (preferably six weeks) before the treatment.

These manual methods of hair removal can temporarily destroy the hairs’ roots, making it tougher for the laser to penetrate, thus resulting in more sessions required and more money spent.

Avoid excessive sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment.

Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and can increase the likelihood of post-treatment complications.

Be sure to wear sunscreen both before and after the treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Side Effects and Risks

In the 48 hours following laser hair removal, you will feel like you’ve caught the sun. Probably a little too much of it.

Your treated skin will appear pink and sensitive. It may have a gentle burning sensation, similar to sunburn.

To reduce the symptoms, use a cold press and moisturise the affected areas. Take a painkiller if necessary.

Some patients may experience blistering in the days following the treatment. Other potential side effects include swelling, redness, and scarring.

The risk of these side effects is slightly increased for those who have darker skin.

Laser Hair Removal Clinics in London

Looking for a good laser hair removal clinic in London?

We’ve rounded up some of the best from across the city.

For a complete list of London’s best laser clinics, refer to our directory.

Central London

North London

  • Private Skin Laser ClinicDermatology Department, Royal Free Hospital, 1st Floor, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG
  • SK:NClinics in East Finchley and Hampstead
  • The Angel Laser ClinicMaples Business Centre First Floor, 144 Liverpool Road, London, N1 1LA

West London

East London

South London

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