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Frequently asked questions

Is laser hair removal safe?

Freedom Clinics takes the safety of our patients very seriously. Our practitioners, who are extremely experienced at performing laser hair removal procedures, perform a skin test on the area before each treatment to ensure the area is safe to treat. If the pigment in the skin is identified as being too high, the treatment will be postponed until it is at a suitable limit. Possible reasons for this would be recent sun exposure.

How long does laser hair removal last? Is it permanent?

There are many methods to remove unwanted hair, none are permanent but laser hair removal is the most effective treatment available. It is the only clinically proven treatment for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair gently, quickly and effectively with long-lasting results.

Most people see between 80-90% less hair growth after a full course.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The latest technology available at Freedom Clinics Leeds will ensure you get a pain-free experience, as well as a long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair. As laser hair removal isn’t as painful as other hair removal treatments, it can be used to remove hair even in sensitive areas: such as the face or bikini line, as well as from your back, tummy or chest.

When will I see the results?

You will see noticeable results after your first treatment: the hair growth process will have slowed down rapidly.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies between patients depending on skin colour, hair colour, texture and density, medical history, the area being treated and how the patient responds to treatments. For the best results we recommend you complete the full course.

What skin types can laser treat?

The LightSheer duet will treat very pale skin to dark skin.

Do men have laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is becoming more and more popular with men and at Freedom Clinics Leeds we have just as many men having the treatment as we do women.

Do you treat blonde and grey hair?

We cannot treat blond or grey hair, as the laser will only respond to hair, which contains pigment.

Can I shave in between my laser hair removal treatments?

You may ONLY shave if you wish to keep the treated area ‘hair free’, but you must not pluck, wax, bleach or use depilatory cream on the area between treatments.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

There are many methods to remove unwanted hair, none are permanent but laser hair removal is the most effective treatment available. You can see the Freedom Clinics Leeds laser hair removal price list here.

It is necessary to have a course of treatments to achieve the desired end result. A course of 6 treatments is usually recommended and after the course has been completed, maintenance top ups are needed throughout the year also.

Laser hair removal pre-treatment advice

• Tanning should be avoided 4 weeks before and after laser hair removal treatment for the best results. We recommend that you use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above to be applied 2 or more times a day as needed.

• Self-tanning products must be avoided 2 weeks prior to laser hair removal treatment.

• The area must be shaved 1 day prior to laser hair removal treatment. We are unable to treat unshaven areas. Do not use any form of epilation (including waxing, tweezing, electrolysis, epilady, or depilatory creams) for 6 weeks prior to treatment. Shaving is OK throughout the treatments.

• Avoid applying any lotions, deodorant, and/or powder to the areas to be treated on the day of your appointment.

• If you are currently taking any medications, please notify your therapist. Any medication that causes light sensitivity (certain diuretics, antibiotics, anti-hypertensives, etc…) or thinning of the blood (i.e. Coumadin, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc…) may increase your risk of side effects and be contraindicated in combination with a light/laser procedure. It is important that you tell your therapist if you are currently taking one of these medications and/or supplements prior to the day of treatment. Advanced notice can help us deliver the best possible outcome. In addition, we recommend that you abstain from drinking alcohol for 24-48 hours prior to and following your laser hair removal treatment.

• If you apply any topical medications or products that contain glycolic acid, retin-A, vitamin C, or bleaching cream please refrain from using them starting 3-4 days prior to your laser hair removal treatment. You may resume usage 3 days following your appointment. Also avoid using abrasive scrubs or exfoliants 3 days before and after treatment.

Laser hair removal post-treatment advice

• A mild cleanser should be used for the next 2-3 days.

• Avoid harsh rubbing to treated areas.

• Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher needs to be worn everyday and applied frequently throughout the day, during the course of laser hair removal treatments.

• Avoid use of potentially irritating products such as retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C, bleaching cream and scrubs or exfoliants, for the next 3-5 days.

• Do not use any other hair removal methods or products on the treated area whilst having laser hair removal. Shaving is the only acceptable hair removal option throughout the course of treatment.

• Anywhere from 10-14 days after laser hair removal treatment, shedding of the surface hair will occur. It will appear as if your hair will continue to grow. This is not new hair growth. You may need to shave the area.

• Your return visits may be scheduled within 4-6 weeks, depending on the anatomical location of the laser hair removal treatment. Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body.

• Avoid excessive exercise for 1 day after laser hair removal treatment.

• Avoid hot showers and baths for 1 day after laser hair removal treatment. Wash treated areas with lukewarm water.

• Makeup may be used after laser hair removal treatment unless there is irritation.