Laser / IPL Hair Removal Bristol
Why choose Pro. Clinics for Laser / IPL Hair Removal?
On average, women spend around 72 days shaving their legs over the course of a lifetime, which works out at approximately 1,728 hours! That’s a huge amount of time that could surely be put to better use!
What’s more, shaving is also ranked as women’s most loathed beauty ritual, with at least 35% of women polled saying that they hated shaving their legs more than anything else!
Luckily Pro. Clinics have the answer! We have invested in market-leading laser / IPL technology, meaning that after just a few short sessions, shaving or waxing is no longer necessary.
Laser hair removal uses pulses of light to effectively destroy the hair follicles by targeting the melanin (colour) within them. The pigment contained in the hair follicle absorbs the laser’s light pulse, which causes enough damage to the follicle that it significantly restricts the hairs regrowth. The laser fires an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicle at the same time, ensuring that the surrounding tissue remains unaffected.
We are highly regarded within the industry for laser hair removal but don’t just take our word for it. We have multiple 5-star reviews available to read on the internet, on platforms such as Google, Facebook and also the independent booking site Treatwell.
Laser / IPL Hair Removal FAQs
* For the purposes of this page we classify laser and IPL as the same treatment
IPL hair removal is a safer alternative for the skin as opposed to laser hair removal, which is why Pro. Clinics have invested in the latest e-Light and SHR Radio Frequency IPL devices as the most effective method of permanent hair reduction.
IPL has been proven to offer a medical grade, gentle and long-lasting solution for unwanted hair. IPL has been carried out safely and effectively for many years, and destroys multiple hairs with each pulse of the machine, making the process quick, painless, and highly effective.
- It has been proven to be far less painful than laser and much safer for the skin.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a fast and effective method of eliminating unwanted hair.
- Medical Grade equipment, giving long lasting results at a more affordable price.
- Most people will require around six sessions spaced a month apart. Depending on the individual, a couple of top up sessions may be required once or twice a year.
Unlike shaving or waxing, that lasts a couple of days or weeks and can often result in painful ingrown hairs, IPL/Laser hair removal offers a permanent hair reduction solution in just a few quick and easy treatments with minimal discomfort to permanently minimise hair growth.
IPL hair removal is very safe and Pro. Clinics have invested in market leading equipment to ensure that your treatment is as quick and pain free as possible. We are often asked various questions regarding laser hair removal, such as ‘Can hair removal cause cancer?’ There is a myth surrounding laser hair removal that it can cause cancer, although this myth is completely unfounded. The wavelengths used are specially designed to pass through the skin cells and target only the hair follicles that are found deep within the skin.
The machines used for laser hair removal do produce a very small amount of radiation, although there is no evidence to suggest that laser hair removal therapy causes cancer.
We are also sometimes asked ‘Can you have hair removal when pregnant?’ At Pro. Clinics, we do not recommend laser hair removal for women who are pregnant. Although the treatment would most probably be perfectly safe, there have been no specific scientific studies conducted on the subject. We feel that it is always best to err on the side of caution wherever pregnancy and babies are concerned, so would always advise patients to wait until after the baby is born before starting a course of laser or IPL hair removal.
Laser hair removal significantly reduces the amount of bodily hair a person has. That said, in most people some of the hair will regrow over a period of time.
Even when the hair does regrow, there will certainly be less overall hair and a far smoother appearance. To obtain a realistic understanding of what to expect from laser hair removal, a thorough consultation and test patch will need to be carried out be a laser / IPL hair removal specialist should always be carried out prior to commencing treatment.
This is an interesting question and one that we will do our best to answer for you! Years ago, it used to be the case that laser hair removal only really worked successfully on people with dark hair and fair skin. This is because the laser works by targeting pigment, like that found in dark hair, but for people with dark skin, the laser can be attracted to the skin itself, potentially causing burns and pigmentation issues. Luckily this is no longer the case and thanks to new IPL and e-Light technology, more people than ever before are now suitable candidates for permanent hair removal.
We are sometimes asked, ‘Is hair removal right for both men and women?’ The simple answer is yes. It is usually right for any individual wanting to permanently remove or reduce unwanted bodily hair.
We are also sometimes asked, ‘Is hair removal right for darker skin?’ At Pro. Clinics, we use the latest IPL and e-Light devices, meaning we are often able to treat even the darkest of skin tones safely and effectively.
It is actually easier to state which areas of the body are not suitable for laser hair removal. Those being the hair in the nostrils and also internal ear hair. Almost any other area can be successfully treated with laser or IPL.
During the treatment, the clinician will press the head of the laser to your skin. Depending on the type of laser being used, a cool gel is often used to protect your skin and lessen the potential risk of suffering any side effects. As the clinician activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin and will be attracted to the hair follicles underneath. The intense heat pulsing from the laser causes permanent damage to the hair follicles, which inhibit the hairs’ growth. Some people may feel a slight discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, although you will most likely feel a cold sensation from the cooling gel. The time the procedure takes depends on the area being treated, but is usually over with in just a few short minutes.
After a treatment, the hairs do not fall out immediately, but will shed over a period of days to weeks. Around 6 treatments are usually necessary, spaced at monthly intervals as hair growth and loss naturally occur in a set cycle and laser hair removal treatments generally work best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage.
The number one question that we are regularly asked is what sort of results can I expect and how long will the results last? Unfortunately, results are very difficult to predict, as they vary significantly from person-to-person. Most people experience hair removal that lasts for several months, if not years. It is important to remember that laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee absolute permanent hair removal and you may well require one or two maintenance sessions throughout the year.
Laser / IPL hair removal is now far more affordable than ever before and costs between £60 and £200 per session depending on the area being treated and the number of sessions required. Pro. Clinics usually recommend 4 to 6 sessions, spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart.
We are sometimes asked, ‘Does insurance cover hair removal?’ Or, ‘Can you have hair removed on the NHS?’ Unfortunately, as laser hair removal is deemed as a cosmetic procedure, it is unlikely that insurers will cover the cost, or indeed the NHS.
Prices listed are per treatment area. If your area is not listed please contact us. A minimum of 6 sessions are required for optimum results, with single sessions available to maintain results.
Micro Treatments – £60 per session or £300 for 6:
- Upper lip
- In Between Brows
Small Treatments – £100 per session or £500 for 6:
- Bikini Line
- Upper Arms
- Under Arms
- Half Face
- Half Arms
Medium Treatments – £140 per session or £700 for 6:
- Half Legs
- Full Face
- Full Arms
Large Treatments – £200 per session or £1000 for 6:
- Full Legs
- Chest & Abs
* For any areas not listed above, please contact the clinic.
This is a very important question and we have therefore compiled a check list for you to follow prior to your laser hair removal treatment:
Stay out of the sun as much as possible
A suntan can increase the risk of your skin lightening following the treatment, as well as other various side effects. If you have a suntan, it is best to wait until the tan fades completely before booking in for your first laser hair removal session. At Pro. Clinics, we usually advise clients to try to avoid bright sun for at least six weeks prior to their appointment.
Avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis before your appointment.
The reason for this is that these hair removal methods can disturb the hair follicles and can interfere with the laser hair removal process. It is worth mentioning that shaving the area a day before is fine and is actually recommended, as this method preserves the hair shaft and follicle.
Be careful of the products that you apply to your skin before your appointment.
Various skin care products can cause irritation, as they can include alpha hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and various other ingredients, so always check the labels!
Ensure that you thoroughly cleanse your skin before treatment.
On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, be sure to cleanse the area of your body that you are having treated and leave it free of cosmetics, lotions and creams. If you have applied deodorant, it is important to remove this prior to treatment.
Make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing
Always ensure that on the day of your appointment, you wear clothing that will leave the treated area exposed or is loose fitting. This is so that the cooling gel does not ruin your clothes.
As previously mentioned, it is a good idea to shave the area that you are having treated the day before your treatment, ensuring that you use a clean and sterile disposable razor.
IPL and laser hair removal are very safe and effective treatments, although there are a few possible side effects, they are mostly minor and temporary.
We have listed some of the possible side effects below:
Redness and irritation
This is perfectly normal due to the way that the laser works and your skin may tingle or feel tender, or may even appear to swell slightly after your treatment.
Redness and irritation are usually short-lived and should ease within a few hours of the treatment. Swelling and redness often respond well to ice packs or a cool bath.
Occasionally some people may experience skin crusting in the treated area. This is typically a minor issue although we appreciate one that can be inconvenient.
Taking care of the treated area after your treatment will prevent any long term lasting issues.
Changes in skin color
Sometimes people notice minor colour changes to the area that has been treated. It may get slightly darker or lighter after the laser hair removal treatment.
Lighter skinned people are more likely to experience darker pigmentation changes, whereas people with darker skin tones are more prone to lighter pigmentation changes. These changes are often short lived and the skin soon returns to normal.
Risk of skin infection
As laser hair removal involves damaging hair follicles with a laser, there is a slight risk of infection. To minimize this risk, the area should be treated as a wound while it heals and should be kept as clean and sterile as possible.
After your treatment, it is very important to follow a few simple guidelines which we have listed below:
- Avoid extended UV exposure for at least 7 days post-treatment.
- If blisters occur, do not puncture them.
- If the skin is broken apply an antibiotic ointment until the skin has healed.
- Avoid any additional laser treatments on the treated area for at least 2 weeks following your treatment.
- Use a high factor sun block on the treated area for several weeks after your treatment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise.
- The use of fake tan after their treatment is not advisable.