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Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment for both men and women and works by using a light source to destroy the hair. The light is absorbed by the melanin pigments in the hair, causing it to heat up and interrupt the hair growth cycle. Laser hair removal can be used to treat hair anywhere on the body, with the most popular areas being the chin, upper lip, legs, underarms, bikini line and back.

Our laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal treatments are safe for all skin types and colours and are suitable for anyone looking for long term smooth hair-free areas. The majority of our treatments are carried out with an IPL system. In patients with darker skin types, or for hairs in more difficult areas, one of our lasers may be more suitable. Your options will be discussed during your consultation and patch test.


The treatment is proven to effectively treat unwanted, pigmented hair on all areas of the body. The best hairs to treat are dark and coarse. The finer and paler the hair, the less reliable the treatment and the greater the number of treatment sessions required to achieve the desired result. Blonde or silver grey hairs do not respond to treatment much at all.

Treatment starts with trimming away the hair above the skin. Eye pads will be applied to give protection from the bright light. The IPL handpiece is used to deliver pulses of intense light to the unwanted hair follicles. A stinging or sharp snap sensation might be felt with each pulse of light. As the treatment is non-invasive no recovery time is required and appointments can be safely made to fit into the working day. Most clients need around six treatments to provide a satisfactory long term result. The number of treatments does, however, vary and fewer or more treatments may be necessary.

Actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed during treatment. However, the laser will only affect actively growing follicles and has no effect on dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles. Therefore, it is always possible that new hair growth may take place in the future from the unaffected hair follicles.

The most common after effect of hair removal is redness of the skin that can last for a day or so. Because each individual’s skin responds differently we always carry out a careful pre-treatment test patch procedure to ensure that no unexpected reactions take place during a full treatment.


You should stop plucking, waxing or threading 2-3 weeks prior to treatment and change to shaving, cutting the hair or use depilatory creams. Ideally hair should be about 1mm long for treatment. It is important that you do not have a suntan during the laser treatment – whether natural or artificial.

Laser hair removal is suitable for all skin types, your hair just needs to be dark enough to attract the laser. Laser hair removal works best on dark hair because it contains more pigment to absorb the laser light. 

We recommend a course of at least 8 treatments of laser hair removal to get the desired results however this depends on your hair type. During your consultation, your treatment options and recommended course length will be discussed. The treatment can produce permanent hair reduction of up to 90%.

Hair removal lasers are able to remove hair anywhere on the body where the hair has enough pigment to attract the laser light. Brief pulses of light energy damage the follicles preventing hair growth. The most common areas for hair removal include sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and bikini line, to larger areas such as the arms, legs and back.


We have a wealth of experience treating patients with laser hair removal for those with PCOS. We are able to give help advice and clear realistic recommendations to those seeking to hair growth related to this hormonal disorder.


More often than not Hirsutism treatment usually involves techniques to remove the excess hair and treatment to help slow down its growth or to prevent it coming back. Main treatments include waxing, prescriptive cream and oral tablets from the GP. Laser hair removal is a great treatment for people suffering from Hirsutism and can offer long-term relief.


For many people in the trans community, being able to control hair is more than just a cosmetic preference, it’s a gender-affirming act. We have been providing hair removal treatments to Transgender patients. Our patients are extremely happy with the level of service they receive within our clinics from our sensitive, professional caring practitioners.

Laser hair removal isn’t described as painful but more like an elastic band flick. As your treatments go on, this feeling will lessen as there are fewer hair follicles to target. During your free consultation, you will have a patch test where you will be able to feel the sensation of the lasers before treatment starts.

IPL hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses Intense Pulsed Light technology to reduce unwanted hair growth by targeting the melanin in hair follicles. The light penetrates the skin, converts to heat and damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future growth. Commonly treated areas include the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and back. Sessions are quick, typically lasting from a few minutes to an hour and several treatments are needed for optimal results due to the hair growth cycle. IPL is most effective on individuals with light skin and dark hair. Benefits include long-lasting results and minimal discomfort, though mild redness or swelling may occur. Proper aftercare, such as sun protection and moisturisation, is essential to ensure the best outcomes and minimise risks.


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Here at St. Michael’s Clinic, Shrewsbury’s leading private skin and laser treatment clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are able to offer NHS patients a consultant led dermatology service from our sites in Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock.

St. Michael’s Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. We are part of the Dermatology Partnership, a leading group of dermatology clinics, defined by clinical excellence and focusing on leading dermatological care.



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