Laser Hair Removal

The average woman will spend over 2 months of her life shaving unwanted body hair. Men don’t have it any better.  The average man will spend up to 6 months shaving to maintain his smooth face. 

Managing unwanted hair takes time and the hair keeps coming back! Plucking and waxing are common ways to manage unwanted body hair, but neither offer a permanent solution.

  •  Laser or IPL?

The key difference between the two treatments is that an IPL is a much cheaper less effective technology for reducing body hair, it uses a scattered non-targeted pulse of light with multiple wavelengths only 2 mm under the skin, to try and breakdown hair follicles. IPL cannot be used safely on dark skin types.

Lasers are far more precise, they emit a single focused and precise wavelength that can reach over 4 mm into the dermis, whereby optimising maximum follicle absorption and can selectively destroy the hair follicles while leaving all other surrounding skin untouched. Lasers can also successfully treat all skin types 1 to 6.

  • Laser Hair Removal

    • Gets to the root of the problem

    • Gives you effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including:

      • Face

      • Legs

      • Back

      • Bikini 

      • Underarms

      • And more….

  • Since our hair grows in cycles multiple treatments are necessary for desired results.

Anagen Phase

  • Active phase of hair growth.

  • Lasts for several months.

  • Best phase for Laser Hair Removal.

Catagen Phase

  • During this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink.

Telogen Phase

  • Resting phase of hair growth.

  • Lasts a few months then hair is released. 

  • Anagen phase begins again.

The Hair Removal Procedure

  1. The treatment area should be clean shaven prior to the procedure.

  2. The provider will guide the laser handpiece over the area being treated.

  3. The handpiece will emit beams of laser energy which is absorbed by the hair follicles and converted to heat.

  4. This heat disables the hair follicle from future growth.



Watch the video below to learn more about Laser hair removal


What areas can be treated?

Hair from the face, back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini lines and legs can be treated.

What type of result can I expect?

Expect to see a gradual decrease in the hair thickness and in the amount of hair present.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatments times depend on the size of the area but typically take less than 30 minutes.

What will laser hair removal feel like?

Most people feel only a slight momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure followed by a slight heating of the skin. This typically goes away after the treatment but cooling methods can be used immediately after treatment to help with this sensation.

When can I resume my daily activities?

Typically, there is no downtime and you can return to your daily activities immediately following the procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

Since our hair grows in cycles multiple treatments are often recommended for desired results. Other factors that influence this include hair color, texture and area being treated.

Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Different lasers can effectively treat different skin types. Our laser can be used on a wide range of skin types from very light to very dark skin. During your consultation we will determine the best course of treatment for you based on a variety of factors such as hair color and hair type.

Can I shave in between laser hair removal sessions?

Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You may shave the area the day before the treatment or the day of the treatment before coming in for your session. But you should not wax or pluck the hair during the course of your laser sessions.

How far apart are treatment sessions?

It depends on which area is being treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8-10 weeks apart. During your consultation your treatment course will be discussed.

Are there any side effects?

You may experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.


Speak to one of our specialists to discuss which areas you want to improve and to determine the best treatment for you.

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Reading Cosmetic Clinic

15 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DB

Opening hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm