Frequently Asked Questions

Laser Treatments

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a medical process that involves using pulsing beams of intense light to remove hair on the legs, arms, face, and other areas where hair is not wanted. Laser hair removal works by damaging hair follicles beneath the skin and inhibiting future hair growth. While the process is highly effective to slow hair growth, it could take multiple laser hair removal sessions to show results.

Lumilase Diode Laser

With the Lumilase diode laser treatment, a laser creates a concentrated form of light that is absorbed by the pigments found in your hair follicles, known as melanin. This kind of laser only pulses for less than a second to vaporize the melanin and disable the hair follicles and impede their ability to re-grow. Because this laser only pulses for a moment, it does not do any damage to the surrounding skin tissues. Additionally, the Lumilase diode laser has a special cooling handpiece with a sapphire tip that preserves your upper layer of skin and allows for deeper laser treatment for a better hair removal result.

Why is laser hair removal used?

Laser hair removal is an effective treatment option for reducing and removing hair from almost any area of your body, with the exception of the eye area.

What are the Advantages of Laser Hair Removal?

Some of the many advantages of visiting Sophistique Beauty Specialists for laser hair removal include the following:

  • Non-invasive
  • Quick treatment performed in-salon
  • Performed by certified and experienced laser technicians
  • More comfortable procedure than traditional options
  • No downtime
  • Does little or no damage to surrounding skin
What Areas on the Body Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?

Some of the most common areas of unwanted hair that can be treated using laser hair removal include the following:

  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Arms
  • Upper lip
  • Underarms
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Back
How is a Laser Hair Removal Procedure Performed?

At Sophistique Beauty Specialists laser hair removal treatment can be done during a short Salon visit. The treatment itself is quick and causes little discomfort. Your laser hair removal technician will use the hair removal laser to gently target the hair follicle, leaving healthy surrounding tissues unharmed.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

In order for laser treatment to fully remove hair long-term, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary. The exact amount of treatments needed will vary depending on your:

  • Hair density
  • Hair color
  • Skin color
  • Hair texture
  • Hair growth cycle
Why Choose Sophistique Beauty Specialists for Laser Hair Removal

At Sophistique Beauty Specialists, we use the latest hair removal technologies, Level 4 Medical Grade (CE) Diode Laser, a highly effective hair removal treatment that is faster, more reliable, and more comfortable than other standard hair removal methods.

Here at Sophistique Beauty Specialists, we use medical grade Lumilase hair removal system. One of the most powerful and fastest diode laser systems available on the market today.

With the most advanced sapphire cooling tip innovation to numb the treatment area, it gives you so much more comfortable treatment compared to other lasers.

Being one of the fastest laser systems in the industry, it could treat full legs as fast as in 30 minutes! 

Safe, powerful, pain-free and super-fast permanent hair removal suitable for even dark skin tones. Most of the face and body areas including bikini zone could be treated with an average of 6-8 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Visible results after 1st treatment!

How does it work? Our medical grade laser machine concentrates a beam of light onto the hair follicle. The light is then absorbed by the hair’s pigment causing controlled damage to the hair follicle, preventing it from re-growing in the future. 

Our high quality laser hair removal machine incorporates crystal freeze refrigeration contact cooling (-10ºC) to protect the surface of the skin, making the treatment a comfortable, pain-free experience for patients. Now large areas can be treated quickly and more comfortably.

Diode lasers deliver high frequency, low fluency pulses and can be safely used on all skin types.

Will laser hair removal permanently remove the hairs?

Yes, our medical grade laser machine can remove hair permanently.  The hairs treated with our laser will not grow back.  However, any future hormonal changes may result in future growth of new hairs and more sessions would be required.  Yearly top ups may also be required 1/2 sessions, to keep any stray hairs at bay.

How many treatments are recommended?

On average, 6-8 sessions placed 4-6 weeks apart are recommended. The laser can only treat hairs that are in the growing phase or visible on the skin surface, as a result multiple treatments are required to treat all hair in the skin. Some people will require more sessions if any future hormonal changes result in new growth.  Yearly top ups may also be required 1/2 sessions, to keep any stray hairs at bay.  

With the high power and skin cooling of our laser’s most people only require 6-8 sessions compared with other IPL of lasers that require 8-12 or in some cases more. 

How much does it cost?

FREE consultation and patch test required at least 24 hours prior to the treatment. On average, 6-12 treatments required spaced 4-6 weeks apart. 

Face Treatments

  • Upper lip/ chin/ sides/ cheeks £57 per treatment or £314 for 6 
  • Lip & chin £47 per treatment or £259 for 6
  • Full face £97 per treatment or £634 for 6  
  • Neck £57 per treatments or £314 for 6  

Upper Body Treatments

  • Underarms £57 per treatment or £314 for 6  
  • Stomach £97 per treatment or £534 for 6   
  • Half arms £89 per treatment or £489 for 6  
  • Full arms £109 per treatment or £599 for 6

Lower Body Treatments

  • Bikini line £57 per treatment or £314 for 6
  • Full bikini  £97 treatment or £534 for 6 
  • Half legs £97 per treatment or £534 for 6 
  • Full legs £137 per treatment or £754 for 6
  • Buttocks £119 per treatment or £654 for 6 
  • Full body £300 per treatment or £1800 for 6
What are the pre-treatment instructions?

Pre-treatment instructions

  • Please ensure the area to be treated is free from ALL topical solutions.
  • Shaving is required 2-12 hours prior – any sooner can result in heightened sensitivity during the process.
  • Whilst tanned skin could be safely treated, you should avoid exposure to the sun and sunbeds as much as possible for two weeks. Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy used in the removal process. If you do need to be outside, use high factor sunscreen
  • SPF30/50+ that blocks UVA and UVB rays and cover up your skin. The more natural your skin tone is, the better results will be achieved.
  • Cease use of tanning creams and ensure you thoroughly exfoliate at least one week before the treatment.
  • Avoid bleaching, plucking, waxing, epilation and any other forms of hair removal for 4 weeks prior to the treatment.
  • Do not use essential oils 48 hours prior to the treatment.
  • Depilatory creams should be avoided 1 week before treatment commences.
  • If you tend to get cold sores, then cold sore medication (if working around mouth area) can be taken five days before and five days after treatment.
  • Should you be on antibiotics it is recommended to leave a two-week gap between taking them and starting the treatment.
What are the post-treatment instructions?

After-treatment instructions

  • Soothing lotions such as Aloe Vera can be used should if any redness or swelling occur.
  • It is recommended to avoid perfumes, antiperspirants and deodorants for 24-48 hours after a treatment.
  • Hot baths, saunas, jacuzzi, massage or athletic activities are best to avoid for 2-3 days after treatment.
  • You should also avoid sun exposure/sun beds for about two weeks. This gives your treated skin a chance to heal while also reducing your risk of having hyperpigmentation or other problems occur. Remember that even if your skin does not look tanned, it is still being exposed to UV rays. Due to increased skin
  • sensitivity, we suggest to wear a high factor sunscreen SPF30/50+ that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
  • Antihistamines are perfect for alleviating any itches that rarely arise.
  • Avoid skincare containing AHA, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinoic Acid (Retina A) for 7 days after the treatment.
Clients who are not suitable for Laser hair removal?
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Recently tanned skin or sun exposure in the last four weeks
  • Birthmarks, moles or beauty spots in the treatment area
  • Certain oral and topical medication that can cause thinning of the skin or photosensitivity
  • History of keloid scarring
  • Open wounds
  • Light sensitivity as a result of illness Herpes Simplex
  • Pace-makers and metal grafts
  • Skin cancer Or cancer in general
  • Any active infections Immunosuppressive illnesses or immunosuppressive medicinal products
  • Clotting disorders / use of blood thinners
  • Diabetes
  • Phlebitis
  • Keloid and extended scars
  • Skin diseases