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Thinking about investing in laser hair removal? Get the low down with sk:n’s expert buyers guide.

Even though Laser Hair Removal is widely available, it’s important to remember that it is a serious treatment to undergo and can have harmful complications if not delivered in a safe environment by a fully qualified practitioner. Here’s what you should consider when you are shopping around for Laser Hair Removal treatments, including details on how the treatment works; how to get the best results and the difference between laser hair removal and IPL.

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HOW QUALIFIED IS THE PRACTITIONER?

When carrying out Laser Hair Removal, a practitioner will be directing a powerful laser at your skin to target the hair follicles. This type of specialist equipment should only be used by a qualified, expert practitioner who you can trust. sk:n are renowned for having the best training programme in the industry, during which all practitioners are supported and assessed by a senior nurse.

ARE THERE RULES IN PLACE FOR PERFORMING LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Protocols help to ensure treatments are carried out to set rules and guidelines. Also, if there are any mishaps or adverse effects, it means there is a specific procedure in place which will be followed in order to resolve the issue.  At sk:n, we follow a laser hair removal protocol which has been developed by our dedicated medical standards team (leading dermatologists and nurses) based on 20 years of experience delivering more than one million laser hair removal treatments.

WHAT TYPE OF LASER WAVELENGTH WILL BE USED?

The laser wavelength chosen is dependent on the patient’s individual skin type. At sk:n, we conduct a full consultation which includes a thorough assessment of skin and hair type. We also carry out a test patch on a small, representative area of skin to ensure we have selected the right wavelength and strength of laser/laser parameters.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL YOU NEED?

Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle during its active growing cycle, known as the ‘anagen’ phase, which is the optimum time for the laser to strike. Not all of your hairs will be in this phase at the same time (roughly 10-20%). Having a course of treatments at regular intervals means that there are multiple chances to catch those hairs. sk:n recommend a course of at least 8 treatments to see full and optimum results.

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Exclusive reader offer: Benefit from a huge saving of 50%* off a course of laser hair removal treatments this month at sk:n Bluewater. Simply visit their clinic in Bluewater on the Upper Floor of The Village (opposite Costa) or call 0330 029 2870 to speak to sk:n’s friendly call centre.

*visit www.sknclinics.co.uk/50-off-lhr-bluewater for full terms & conditions.

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