Laser Hair Removal

Why is laser hair removal better than waxing?

Looking to get rid of unwanted hair? It’s likely that you’ve come across both waxing and laser hair removal in your search. After all, both are popular hair removal methods for all areas of the body. However, if you’re looking for permanent hair removal that is painless, convenient and offers long-lasting results, there’s only one winner: laser.

Here, we explore how laser hair removal works, what to expect and why it’s so much better than waxing.

What is laser hair removal?

In short, laser hair removal uses powerful beams of light to remove unwanted hair on the body or face. When penetrated into the skin, the light heats up and destroys the hair follicles, stunting growth. After each laser treatment, your hair won’t grow back for some time – and when it does, it will be much thinner. 

The benefits of laser hair removal

It’s quick – and results last

Laser hair removal can take as little as 20 minutes to treat the whole body. While you might think a waxing treatment is just as fast, results from laser last much longer. There’s no downtime either meaning you don’t need to worry about your skin being ready and delicate like it can be after waxing. After waxing or shaving, hair will grow back within days or weeks. But after a laser treatment, it can take months for the hair to grow back, and it’ll be much thinner. 

It’s precise

Ever ripped out a bit of your skin from the hot wax? Perhaps you caught some hair from your head when trying to get those pesky stray eyebrows? Either way, laser hair removal – when carried out by a professional – is extremely precise and targets specific unwanted hair. The area around the hair follicle will also remain undamaged. 

It’s painless

While laser hair removal may have traditionally hurt (or felt like a rubber band snapping on the skin), nowadays smart technology means there are more machines that are completely painless. This is exactly what we offer. We use the exclusive Motus AY – a new painless laser system combining Alexandrite with Nd:YAG laser sources. It’s also the first FDA approved Alexandrite laser that can be used on all skin types (1-6) including on fine and dark hair.  

You’ll always be prepared

Waxing is great – until you have to endure hair growth for 4 weeks to ensure maximum results. With laser hair removal however, that changes. You’ll never need to worry about stubbly underarms, hairy legs or bikini line overgrowth because laser hair removal means that you’re always ready. In fact, you’ll benefit from smooth skin that feels softer and silkier to touch at all times. 

You don’t need to worry about ingrown hairs

Threading, waxing, shaving, epilating – there’s a risk of ingrown hairs with all of these treatments. Not only are they unsightly to look at but they can be painful too. There’s no risk of these when it comes to lasers and, when carried out by a professional, you also don’t need to worry about burns or irritation. 

Considering laser hair removal? Perhaps you want to discuss your options, and the pros and cons, in more detail. Either way, our team of experts would be delighted to help. Simply get in touch and we can answer your questions, talk you through the process and arrange a free patch test. 

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Laser hair removal: prep and aftercare

Got any other questions about laser hair removal treatments? Perhaps you want to book a free patch test? Our friendly team of experts will be more than happy to help. Get in touch today for more information or to book a consultation. If you’ve made the decision to invest in laser hair removal, you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of ways you can elevate your results – and prolong them. Typically, laser hair removal can last for years but maintenance sessions will be needed throughout this period.

At Surrey Laser Clinic, we want you to benefit from the full potential of laser hair removal. So below, we’ve pulled together some tips that will help you to get maximum results and ensure that they last longer. 

Before laser hair removal

Tip 1: We recommend shaving 12 hours before each treatment. This will ensure your skin is in the optimum condition. It’s important not to wax, pluck or epilate 4 weeks before your treatment though. Shaving is allowed because it does not remove the hair follicle under the skin. 

Tip 2: Your skin needs to be free from any lotions, SPF, deodorants and cosmetics. This includes fake tanning products. It’s also important not to use a sunbed before laser hair removal.

Tip 3: Be sure to wear loose clothing that allows you to easily expose the desired treatment area. 

Tip 4: On the day of your treatment and 24 hours before, it’s important to keep hydrated. This helps your body temperature to stay regulated and your skin to be ready for the treatment. 

After laser hair removal 

Tip 1: You should avoid waxing, tweezing or plucking the area that was treated as this can disrupt the treatment process as well as stimulate the hair follicle. 

Tip 2: Post treatment, you should avoid direct sun exposure for 2-4 weeks. This includes sunbeds. 

Tip 3: For at least 48 hours, avoid very hot baths, hot showers or steam rooms. You should also avoid swimming for the first 2 days. 

Tip 4: Keep your skin hydrated with your favourite moisturiser. However, we recommend not putting any perfumed creams on your skin for the first 2 days. Aloe gels or calming creams can be used though. 

Tip 5: You may experience some slight redness. Try not to touch the treated area. This could cause irritation, and the skin could break, leading to scarring. 

Tip 6: Wear loose clothing to avoid any friction in the treatment area.

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Caring for your skin after laser hair removal

Laser hair removal provides people with a convenient, quick and simple solution to unwanted hair. However, after each session, it’s important to follow a few crucial steps to preserve the condition of your skin and elevate the hair-free results. 

One of the most important things to be aware of is which products you should and shouldn’t apply. It’s a question we’re frequently asked too so we thought we’d reveal all in this blog.

Products to avoid

For the first 2 days, it’s important that you give your skin time to heal. Typically, we advise customers not to put on any perfumed or cosmetic products. This also includes fake tan – but we’ve written an entire separate blog on that topic. 

Depending on where you had the laser hair removal treatment, you may also need to avoid makeup for the first few days. Topical creams and harsh products – including those prescribed by doctors – should also not be put onto the treatment area after laser hair removal. 

Products to use

Aloe vera

Aloe vera based gels are ideal for allowing the skin to heal post treatment. Although the laser machines we use at Surrey Laser Clinic are completely pain-free, it’s still important to soothe your skin afterwards. Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the treatment area for the first 2-3 days. Then, you may continue using your typical skincare products. 


It’s really important you keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. Even if there are no signs of irritation, the sun’s powerful beams may cause skin irritation, making the area sore and red. If you do go outside, be sure to cover up and wear SPF 30+. Artificial UV sources like sunbeds should also be avoided. 


Your skin needs to be kept clean so it’s important to clean the treatment area with a mild cleanser. Products designed for sensitive skin are ideal for this. If showering or bathing, keep the water temperature at a medium to cool heat for the first few days. 


Again, moisturisers designed for sensitive skin are great to use after laser hair removal treatments. Keep the skin clean and hydrated in between treatment sessions too. 


In the weeks after your laser hair removal, hair follicles will be destroyed and fall out. It’s important that you exfoliate your skin during this period to promote healthy skin growth and renewal. For this, use a cloth and mild scrub wash, working in circular motion over your skin. You can do this 2-3 times a week for best results. 
Considering laser hair removal? Got a burning question? Perhaps you want to discuss your options?. Either way, our team of experts would be delighted to help. Simply get in touch and we can answer your questions, talk you through the process and arrange a free patch test.

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