Laser Hair Removal for ALL skin types

"Smooth hair free skin"

Laser hair removal for all skin types using our Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers. Powerful medical grade lasers with professionally trained laser experts that deliver results which is why we are the preferred supplier for NHS Lothian patients.

Permanent hair reduction - in just 6 sessions that typically achieves a 80% hair reduction. Any hair that does grow back will be much finer and will grow back less frequently, which means you get smoother skin for longer. Further treatments can improve results.

Benefits of laser hair removal

  • No more ingrown hairs – You won’t need to shave as frequently, minimising rashes or brittle stubble, and less waxing will also result in fewer ingrown hairs too.
  • Improved skin tone and texture – Repeatedly shaving or waxing an area can cause skin pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Laser hair removal reduces the risk of this happening.
  • Money and time saving – Many women spend on average £35 waxing every 2-4 weeks to maintain smooth skin which ads up to between £455 - £910 a year. Alternately you could complete a laser hair removal course in a year and be saving up to £910 every year there afterwards. In just 5 years that's a saving £4,550 - what would you spend it on? 

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser emits a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in your hair follicles. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicles, inhibiting their ability to regrow hair in the future.

How laser removal works

Laser hair removal typically requires multiple sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This is because hair grows in different stages, and the laser is most effective when the hair is in the active growth phase (anagen). Multiple sessions ensure that as many hair follicles as possible are treated during their active phase.

What happens in a laser hair removal treatment plan?

Skin Assessment
Your laser aesthetician will assess the your skin type and hair colour to determine the appropriate treatment plan and quote. Different types of lasers may be used depending on your skin and hair characteristics. A tiny patch test will be performed to ensure that you have no adverse reaction to the laser energy. Your treatment plan can begin 7 days after the patch test.

You should shave the hair in the area to be treated 1 - 2 days prior to your appointment. (Whilst you can shave the area on the day of your appointment - some people find that this makes their skin more sensitive to the laser energy.) During your course do not wax or tweeze your hair as these actions remove the roots of hair follicles which are needed for the laser to be effective. Avoid using perfumes and skincare on the area to be treated on the day of your appointment.

Your aesthetician will assess the area to be treated to ensure it is not tanned and it is safe to treat. The area will then be cleaned and if necessary a razor used to reduce excess hair (if there is too much excess hair we will not treat you).

You will be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser's intense light. Your aesthetician will talk to you - explaining what is happening as the treatment is performed.

Our lasers have built-in cooling mechanisms to minimize discomfort. Some patients may still experience a mild stinging or snapping sensation, which is often described as similar to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. However, this discomfort is usually well-tolerated and temporary.

Post-Treatment Care
After each session, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, or mild discomfort in the treated area. It's essential to follow aftercare instructions provided by your aesthetician, and emailed to you, on avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen SPF50 on the treated area.We recommend you, avoid for 48 hours, using swimming pools, spas and saunas or placing on the treated area any skin sensitisers, such as perfume, alcohol, acid based skin care or jewellery that may rub.

Who can have laser hair removal?

Most people can have laser hair removal. Very dark skin shades require reduced energy settings, to prevent the risk of hyperpigmentation, and therefore more appointments maybe required to achieve the result. However, you can not have a laser treatment if any of the following apply:

  • The treatment area is tanned.
  • The treatment area has a tattoo.
  • The treatment area has open wounds or active acne.
  • You suffer with Psoriasis or Vitiligo.
  • You have used within the last 6 months:
    • Roaccutane
    • St John's Wart
    • Amiodarone
    • Minocycline
    • Gold medications
    • Anticoagulants
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you suffer with herpes or cold sores you can have treatments when the condition is in remission, but the laser treatment may cause a flareup.

Any laser hair removal treatment requires there to be a follicle to target. If you’ve recently plucked or waxed the area, there won’t be any. It’s usually recommended that you wait two weeks before attempting laser hair removal. Alternatives like shaving or depilatory creams are great to bridge that gap between hair and laser results!

Why choose us?

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Our lasers typically achieve a 80% reduction in hair growth in just 6 treatments for light to medium skin shades. As the laser hair removal service provider for NHS Lothian you can have trust in our high quality and standards.

We have two powerful Alexandrite and Nd-YAG lasers which can safely treat ALL skin types including Asian and Afro-Caribbean skin types:

  • Quanta Thunder MT with Scanner and Qool-Air
  • Candela GentleMax Pro with DCD Cooling

Both lasers are advanced medical grade lasers with superb performance in patient comfort and treatment outcomes. By default we will use the Quanta Thunder MT for laser hair removal because:

  1. The mixed technology allows combined Alexandrite and Nd-YAG lasers to be used together improving treatment outcomes.
  2. The advanced OptiScanner automatically targets hair follicles improving accuracy and patient comfort in the initial treatments.

However, sometimes the Candela GentleMax Pro will be used where the patient finds the Thunder's cooling system uncomfortable in the area being treated.


Our skilled laser aestheticians, high grade medical lasers and appropriate appointment times mean we typically achieve 80% hair reduction in just 6 treatments for most patients compared to most competitor who require 12-18 treatments.

UK regulations require all patients who have not had a laser treatment in 6 months to have a consultation and safety patch test. This is redeemable against any package. All packages provide 6 treatments for the price of 5.

Click on the links below to book online or call 0131 226 9610

Area Single £ Package £

Consultation & Patch Test

35 -

Upper Lip & Chin

70 350

Jawline & Front of Neck

70 350

Bikini (any style) & Perianal

110 550

Bikini (any style), Perianal & Underarms 

130 650

Bikini (any style), Perianal & Inner Thighs

150 750

Face & Front of Neck

130 650

Scalp & Back of Neck

130 650


110 550


70 350

Back & Shoulders

130 650

Back & Buttocks

150 750

Chest & Naval

130 650

Legs (half or full)

From 90 From 450

Terms and conditions

The consultation cost is only redeemable against package purchase within 30 days of test patch date. Packages must be used within 12 months from purchase date. Packages are not transferable. Should you decide to stop your package any refund will be calculated as the cost of your package less any treatments performed at full price and the cost of the consultation.

Should you attend an appointment with tanned skin or excessive hair growth in the area to be treated we will not treat you for your safety, but you may still have a treatment deducted from your package or be charged for the treatment. Should you fail to attend your appointment, or give less than 48 hours when rescheduling, then you may lose your deposit or have a treatment deducted from your package.

Clients seeking to have multiple packages concurrently cannot book back to back appointments on the same day. We recommend alternating the packages, at an interval agreed with your practitioner, to make appointments more comfortable and achieve better outcomes as the hair cycle interval can vary for different body areas.


Which is better laser or IPL hair removal?

IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas laser emits a single, focused and precise wavelength that's optimised for maximum follicle absorption. Therefore IPL hurts more and is less effective in an individual session which means you require more IPL treatments to achieve the same result as a laser and have to endure more discomfort. For this reason we recommend laser treatments for hair removal where possible.

Which is better laser or electrolysis hair removal?

Electrolysis can remove 100% of all hair follicles of every colour, but it is slow and uncomfortable. The laser is more comfortable and up to 60 times faster in treating large areas, whilst also being more reliable in ensuring no hair follicles are missed. Therefore electrolysis generally works out more expensive due to the number of treatments required. Consequently we recommend laser for coloured hairs and just using electrolysis for white and grey hairs when required.

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