Laser Hair Removal


What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is the most effective method of hair removal which can be used almost anywhere on the face and body.  Whereas other methods of hair removal such as shaving or waxing produce short-term relief, laser hair removal provides you with long-lasting results.  Hair regrowth will become finer and less visible as laser hair removal progressively slows down the growth of hair with each treatment. 


Who is it suitable for?

Laser hair removal is suitable for men and women of all skin tones.  It can be carried out on the entire body, including more sensitive areas such as the face and bikini line.  It is most commonly used to target facial hair, underarm hair, leg hair, back hair, the bikini area and chest hair. 


How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses intense light energy to selectively damage or destroy individual hair follicles by targeting the colour (melanin) in them.  The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser’s light pulse which causes significant damage, in order to reduce regrowth.  The treatment targets the roots beneath the surface of the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected.  During the procedure, you will feel a slight, hot pricking sensation to the area being treated.  However, the cooling system attached to the laser soothes the skin, along with aloe vera gel which is applied following treatment. 


How many sessions are required?

As the hair follicle must be targeted at a specific time during its growth cycle in order to prevent it from returning, you are likely to need several sessions to see long-lasting results.  Most people will usually require 6 – 8 appointments, every 4 – 6 weeks.  


Are there any side-effects to laser hair removal?

A few side-effects can appear after laser hair removal, but most are minor and temporary.  If you experience any lasting side-effects, you should consult your healthcare practitioner.  More common side-effects include:


  • Mild swelling around the hair follicles
  • Redness and irritation
  • Pigment changes, especially in those with darker skin
  • Crusting 


Rare but more serious side-effects can include:

  • Blistering and burns
  • Scarring
  • Infection


Laser hair removal is safe and effective for most people when performed correctly by a qualified practitioner.  Special care must be taken for those with darker skin, through the use of a less intensive laser to avoid damaging the outer skin.  Laser hair removal is not recommended for pregnant women. 

One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire offers a comprehensive range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments for the face and body, catering to both men and women. Our aim is to offer the highest standard of care whilst endeavoring to deliver the best treatment results.  Our aesthetic procedures will give you natural, subtle enhancements and long-lasting results, aimed to help you feel more confident and comfortable with your appearance.  Our healthcare professionals are highly skilled in their respective fields, and can provide you with honest advice regarding your condition.


Non-surgical aesthetic procedures are available at One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire. 



You can’t usually use your private medical insurance for cosmetic surgery but you can pay directly for your Laser Hair Removal treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are able to use your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Ashford Hospital.

Why One Ashford Hospital

  • Access to leading Consultants within 48 hours*
  • 0% and low interest finance options**
  • Competitive fixed-price packages
  • Modern purpose-built hospital
  • Private, spacious, ensuite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little waiting time for surgery
  • Calm, dignified experience

*Dependent on Consultant availability
**Terms and conditions apply

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Non-Surgical Aesthetic Treatments Pricing Guide at One Ashford Hospital

This is a list of guide prices for some of common Non-Surgical Aesthetic Treatments treatments and procedures.

Treatment Guide price
Wrinkle relaxing injections  
1 area £180
2 areas £240
3 areas £280
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