Surgeon-Led Specialist Clinic

Led by plastic surgeon Dr. Ayad Harb, we pride ourselves on the standard of care, quality and safety of our treatments.

Central Clinic Locations

SRGN has three state of the art clinic locations in Central London, Bicester & Ascot.

Care Quality Commission

We're regulated by the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

GMC Registered Surgeons

All of our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council.



Laser Hair Removal

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal, an innovative solution to unwarranted hair growth, has seen a significant surge in popularity over recent years, becoming a preferred aesthetic treatment for a diverse clientele, both men and women. The treatment entails the emission of powerful light beams, which target and subsequently eradicate undesirable hair follicles.

How does this happen without affecting the skin, you may ask? The science behind this lies in the principle of selective photothermolysis. This entails a precise targeting mechanism where the laser zeroes in on the melanin present in the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin untouched and undamaged.

At SRGN Clinic, we pride ourselves on keeping abreast of technological advancements. By doing so, we have integrated into our practice the most advanced laser apparatuses. These modern devices are not just symbols of our commitment to leading-edge treatments but are assurances of safety, expediency, and supreme efficacy. Now, while the exact duration of each session may vary, the determinant is primarily the size of the treatment area.

For instance, tackling smaller regions like the upper lip might be a matter of mere minutes. However, when it comes to more expansive areas, like the back or legs, the process could extend to a more extended duration.

It's also essential to note that achieving the desired outcome is rarely a one-time affair. Hair, in its very nature, grows in various cycles. This means that while a singular session can eliminate a considerable amount of unwanted hair, the nature of hair growth demands multiple treatments. Multiple sessions ensure that hair follicles in different growth phases are effectively treated, leading to a comprehensive and lasting result.

However, the discourse on laser hair removal would be incomplete without addressing the permanency of results. The truth is, while the procedure offers a significant reduction in unwanted hair, claiming a 100% removal rate for perpetuity would be a misrepresentation. That said, the silver lining is that for many individuals, when the hair does make a comeback, it's often in a more refined and lighter shade.

One of the distinguishing attributes of laser hair removal is its transformative potential. Think of the time one spends on conventional hair removal methods. The endless cycle of waxing, shaving, or using depilatory creams is not only time-consuming but often accompanied by undesirable outcomes like skin irritation, nicks, or ingrown hairs. With laser hair removal, these concerns are effectively put to rest. Once you've undergone the necessary sessions, you're set for extended periods, free from the rigors of regular hair maintenance.

Moreover, the treatment is not just about the removal of hair. It's about boosting confidence, enhancing skin texture, and letting individuals bask in the freedom of smooth, hair-free skin. It’s an investment in oneself - an investment that yields both tangible and intangible returns. In tangible terms, think of the smoothness and the reduced need for regular upkeep. Intangibly, it’s about the comfort, the self-assurance, and the liberation from conventional, often cumbersome, hair removal methods.

Laser hair removal at SRGN Clinic isn’t merely a cosmetic procedure. It's a transformative experience, a journey from the repetitive, often exasperating, world of traditional hair removal methods to a realm of lasting smoothness, comfort, and confidence.

At a glance

Treatment Time

15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the area.



Hospital Stay

Not required

Full Recovery

24 hours

Time off work

Not required


12 hours


48 hours



Benefits of the treatment

The revolutionary transition from traditional hair removal practices to laser hair removal heralds a myriad of benefits. Firstly, the long-term cost savings are undeniable. While the initial outlay for laser treatment might seem high, one must consider the larger picture. Over the years, the accumulative costs associated with frequent salon visits for waxing, along with the regular purchase of shaving creams, razors, and other depilatory products, can be substantial. When you invest in laser hair removal, you're making a one-time investment that, over time, pays for itself, making it an economically sound choice for many.

Moreover, time is an invaluable asset, one that we can never retrieve once it's spent. Traditional hair removal routines, whether it's the daily shave or the monthly waxing appointment, consume significant chunks of our time. The continuous cycle of growth and removal can be tiresome. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, provides an opportunity to break this cycle. With just a few sessions, you’re liberated from the repetitive routine, gifting you back those precious hours that can be spent on activities that truly matter.

An additional, often under-discussed, advantage is the prevention of ingrown hairs. Traditional methods, especially shaving and waxing, often lead to the unpleasant and sometimes painful problem of ingrown hairs. These can become inflamed, causing discomfort and often leading to infections. With laser hair removal, the hair follicle is targeted directly, reducing the chances of hair growing back into the skin. The result? A smoother skin surface with a significantly reduced risk of unsightly and painful ingrowths.

The skin, our body's largest organ, often bears the brunt of traditional hair removal methods. From razor burns to waxing rashes, these methods can lead to a plethora of skin issues. Laser hair removal stands out in this aspect as well. The procedure is designed to be less abrasive, reducing the chances of skin irritation. Patients often find that their skin feels smoother, looks clearer, and is free from the issues associated with other hair removal methods.

Laser hair removal is more than just an aesthetic choice; it’s a holistic approach to skincare and personal well-being. Beyond the undeniable aesthetic appeal of smooth, hair-free skin, the procedure offers a path to greater self-confidence, better skin health, and a more streamlined personal grooming routine. It's an embodiment of modern skincare - a testament to how far we've come in our quest for beauty, efficiency, and wellness.

Is The Procedure Painful?

Laser hair removal's sensation is often likened to a rubber band's snap against the skin. However, the sensation's intensity varies from person to person and is influenced by individual pain thresholds and the treatment area's sensitivity. At SRGN Clinic, our priority is ensuring our patients' comfort. Hence, we employ several strategies to mitigate any discomfort. This includes using state-of-the-art laser devices with in-built cooling systems, providing topical numbing agents, and guiding patients on pre-treatment care. Most patients find that with each subsequent session, as hair becomes finer, the discomfort diminishes. After the treatment, mild redness or swelling might occur, similar to sunburn, but these symptoms usually subside within a few hours.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

The efficacy of laser hair removal is intertwined with the hair's growth cycle. Hair has three growth stages: anagen (growth), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting). Laser treatment is most effective during the anagen phase. Given that not all hairs are in the same phase simultaneously, multiple sessions are essential to target hairs as they enter the anagen stage. On average, individuals require 4-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. However, factors like hair color, skin type, and the treated area's size can influence the number of required sessions.

Can All Skin And Hair Types Be Treated?

Laser hair removal has evolved over the years. Initially, the procedure was most effective on individuals with light skin and dark hair, as the laser targets the hair's melanin. However, technological advancements have introduced lasers designed to cater to diverse skin tones and hair types. At SRGN Clinic, we utilize a range of laser equipment tailored for various skin and hair combinations. A preliminary consultation will help determine the treatment's appropriateness and expected efficacy for each individual.

Are There Any Side Effects?

While laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure, some individuals might experience temporary side effects. The most common include redness, swelling, and a tingling sensation post-treatment. These are transient and typically subside within a few hours to days. More rare side effects include blistering, changes in skin pigmentation, or scarring. It's imperative to follow post-treatment care guidelines, such as avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen, to mitigate these risks. At SRGN Clinic, we prioritize patient education, ensuring everyone is well-informed about potential risks and rewards.

How Long Should I Wait Between Sessions?

Spacing between treatments is crucial for the procedure's success. As mentioned earlier, the goal is to target hair during its anagen (growth) phase. Typically, a 4-6 week gap is recommended between sessions to align with most hair growth cycles. However, this can vary based on the treatment area— for instance, facial hair cycles might differ from those on the legs. During your consultation at SRGN Clinic, a tailored treatment plan, including the recommended spacing between sessions, will be provided.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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