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IPL and Laser

At Sorcha Cubitt Beauty we use a medical grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system - the Lynton Lumina®, which enables us to safely treat all skin types for hair and skin concerns.

FAQ's

What system is used at Sorcha Cubitt Beauty?

We use a medical grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system – the Lynton Lumina®, which enables us to treat all skin types. The Lumina offers the most advanced treatments currently available, providing the very best balance of clinical results, speed of treatment and client comfort.

How does Laser hair removal work?

A short burst of light is fired at the skin’s surface. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, where it heats and destroys the hair. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft, causing their destruction.

Hair caught in the growth stage will not grow again. Other follicles, which are not actively growing may produce new hair. These follicles will need to be targeted in the growth stage to effect follicle damage.

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend between 6 and 8 laser hair removal treatments. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, individual physiology and what hair treatments have been performed previously. Hormonal conditions, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), will also have a significant bearing on how the treatment progresses. 

Can all hair colurs be treated?

Laser / IPL depilation works best on dark hair because dark hair contains more pigment to absorb light. Fair hair can respond well but white hair, very blond hair and some types of red hair will not respond to a laser or an IPL system. We always carry out a patch test beforehand.

Is Laser and IPL treatment permanent?

Yes. Actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed. However as with all depilation methods, only actively growing follicles are affected, so dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles may start to produce hair at a later time. This ‘new growth’ (not re-growth) would need to be treated in the same manner.

How does Laser & IPL compare with other treatments?

Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis.

Electrolysis hair removal is a valuable method for treating white, grey and red hairs but it is very slow and suffers from the same drawbacks as laser/IPL methods – only those hairs that are actively growing will be destroyed – the others will grow back.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is the only significant improvement in hair removal in the last 20 years. Many Laser and IPL techniques, now carry the coveted American FDA approval for effective permanent hair removal.

Is the treatment painful?

There may be a brief moment of discomfort depending on an individuals sensitivity. The sensation has been compared to the snapping of an elastic band on the skin.

Are there any side effects?

The most common after effect is redness of the skin that can last for a day or so. Slight blistering can occur but this is very rare and will clear up within a few days. In darker skin types, changes in skin colour can occur and you will be advised of any adjunct treatment necessary to prevent this.
A patch test is always carried out prior to any treatment to assess individual skin responses.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes. Lasers have been used in medicine for over 30 years and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or any increased risk of skin cancer. Extensive clinical trials for laser and IPL depilation have resulted in a very safe technique with a minimal risk of side effects.

Who should avoid this treatment?

The treatment should be avoided by anyone who is:

  • Hypersensitive to light
  • Suffering from live cold sores in the treatment area 
  • Suffering from vitiligo (skin pigment loss) 
  • Pregnant 
  • A full medical history will be taken prior to any treatment being offered to exclude any problems.

How do I prepare myself for treatment?

The laser targets the pigment in the hair and skin and thus it is important that you do not have a suntan – whether natural or artificial.

If you have a tan you should wait at least 4 weeks after your last UV exposure until there is no activity in the pigment producing cells.

If you are plucking, waxing or threading, you should stop 4 weeks prior to treatment and change to shaving or cutting the hair.

The area needs to be shaved two days before treatment.

You should avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment.

You should avoid alcohol, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Nurofen for 48 hours before treatment – this will reduce the risk of a skin reaction.

I am interested in treatment. What do I do now?

You will need to book a consultation. This is to assess your needs, advise you of our expectations and recommendations for treatment. We will then patch test to ensure that your skin reacts to the Laser or IPL in the predicted way. Contact us via the form on our website, by text or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hair Removal

  • Centre of Brows OR Earlobes 15 mins £25
    Top Lip OR Chin 15 mins £30
    Lip and Chin 30 mins £40
    Apples of Cheeks 15 mins £40
    Jawline and Chin 30 mins £55
    Neck OR Jawline 30 mins £40
    Jaw, Chin and Lip 40 mins £85
    Full Face 50 mins £130

    Fingers OR Toes OR Nipples OR Navel line

    15 mins £55
    Front of Hands OR Feet 15 mins £45
    Underarm 15 mins £55
    Standard Bikini 30 mins £55
    Brazillian Bikini 30 mins £65
    Hollywood Bikini 30 mins £85
    Buttocks 15 mins £55
    Full Arms 45 mins £80
    ForeArms (elbow to wrist) 20 mins £50
    Upper Leg (knee to top of thigh & excl bikini) 45 mins £80
    Half Leg (knee to ankle) 30 mins £80
    Full Leg (top of thigh to ankle) 90 mins £180
    Back of Neck OR Throat 15 mins £60
    Full Beard (top lip, chin & throat) 30 mins £110
    Sideburns 20 mins £60
    Full Beard & Sideburns 30 mins £160
    Mens Chest & Stomach 60 mins £150
    Mens Chest OR Stomach 30 mins £85
    Mens Full Back (inc tops of shoulders ) 60 mins £140
    Mens Shoulders OR Upper Arms 30 mins £80

    Mens Full Back, Tops of Shoulders & Upper Arm (T-Shirt)

    60 mins £210

Facial / Leg Veins or Pigment Removal

  • Single Lesion 15 mins £75
    Cheeks 30 mins £100
    Cheeks & Nose 30 mins £150
    Half Face 45 mins £180
    Full Face 60 mins £200
    Full Face & Neck 75 mins £250
    Full Face, Neck & Chest 90 mins £300
    Chest (only) 30 mins £180
    Hands (pair) 30 mins £150
    Thread Veins / Legs 15 mins £95
    Thread Veins / Legs  30 mins £170

Skin Rejuvenation

  • Full Face 30 mins £65
    Full Face Intensive 45 mins £150
    Full Face and neck 60 mins £180
    Full Face, Neck & Chest 75 mins £330
    Neck (only) 30 mins £125
    Chest (only) 45 mins £150
    Hands (pair) 30 mins £100

Acne

  • Half Face 30 mins £95
    Full Face 45 mins £150
    Shoulders 45 mins £150
    Chest 45 mins £150
    Full Back 60 mins £250