Laser Hair Removal

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a hair removal method that uses a laser to damage hair follicles. Light from this laser is absorbed by pigment (melanin) in the hair which creates heat. This heat damages the hair follicles in such a way as to inhibit regrowth. For these treatments different kinds of lasers can be used.

Types of Hair Removal Laser

Alexandrite laser

The Alexandrite laser has a shorter wavelength compared to other hair removal lasers. It has the best energy absorption for melanin in the hair, so it's particularly good for fine hairs. As the energy can also be absorbed by the skin, it is normally best used on people with lighter skin tones. 

Nd:YAG lasers

The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength which is less easily absorbed by the skin making it best to use on people with darker skin tones. It is also less easily absorbed by hair, so those with fairer skin are best using the Alexandrite.


Here at Setsuko Beauty, I use the MOTUS AY Laser . The Motus AY has both Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers. This cutting-edge device has a moveo technology mode. This mode allows Alexandrite or Nd:YAG lasers to be used on any skin colour. Very rapid pulses of light ensure hair heats up rather than the skin making the treatment pain-free. It is fast, safe and is extremely effective using these gold standard lasers.

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Why choose Setsuko Beauty Clinic for laser hair removal in Somerset?

How do treatments work?

Setsuko will arrange a consultation with you to check your suitability for treatment, due to a lack of Melanin, we cannot treat blond red or gey hair. Next we will  arrange a patch test to determine the correct settings for your hair and skin type. A light layer of oil is applied to your skin if Moveo is being used, then the applicator is moved across your skin firing short pulses of light that burn hair. Some discomfort may be felt but the laser I use is designed to reduce any discomfort. In addition, we also use a CRYO Cooling machine which helps numb your skin and cool it down after treatment.

How many sessions?

Laser Hair removal is not a one-off treatment. Multiple sessions will be needed, and maintenance session may be required later. This will depend on several factors that Setsuko will discuss with you.

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Setsuko Beauty offers Laser treatments in Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Yeovil, Minehead, Chard and Somerset areas.


How it Works

Virtual Consultation

1. Virtual Video Consultation

Easy and straight forward without visiting the clinic – Setsuko will send you a digital consultation form and a link for a virtual video consultation prior to your appointment.

Patch Test

2. Patch Test

Once you are happy with your consultation, Setsuko will book your patch test. A patch test is not a treatment and is only applied to a small area to identify the most effective settings for you.

First Treatment Session

3. First Session

If no adverse reaction occurs within one week of a patch test, Setsuko can start your first session.

Aesthetic Aftercare

4. Aftercare

Setsuko will give you aftercare advice. If you wish to book your next session, please ask.

Laser Hair Removal or IPL?

Which is better, IPL or Laser? The real answer is “it depends”. There are different types of laser; Alexandrite, Nd:YAG, Diode, Ruby and IPL. All have certain skin types, hair types and hair size that they excel at. The quality of the machine, the training of the practitioner and the maintenance of the equipment can have a huge impact on the effect of the treatment. As a laser is a more targeted machine than IPL using the correct laser will give better results than IPL.

See further details on treatments in our Laser Hair Removal FAQ page.

LASER light is:

Nearly 100% of laser light is one pure colour.

Light is emitted as a relatively narrow beam in a specific direction, making the light very powerful.

The light is totally reinforcing and in phase in space and time.

What is IPL Hair Removal?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light which is a broadband pulsed light source. Like a laser lPL emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicles that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.

IPL light is:

The light has many different colours and only a certain percentage of those colours are effective in the treatment of hair removal.

Light is emitted in many directions away from the source.

Many different wavelengths are generated and therefore some scatter in the skin.

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Aesthetic treatments and other services: Laser Hair Removal, HIFU, RF Microneedling and Female Intimate Waxing. To book an appointment, please contact our friendly team today.