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Visage Beauty : Nottingham Hair Removal Clinic


Visage Beauty offer hair removal using Pulsar, the world's leading IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) system. We can treat a range of skin conditins including facial veins, rosacea, sun damage, birthmarks, age spots & freckles.

Pulsar is the world leading system in IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), clinically proven to offer you more effective, virtually pain-free, quicker and longer lasting results.

Visage has been trading for 18 years since opening its first premises in 1995. The clinic relocated a few doors down in 2000. Expanding from one room above another shop to an imposing three story customised beauty and hairdressing salon.

Our clinic works hand in hand with doctors and is registered with Lasermet. All our machines are regularly serviced.

In 2001 we took the step of becoming one of the first salons in Nottingham to introduce IPL to our customers. Our Pulsed Light practitioners, Bhavna and Frances, have extensive knowledge and experience treating around 2000 clients over the past 11 years, the majority being Asian skin types.

The Pulsar Silk system we use is state of the art and is the ONLY machine to offer two applicator sizes a 5cm² for facial treatment and a 22cm² for body. This larger head has cut treatment time in half therefore enabling us to offer more competitive prices.

Safety First - Please be aware it is a legal requirement for all establishments offering laser or IPL hair removal to be registered licensed by the local council. Unfortunately, there are a large number of establishments that are not. If an establishment is performing laser hair or IPL hair removal without being licensed, they are breaking the law and are operating without valid insurance. Visage Beauty is the first clinic in Nottingham to be licensed by the city council.

IPL vs Laser - the technology

The use of intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser systems for hair removal has been well established for a number of years. It is an effective alternative to traditional methods such as electrolysis and waxing, allowing long-term, and often permanent, hair removal. Lasers have been used for a number of years to treat vascular lesions such as port wine stains, rosacea and thread veins, and although excellent results can be obtained, patients are often dissatisfied with the extent of side effects such as pronounced purpura (bruising) and pigmentary changes.

IPL offers speedy, comfortable, effective long term results with minimal side effects when performed by a qualified experienced specialist. IPL classically do not require high levels of power or energy which is necessary for laser.

The efficacy of both technologies for removal of unwanted hair is without question, and it is certain that both systems can be used for treatment of certain types of vascular lesion. However, patients may have very different skin and hair colours and there are many types of vascular lesion. But be aware that there are different types of IPL machines and choosing the right system is a difficult process due to different wavelengths.

The main differences between laser and IPL sources are down to the very different technologies implemented in each system. Lasers are light sources which emit monochromatic (single wavelength) light. The light produced by a laser is coherent (all the light is in the same phase and of the same wavelength) IPL systems are generally flash lamps which produce light when a small electric current is passed through a gas. The light produced in this way is not coherent, and consists of many different wavelengths. This is known as white light.

These differences in the way in which the light is produced have a number of consequences. There have unfortunately been many reported incidences of biological damage due to lasers. The small spot sizes and high energies mean that burning of the skin can often occur, but more commonly, every year people have their vision impaired or are even blinded by lasers. The main reason for this is the non-divergence of laser beams.

The IPL pulses during the treatment have to be of a long enough time period (milliseconds) to effectively heat the whole hair follicle.

The broadband nature of IPL light also has advantages over monochromatic laser light in some applications.

Absorption occurs at many different wavelengths, most of which can be targeted with IPL.

This study presents a brief comparison between lasers and Intense Pulse Light systems. It is certainly true that there exist some conditions for which lasers are the preferred choice, such as tattoo removal. However, for many other applications such as hair removal and vascular lesion treatment, IPL systems may offer advantages over laser systems including improved safety features, increased reliability and equal, if not superior, clinical results.


[ ] R. A. Weiss, M. A. Weiss, S. Marwaha, A. C. Harrington, "Hair Removal With a Non-Coherent Filtered Flashlamp Intense Pulsed Light Source". Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 24: 128 - 132 (1999).

[ ] R. Anderson, J. A. Parrish, "Microvasculature can be Selectively Damaged using Dye Lasers: A Basic Theory and Experimental Evidence in Human Skin". Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 1: 263 - 276 (1981)

[ ] J. M. Hammersley and D. C. Handscomb, 1964, Monte Carlo Methods

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light. It is a filtered and controlled light based treatment that transits to heat, heating the hair follicle to make for an effective treatment! In a hair removal treatment, if the hair is connected to the blood supply then it will permanently destroy that hair follicle meaning another hair cannot grow in its place.

How is the treatment carried out?

The Perspex applicator is placed in contact with the skin surface and light pulsed through it onto the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated.

Who can be treated?

Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of dark melanin in these which gives maximum absorption and conversion of light energy to heat. Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced making it slightly less certain of permanent destruction of the hair follicles. Grey (white) hair has almost no melanin and cannot be efficiently treated. The upper skin layer of the epidermis also contains melanin and the dark skinned and tanned individuals with less energy to avoid generation of excess heat and pain in the skin. The Pulsar computer has pre- programmed treatment suggestions for different hair and pigment types. Hair removal is also becoming more popular with men areas include the upper cheeks and neck, chest and back.

Is it permanent?

Most authorities would agree that using current laser and light technology is possible to permanently remove hair. In most cases, hair growth is reduced by a minimum of 80% - 90% meaning that any hair that may reappear within a few years will grow more slowly and will be lighter and thinner. Once the treatment is completed, some hair may reappear after 5 to 10 years. However, it will be weak and thin and may easily be removed in just one session.

How many sessions are necessary?

The amount of sessions needed essentially depends on a number of factors such as hair colour and thickness, skin type and type of area to be treated. Only hair in the growth phase can be treated. You can continue removing your hair in between sessions, but always using methods that do not pull the hair out (wax, tweezers, etc.), as with razor blades or hair removal cream. After the first treatment most patients get significant reduction in the hair density also new hairs tend to become finer. This may cause what seems to be re-growth but which is actually the sleeping hairs starting to grow at the same time. Approximately 6-10 sessions are required.

How do I prepare for treatment?

For successful hair removal with our Intense Pulsed Light equipment, hair needs to be 1 to 3 millimetres long, to allow for the emitted light to be absorbed by the hair melanin, conducting the light to the follicle.

Patients should avoid tanning for 1 month ahead and during the entire treatment scenario to avoid excessive discomfort from excessive light absorption in the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment skin is particularly sensitive to the UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days.

How can you tell if the treatments had worked when the hairs are not removed immediately?

After treatment the hairs are often loose with in the follicle and can easily be pulled out with tweezers. A red ring around each hair follicle is often seen a few minutes after treatment. These two things are good indications that sufficient heating of the follicles has taken place. Unfortunately they are not always seen and we still have many patients with successful treatment results without the post - treatment signs immediately. The hair follicles are killed by the heat but the hairs remain in the skin and often become attached to the epidermis. They will fall out after 1 to 3 weeks as the epidermis is renewed. During the period it will seem that the hairs are growing as they are pushed out by the epidermis.

Can all body areas be treated?

Almost all body areas can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light. The only exception is any area where the light might reach your eyes directly, such as your brow.

How long does each session last?

This will depend on the area to be treated. For instance, legs can take about 40 minutes, underarms around 10 minutes and the area above the lips can take just a few seconds.

Are there any contraindications?

Before beginning the treatment, we will ask you a number of questions to find out any possible contraindications, which may include: diabetes, epilepsy, taking photosensitive drugs, pregnancy, breastfeeding, keloids, tattoos, recently tanned skin, very pigmented or very dark or black skin. Most contraindications can be avoided or temporary.

Does the treatment have any side effects?

On rare occasions, erythema and warmness may appear in the treated area, but these effects will disappear within a few hours. We highly recommend applying aloe vera gel as its soothing, regenerating and hydrating effects are complimentary to your skin after an Intense Pulsed Light treatment.

Is it safe?

Intense Pulsed Light hair removal treatments are safe for the skin as it only works on the hair melanin, thus the skin remains untouched. As it only penetrates some millimetres, it is incapable of causing any damage to other structures.

Is it painful?

No, if you feel anything it will be a warm sensation and a slight flick of the pulse being delivered.

All prices listed are per session.

Full face
Full face inc neck
Full neck
Upper lip
Upper lip and chin
Sides of face
Under arms
Half arm
Full arm
Hands & fingers
Half legs
Full leg
Full back
Full back & shoulders
Chest & abdomen
Navel pubis line
Bikini line

Visage Beauty Nottingham accept all major credit cards

PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)

Typically 8 sessions of IPL is recommended, however clients suffering from PCOS can need many more. PCOS causes an imbalance of hormones being produced, which in turn will keep triggering the hair growth. IPL is valuable in controlling the excess hair, never eradicating it fully but certainly patients have found it successfully slows and thins hair growth much more than any other method. We have had large volumes of PCOS clients over the years and endeavour to keep prices competitive and as low as possible in appreciation towards the on-going nature of the treatment.

Similarly, male clients will require long term treatment due to the predominance of male hormone testosterone. we advise a course of 5-6 sessions than maintenance at 2-4 monthly intervals depending on the individual.


Visage also specializes in electrolysis, the original permanent hair reduction treatment. Using a very fine needle a gentle electric current is delivered to the base of the hair follicle to cut off the blood supply.

Although IPL is much faster and treats a larger area in one session, a lot of our clients fall back onto this reliable method to treat white hairs, or hair that is too light and fine to be effectively reduced by the pulsed light.

Electrolysis is charged by time ranging from £7.00 for 5 minutes to £28 for a 1 hour session. Before Visage began offering IPL it was one of the top electrolysis clinics in Nottingham, generally performing up to 5-6 hours treatment per day. Even now, although the majority of customers opt for IPL, we still see many patients who find electrolysis suits them better.

Some people have found IPL/laser ineffective or their skin tone is unsuitable for these methods. Visage has also helped treat transsexual clients whilst hormone levels are being balanced.


"Best thing I ever spent my money on! Pulsar IPL worked wonders for me after years of waxing and getting in growing hairs, I was very nervous when Bhavna at Visage suggested the IPL hair removal for me but as a well known hair removal clinic in Nottingham and so many year's experience in doing IPL, I decided to go ahead and book a consultation and was put at ease and reassured during it. Visage is very professional and they definitely know what they are doing. I recommend IPL and Visage to everyone now! Thanks again!"
Mrs G Kaur

"I am delighted with the results of my IPL laser hair removal treatments from Visage. Frances has been doing my treatments on my face and I put all my confidence and trust in her.. she doesn't operate a "production line" but a personal and professional service."
Mrs S Logan

"Amazing experience at Visage, I brought a package course of IPL Hair Removal which got rid of all my hair so I didn't have to worry about shaving whilst on holiday. Very professional and know what they are doing. Definitely recommend!"
Miss K Smith

"I only had a few sessions of IPL hair removal on my under arm area but saw a difference after the very first treatment so didn't feel I needed many even though a course of 6-10 is normally recommended. Amazing results for me, never have to touch a razor again! Thanks Visage!"
Miss A Ali

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