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Laser Hair Removal with The Harley Medical Group

(16 Posts)
FruitynNutty Fri 03-Jul-09 10:24:13

I've booked an appointment for a free consultation next Sat.
The lady on the phone didn't want to give anything away.
Do you know what it costs?
I'm just wondering if I'll be wasting mine and there time if I can't afford it, which I'm pretty sure I can't hmm

I have PCOS so there's quite a lot of hair to go!

I'm starting to wonder if laser hair removal is free on the NHS for women suffering from PCOS? If it's not, it should be!

FruitynNutty Fri 03-Jul-09 16:03:16

No one?
sadsad

jetcat32 Fri 03-Jul-09 16:26:26

I have heard of people in the past having it done on the NHS, though i dont know anyone myself. Maybe a look on the verity site may help?

I also know that it kind of depends on your colouring - ie. i have red hair, and i have been previously been told that laser hair removal is not as successful for those with my colouring. sad

(sorry not much help!)

improvingslowly Sat 04-Jul-09 13:27:47

start a thread on the style and beauty topic about hair removal/laser/boots gadget.
i am sure i read something on there (but cant find it now) about a £300 home laser type thing from boots that was v effective.

bran Sat 04-Jul-09 13:48:23

That gadget from Boots isn't suitable for people with PCOS unfortunately.

used2bthin Sat 04-Jul-09 13:51:17

Someone I know has a condition which affects her hormones and she can get this on the nhs. She was referred to a dermatologist for it and also been given hair removal cream. I'm guessing it is more effective cream than the rubbish I buy which doesn't work for me at all.

welshdeb Sat 04-Jul-09 22:37:13

I have a boots smooth skin and whilst it is true it is not "fficially" recommended for PCOS, I think this is more because of the fact that the hormones will make additional hairs grow rather than there being any scientific reason.

It is also "not recommended" for facial hair however it has been suggetsed that this is due to the fact that they launched it before doing the additioanl testing that would have been required for facial use.

I have one and the darker and coarser the hair the better it works. I have used it on my face with no adverse effects.

The way hairs are killed is very simialr to laser. Unless you are able to have treatment on nhs I would consider it as a vet cost effective option.

There is a thread on money saving expert whihc is informative and also a group on facebook,

FruitynNutty Sun 05-Jul-09 09:17:30

Oh really? Maybe I'll invest in one of those if I can't get laser on NHS.
If the "Smooth Skin" kills the follicle (like Laser) then why isn't it recommended for PCOS? Why would PCOS make more hairs grow if the follicle is dead?
I might have a google and see if I can find out more about it...........

Thanks for all your replies!
I didn't post in Style and Beauty because I think it's more medical but will see if I can get some more opinions on the Smooth Skin there..........

smile

turtle23 Sun 05-Jul-09 09:35:28

Fruity- Give me a call. I had lasering done at Lasercare(now called Skin), next door to HMG. It isn't cheap and it bloody hurts but it is effective.
What are you looking to have done?

turtle23 Sun 05-Jul-09 09:55:07

...and their current price list should give you an idea.
ouch

FruitynNutty Sun 05-Jul-09 18:14:48

Really Turtle?
I'm looking to have loads. Typical PCOS evilness trying it's damned hardest to de-womanise me. Bikini, thighs, chin, lip and lower tummy.
I'm pretty sure this should be on the NHS. With PCOS it's beyond cosmetic. There's a difference between wanting to look beautiful and not wanting to look like a man!

What's really weird is it seems to be getting worse. It's getting almost impossible to keep it under control. I'm plucking everyday now and I can still feel loads of spikey hairs on my chin which I thought I'd plucked out this morning! It's just making me miserable.
I dream of having a lovely smooth face - I won't let DP touch my face at all. If I'm freaked out by it then he certainly will be.
F*cking PCOS sad It's ruining my life right now.

turtle23 Sun 05-Jul-09 18:42:04

HI Fruity- If it were me I would tell the GP that it was causing me serious mental/emotional distress and try and do it that way. It would be interesting to know whether anybody had got it on the NHS successfully.
That much lasering is going to cost a bomb. Wedding presents?

FruitynNutty Sun 05-Jul-09 18:51:41

haha, can you imagine putting laser hair removal on the wedding list!

I think I will go and moan at the GP. Need to moan about my crappy boobs as well seeing as I can now blame them on PCOS too!
Maybe I'll get laser and boob job! grin hmm
If he says no then NHS will have to pay out for councelling because I think if it carries on like this then it really will cause me serious mental/emotional distress - I'm on the brink as it is!

turtle23 Mon 06-Jul-09 05:58:10

If you want to know a good boob job man...I've had that done too. grin

FruitynNutty Mon 06-Jul-09 08:48:23

shock Have you!? I thought it effects bfing if you have boobs done? Obviously won't make any difference to my crappy useless boobs so I might as well do it smile
What I'd really like them to do is suck out the fat from my thighs/stomach and put it in my boobs - I know they can do it. My Mum's friend had it done after she had breast cancer.

What did you have done?

turtle23 Mon 06-Jul-09 09:31:02

Implants are fine...it's reductions that kill breastfeedig. I had submuscular implants done through a 1 inch incision in the nipple. Well, aureola. I used to be a AA. Went up to a B/C then got pg a year later. Sigh. Will have it done again when I'm done breastfeeding the last one. I may be 50 by then!!

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