Hi Hairy bloke,
I used Boots, but unfortunately they have recently (last week actually!!) closed most of their laser clinics. Not sure about the london ones - some of those may still be open? Might be worth a look, as they use the Lightsheer (up here anyways). I’m in Yorkshire, and the closest one remaining open to me is in Bolton, but that’s about an hour and a half drive, so a bit out of the way really. I’m a bit gutted about that I have to say, as I was half way through a course… Oh well… that’s life I guess…
I have heard that Advanced Laser Clinics are very good - my clinician at Boots told me that last time I saw her. She now has a job there, as have many of the local Boots gals. Apparently Advanced Laser Clinics have just bought out all the Hairaway clinics around the country, so I’m not sure that many options are left now. As far as I know (up here anyway), the three of these were the only ones apart from the odd beauty salon (but you get treated by beauticians, not nurses and doctors, so that’s a bit dodgy) so the Advanced Laser clinics must be laughing all the way to the bank now Boots have closed their doors. I wonder if the Hairaway group knew that was happening before they sold out? Anyway…
Up here the Advanced laser clinics use the Aurora machines, and they reckon they are pretty good. I really liked the Lightsheer which was used on me, but they don’t use them.
Dunno what else I can tell you really. The Boots staff up here were all very well trained, very professional, and very knowledgable, so I guess the same would be true down your way. Getting a good practitioner is over half the battle IMHO. if you get a good one, you are laughing - get a bad one, and bits start dropping off…!! (well… maybe a slight exaggeration there…???).
Good luck anyway, and ask lots of questions on your first consultation. When you read lots of posts on this forum, you will get to know what sort of questions to ask to ensure you get a good practitioner who knows what they are doing.
I have read on here a few people who have gone in for the test patch, and were treated straight away - in the same session. My practitioner advised me to go away for a few weeks following my initial test patch and see what happened to the area, which seemed like a sensible idea really. Everyone reacts differently, so if they try to treat you following straight on from your test, I would ask around a bit more and just make sure they really are “experts” at what they do. It’s a lot of money to outlay - you want the best.