WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
There are a number of treatments that will get rid of unwanted body hair. However, most of these hair removal treatments do not produce permanent results, are painful to the patient and have to be repeated several times.
Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. The basic theory of laser is the lighter the skin and darker the hair the better the result. As technology has advanced and lasers have evolved we can no treat ALL skin types from Caucasian to afro Caribbean skin and all in-between. This is done with the precision of using selected wavelengths suited for that skin type.
All our lasers are sourced from a uk based manufacturer called Lynton lasers. They are class 4 medical grade laser machines with powerful inbuilt technology to target the specific skin concern.
HOW IT WORKS?
Laser machines are attracted by a skin substance called melanin, the dark pigment that gives colour to hair. The laser tracks this pigment to the root of each hair and then releases heat energy, causing enough damage to the hair follicle to hinder growth. As these excess hair treatments can only target the hair that is presently in a state of growth, a series of sessions is usually required to guarantee a long-lasting final outcome.
IPL VERSUS LASER
If you think all laser hair removal is the same think again
IPL’s are generally cheaper for the CLINICIAN to purchase which is why you will find many salons have chosen IPL over laser. As a result in some cases you may find that individual IPL treatments are cheaper however…
In the case of hair removal IPL requires more treatments on average (around 10 vs 6 with a laser) to achieve the desired results and has been known to remove the pigment from the hair, making further treatment impossible.
IPL’s use a concentrated beam of incoherent light to burn the hair shaft. They lack the lasers ability to produce a selective bandwidth that will only affect the hair. IPL’s produce a bandwidth of light that can heat up all the surrounding tissue, making it less effective in disabling hair especially on darker skin
IPLs do not penetrate as deeply as lasers so in the case of most body areas the key structures of the hair are not destroyed meaning results are limited and generally short lived.
The duetto machine has a variety of spot sizes to treat areas safely, quickly and reliably. IPL heads can be difficult to use effectively at angles such as the underarm or bikini.
IPL’s claim to achieve faster treatment times due to their large spot sizes but the duetto can treat a top lip can be treated in under 2 minutes.
The ND:YAG laser is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for skin types IV – VI and can even be used on tanned skin. IPLs are not considered to be safe for treating dark or tanned skin.
IPL’s tend to use gels which are not only messy but do not maintain a cooling sensation.
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