Laser Hair Removal
What exactly is the difference between Laser Hair removal and IPL Hair Removal?
The difference is in the technology. Both Laser Hair removal and IPL generate different wavelengths of light to permanently inhibit hair follicles from growing.
Laser is monochromatic, or in simple terms, the laser emits light of one wavelength or colour that is absorbed by melanin in the hair which converts to heat. The heat permanently disables the hair and prohibits re-growth. Laser is very effective in the removal of hair while not damaging any of the surrounding area. It can effectively be used on most skin types and hair colours (though there are some exclusions).
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Hair Removal emits ordinary white light formed by a broad-range of wavelengths or colours which is absorbed by melanin in the hair. The correct wavelength for the elimination of hair follicles is determined using a filter which is inserted into the machine.
The light then transforms into heat leading to the destruction of the hair follicle disabling re-growth. IPL is also very effective in the treatment of skin complications such as pigmentation or capillaries to name a few.
The cost of both Laser Hair Removal and IPL Hair Removal are generally the same. Check out the Laser Hair Removal prices here.
Both treatments require multiple sessions for optimal results but are equally effective in permanently removing unwanted hair.
Why laser hair removal…?
What happens during laser hair removal…?
If you feel one of these steps has been missed or hasn’t been done well, please stop your therapist and let her know. When you work together with your therapist, you will get the best possible results.
What happens next…?
Nearly all skin types can be treated. This table can help you decide if your skin type is suitable for Laser Hair Removal. If the answer is yes, book in today to see one of our hair removal specialists.
|Fitzpatrick Skin Type||Characteristics of the Skin||Skin Colour||Is Permanent Hair Reduction suitable?|
|1||Burns easily/does not tan||White/Pink||Yes|
|2||Burns easily/tans a little||White||Yes|
|3||Burns sometimes/tans slowly||White/Brown||Yes|
|4||Burns rarely/always tans||Brown||Yes|
|5||Burns rarely, naturally dark skin||Black||No|
You should see a result after your first treatment. You’ll also see significant improvement if your treatment is repeated at regular intervals. After treatment, it will appear that your hair has continued to grow. What is actually happening, is that the hair is still being gripped by the skin and is slowly being expelled from the follicle.
This table shows you how many treatments you are likely to need.
|Colour of your hair||Your skin colour||Approximate number of treatments|
|Dark||1, 2 or 3||6|
|Medium||1, 2 or 3||5 – 7|
|Light||1, 2 or 3||6 – 7|
|Dark||4||6 – 8|
|Medium||4||8 – 9|
|Light/Grey/Red||Any skin colour||not suitable|
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