Treatment for Unwanted Hair

Treatment for Unwanted Hair 

Imagine not having to shave, tweeze, wax, or go through electrolysis again… Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology offers a gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting  solution to unwanted hair on the face, back, legs, bikini line, or any other body  area.  Based on technology used for nearly a decade in the treatment of port- wine stains and other birthmarks, IPL photo-epilation has been performed safely
for many years, effectively eliminating dozens of hairs with each impulse. 

Is it right for you?
More advanced than even lasers, IPL is the first photo-epilation technology proven to treat unwanted hair safely on any skin type from very white to very dark.  In order to ensure the best outcome, you may be asked about your medical history and skin type in order to estimate the results you expect from your customized treatment program. 

How Does IPL remove hair?
Highly controlled flashes of light are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles lying below the surface of the skin.  The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle.  All without damaging  the surrounding tissue. 

What happens during the treatment?
It begins by trimming away the hair above the skin.  You may be asked to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light.  Next, a cold gel (similar to ultrasound gel) may be spread over the treatment area.  The IPL handpiece is then applied to your skin and pulses of light begin disabling your unwanted hair.  When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it.  The remaining hair in the treatment area falls out over the next week of two. 

What does the treatment feel like?
Each pulse of light feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to a snap or a rubber band.  No local anaesthesia is required and most people tolerate the treatment well. 

Can all the hair be treated?
IPL’s unique design offers you customized treatment according to your hair colour, texture, and body location.  Any hair with at least slight pigment in it (black, brown, red and even blond) can be treated effectively. 

How does Radio frequency work in hair reduction?
Radio frequency (RF) causes water molecules to pass by each other, creating friction and thus heat. When treating lighter hair with light sensitive skin or darker hair, the energy can be kept at a lower and safer level to avoid skin injury, but to compensate for this lack of energy, the radio frequency provides the additional heat and thus provides a more effective result. This is the reason why normal IPL doe not treat light brown, red, grey or blond hair.

Why do I need several  treatments?
It is only during the Anagen or growth phase of hair that the follicle is most susceptible due to its amount of melanin ( dark pigment ) and anatomical support that reacts with the  pulse of light.  Since not all hair is at this growth phase at one time, several treatments are required to successfully treat the selected area.

Is IPL safe for all skin types?
IPL is the first photo epilation procedure proven to effectively treat unwanted hair on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals such as those of Black, Indian and Asian descent. 

Are there any potential side effects?
Side effects are rare.  You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling 
at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours.  On rare occasions, some blistering or bruising may occur, but typically resolves quickly.  Also, the skin can become darker or lighter following treatment, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks.  Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications.  Following the treatment, you can resume all regular activities immediately. 

 

What kind of results should I expect?
IPL technology has been proven to create a permanent reduction in the number  of regrowing hairs following each treatment in most skin types.  The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin.  A customized treatment program will be designed for you along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations. 

“Broken Capillaries” and “Spider Veins”
A simple, inexpensive procedure from removal of unwanted vascular blemishes. Vascular blemishes are commonly called “broken capillaries” or “spider veins,” and can take many different forms.  The medical name for these unsightly vessels is Telangiectasia.  The cluster of capillaries under the eye or on the nose, the “blood dot”  on the upper lip, the vessels on the side of the nose, neck or upper chest, are  all forms of vascular blemishes.  Unfortunately, most people live their entire lifetime not knowing these disfiguration blemishes can be easily and safely removed.  

What causes these blemishes?
There are many different causes of vascular blemishes, but the single greatest cause is heredity.  Fair-skinned people are prone to develop vascular blemishes.  Ageing, excessive sun, or cold exposure, wear and tear on the skin and trauma (such as abrasion) can cause the condition.  Improper b lack head extraction is a common injury that causes telangiectasia. 

Does alcohol cause the condition?
Surprisingly, medical research does not include moderate alcohol consumption as a common cause.  But some research shows that certain diseases cause vascular blemishes.  So, experts recommend that a doctor examine your blemishes to rule out disease.  Be assured, however, that nearly all cases of telangiectasia are not disease-related, but simply a matter of environment. 

What is the treatment?
Amazing, as it seems, the pulse of light emitted reacts with the water and haemoglobin molecules to shrink and coagulate the vessel.  The vessel “dries-up” and is eliminated.  Scaring or marking after treatment almost never occurs. 

What about laser?
One of the most exciting inventions in medical technology is the laser.  Laser is effective for removing large birthmarks (“port wine stain”), but is not recommended for most common vascular blemishes.  Although effective, laser often coagulates too much surrounding skin and causes post-operative marking, bruising and, in rare cases, scaring.  Furthermore, laser treatments are extravagantly expensive compared to conventional IPL. 

 

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