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IPL vs Laser

Many people do not realise when considering IPL vs laser that they are not the same thing, you may have heard of IPL (intense pulsed light) being advertised as a laser, but they are in fact NOT genuine lasers.

Here’s why:

  • Laser light is monochromatic (one specific colour wavelength, which is targeted at the removal of hair)
  • IPL light is made up of many different coloured wavelengths of which only a small percentage are actually effective in the permanent reduction of hair.
  • Laser is collimated (the laser beam is very tight strong and concentrated)
  • IPL is not collimated, (the beam spreads out and is not strong or concentrated)
  • Laser is coherent, meaning it is organised and each photon moves in step with each other.
  • IPL light is not coherent, meaning it is unorganised

IPL is actually a flash lamp, it was initially developed to treat skin conditions.During the process it was discovered that clients were also experiencing some hair loss.

In comparison laser was specifically designed for the long term permanent reduction of hair and is scientifically proven to give far superior results to IPL. So when tossing up IPL vs laser, the choice to us is simple.

Can you tell me more about the Medical grade Cynosure Elite Laser System?

The Cynosure Elite laser is designed specifically by Cynosure for laser hair removal.It has just won Best hair removal device at the 2012 Las Vegas Best Aesthetic product awards.

The Cynosure Elite laser is essentially two lasers in one. It has a 755nm wavelength laser (also known as the Alexandrite laser which is used on fair skin types) and a 1064nm wavelength laser (also known as the Nd: YAG laser which is used on darker skin types). Each wavelength is suited to a particular hair/skin type combination. This maximises the skin and hair types that can be treated with this laser, and enhances the safety and efficacy by which it can remove hair.

The Cynosure laser is used in conjunction with a skin cooling machine called a Zimmer cooler. It cools the surface layer of the skin, allowing the laser to penetrate through the cooled skin to the hair follicle thus minimising the chance of any injury/damage to the skin.

Is Laser Hair Removal Treatment painful?

This is a relative question as all people have different pain thresholds. What most patients say is that it’s like having a small rubber band snapped on the skin. Our laser is paired with a unique cooling device, which cools the skin on contact making the treatment comfortable. If for any reason you are very sensitive and the pain is not tolerable, there are topical anaesthetic creams that can be used. Speak with your technician or doctor and they can help with suggestions. Topical anaesthetics should only be used on small areas like the upper lip, underarms and bikini area.

How Many Laser Treatments are required?

Laser hair removal treatments are usually given at intervals of approximately 4-6 weeks, or whenever new hair growth is first noticed. Many patients are completely satisfied with their results after only one or two treatments, while others will need six to ten treatments.

In between these treatments some of the hair will regrow as, hairs that may have been dormant during your previous laser hair removal session may now be in the growth phase.

This is where the need for multiple treatment sessions arise and ensures all the hairs are subjected to the treatment, these hairs may be shaved by the patient between sessions as desired.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Laser hair removal is successful for most clients but results cannot be guaranteed.

If treatments are done regularly, 6 – 10 treatments 4-6 weeks apart, usually 80 to 90% of the hair will be removed. This also depends on the colour of the hair.The darker the pigment of the hair, the better the result.

Laser hair removal treatment will not work on light blonde, red, white or grey hair as the hair contains minimal or no black/brown melanin pigment and as the laser requires these pigments to be effective, results would be unsatisfactory.

Hormonal activity such as menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, puberty and pregnancy can decrease the effectiveness of laser hair removal.

What Should I Expect Before and After Treatments?

You will want to shave the area to be treated 1-2 days before you see the specialist. Do not wax,tweeze or use any other method of hair removal that will remove the hair at the root at least 4 weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment and also during your hair removal treatment sessions.The root is needed for the laser to target.

Within several minutes after your treatment,the area may become slightly red and puffy.  This reaction subsides quickly and the treated areas return to normal. Clients often describe the sensation of mild sunburn for the first few hours. Applying lotion or Aloe Vera to your skin will help soothe the treated area.

You should start to see hair shedding between 2-4 weeks. As the hair is shed it may look as if it’s growing back but it’s just being pushed up through the skin to be shed. You can exfoliate or use a loofa to acclerate the shedding process.

Once the shedding is complete you should have a hair-free period. As the other hairs start in their growth phase, you will see hair coming back in the treated area. This is normal as all hair grows at different times and can only be treated during the growth cycle. Your treatments will usually occur every 4-6 weeks.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Our laser technology is so effective; it permits the treatment of ALL skin types.

However, Laser treatment will not work on light blonde, red, white or grey hair as the hair contains minimal or no black/brown melanin pigment and as the laser requires these pigments to be effective, results would be unsatisfactory.

Can Dark Skinned People Have Laser Hair Removal?

At Simply Laser we have two different lasers for hair removal, making laser hair removal more assessable for everyone.
The Alexandrite laser is designed to treat fair skin types such as Irish, English and Scottish. The ND YAG Laser is designed to treat dark skin types such as Indian, African, Middle Eastern and people who have olive skin tones.

What Special Instructions Are Necessary After Treatment?

Immediately after the laser treatment there may be redness and bumps at the treatment site which may last up to 2 hours or more. It is normal for the treated areas to feel like sunburn for a few hours. You may use a cold compress if necessary.

You can use makeup after the treatment, just make sure you have a moisturiser on under your makeup. In fact moisturiser will help exfoliate the dead hair from the follicle so use moisturiser regularly and use exfoliating gloves two to three times a week.

Avoid sun exposure for a few days after the treatment to reduce the chance of any light or dark spots appearing.Although these marks are only superficial they may take up to 6 months to disappear .Use SPF 30 or more throughout the course of treatment.

Do not use any methods of hair removal other than shaving and depilatories during the course of your laser treatments.This includes tweezing and waxing as it will prevent you from having your best results.

Avoid anything that will make the treatment area hot directly after your treatment.This includes hots baths, sun and excessive exercise.

Avoid the use of any retinoids, glycolic acid or any astringents directly before and after your treatment.