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Laser Hair Removal ‘The Bare Facts'

Body hair has been subject to fashion and the influence of celebrities even since the Middle Ages with European women in the 1500’s abandoning hair removal when the queen of France in the 1500s, objected to it. There are many forms of hair removal, for example shaving, creams, plucking, waxing and IPL/Laser.  In this month’s column we’ll have a look at Laser versus IPL (machine treatments).

The Advantages of using Laser over IPL for hair removal

  • Lasers are far more precise and selectively target dark, coarse hair while leaving the surrounding areas undamaged.
  • Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time so treatments are quicker.
  • Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour, whereas IPLscan cause burn on darker skin types if not used correctly.

Laser technology is simply much more effective, and achieves substantially better results with most clients achieving optimal results of permanent hair removal of 80% or greater after 4-8 treatments. IPL’s do however have an important place in the treatment of skin. IPL provides good results for skin problems such as superficial pigmentation, redness and capillaries but is less effective than Laser for hair removal. In addition, IPL is not suitable for darker skin.

How does ELOS LASER get rid of my hair?

The ELOS laser uses gentle light and electric energies to damage the hair follicle and prevent it from growing hair.

Is treatment with ELOS LASER safe?

Treatment is very safe for the skin. There are many advances in the ELOS technology that make it one of the safest hair removal systems available for all skin colours. There are no long-term health hazards from light or electric energies used in the ELOS. Both have been used for decades in medicine, surgery, and aesthetics without adversity. There are hundreds of different IPL and Laser machines on the market, ranging in price from $3000 to $200,000 and you definitely get what you pay for.  Generally the best quality machines are found in medical clinics. The Chandler Clinic has the only genuine Laser hair removal device in South Canterbury.  Do not get fooled by advertising for cheap laser hair removal because it is cheap for a reason. Many clients come to us after these "too-good-to-be-true" deals, with burns and untreated hairs. To ensure your treatment is safe and effective make sure your IPL/Laser practitioner is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (FNZSCM) or directly supervised by one.

What kind of results can I expect from ELOS LASER treatment?

Each ELOS treatment results in less hair coming back.  Also hair grows progressively lighter in colour, finer, and slower-growing with each treatment. It takes more than 1 treatment to affect all the follicles growing in an area. Most people achieve satisfactory clearance after 4-8 treatments, but individual results vary depending on medical and genetic factors

How frequently do I need treatments?

The treatments are usually performed every 6 to 12 weeks, Treatments take from 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.  There is minimal downtime and most treatments can be done in a lunch break.

Does the treatment hurt?

The sensation is often described as “hot pinch”, or “snapping”feeling which only lasts for a fraction of a second, and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterward.

What happens after each treatment?

Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time. The treated area will “shed”some hairs over the next 3-4 weeks, and you may experience a period of hairlessness in the area while you wait for your next treatment.

What areas can be treated?

Anywhere!

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