Laser and IPL Hair Removal

lumThe Lynton Lumina medical grade IPL ‘intense pulsed light system’ is used to effectively remove and permanently reduce body hair.

 

“I was advised to visit Leigh after having various treatments elsewhere. I was so delighted by her results that I won’t go anywhere else now.” Julie Cheshire.

 

How does the IPL work?

The light emitted by the IPL is selectively absorbed by melanin, the pigment present in the hair follicle. The pulsed light energy heats the melanin in the hair follicle over a period of micro-seconds which heats the pigment and effectively destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding cells.

 

How is the treatment carried out?

Cool clear gel is placed on the area to be treated and protective glasses are worn by both the operator and the client. The IPL handset is placed on the skin and short pulses of light are delivered, which target many follicles simultaneously. The hand piece is moved along to the neighboring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area has been covered.

 

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Am I suitable for treatment?

Prior to treatment a consultation is conducted and a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. A small test patch must be carried out before treatment commences. Most people are suitable. Best results are achieved with clients who have fair skin and dark hair. Laser and IPL hair removal will not work on blonde, grey or red hairs as their melanin content is very low.

 

How effective is the treatment?

As stated clients with fair skin and dark hair will achieve the best results. The thicker and darker the hair the better. Up to 90% or more permanent hair reduction can be achieved with the remaining hairs generally become finer and lighter. It can also be an excellent treatment for those who suffer from ingrown hairs.

 

How does the treatment feel?

The treatment sensation varies but is often described like a flick of an elastic band. Typically no anesthesia is required and most clients describe the discomfort as moderate and tolerable. Treatment will take between 10 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the treatment area.

 

What will I see after the treatment?

The hair follicles are damaged by the heat but the hairs remain in the follicles for 1-3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs may seem to grow as they pushed out by the new epidermis.

 

Are there any side effects?

The skin may be red immediately after treatment and follicles may be swollen and bumpy. This is a normal reaction and subsides within a few hours. Adverse reactions are rare but may include a small blister or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. Problems are more likely if the client has a tan, has recently been on the sunbed or is wearing fake tan. We would need to delay treatment if this was the case.

 

How many treatments are necessary?

Only hair that is actively growing at the time of treatment is treated effectively. Each hair on the body goes through cycles of active growth, rest and then shedding. This is why multiple treatments are necessary when having laser or IPL hair reduction, Treatment will be conducted every 4- 8 weeks depending on the area treated until a satisfactory result is seen. Typically 6 or more treatments are required for optimum results.

Before and after pictures
Pictures courtesy of the Erazer clinic Perth
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Photos courtesy of Jooli Kirvin. The northern cosmetic laser centre

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