The facts about permanent hair reduction
effective, gentle & safe hair removal
At Perfect Image Laser we use Syneron's eMax diode laser with elos (electro-optical synergy) technology, to target the hair follicle with light and heat, disabling the hair follicle from further hair growth. Both men and women can achieve permanent hair reduction on almost all body areas. Cooling of the skin surface ensures a comfortable treatment. This is a no downtime procedure and clients return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
Long term hair removal has to affect hair in the active cycle of its growth, namely in Anagen. All long term epilating methods target hair at this stage; and since the growth cycle differs between body areas, each body area requires retreatment at different time intervals to achieve maximum results. The normal hair cycle is comprised of three stages; active growth - Anagen, transition - Catagen and resting - Telogen. Hair follicles go through these cycles in a non synchronised manner.
A course of treatments are required based on your hair colour and type, body area and skin tone. First consultation covers in detail the treatment process, digital skin analysis, patch test and pre and post care information. The first consultation is complimentary.
Laser & IPL - The Difference!
Laser & IPL systems have been available for permanent hair reduction and skin treatments for some years.
Both laser and IPL are light based technologies. Otherwise they are very different systems from each other. It is often mistaken that IPL and lasers are the same. IPL is an Intense Pulsed Light that uses a full spectrum of light with different scattered wavelengths, while a laser uses one specific wavelength of light. (see image above)
IPL can release light over a wide wavelength range, unlike lasers, which can only deliver one specific, yet very powerful and accurate wavelength. The importance of wavelengths is that different wavelengths are absorbed by different colours (chromophores). The color of the hair shaft is the target when treating for hair removal.
IPL and lasers both work by sending intense light energy into the hair follicles. Once the light is absorbed in the hair follicle (chromophore), the light converts to heat and damages the hair follicle resulting in no further hair growth from that follicle.
Lasers were developed to provide permanent hair reduction, whereas IPL was orginally developed to treat a variety of skin conditions and hair loss came as a side effect.
IPL has become the gold standard of treatment of photodamaged skin. Due to the variety of skin chromophores (colour) and the use of a broadband light it can treat a variety of skin abnormalities seen with photodamaged skin. Because IPL devices are now so versatile, they can be used for treating a variety of vascular disorders, pigmented lesions and photodamaged skin.
IPL targets brown pigment so its hair removal properties are limited to light skin (minimal pigment target) and dark hair (more pigment target). Clients with darker skin are much more prone to side effects when using IPL, such as burns, hyperpigmentation and other skin damage.
Laser hair removal has proven to be more effective than IPL hair removal. Laser targets strictly the hair follicle as opposed to the pigment surrounding the hair follicle.
To conclude, laser hair removal is a safer and more effective alternative when seeking permanent hair reduction. Laser is more accurate than IPL resulting in less treatments. Perfect Image Laser use only a medical grade class 4 laser for hair removal treatments.