How To Identify The Most Ideal Hair Removal Program For Yourself?
November 29, 2018
I believe it's tiring to shave or wax regularly especially when you're on a very tight schedule! That is why now's the time to plan on getting a permanent hair removal plan, and I'm here to provide you with all the information that you need before you make your decision. Here are the types of hair removal technology that can be seen commonly:
Electrolysis is a type of hair removal technique that disrupts hair growth and it is done by a dermatologist. The process works by inserting an epilator device into the skin. It uses shortwave radio frequencies in hair follicles to stop new hair from growing. This damages your hair follicles to prevent growth and causes existing hairs to fall out!
Electrolysis is versatile where it may be used anywhere on the body, including the eyebrows. It can help inhibit new hair growth for all skin and hair types but there will be a few minor side effects that are considered common. The most common symptom is slight redness from skin irritation whereas pain and swelling of the skin is rare. Possible severe side effects include an infection from unsterile needles used during the procedure, as well as scars on the skin.
And this is how electrolysis works:
Note: Suitable for all skin and hair types, but may cause slight redness after the treatment or worse side effects like infection from unsterile needles.
The Alexandrite laser a very common laser technology used for permanent hair reduction. The Alexandrite laser operates at a wavelength of 755nm, which targets melanin in hair follicles. This shorter wavelength makes the Alexandrite system more suitable for individuals with light to olive skin tones than darker skin tones, it may result in a skin discolouration if used on darker skin types. Hence, it is not recommended for individuals with a darker skin type to go for this program.
The Alexandrite is considered fast when compared to other hair removal lasers, making it ideal for treating larger areas. But because of its fast pulse repetition, the Alexandrite laser is a more painful laser for hair removal.
A video of upper lip hair removal with the Alexandrite Laser:
Note: Suitable for light to olive skin types, fast treatment duration but may experience more pain.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
IPL system uses intense pulsed light, which is not considered a laser, to initiate photothermolysis (a precise microsurgery technique used to target tissue in a specific area). The thermal energy from the IPL penetrates the melanin found in the hair to damage the follicle. Since IPL is a non-invasive treatment, it has little to no downtime and this hair removal method can be done within a short amount of time. The duration is usually only around 30 to 40 minutes a session.
However, IPL is not as effective as other hair removal lasers. Studies indicate that it may not be suitable for all skin types, especially not tanned or darker skin as skin discoloration can occur. Results have also shown that this method is not as successful on blond, grey, white or red hair. As IPL uses gentle wavelengths, several sessions are normally required to have the desired results, 6 to 12 treatment sessions are usually necessary. This amount can vary depending on the area of hair to be removed, and the thickness of the hair. Besides, intervals of 3 to 4 weeks must be allowed in between treatments for the effects of the procedure to take place, and to allow proper healing of the skin.
IPL system uses intense pulsed light to target tissue in a specific area as shown above
Note: Suitable for light to olive skin; not suitable for dark skin, little to no downtime.
Diode Laser differs from other laser systems by using diodes, also known as semiconductors as its light source. Diode lasers operate at 800 to 810nm wavelengths. This longer wavelength allows for a deeper penetration into the skin, theoretically avoiding the melanin in the skin’s epidermis and therefore targeting the hair follicle directly. In theory the longer wavelength helps avoid skin damage and pigmentation changes that can happen with shorter wavelength laser types. The diode laser performs well on coarse, dark hair and is a good choice for back or bikini hair. Diode Laser uses a fast repetition means the treatment times would be faster and it has little to no downtime, which is very convenient. This treatment is ideal for individuals with fair to olive skin tone. However, a fast repetition of the laser may cause a tingling sensation during the treatment.
From the video below, you can see how diode laser works!
Note: Suitable for fair to olive skin tone, performs well on coarse and dark hair.
Nd:YAG laser is one the latest innovation in laser hair removal. Nd:YAG laser devices hold a prominent position due to its long wavelength of 1064 nm which in terms of absorption lies in an optical window that allow light of this wavelength to penetrate deep into the skin, while its absorption in the hair follicle is strong enough to damage the hair follicles, but protecting the surrounding tissue. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the area but is usually not necessary. A skin surface cooling is applied during the hair removal procedures and some lasers have a built-in cooling feature.
This laser system is safe on all skin types, including Asian skin tones, distinguishing the Nd:YAG from other hair removal lasers. As for Nd:YAG laser, fewer pulses are needed, this reduces the treatment duration and discomfort during the process. However, this method may require a few more sessions than the other laser systems.
In this video, you can see Nd:YAG Laser works well even on dark skins:
Note: Suitable for all skin types, shorter treatment duration, less discomfort experienced.
SHR Ice Laser
Ice laser is considered the latest technology in hair removal treatment, it is performed in using the Soprano ICE Platinum device. The machine gradually heats the skin to a temperature that effectively 'kills' the hair follicle and prevents hair growth. The part of the device that comes in contact with the skin is ice cold, keeping the skin's surface comfortable while it targets the follicles.
This Ice Laser is very different from the other hair removal method because of the hand piece's cold tip. All you feel is cold when it first comes in contact with the skin, so it takes a long time for you to even notice the area of the skin is actually heating up. It is less painful compared to other hair removal methods, all you can feel is heat that warms up slowly. And most importantly, It can be used on most skin and hair types even tanned skin. While previous types of hair removal methods such as Alexandrite Laser, IPL and Diode laser prefers light skin and dark hairs for optimal treatment, the Ice Laser can be used successfully on deeper skin tones, as well as finer and lighter hairs.
From this video, you can know how the patient felt when the Ice Laser hand piece is placed on his back - comfortable and zero pain!
Note: Suitable for all skin tones and hair types, minimum discomfort experienced.
What happens if the hair removal program is not suitable for you? You may risk yourself in getting these burns.