Laser and IPL hair removal: Is it permanent?

Ellipse Hair Removal TreatmentIPL Hair Removal or Permanent Hair Reduction.
What is it? Is it really permanent? [based on source CHOICE AU 2013]

HAIRY? Who wants to be Hairy? Well removing unwanted hair is increasingly popular these days with women and increasingly men too. It can seem hair removal businesses, gadgets and treatments are cropping up as fast as the unwanted hairs themselves!

This article on Laser Hair Removal takes a look to see if it IPL is as good as it claims… How it works and is it permanent?

Laser Danger: CHOICE spoke to a range of experts, including dermatologists, and medical professionals who have highlighted the dangers involved in getting laser and IPL treatments, especially in an unregulated environment. ALWAYS CHECK your practitioner has a trusted and skilled work-force.

We sent a mystery shopper into a mix of beauty salons and walk-in clinics, and discovered that a number of laser and IPL operators are failing to give accurate advice, failing ask necessary questions, or  provide adequate information about the training of staff.

What to look out for If you’re considering laser or IPL treatments, CHOICE has compiled a list of tips to help you make an informed decision.

  1. The marketing hype will tell you that with a few sessions of laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) hair reduction, and some slight discomfort, you can be hair free forever. To anyone who has battled with unwanted facial or body hair this sounds like the perfect solution.
  2. However, with the exceptions of Queensland, Tasmania and WA the laser industry is unregulated, and powerful medical lasers and IPLs are accessible to untrained and inexperienced personnel. Even in the states with some legislative controls, clinical application training isn’t covered.

» For more information on IPL Laser Hair Removal, London and a personal consultation you can contact the Kinightsbridge Laser Clinic in London. A centre of excellence in the heart of the UK capital, close to Harrods.

How does IPL Hair Removal Work?

Lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light) devices, (which are not technically lasers but work on a similar principal) offer a variety of skin treatments, not just hair removal such as removing spider veins, improving skin tone and to remove tattoos.

Permanent hair reduction involves the use of either a single wavelength of light (laser) or a flash of light containing hundreds of wavelengths (IPL or broadband light BBL). Melanin within the hair follicles is targeted, heating and damaging the follicles in an active growth cycle.

NOTE: Only hairs that have colour can be treated, so white and grey hairs won’t respond. The success of the treatment depends on your colouring, with laser generally working best on fair skin and dark hair.

Fairer skin and red hair will respond to a lesser degree and those with darker skin can be treated, but only with a great deal of care.

All the experts CHOICE spoke to agree that laser or IPL treatment, in the hands of an experienced and trained operator can be very effective. Melbourne dermatologist Dr Philip Bekhor says its the best way to remove unwanted hair, as long as you’re a “suitable candidate”.

Is IPL Hair Removal Permanent?

Many adverts claim that laser or IPL treatments can leave you permanently hair free. Sydney dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi, says many operators have been quite loose with their definition of the word “permanent” in their advertising.

He says up to 20% of hair will continue to grow (albeit in a finer and slower way), and many hair follicles will recover from the laser injury over time. Dr Artemi says a better term for the procedures is “permanent hair reduction“. » Read here:

» Professional grade Ellipse IPL machines are available in the UK & Ireland.

The 5:2 Diet “famine and feast”

‘Intermittent Fasting’ to lose weight

The big diet “craze” of 2014 in trying to prevent weight gain is by intermittent fasting. Often referred to as The 5:2 Diet, on account that you “fast” for 2 days and feast for the other 5 days of the week. Here is a simple YouTube video to explain (by Kevin Partner).

The 5:2 premise them is to mix feasting and famine, literally. The most popular approach is the 5:2 Diet, a British export, discovered by Dr. Michael Mosley during a TV documentary on the subject. 5:2 mixes five days of normal eating per week with two days of restricted meals totalling between 500 and 600 calories (depending on whether you are a woman or a man).

Some folks swear by it. Others remain very sceptical. It’s so new that there hasn’t been a lot of research on humans, although animal studies, including some at the National Institute on Ageing indicate there may be some benefits, certainly in the short term, people doing 5:2 have not reported any serious side affects to this new weight-loss approach.

Critics, though, claim any weight loss is likely to be short-lived, and there are some concerns that repeated fasting could do a number on your metabolism. One primary care physician, Will Kimbrough, (One Medical Group), has said he believes fad diets aren’t the way to go. A balanced approach to diet and food is a better and safer way to prevent weight gain.  “If you live making smart choices on a daily basis, then you don’t have to make up for those choices early in the new year,” he says.

That being said, he says a certain degree of self-discipline is involved. Tips for any weight loss diet:
– use a small plate at parties,
– load up on vegetables first,
– consider alternating glasses of water with drinks like beer and wine.

Learn more about 5:2 | Books and Recipes

Kate Harrison, a popular writer on the 5:2 Diet, has published books, videos and recipes about 5:2. She was one of the first to embrace social media/blogs to connect with her fans, answer common Q’s about the diet and share 5:2 recipes, ideas, tips and nurture support.

Kate has set-up a THE 5:2 DIET FACEBOOK GROUP which at the time of writing has about 34,000 members and rising!! It has become a daily read for many members embarking on this “WOE – Way of Eating” where they seek guidance and support. Many show their before and after shots.

 

POPULAR/RECOMMENDED 5:2 BOOKS and RECIPES:

Venus Freeze Skin Tightening

Jacqui Palmer (Senior Skin Specialist) of Beau Synergy clinic describes how they use the Venus Freeze in anti-ageing treatments, facials and skin tightening.

Watch the video for Skin Tightening for Saggy Skin with Venus Freeze at Beau Synergy.
Real comments and feed back from existing client of ours. Skin clinic near Hatfield, Potters Bar and Welwyn. Perfect for skin tightening on face including jowls, forehead and eyes. Venus Freeze also works wonders on neck and arms as well reducing and removing Cellulite on legs and bum.

» Want to know more about the Venus Freeze …. Contact the official UK supplier for Venus Freeze

The Venus Freeze mimics a natural facelift  and body contouring by combining multi-polar radio frequency and magnetic pulses into a technology called (MP)2. This unique combination allows the Venus Freeze to produce a heat matrix over the skin that triggers a natural healing response in the body. The activation of this healing response leads to the formation of new collagen, which, upon contraction, tightens the skin. This makes the Venus Freeze ideal for wrinkle reduction, skin tightening and cellulite reduction. Venus Freeze also tightens flabby saggy upper arms and loose chin and neck skin.