IPL 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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:
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