Laser Hair Removal

 

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Laser Hair Removal laser hair removal permanent IPL hair removal

Laser Hair Removal is a fast, gentle and effective way to remove unwanted hair with permanent results. 

How permanent is laser hair removal? 

While laser hair removal doesn't get rid of hair forever (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it does drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. You can get it done anywhere on the body, and the machine can cover large places fast. We recommend laser for larger areas of the body and for dark skin tones as it is safer for treatments. We also recommend IPL for small areas of the body and for light skin tones  

Preparing for your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

The treatment area should be shaved completely prior to treatment. Legs should be shaved no sooner than 24 hours prior to your appointment to avoid irritation. Do not wax, tweeze, epilate or use chemical depilatories between laser treatments.

Why is my hair growing back after laser?

Why do hairs continue to grow after the treatment? This is mainly due to the hair's growth cycle. Hairs in the anagen or active phase will be affected by the laser. The hairs in the catagen or dormant stage will be unaffected during the treatment and grow when it goes to the anagen phase.

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Patients with dark hair and light skin are ideal candidates for laser hair removal. This allows the laser to focus its light on the pigment within the hair and does not have pigment within the skin competing for it. In patients with darker skin, however, there are specific lasers that can be used successfully.

Laser Hair Removal is a fast, gentle and effective way to remove unwanted hair.  Book an appointment today with Skin Sensations Toowoomba.

Knowledge and Experience Meetteam skin sensations

Trish Lethbridge

Our award-winning laser technician 

Trish is the salon owner of Skin Sensations and nobody does it like the owner. Trish has been a practising Skin Revision, Dermal & Beauty Therapist and a salon owner for over 30 years. She has been using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and laser for over 20 years and is one of the original operators in Toowoomba. She was one of the first salon owners to open in a busy shopping centre in Brisbane in 1988 and has always been an innovator and a motivator. She started her working career as a Dental Nurse and worked in that field for ten years, before changing to aesthetics. The years spent in dental surgeries acquainted her with proper clinical practices, proper charting and high standards of hygiene. These skills have been carried with her into her beauty career. 

Introducing Intense Pulse Light (IPL) into Skin Sensations over 20 years ago in Toowoomba she quickly realised how fast and effectively, superior results, (especially in Age Management and long term hair removal) could be achieved. Skin Sensations quickly became known as "The Place" to have IPL treatments done.

Customers are often recommended by medical professionals and we've had other IPL technicians from other practices actually coming to Skin Sensations Toowoomba for their own treatments! Laser light therapy was the next obvious choice.

Trish always wants the “WOW” factor for her clients. Or another way of putting it is that she always wants to exceed her client’s expectations and she knows that to do this, constant evolution of Skin Sensations and more importantly her own education is essential.

Trish at Skin Sensations on 0499383821

 

Do you know the difference between IPL and laser?

There is a lot of confusion over what these devices are used for and how they stack up against one other.

Why is one type of device preferred over another? 

This is a big topic! I will try to help you answer these questions. But first, I think what would be helpful is to lay out some basic background before diving into the pros and cons of different treatments.

What Does Light Do For Skin?

Light is a form of energy. For example, the light energy from sunlight powers photosynthesis in plants, which becomes a source of energy for us when we consume it as food. Light energy can be directed at the skin too. Different types of light do different things to the skin.

The sunlight that reaches Earth, which is composed of UVA and UVB rays, is a type of ionising radiation that causes the familiar sunburn as well as the typical signs of skin ageing (wrinkles, sagging, spots) and skin cancer.

Some forms of light are therapeutic and healing to the skin (e.g. red visible light used in LED light therapy).

Light devices function as sources of light. They emit light energy that is converted into thermal energy (HEAT) inside the skin.

This thermal energy has different effects on the skin:

  • Heats up and destroys a specific target
  • Activates a chemical in the skin that destroys a target
  • Stimulates something in the skin (e.g. a fibroblast, which makes collagen & other dermal components, blood circulation)

The goal of a light device, such as IPL or laser, is to direct light energy to chemical targets in the skin.

These targets are called chromophores. The light is attracted to these chromophores because they possess a certain colour.

Light devices function as sources of light. They emit light energy.

Light energy is converted into thermal energy (HEAT) inside the skin.

This thermal energy has different effects on the skin:

  • Heats up and destroys a specific target
  • Activates a chemical in the skin that destroys a target
  • Stimulates something in the skin (e.g. a fibroblast, which makes collagen & other dermal components; blood circulation)

red laser beam in skin

The goal of a light device, such as IPL or laser, is to direct light energy to chemical targets in the skin.

These targets are called chromophores. The light is attracted to these chromophores because they possess a certain colour.

Light Targeting Can Treat A Variety of Skin Issues

The process of targeting chromophores in the skin and selectively destroying them is called selective photo thermolysis.

IPL and laser devices are designed with different wavelength settings. When you get an IPL or laser treatment, the clinician must choose the most appropriate modality (What device? What wavelength? What energy level?) for your desired goal.

Laser beams at different depths in skin

Choose Your Provider Carefully

It’s very important that you obtain your light treatment from an experienced clinician who is legally permitted to perform these kinds of procedures and has enough training and experience to do it successfully. Trish at Skin Sensations was one of the first light therapists in Toowoomba and has over 20 years of experience with IPL and Laser.  Knowing which IPL or laser settings to choose requires experience with many different patients – seeing what works and what does not for different types of skin and situations.

The laws surrounding the operation of IPL and lasers vary widely from state to state. Some states require no licencing for IPL and Laser and some do.

At Skin Sensations, Trish is a licenced Dermal Therapist and has been doing IPL and Laser treatments for over 20 years treating thousands of clients for photo-rejuvenation, hair removal, spider veins and redness, tattoo removal and laser photo facials.

What are IPL and Laser, and How are they Different?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light.

Laser is also an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission Radiation.

IPL and laser both emit light energy. The key difference between them is how.

What are IPL and Laser, and How are they Different?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light.

Laser is also an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission Radiation.

IPL and laser both emit light energy. The key difference between them is how.

LASER

When you think of a laser, what comes to mind? Do you remember Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker’s light sabre in Star Wars? That’s a good example of a laser.

A laser is a straight, focused, concentrated beam of light.

The keyword is a beam. It’s one beam. That beam of light is just ONE WAVELENGTH of light. That means, it has only ONE COLOR.

Laser points at a small area. Think of a laser pointer used by a speaker in a slide presentation.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Unlike a laser, IPL is NOT one beam of light. IPL consists of MULTIPLE WAVELENGTHS of light.

IPL light shines over a larger area. Think of a flashlight. The light from a flashlight is broader and more diffuse.

Because the light is more spread out, IPL delivers LESS ENERGY than a laser. This makes IPL gentler but it can still burn and cause bruising to patients. 

IPL vs Laser

Of course, the choice of whether to use IPL or laser will depend on your problem – many conditions can be treated by both. But one will usually be better than the other, depending on the colour of your skin or your Fitzpatrick skin type, the nature and severity of your problem, your time horizon, how much downtime is acceptable to you as well as your tolerance for pain.

A laser can also travel deeper into the skin than IPL. So, certain goals (resurfacing skin, removing deep dermal pigment) can only be done by a licensed physician.

Which ones to choose? Ultimately the choice is yours and there are so many differing opinions it can be mind-boggling. Remember that ultimately this is a business and the person trying to sell you a treatment could be biased to their treatment. It could be the only method they offer. I’ve seen articles about Laser hair removal where the person who offers only laser treatments is calling IPL, (Intense Pulse Light) not so intense and a poor option compared to laser. I’ve seen other articles quoting scientific journals saying. Some current IPL systems have proven to be more successful in the removal of hair and blood vessels than many lasers. At our practice, we have found that often a combination of IPL and Laser works extremely well.

Where to from here?

Make sure that whoever you go to is an experienced operator with thousands of treatments performed and is giving you honest answers and options. If the price is your only consideration then you may end up eventually paying more than what you originally thought.