IPL Hair Removal

 

SKIN SENSATIONS

Laser Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal 

Imagine not having to shave, tweeze or wax again…

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology provides a non-invasive, long-lasting solution for unwanted hair on the face, bikini line & other body areas. IPL Hair Removal has been performed safely for many years, effectively eliminating dozens of hairs with each pulse. 

What is IPL Laser Hair Removal?

IPL laser hair removal is a safe, non-invasive treatment that permanently reduces the number of re-growing hairs.

Light pulses are used to damage hair follicles and impair their ability to grow hair. Damaged hair follicles are eliminated, with excellent long-term results.

How does it work?

Highly controlled pulses of light are emitted with the IPL handpiece from a smooth, transparent Light Guide and are selectively absorbed by the hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages the re-growth potential of the follicle – all without damaging the surrounding tissue.

 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 practicing 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 realized 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.

Which hair and skin types can receive IPL Laser hair removal?

IPL hair removal is effective on all hair if the hair bulb has dark pigment: black, brown, red and even blond hair can be effectively reduced, provided the hair bulb has dark pigment. IPL hair removal is safe for most skin types. However fair skins with dark hair have the best results.

What is an IPL Laser hair removal treatment like?

IPL Laser hair removal is typically performed highly skilled technician.. Your treatment begins by shaving away the hair in the treatment area. A cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated, and you may be given dark glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the bright light. The pulses of light are applied to your skin, damaging the hair follicles and their ability to re-grow hair. You may feel a slight stinging with each light pulse, though most people tolerate the treatment without numbing cream. When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it. The remaining hair in the treated area falls out over the next week or two.

Diagram IPL Hair Removal

  1. Before Treatment Parameters are set to ensure effective hair removal and skin safety.
  2. During Treatment Pigment in hair shaft absorbs the light. The resulting heat damages each follicle.
  3. After Treatment Damage hairs are eliminated, with excellent long-term results.

Highly controlled pulses of light are emitted with the IPL handpiece and are selectively absorbed by the hair follicles, damaging their potential for regrowth.

What should you expect?

The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure and the skin type. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, which are in fact, positive clinical results and indicate that the follicle has responded to the treatment. Treatment is generally administered in a series of four to twelve sessions that yield excellent long-term results. Side effects are rare, and if they do occur, are typically minor. Most people return to normal activity right away.

Permanent IPL Hair Removal

Under Arm Hair Before Under Arm Hair second Treatment

Before Under Arm Hair - After Under Arm Hair, Second Treatment

Bikini Line Before Bikini Line 4th Treatment

Before Bikini Line - After Bikini Line, Fourth Treatment

Facial Air BeforeFacial Hair Nineth treatment
Before Facial Hair - After Facial Hair, Ninth Treatment


Is IPL Hair Removal right for you?

IPL Hair Removal is most suitable for treating dark coarse hair on fair skin. For darker skin tones a small patch test may be required to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment. We treat all most areas most popular being bikini lines and underarms with great results. However with our new Lumenis M22 IPL machine, larger areas such as legs, chests and backs, are getting fantastic results.

How does IPL remove hair?

Controlled flashes of light are absorbed by the dark hair in the follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the dark hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle, all without damaging the surrounding tissue.

What to do before and after treatment?

You will be asked to trim or shave the hair prior to your treatments. For your comfort a topical numbing cream may be applied to the area 1 hour prior to treatment. To aid in healing you are required to use our prescribed aftercare treatment products. You will be rebooked for your next treatment in 4-8 weeks time.

What to expect during treatment?

Upon commencement of treatment a cool soothing gel will be applied to the skin. The Luminus M22 IPL handpiece is then rested on your skin and pulses of light begin destroying your unwanted hair. Each pulse of light will feel hot & is likened to a rubber band flicking the skin. The dead hairs will detach from hair follicles and fall out over the next 2-3 weeks.

Are there any possible side effects?

Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. On rare occasions, some blistering or darker/lighter skin changes may occur, but will generally return to normal within a few weeks. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications. Following the treatment, you can generally return to work and resume all regular activities immediately.

What kind of results should I expect?

IPL Hair Removal technology has been proven to permanently reduce your unwanted hair. The number of treatments required depends on the hair and skin colour, the area being treated and hormonal influences. A customized treatment program will be designed for you, along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations. Typically you can expect anywhere from 4-12 treatments. Discounted courses of treatments are available and highly recommended.

IPL Laser Hair Removal Results

Our practice is pleased to offer IPL hair removal treatments.

Ask your therapist to tell you more about your treatment, possible side-effects and what results you can expect during your consultation. Be sure to also ask your therapist about all the other benefits of IPL treatments!

Underarm Hair Before And After Back Hair Removal Before And After

Dark Skin Before And After Facial Hair Removal Beofre And After

 

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.