There are many women who are impacted by unwanted facial hair, which can lead to low-self esteem, stress and embarrassment. If you’re looking for the best hair removal treatment, we will help you understand the difference between laser hair removal and IPL hair reduction, and why laser treatments are considered the best option in achieving permanent results.
Whether you have light, baby hairs on your face and arms, or are sporting a dark fuzz above your lips, the one thing they all have in common is that they can appear without warning. In fact, there are many triggers that can cause excessive hair growth, especially on the face around the upper lip, the chin, the cheeks and the neck.
Though you can wax or use hair removal creams to temporarily remove unsightly hairs, the process is very repetitive, expensive and exhausting over time.
While the majority of hair growth can be successfully reduced, it is important to understand the primary cause of excessive hair growth and the patterns that stimulate them. This includes hormonal changes [especially with menopause], your health, any changes in weight or ongoing use of medications.
One of the best ways to reduce unwanted hair growth is to destroy the follicles while they are in their active phase of growth [which is about 20% of hair follicles at any one time].
What is one of the most effective treatments?
Fotona’s high-performance Nd: YAG laser system with pulse-control and three-dimensional treatment pattern technology offers a simple yet efficient solution in providing safe and effective targeted hair reduction while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. In turn, hair removal lasers then target one of three chromophores: carbon, haemoglobin, or melanin, which the latter is considered the primary chromophore for most lasers.
Safe for most skin types, the success of the hair reduction treatment largely depends on your unique skin and hair type due to the laser energy being absorbed much faster and more intensely by dark pigments in the skin.
How do I know if my skin and hair type is suited?
If you are heavily tanned or have naturally dark skin, a patch test will be conducted to check your skin’s suitability before we commence with any laser treatment. This is because the laser energy is absorbed more intensely and swiftly by any dark pigments in the skin
When is it best to treat any unwanted hair follicles?
It is best to treat the follicles in the anagen phase [the stage in which hair normally grows approximately 1cm every 28 days]. After the treatment, unwanted hair should fall out completely in 14-21 days.
How is this achieved?
Combined with the special high-performance S-11 scanner from Fotona – high peak-power laser pulses provide the speed and efficiency needed to uniformly cover large scanning areas, we are able to quickly and efficiently treat large areas such as the face, arms and legs, making the process one of the most cost-effective solutions for long-term hair reduction.
How many sessions will I require?
Depending on the size of the treatment area, between three to five sessions, six to eight weeks apart will lead to a significant aesthetic and clinical result.
What is the difference between IPL and laser treatments?
Though both technologies target the melanin in the hair follicles, laser treatments use a single spectrum of concentrated light in one single colour and wavelength, whereas intense light therapy [IPL] uses a much broader spectrum of light in various colours and wavelengths, and is designed to help break the cycle of hair growth.
So in essence, the light energy in IPL treatments is transferred through the skin’s surface and is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair shaft. In turn, this process converts to heat energy in the skin’s layers which not only disables the hair follicle but helps prevent future growth. Over the course of a few days to a week, any treated hair follicles will naturally shed.
By comparison, Fotona’s Nd: YAG laser energy targets one specific chromophore [melanin] with the exact wavelength, which also allows deeper penetration. The FRAC3® pulse then produces a three-dimensional fractional pattern within the epidermis and dermis, while the parameters of energy are adjusted quickly and easily according to your skin type, hair colour and thickness, as well as the depth of each targeted hair follicle. This process allows the targeted follicle to be destroyed without causing harm to the surrounding tissue in the path of the beam.
Will the results be permanent?
No. The stimulation of hair growth can vary as a result of medications, hormonal changes and health conditions, and as a result, can stimulate new hair growth. However, the signal which causes the follicle to repeat the growth cycle can be significantly reduced after one or several treatments, and any future hair growth will usually be thinner and lighter, and thus much less pronounced than before.
Is laser treatment painful?
During the course of the treatment, you will feel the laser passing over the skin. Some patients may find the process more intense than IPL, however, any discomfort will be short-lived. As with any IPL treatment, we will ask you to shave the treated area before your session and you will be issued with protective glasses during the treatment.
What are some of the risks?
As the absorption of light causes the hair shaft and follicle to heat up to a critical temperature [which causes an interruption to the hair growth cycle], the primary objective for light-based hair removal using either laser or IPL is to apply a controlled light output without heating up the surrounding skin to a temperature that could cause damage.
The success of the treatment is achieved by the skill of our clinicians, who are highly-trained and experienced in the process.
How many follow up treatments will be required?
The signal which causes the follicle to repeat the growth cycle in the catagen phase may trigger renewed growth but it is usually destroyed after one or several treatments. Therefore, the effect can be permanent or temporary and ongoing treatment will depend on each individual’s hair growth cycle.
Which treatment is better suited for darker skin?
If you have darker skin, laser treatments are better suited as the light is focused solely on the follicle.
Are laser hair reduction treatments more expensive than IPL treatments?
Initially, yes, however, the trade-offs are the end results and fewer follow-up sessions. IPL requires more treatments to achieve minimal or no hair growth. And when compared to a lifetime of waxing and shaving, a few sessions each year will not only give you instant confidence but also a smooth effect.
For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755
*Individual results may vary