IPL hair removal
intense pulsed light
PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL* WITH THE IPL TECHNOLOGY
IPL hair removal is an effective and skin-friendly method for the removal of unwanted body hair. IPL stands for “intense pulsed light” and works with pure and uncollimated light. Therefore, this method does not use a traditional laser, where the light would be focused. IPL also has a significant advantage because it does not have predetermined wavelengths. Thus, the individual needs of each customer can be taken into account.
ENERGY OUTPUT WITH THE IPL METHOD
Flash lamps based on IPL technology use short pulses of 2 to 200 milliseconds. This creates an energy of 12 to 120 joules per square centimetre.
In contrast to older laser technology, the IPL method involves direct sclerosis of several hair roots.
IPL DEVICES FOR HOME USE
Have you already considered buying an IPL device and performing the treatment yourself at home? There are many different models available in this area. However, for safety reasons, the energy output of these devices is generally low. Since Haarfreiheit employs only medical or cosmetic professionals in our clinics, the devices used for treatment have a higher energy output, making the treatment more effective compared to at-home devices while still being safe.
HOW DOES HAIR REMOVAL WITH IPL WORK?
A hair removal using light therapy, takes advantage of the ability of melanin to absorb light particles, also known as photons. Melanin is the dye contained in hair. Due to the dye the absorbed light can be transferred to the hair follicle.
HOW DOES THE HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
The energy is collected there and is converted into warmth of about 65° to 72° Celsius. Those high temperatures lead to a sclerosis of the hair roots. This way the hair can’t be supplied anymore with the needed nutrients and finally stops the reproduction.
The IPL technology uses different filters, to cope with the different hair colours and structures. Those filters remove superfluous wavelengths. This way only wavelengths get into the skin, which are optimal for the respective hair and skin type.
PERMANENT* AND EFFICIENT TREATMENT
The fact that a large area can be treated at once argues for a treatment with the IPL technology. This can save a lot of money and time. Another advantage is that the treatment is not only gentle on the skin but also painless. Thus, several parts of the body can be treated in one session and can easily be integrated into their daily routine.
THE HAIR GROWTH CYCLES
For effective treatment, hair growth cycles must be considered. Because each hair grows differently and a sclerosis of the hair root is only possible in the growth phase. There are about 20 percent of all hair in the same growth cycle. This is also the reason why several treatments are necessary for successful hair removal. The distance of the applications should always be 4 weeks.
The handpiece of the IPL device is put onto the skin, which allows the light to get into it. This procedure is often referred to as “stamping” since the handpiece must be placed onto the next skin area after the release of a light pulse. The light pulses pass through the melanin directly to the hair root. The protein contained there is denatured by the energy of the light pulses and leads the hair to falling out.
AREAS OF APPLICATION
With the IPL procedure hair can be removed almost everywhere. Popular areas of hair removal are the armpits and legs. Treatment involves the ability to treat more than one body site with IPL technology.
SAFETY IS THE FIRST PRIORITY
Our IPL devices are thoroughly audited by the manufacturer, for avoiding any kinds of damages because of insufficient technology. However, a treatment still should only be carried out by medical staff. Special safety goggles, for protecting the eyes, is of course an obligation during a treatment.
DIFFERENT HAIR AND SKIN TYPES
In general, an IPL treatment is possible for everyone. But with particularly light hair, the technology can reach its limits. For example, white hair does not have melanin. Thus, the light pulses cannot reach the hair root, which makes successful treatment impossible. In this case, we offer other techniques of photoepilation for you. It is similar with reddish hair, because they contain the dye phaeomelanin. This can absorb light worse than dark hair.
TO NOTE WITH THE IPL HAIR REMOVAL
Pre- and post-IPL hair removal skincare is crucial, especially concerning protection from intense sun exposure. Both regular sunbathing and tanning bed visits should be avoided to prevent undesirable consequences. Improper sun protection can lead to excessive radiation on the skin, which can cause pigmentation issues, including hypopigmentation, where the skin may appear lighter in some areas. Therefore, it is advisable to exercise caution before and after IPL hair removal and protect the skin from harmful UV rays to achieve optimal results and minimize potential risks.