It doesn’t seem that long ago when shaving and waxing were the preferred methods for hair removal, and little was known about alternative methods.
But today, thanks to advances in science and skin technologies, more efficient ways of permanently removing hair have been discovered that are safe, non-invasive and require less maintenance than ever before.
One of these treatments is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology which is used for various skin treatments including hair removal, pigmentation (age spots, freckles, sun spots), vascular lesions (spider veins, varicose veins) and rejuvenation (hands, feet).
If you’ve never heard of IPL before then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Hopefully, after reading this quick guide to IPL, you will feel confident in making an informed decision about the best hair removal option for you.
What is IPL?
IPL, standing for Intense Pulsed Light technology, is a light therapy treatment proven safe and effective for various skin concerns, ranging from wrinkles, pigmentation, discoloration, hair removal, broken capillaries, varicose veins, stretch marks and so much more. IPL can be used anywhere on the body, making it a versatile solution for most skin concerns.
Is IPL something new?
Although Intense Pulsed Light was first introduced in 1995 by Shimon Eckhouse, PhD., as an optical energy technology used for aesthetic treatments, the history of using optical energy in aesthetic medicine can be traced back to the 1960s with lasers, which were single wavelength energy technologies.
Since the 1960s, we have faced the same challenge with IPL and lasers as an aesthetic solution, in that there is either not enough optical energy absorbed by the target tissue, or there is too much optical energy absorbed by the non-target tissue. This makes both IPL and lasers less than ideal when it comes to finding a targeted, unwavering treatment.
Luckily in 2000, Dr. Eckhouse founded a solution to these challenged by introducing elōs technology, which uses an optimal combination of both optical (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) energies to provide a deeper, more targeted penetration of energies in a safer procedure with superior results.
How does IPL hair removal work?
Like any light-based treatment, IPL works by emitting intense light from a range of wavelengths onto your skin. This is done by a cosmetic practitioner gently pressing an IPL device onto your skin. The light then targets the pigment of your hair and gets absorbed by it, turning to heat and killing the growing cells that make your hair. Once all of the hairs have been damaged, they are naturally removed by the body.
How does IPL hair removal differ from laser hair removal?
IPL hair removal uses light waves instead of lasers and sends out very targeted wavelengths of light. However, a shortcoming of IPL is that as it affects the pigment in your skin, it is best reserved for skin that is fair with dark hair. Lasers, on the other hand, can adjust their wavelengths to target an exact pigment, meaning even the fairest of hair can be removed effectively.
This doesn’t mean that laser hair removal is the most effective option. As mentioned earlier, elōs technology, which combines Intense Pulsed Light with radiofrequency energies, has been proven safe and highly effective for hair removal on small and large areas.
elōs technology has also been deemed one of the safest aesthetic procedures thanks to its Active Dermal Monitoring feature, which measures changes in the skin’s tissue temperature and limits how much it’s allowed to increase during treatment. Also, by combining radiofrequency and IPL energies, elōs technology is able to lower the optical energy by up to 60%, which means there’s a lower risk to the epidermis.
What results can you expect and how long will they last?
Hair removal delivered by elōs technology provides long-lasting results with minimal side effects. One study found a 65% hair reduction after just a single treatment. elōs technology is also safe to use on any skin type or colour, and the fact that it can treat large areas means quicker and fewer treatments are required to achieve your desired results.
Where can you get IPL?
We are proud to offer select elōs technology treatments at our Inject Skin clinic through our elōs Plus device. Treatments include hair removal, pigmentation (age spots, freckles, sun spots), vascular lesions (spider veins, varicose veins) and rejuvenation (hands, feet).
Just visit our contact page or call the team on 54 SKIN 01.