IPL Depilatory Systems for Permanent Laser Hair Removal

Intense Pulsed Light Treatments, Methods, Prices and Clinics

IPL, or intense pulsed light and the various state-of-the-art laser hair removal methods are chosen based on skin type/hair color following a chart of six basic categories which are known as Fitzpatrick skin typing:

  1. white skin that burns easily and never tans
  2. white skin that burns easily but may tan to some degree
  3. white skin that tans well and seldom burns
  4. light brown skin that tans and may burn but only minimally
  5. brown skin that tans very well and almost never is prone to burning
  6. dark brown skin or black skin that always tans without burning

Based on these skin/hair color combinations, professional laser hair removal experts will decide which system will be most effective for each prospective patient. The laser hair removal machine may be IPL, which is intense pulsed light, and will fall under different categories within the IPL systems, or be YAG laser systems or diode lasers. Here’s information about each:

1. quantum machines produced by Lumenis , such as Vasculight or Aculight (trademarks), which are not as powerful and may be easier for less experienced technicians to operate, or the photoDerm and EpiLight machines, offering intense penetration, longer pulses and a better range of settings, which must be controlled by highly skilled professionals.

2. YAG laser hair removal systems (also called The Nd YAG) which are long pulse laser devices that can be used on all six of the main skin categories, although it’s most effective on darker hair and not always successful on very fine blond hair. It’s used for darker skin including type six, and is considered more effective in retarding hair growth in all skin types, even those that other lasers won’t affect. The Nd YAG lasers can target large areas and treat them quickly, although patients may experience some discomfort, more than with IPL Some of the main devices are named Athos, Image, CoolGlide and Medlite IV.

3. diode laser hair removal using machines like the Epistar, F1 Diode, LaserLite and others provides wavelengths that are longer (over 800 nm) and therefore may be more effective than classic Ruby or Alexandrite systems, although their wavelengths are not so long and intense as the YAG laser. Diode laser systems are used on darker skin types because longer waves permit the laser to penetrate deeper, target dark pigments, yet still leave the upper layer of skin unharmed.

How can you know which system to choose?

Leave it up to the professionals. Many of the clinics that offer permanent hair removal have a variety of equipment choices. For example here are some of the top clinics in the United States:

1. laser hair removal NYC: there’s a place called Completely Bare High-Tech Spa in New York City, on 5th Avenue (between 17th and 18th Street) and another on Bond Street, that offers all three options.

2. laser hair removal Manhattan: there’s a clinic called Laser Cosmetica which has locations uptown, two midtown centers, one in Chelsea and another on Broadway, which offer FDA approved laser treatment options. They recommend about six sessions so that all the hair growth stages can be eliminated. What’s outstanding is that this laser hair removal New York clinic offers a three year guarantee. They state that if after having the treatments you experience hair growth during that time, you can return to their clinic for complimentary treatments.

3. laser hair removal Boston: The Skin Spa Clinic in Boston, on Newbury Street, offers laser hair removal that’s a blend of laser and RF, which is radio frequency. The reason that this blend of frequencies and laser technology is used is that lasers alone are not effective on all hair colors and skin types. However, the combination allows for blond, grey and black hair to be removed, as well as red and even white. They offer special facial hair removal for women, upper body hair removal for men and options for eliminating hair on the lower body. Ladies may choose to remove the hair from their legs and/or have bikini hair removal performed instead of shaving, waxing or sugaring.

Schedule a free consultation with Skin Spa Clinic – one of the top centers for laser hair removal Boston has to offer and see how affordable it can be. As an example laser hair removal cost, they offer lip hair removal treatments starting at just $126 per session and packages of six treatments for just $350. Bikini line laser depilatory sessions start at around $179 and the full six sessions are about $590.

4. Chicago laser hair removal: NuU Medspa, with locations in Schaumburg, Lincoln Park, Oak Brook and Skokie, offer comprehensive services to eliminate unwanted facila and boy hair. Starting with an initial consultation, the MedSpa centers, laser hair removal Chicago clinics, will determine which skin type you have and which procedure will be most effective. The clinics offer removal services for all the various hair and skin colors, it’s just a matter of determining which procedure to go with in each individual case. They have the Ruby lasers which are primarily used for very light skin types, the diode laser removal equipment that works well on mid-tone skin and hair types, and the latest Nd YAG laser technology that’s effective on all types.

Before deciding on the laser clinic you’ll go to…

You may be wondering, “does laser hair removal work?” and, “is laser hair removal permanent?” and “does it hurt?” Here are some basic answers to common questions.

Does laser hair removal work to “permanently” eliminate unwanted facial and body hair?

In general, yes, but it’s not an instant solution. Let’s look at the reasons why.

ve phase which is easiest to treat, the transitional stage that will become active and can be treated over time, and the dormant or resting period which is often difficult to treat and is one of the reasons laser sessions are done over longer periods of time.

Lasers work to destroy hair in each stage. How fast your hair grows and transitions from one stage to the next is a very personal matter that can be affected by hormones, medications, overall health or simply what stage the hair growth is in when you schedule your initial appointment. Let’s say you need the average six treatments, scheduled four weeks apart. That means it will take about a year for permanent hair removal. During that time, the hair will become less noticeable, and what does grow is a lot finer and lighter than previously. Your hair type and coloring will play a significant role in determining how effective, and permanent, the treatments will be.

A trained expert in the field of permanent laser hair removal will be able to decide which of all the treatments and techniques will be most effective, which will produce the most permanent results in your case, based on the Fitzpatrick chart. Previously, only certain skin types were able to be treated effectively, however nowadays, it’s possible to treat everyone. Nevertheless, patients with fair skin tones and darker body hair tend to notice optimum results.

Why Does the FDA not officially sanction the term “permanent laser hair removal”?

The words “permanent” and “removal” are issues. There’s a degree of semantics involved in what the United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approve and disapprove when it comes to laser hair elimination terminology. The FDA only officially permits clinics and practitioners who offer laser treatments to state that the hair will be “reduced” not “removed” and the word “permanent” is only allowed to go with electrolysis. Why? Because although the majority of hair is eliminated with lasers, there’s a chance of stragglers coming back, which means it’s not “permanent”. Since it’s possible that a patient may require some touch-up treatments even after the basic elimination (or reduction) process has been completed, the FDA plays it safe and says laser hair removal is actually “hair reduction” and that it’s not considered gone forever. What the FDA says is true. Electrolysis is indeed the only means to eliminate hair 100% forever, and about a hundred years of evidence backs this up. Call laser treatments “semi-permanent hair reduction” if you must, however lasers do help millions of men and women around the world to rid their bodies of unwanted facial, back, arm and bikini hair. People who suffer from unwanted hair and don’t have the time or patience for a specialist to insert an electrically charged needle into every single hair follicle on their body, really appreciate the speed and satisfactory level of hair “reduction” this process offers. Which brings up the question of pain…..

Does A Laser Treatment Hurt?

Anyone who has had electrolysis and laser treatments (in order to have something to compare to) will say lasers are almost painless forms of eliminating unwanted hair. Nevertheless, for some sensitive individuals, laser hair removal can sting, snap, feel warm, burn a little and be somewhat more than uncomfortable. It’s possible to request a topical anesthetic, but most patients find it’s not required. Twenty minutes, or half an hour, in a soft chair or lying on a bed may even be relaxing – a good way to spend a lunch hour every few weeks.

What to do prior to a treatment

You won’t want to go for waxing or have sugaring done (or pluck out the hair you want removed) for at least a couple months before starting laser procedures. Likewise you won’t want to shave the day you go for sessions. However, you’ll probably receive instructions by the specialist to shave the region a couple days before starting treatments.

What about laser hair removal side effects?

Professional laser treatment centers and clinics will offer you specific information pertaining to their equipment and to your skin type. In general there are few side effects that are really serious or long-lasting. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand how your skin will react afterwards. It’s very important to know all the possible risks that may be involved. Let’s take a closer look.

After a laser session, patients will experience redness, swelling, itching and a variety of other sensations for a while, usually not more than three days. There can be a bit of numbness, a little pain and perhaps a sensation of tingling. These are all normal, however, what a patient experiences will somewhat depend if a topical anesthetic has been used (during the laser session) because the after effects of anesthesia can be confused with the affects of the laser.

Discuss the possible side effects of having topical numbing agents applied during the procedure with your technician so you can know the difference afterward. The most common laser hair removal side affects experienced by patients are usually not anything to be alarmed about and will pass quickly. In a few cases, albeit rarely, scabs can form, there can be evidence of bruising, darkening of the skin, dislocation, or some kind of pigment alteration. It’s infrequent, but also possible, that the area can become infected, which will require immediate medical attention.

During course of normal healing, when there are no complications, some soothing lotion, often just a natural Aloe gel, is all that’s required for the first few days. Then, over the course of the following weeks, exfoliating the area is a good idea. As stated above, hair growth stages differ from person to person, so it’s not easy to state exactly how long a patient will be hairless until the second stage of hair begins to grow. The treatments are therefore repeated, six to ten times, or until all hair phases have run their course in eth area in question, and eventually, hair stops growing back.

The last stragglers may require follow-up sessions months later, but some clinics offer a guarantee so that these sessions may be complimentary. Check with your local laser hair removal clinic for specific guarantees.

Laser Hair Removal Cost

Due to the investment required, many people get excited over at home laser hair removal machines that appear to offer the same benefits for a fraction of the price. In most cases, a DIY laser hair removal system will not be effective because handheld home equipment simply isn’t powerful enough to penetrate down to the hair follicles and the pigmentation that’s in the dermis. (And most home devices will only work on a very small segment of the population – those individuals with fair skin and dark hair.) While some depilatory products may offer a little help to those with unwanted body hair, it’s not recommended to use home laser devices for facial hair removal.

Do what you will with home hair wax kits and sugaring, even give the latest home hair removal cream products a try, but for serious treatments with lasers and radio frequencies, go to the laser hair removal clinics where they can provide sate-of-the-art equipment and expertly trained technicians who know how to effectively reduce your unwanted facial and body hair without damaging the epidermis.

Take a look at laser hair removal prices so you can budget accordingly:

The average price for a single treatment is around $300, however specific areas are cheaper or more expensive, and 6 to 10 session packages are offered by some clinics to make the treatments affordable.

Facial hair removal prices are the least expensive, with upper lip procedures starting around $100 and going up to about $300. Various unwanted facial hair treatments are available, including full face sessions that will cost about $650 or just the chin or specific area for $250 to $300. The most expensive sessions are for body hair removal such as full back treatments that run about $800, however the most common laser hair removal for men is done on the chest and these start around $100 and go up to $400. Pre tattoo laser hair removal for men is popular. Single sessions for the arms start around $250, although both arms may cost as much as $700 (per session).

For the ladies, frequent treatments include underarms which is one of the most affordable choices starting around $150. The next popular region is the bikini area. Regular bikini-line hair removal costs about $250; Brazilian treatments, about $500.

For women who want smooth legs, they’re going to have to budget about $600 just to do the lower half, and a full leg session will be upwards of $800. It’s best to get packages for multiple sessions because laser leg hair removal isn’t cheap. There are places that offer IPL sessions for the full leg starting around $400. It’s costly because each session for legs takes about 45 minutes. You might want to start with a half leg and see how it goes. Many clinics offer specials for around $200, and that will give you about a 20 minute session. Ladies who want really smooth legs for the summer must consider that it takes about five or six sessions before they’re hair-free, and it will require almost a year to complete the process. A single session may help to lessen the growth, but without the full series of treatments, due to hair growth stages, smooth legs won’t happen until all the phases have run their course.

Laser Hair Removal Toronto

If you happen to live in Canada or can get to a laser hair removal Toronto clinic, one to keep in mind is called Bellair, with a Yorkville center on Bellair Street and another in Midtown, on Yong Street. They have packages for full leg and bikini treatments, and they toss in feet and toe depilation, with 5 sessions for under $1,900 (Canadian dollars) so it’s a good deal. They offer complete hair removal packages for the bikini area where you can get the full 5 sessions for about $800.

Crossing the border is well worth it because Canadian laser hair removal prices are far lower than in the United States. If you decide to go to one of the Bellair centers, you may consider having other cosmetic laser surgery treatments done for less.

The Bellair centers offer beauty treatments such as skin resurfacing, tightening and rejuvenation, as well as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and wrinkle treatments. Amongst other procedures are their laser tattoo removal treatments and their own unique Spa RF body treatments that utilize the latest RF (radio frequency) for cellulite removal.

For more specific information on laser facial hair removal please read the related post. The cost of laser hair removal is dealt with in-depth in another post, where you can get better acquainted with what specific clinics around the world charge and compare with those in your area. Some women find that taking beauty treatment holidays are a great way to relax and return home revived and beatified. Treatments like cellulite removal and other cosmetic laser surgery procedures are available in the UK, Australia, Canada and European countries where highly trained specialists offer services in spa-style rejuvenation centers. Get better informed before deciding what’s right for you by reading about such things as mesotherapy microinjections (a cellulite treatment) which we discuss in one of our posts.

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Note, while it’s our aim to provide suggestions, product reviews and offer beauty tips for ladies contemplating certain procedures and cosmetic treatments, please consult a physician, dermatologist, licensed technician, laser permanent hair removal specialist or micropigmentation expert before undergoing any permanent or invasive procedure.

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