Laser Hair Removal
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is the process of absorbing/destroying hair follicles by using pulses (wavelengths) of laser light into the skin. The hair follicle lays deep in the dermis of the skin and requires a precise depth of pulse (wavelength) light to be emitted directly into the hair follicle to destroy its function of hair regrowth. There are two different types of treatment for hair removal both use pulses of laser light, A Laser and a IPL (Intense Pulse Light). These two different treatments give very different and distinct results.
What is the difference between Laser and IPL?
The key difference between the two treatments is that an IPL is a much cheaper less effective technology for reducing body hair, it uses a scattered non-targeted pulse of light with multiple wavelengths only 2 mm under the skin, to try and breakdown hair follicles. IPL cannot be used safely on dark skin types.
Lasers are far more precise, they emit a single focused and precise wavelength that can reach over 4 mm into the dermis, whereby optimising maximum follicle absorption and can selectively destroy the hair follicles while leaving all other surrounding skin untouched. Lasers can also successfully treat all skin types 1 to 6.
How can I tell the difference between an IPL or Laser?
One way to tell the difference is by the size of the hand piece and/or the colour of the light. An IPL will usually have a large head with a flat square or oblong glass panel, that omits a white flash of light. Whereas a laser will often have one single probe, omitting a small red light.
The picture above depicts the penetration depths of laser wavelengths. The laser used at Avanthills is a Cynosure Elite Plus, which is a highly versatile aesthetic workstation, which delivers exceptional results for all skin types. The Cynosure Elite Plus has optimal dual wavelengths; the gold standard 755 nm Alexandrite and the 1064 nm Nd YAG wavelengths, as you will see from the diagram our laser has the combined wavelengths that enable the correct penetration of laser to destroy the hair follicle for unsurpassed efficacy on all skin types.
What areas of the body can have Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal can be used on various parts of the body, such as:
The Face: Upper Lip, Chin. Sides of Face. Cheeks, Full Face, Ears, Mans Beard, Neck and Back of the Neck
Upper Torso: Shoulders, Under Arms, Forearms, Upper Arms, Full Arm, Hands & Fingers, Chest, Areola, Abdomen, Abdomen Strip, Upper Back, Lower Back, Full Back, Back with Shoulders
Lower Extremity: Bikini Line, Extended Bikini, Brazilian, Buttocks, Lower Leg, Upper Leg, Full Leg. Feet & Toes