March 25, 2023 3 min read
It’s now 2023, 23 years have passed since the beginning of the 21st century.
If you are still waxing or shaving as your only alternative of hair removal, perhaps you are still not yet informed of the advances made by science and new technologies. If you can relate to this statement, there’s nothing to worry about, as you are definitely not alone.
So we have created this article in the hope that you are better informed of alternative and more convenient forms of hair removal.
The timeline for hair removal stretches from the prehistoric age to today’s hi-tech devices such as in-clinic laser procedures or at-home treatment such as our Hello Silky’s Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) handset.
There are plenty ways of solving the hair regrowth problem. Over the years, men and women have razored, waxed, tweezed and plucked unwanted hair to look and feel better about themselves. However, these methods are a short term solution for something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
In 1995, the FDA cleared the first laser for hair removal, the Nd:YAG laser. Since then, other technologies for Hair Removal based on photothermolysis have been introduced, such as the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Developed in the mid 1990’s as an alternative to dermatological lasers, IPLs have become the workhorse of hair removal practices. IPL systems have advantages over lasers in their variability, convenience, and of course, cost.
Target specificity is the basic of phototherapy, as the light emitted targets chromophores found in the hair. Phototherapy based hair removal is a technique for long-term hair removal by thermal destruction of the hair follicle and its stem cells. Heat is generated by the conversion of the light energy emitted, which is selectively absorbed by chromophores in the skin. Melanin is the main chromophore in hair follicles and the key target for the process of phototherapy based hair removal. People with light skin tones and dark hair colour are the most ideal candidates for IPL treatments because of the large amount of melanin found in the dark hair and little amount in the skin thereby not creating a conflict of interest for the light as there would be with a dark skin and dark hair candidate.
IPL treatment is effective in removing hair from the back, chest, legs, arms, underarms, face and even the most sensitive and private areas, such as the bikini line. IPL is not as painful as waxing or lengthy as electrolysis. Some of Hello Silky users feel a stinging or pinching sensation when the light pulse is applied onto the skin.
Treatment times may vary depending on the area being treated, hair colour and pigmentation of the skin. Before the treatment begins, shaving and cleaning the targeted area is recommended, as well as starting with the lowest intensity level to ensure adjusting to your skin type.
Although the number of treatments required will vary from person to person, typically IPL Hair Removal is a continuous process for all users as reduction increases with each treatment you have. Usually 6 – 8 treatments are enough to reduce part of the hair from common problem areas but various factors affect the results of the treatment (thickness of hair, the area subjected to treatment, the growth cycle of hair), so a full 10 - 12 session treatment is ideal.
Hair Removal with an IPL is faster, less obtrusive, and more cost effective than any other hair removal system today. Therefore, it is commonly thought that IPL Hair Removal is the most advanced and effective permanent hair reduction process available.
It’s never been a better time to jump into these new and more effective hair removal methods. Being able to bring such an advanced piece of technology home for only a fraction of the cost of laser clinics it’s definitely a breakthrough and a game changer.
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