Hey there my lovelies,
Welcome back to my blog!
Today I am back talking about my next aesthetic treatment of my choice to get done at CHIC Med-Aesthetic, and I decided to start laser hair removal. I must admit that I have been wanting to get these treatments done for years! If like me you are in the search for the best options out there for removing your hair permanently, this post is targeted to help you make that choice. Whilst it is true that these treatments might run a bit expensive, in the long run they are the best choice you could make.
When it comes to permanent hair removal you may have come across both Laser Hair Removal and IPL and you may be wondering what is the difference between the both. So let’s break it down and simplify what they both do!
Back in my teenage days, I was intrigued by laser but I was always scared to try it or more than likely did not wish to spend that much money. Fast forward a few years and I am only a few weeks away from starting laser hair removal which is a process that helps to permanently reduce hair growth and increase the manageability of excess hair in the long-term. Laser energy is used to selectively target and permanently disrupt hair follicles whilst leaving the skin unaffected.
Both treatments (IPL and LHR) have been available commercially since the mid 90’s, yet are distinctly different. The issue that might arise as to why you should opt for these treatment or otherwise, unfortunately does not come easy. Admittedly, you might have started to notice that a lot of ‘new clinics’ or ‘salons’ have started opening claiming to provide Lasers, when in reality they provide IPL which is not LHR.
Now you might think that this post will come across as a biased one since I chose CHIC, however I did my research and I did my phone calls to all the major and renowned Clinics here in Malta, I chose what was most convenient for my needs. In this post, I wish to address some misconceptions and talk about the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL Hair Reduction. So please do your research and do not base your choice on the cost of these treatments.
Both treatments (IPL and LHR) involve producing light energy, which is then absorbed into the dark pigment of the hair to ultimately cause the hair follicle to reduce. The ultimate goal is to destroy the hair root and hence reduce hair growth. Light is absorbed best and attracted to dark objects. We have all heard about wearing dark clothes in summer and being much hotter compared to wearing white; the reason is because it’s true! In a similar way, laser energy is absorbed much better by dark material (pigment) in the skin (but with much more speed and intensity). This dark target matter (chromophore) can be naturally occurring or artificially introduced. Melanin is considered the primary chromophore for most lasers. Hair removal lasers selectively target one of three chromophores: Carbon, Haemoglobin or Melanin.
- Laser is monochromatic meaning that the light emitted from a laser is of one wavelength (color). In contrast, ordinary white light is a combination of many different wavelengths (colors).
- Laser is coherent, meaning the light is totally reinforcing and does not cancel itself out. The coherent light produced by a laser differs from ordinary light in that it is made up of waves all of the same wavelength and all in phase (i.e., in step with each other); ordinary light contains many different wavelengths and phase relations.
- Laser is collimated; the light waves are parallel and divergent. This makes laser light very powerful, as nearly 100% of the light can be effective in the treatment of hair reduction.
Lasers utilise one wavelength to selectively target one specific chromophore, which is melanin. This allows for deeper penetration and the energy is directed straight to the target and not absorbed by the other chromophores in the path of the beam. Lasers will selectively destroy specific targets and not cause harm to the surrounding tissue when used properly. Laser machines are set to emit the exact wavelength required to treat you hair.
IPL is a cheaper but less effective when it comes to reducing body hair.
Laser is far more precise and can selectively target dark, coarse hair while leaving the surrounding areas undamaged.
Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at a time.
Laser settings can be adjusted to suit your specific skin tone and hair colour.
Lasers have the capability to safely treat all skin colours, whereas IPLs might cause burn on darker skin types.
The main difference between LHR and IPL for hair removal purposes mainly lies in the technology that each uses to generate light as well as the different properties of light being used. Laser technology is proved to be much more effective, and achieves substantially better results than IPL with most clients achieving optimal results of permanent hair removal of 80% or greater after 4-8 treatments.
IPL’s do however have an important place in the treatment of skin. IPL provides adequate treatment for skin problems such as superficial pigmentation, redness and capillaries but do not provide preferable results with hair removal.
On the day of my consultation with Dr. Angel Bonello, I was pretty much excited as I always am when I am about to learn about new treatments. The consultation itself was very informative and a lot of questions were covered mainly the ones outlined above since the initial choice of treatment is the most important decision you can take.
We proceeded to effect the test patch, Dr. Angel explained that the equipment used at CHIC Med-Aesthetic is the flagship Gentle PRO series by Synerdon Candela, a system that delivers vast range of treatments for all skin type hair removal, as well as pigmented and vascular lesions. Dual wavelength laser platform that combines the fastest and most powerful laser suitable for high performance treatments, that are carried out in a speedy, efficient and easy-of-use.
In all it was a very useful consultation session. Cost for said consultation is of Eur20 which will be deducted from your first treatment. Also, the one hour free parking provided by CHIC, is very handy. My first session at CHIC is booked for the 7th October and I will be getting full legs, underarms and Brazilian. Really looking forward to it – and of course I will keep you posted on the outcome.
Until next time,
Disclaimer: As a token of appreciation, I was given the opportunity to have this treatment done, for the purpose of this review. All opinions reflect my own personal experience and are in no way CHIC Med-Aesthetic has influenced the content of this post – All thoughts on the treatment are honest.
Photos Disclaimer : All photos in this post belong to CHIC Med-Aesthetic. I was given the permission from the owners, to use them for the purpose of this blog. They belong to CHIC and cannot be cropped, copied or used without the owners permission.