What happens in the body?
Melanin is the dye in the hair. Its peculiarity is that the melanin can absorb photons. The absorbed light is transported through the hair to the follicle. There, the energy is transformed by the body into heat of 65 ° to 72 ° Celsius. This temperature causes the hair root to become desolate. At this moment, a supply of hair with nutrients is no longer possible. The production of new hair is excluded.
Because the hair color and hair texture of each patient is different, the IPL technology requires different filters to meet the needs of the individual and to ensure the best possible result. The filters ensure that all superfluous wavelengths are filtered out, leaving only the suitable wavelengths for skin and hair type.
Efficient and durable
A big advantage of IPL technology is the fact that quite large areas can be treated. This saves time and money. The removal of hair with light is painless and gentle to the skin. A treatment of several or more parts of the body is possible. The treatments themselves do not take much time and can be integrated into everyday life.
The hair growth cycles
It should be noted that a promising treatment is only possible in the growth phase of hair. However, this is different for each hair. Statistically, only about 20 percent of hair is in the same growth cycle. Therefore, several treatments are always necessary to permanently remove all hair. The applications should be carried out as far as possible within four weeks.
How does the treatment work?
At the beginning, a special gel is applied to the skin, which optimizes the transmission of light pulses. With a handpiece the body surface is traversed. The light pulses are released and transported through the melanin to the hair root. The protein in the hair root denatured and the hair falls out after a while.
The IPL can be applied almost to the whole body. Very popular body areas are legs and armpits, but also any other body region can be freed from unwanted hair. It is also possible to treat several body parts in just one application.
The IPL devices are subject to a careful examination directly at the factory, so that damage to the skin are almost impossible if the device is properly used. However, at Haarfreiheit treatments are only performed by healthcare professionals.
Of course, the eyes are protected with special goggles from light flashes.
Hair and skin types
Basically anyone can be treated with IPL. It should be noted, however, that the method reaches its limits with very light hair. This is related to the fact that, for example, white hair has no color pigments, that is no melanin. The light pulse can not be transported to the root in this case and it remains intact. In such cases, however, other photoepilation techniques are available that are similar in concept to the IPL technique.
Also, the removal of reddish hair is difficult. This is because red hair contains the substance phaemelanin. This absorbs the light worse than it is the case with dark hair.
You should note that
Before and after treatment, intensive sunbathing should be avoided. Also, visits to the solarium should definitely be avoided. If the skin gets too much radiation in too short a time it can happen that different pigmentations develop. This is called hypopigmentation.