Laser and ipl hair removal perth

IPL hair removal Perth

At medaesthetics®, our entire practice model is built on one key point:

To use top of the range dermatological treatment platforms (no expense spared) to offer the best possible services available in today’s market.

This is the reason why in 3 short years of operating in Perth; Medaesthetics has become the leading name in laser and IPL skin treatments.

Excess body hair is a common problem affecting both men and women. Before the advent of dermatological lasers & Intense Pulsed Light platforms, it was an extremely difficult condition to treat. IPL (IntensePulsed Light)  hair removal works by selectively targeting the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle and destroying it.We have 4 state of the art hair removal platforms:

  • Lumenis Lightsheer Desire™ – High Speed Diode Laser
  • Sciton Broad Band Light (BBL)™- Intense Pulsed Light
  • Lumenis M22™- Intense Pulsed Light
  • Alma Harmony™- Intense Pulsed Light

All above brands are manufactured in the US and Europe and are considered the best in their class world wide. Delivering the best possible results safely, in the least number of treatments possible.

At Medaesthetics®, we have invested in the world’s best dermatological grade Lasers and IPL platforms. The treatments offered by our clinic can not be compared to those performed at an average hair removal salon using low grade, Chinese manufactured IPL devices. Dr Ehsan Jadoon
Frequently Asked Questions – (FAQs)
What is an IPL?

The word IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is not a Laser. In simple words, an IPL device generates intense beams of light of various colours (wavelengths). Each wavelength or colour of Light targets various components (chromophores) in the skin. This could be either dark pigment (sun spots, hair follicles), red pigment (blood cells in capillaries) or colourless (water, collagen).

IPL devices therefore are able to treat various skin conditions including skin rejuvenation, hair removal, pigmentation, redness and capillaries. They are “jack of all trades” but usually not as powerful and specific as Lasers.

What is a Laser?

The word LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. These are specialised devices which generate a single wavelength (colour) of very high intensity light beam. This light beam is much stronger and more focused than the light beams generated by IPL devices. Different lasers devices emit different colour of light of a single wavelength and therefore each laser device is very specific to the type of skin condition it can treat. Most common treatment options available using Lasers in medicine are:

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Laser Skin Surgery
  • Laser Eye Surgery, to name a few.
I want Laser hair removal, not IPL. Why am I not able to have Laser hair removal in Western Australia like most other States & Territories?

Radiation Safety Laws in WA prohibit non medical personnel to use C4 Lasers. Since most high end Lasers used for hair reduction are Class 4 medical devices, they can only be used by medical doctors in WA. Very few (if any) doctors offer hair removal treatments themselves. Hence, there are very few (if any) practices offering LASER HAIR REMOVAL in WA. IPL devices can be used by non medical operators and therefore most cosmetic practices in WA offer IPL hair reduction.

Is laser Hair Removal Better Than IPL Hair Removal?

Not necessarily. With rapidly evolving technology, most new & high end IPL machines are able to deliver superior, faster and safer results compared to older, lower end laser platforms. The clinical skill of the operator is as important as any machine they use. Hence, it is critical to choose your service provider carefully and not just go to a place that offers the cheapest price.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Both Laser and IPL hair removal work best on the hairs that are in their active growth phase. In order to reduce the amount of hair growth, multiple treatment sessions are required to capture more hair follicles in their growth phase. At Medaesthetics® we recommend three to eight sessions at 4–6 weekly intervals in order to achieve up to 80% hair reduction. The interval between each session is decreased in areas such as the face, which has a shorter hair cycle.

Although IPL hair removal is able to permanently remove existing hairs, this does not prevent the growth of new hair over time. Therefore, we do recommend periodic re-treatment every few years, even after the initial set of sessions.

Am I a suitable candidate for laser IPL hair removal?

Most people are able to have IPL hair removal. Unsuitable candidates include those who are currently pregnant (breast-feeding does not preclude you from treatment), patients prone to skin discolouration or keloid scarring, and patients who want grey, white, red, or very fine hairs removed.

Patients who have recently taken Roaccutane for acne, need to wait at least six months after finishing their course of treatment to commence laser or IPL hair removal.

What do I need to do before treatment?

Hair should not be plucked or waxed at least six weeks before treatment. The principle behind this is to leave the follicle of the hair intact. Plucking/waxing will remove the follicle, whereas shaving will not.

You will need to shave the area to be treated the day before or the morning of the procedure.

Do not tan the area to be treated if possible. Use sunscreen daily on the areas to be treated and avoid solariums, direct sun exposure, and spray tans. Do not apply cosmetics or creams to the treatment area on the day of treatment.

If you have a history of cold sores and you are planning to have your upper lip hairs or chin hairs treated you will need to inform your treating physician so that you can be put on appropriate anti-viral therapy beforehand.

What does IPL hair removal feel like?

Generally, there is a small amount of discomfort associated with laser hair removal. It feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin associated with the feeling of heat. Most patients tolerate it without any issues.

What are the risks of IPL hair removal?

It is critical to choose your service provider carefully. Not all businesses offering Laser or IPL hair removal services are run by medical personnel or certified laser & IPL technicians. Sun avoidance is important after any laser or IPL treatments, and sunscreen should be used on sun exposed treated areas on a daily basis. This is important to reduce pigmentation problems after the treatment (either gain or loss of pigmentation of the treated area).

Although uncommon, any blisters or scabs resulting from laser hair removal should not be scratched or picked. This can result in permanent scarring (very rare) if these blisters or scabs become irritated or infected.

The skin may appear mildly red and swollen after treatment and aloe vera gel can be used for any skin irritation from laser treatment. Uncommonly, laser hair removal on the upper lip may also reactivate cold sores, and if this occurs you should inform your treating physician as soon as possible.

There is no relationship between laser hair removal and skin cancers. It is the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum that causes skin cancers and the laser wavelengths used for hair removal are not close to the UV spectrum.

What other information do I need?

As mentioned above, not all Laser and IPL Platforms are the same.

Cheap devices, manufactured in Asia have flooded the market in recent years and are being used across most States and Territories of Australia without any serious government regulation restricting their use.

As a result there has been a significant rise in “laser salons” staffed with unqualified, non medical operators performing dermatological treatments with these devices. Suboptimal treatment outcomes, serious burns and irreversible scarring are some of the consequences of such practices.

Dermatological Lasers are classified into various categories based upon their power output. Class 4 (C4) Laser devices are considered the most powerful and can only be operated by Licensed Medical doctors in most States and Territories of Australia.

High end Laser and IPL devices usually cost in excess of $100,000. Manufactured in Europe and the US, such devices are only found in reputable Cosmetic Medical Practices owned and operated by medical doctors. In Australia, these devices can only be sold to Registered Medical Clinics.

Laser and Cosmetic Industry in Australia remains unregulated. Only WA and Queensland have stricter medical Laser use policies in place. This essentially means that pretty much anyone in other States and Territories can buy a laser or IPL device and start offering skin treatments such as Laser tattoo Removal or IPL Hair Removal to general public. Most of the time, people offering these treatments are not even qualified beauty therapists! let alone doctors or nurses. And, to top it up, there is no regulation in place to stop the flow of cheap Chinese manufactured laser and cosmetic machines to flood the Australian market. Dr Ehsan Jadoon.

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