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ipl hair removal history overview

IPL Hair Removal History & Development

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a technology often used for hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments. IPL is the application of intense, non-simple frequency light pulses in the wavelength and frequency range from 645 nm to 950 nm.

IPL machines first appeared in the 1990s with the first machine being approved by the FDA in 1995. This approval was for the treatment of telangiectasias (or spider veins). After that, the use of IPL quickly spread into a variety of cosmetic and hair removal treatments and the technology has been rapidly advancing ever since.

IPL Hair Removal Machines

It’s interesting to note that the effectiveness of IPL machines for hair removal was discovered when being used for treatment of skin problems. Practitioners noticed a loss of hair around the areas of skin being treated, which led to further research and subsequent development of IPL hair removal machines.

As with any technology, many manufacturers jumped on board with more interest in profit than real results and the well-being of the end users. This led to many sub-standard IPL hair removal machines being produced at very low prices that were attractive as a way for some beauty salons to enter this market. You may have had a less than satisfying IPL experience before and the reason was possibly because of a cheap machine and/or inexperienced operator.

Difference between IPL & SHR

SHR stands for Super Hair Removal and is an advanced form of IPL hair removal technology. The difference is that SHR is a laser technology that provides lower energy densities in combination with a high repetition rate. This means better results and virtually painless.

The difference and benefits of SHR include:

  • Less heating of the tissue
  • Ability to treat all skin types and hair colours (except black African skin & white hair)
  • Minimal side effects
  • Low energy rate (no discomfort)
  • Faster than traditional IPL

IPL (intense pulse light)

Tissue heating by 65 to 70°C
Dependence on hair colour
Selective work
Lamp exchange at approx. 70,000 shots
Swellings, burns, edema
High energy rate – single pulse
Slow work
Transferable only through melanin

SHR (super hair removal)

Tissue warming up to 45°C
All skin types and hair colours
(Except black-African skin and white hair)
Sliding technique + selective work
Lamp exchange at 300,000 shots
Minimal side effects
Low energy rate – multi-pulse
Faster work
Transmission 50% through melanin and 50% through the skin surface

SHR – Super Hair Removal

SHR uses laser technology to target and slowly heat individual hairs in order to obliterate the hair follicles. After each treatment, hair regrowth becomes finer until it completely stops. SHR treatments are more comfortable, more effective and faster than IPL. Indeed they are virtually painless. Prana uses a very highly regarded machine manufactured by SHR Germany and our clieints have been astounded by the results.

Hair Growth Stages

It’s important to note that hair growth occurs in different stages, which is why several SHR treatments are necessary to remove all hair in the target area. If hair does regrow, it’s because it was treated during its less than optimal growth stage. The optimal hair growth stage for destroying the hair follicle is the Anagen Phase (active growth phase). The subsequent stages are Catagen Phase and Telogen Phase.

Dormant hair can sometimes be activated during an SHR treatment resulting in more fine hair appearing after the 3rd or 4th treatment. These dormant hair roots would possibly appear at some point anyway so having them grow during a treatment period is positive and they can also be permanently removed.

Skin Types

Saroj must first check your skin type to determine the SHR machine energy settings and the amount of sessions needed. This is vital to get the best outcome for you.

Who Should Not Undergo SHR Treatment

Clients with the following conditions are not suitable for super hair removal:

  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy (up to one year after lactation)
  • Certain diseases (we can advise)
  • Skin cancer
  • Disordered cardiac rhythm and pacemakers
  • Certain medications (we can advise)

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