“Permanent” hair removal
Standard hair removal methods such as shaving, plucking or depilatory creams only produce temporary results and might cause side effects (red patches, allergies, cysts due to abnormal hair regrowth, etc.).
Needle electrolysis is efficient, but it is a tedious and painful process (hair by hair).
Laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal is currently the quickest and most efficient method to get rid of unwanted hair.
The energy of the laser or IPL is selectively absorbed by the melanin pigments contained in the hair. This energy is then converted to heat which damages the follicle and destroys its ability to grow again.
Since the skin contains much less pigments than hair, it does not absorb the energy of the beam.
Considering its mechanism of action, laser hair removal is more suitable for pale skins with dark hair. Light blond or white hair is not affected by the laser beam.
As laser treatment is ineffective against dark skins, Esthea clinic has chosen to use IPL lamps.
• Treatment sessions
Since hair regrowth occurs in several phases, the number of treatment sessions may vary. These phases are the growth (or anagen) phase, the resting (or catagen) phase and the falling (or telogen) phase. Since melanin is concentrated in the follicle germ cells, only the hair in the anagen phase is affected by the beam.
The same area of the body may have hair at different stages of growth while regrowth cycles differ from one area to the next. The number of treatment sessions will then depend on the hair type and areas to be treated.