Laser and photoepilation complications
The presence of unwanted hair is a problem for many people who are not satisfied with existing methods of hair removal (shaving, waxing, chemical depilation, electroepilation) because of either short-term results, or severe pain, or frequent complications (eg, scarring after electroepilation). The invention of selective photothermolysis and the creation of different laser systems with different wavelength ranges made effective and long-term hair removal possible. Currently, several types of laser and photo systems are used for hair removal: ruby laser (694 nm), alexandrite laser (755 nm), diode laser (800 nm), IPL systems (590-1200 nm), Nd:YAG-laser (1064 nm).
Epilation occurs through the destruction of the hair follicle, where the main pigment is melanin, which acts as a chromophore. a substance that absorbs radiation with a certain wavelength. With optimal wavelength, energy density and pulse duration, the melanin of the hair follicle is heated, and the hair follicle is destroyed. The surrounding tissues are not damaged.
In comparison with existing types of hair removal and depilation, laser hair removal destroys hair follicles quickly, precisely and purposefully, which explains its high aesthetic effect. Besides, epilation with lasers and photo systems allows you to treat large surfaces of the skin quickly, with almost no pain and with minimal risk of complications. It is no coincidence that it has become one of the most popular among all aesthetic procedures performed with the help of quantum technology. Laser and IPL systems, according to manufacturing firms, help remove unwanted hair quickly, safely and effectively. But numerous studies show that these methods of hair removal are still not without side effects and complications.
In connection with the growing popularity of laser hair removal laser therapists, dermatologists, cosmetologists, general practitioners must be aware of the possible complications and side effects of these procedures, to properly and timely diagnose and treat them.
Photoepilation: is it harmful??
As it is already known, the rays of a wide spectrum used in photoepilation react on the pigment. Light energy is converted into heat energy precisely in the stained areas of the tissues and leads to their degradation.
In most cases, photoepilation is completely safe. First of all, if it is used for a patient with fair skin and dark hair. But there are exceptions. And they are associated with several factors.
Firstly, before using this method must be familiarized with the contraindications to it. Among them are high sensitivity to sunlight, inflammatory processes on the skin, allergies, infectious diseases and more. All this should be aware of the patient and the expert before the photoepilation procedure.
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The doctor must carefully examine the patient’s skin, determine its type and the nature of the hair. It is on the basis of data obtained about the condition of the skin, the existing or absent contraindications set the machine mode photoepilation. this must be done individually for each client.
During the procedure, all the rules of its correct implementation, safety should be observed. A special gel must be applied to the area to be treated. The patient and the doctor wear goggles to protect against radiation.
If everything is done correctly, photoepilation will be successful and harmless. But in situations of improperly chosen settings of the equipment, the low qualifications of the person providing the service, there may be some complications. These are various reddening of the skin, burns, allergies, loss of color for an indefinite period of time and other unpleasant consequences.
The conclusion that you have to make for yourself: if you decide to do photoepilation and want to protect yourself from harm, go to a large specialized institution, to an experienced professional with a good reputation and do not spare money on procedures.
Visit Nomosklinic and receive highly qualified help from our professionals.
Cosmetic procedures are contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.
With the competent use of the device for photoepilation procedure is absolutely safe. Ask our beautician for a free consultation!
ARE PHOTOEPILATORS HARMFUL
With each cosmetic procedure, most girls and women ask the same very important question “Is it safe??”. Although photoepilation has been on the cosmetic market for a long time, the issue is still relevant. over, there are more and more new models of professional photoepilators and photoepilators for home use, with new features and technologies.
As a reminder, there are several types of photoepilation, read more here. What they all have in common is that they all affect hair follicles with waves of light of different lengths. Thus heats up the device itself and a skin round follicles, it is the basic reason for contraindications. In order to be sure that photoepilation will be safe for you, we recommend that you talk to your doctor. Or at least study the contraindications, which we will discuss below.
If you have no contraindications to the procedure, you should be prepared for the fact that after using a photoepilator may appear:
skin irritation; ingrown hairs; pigmentation; bruises; dilated vessels; burnsIt should be mentioned that adhering to the recommendations on the use of photoepilator you reduce the risks of possible complications to a minimum.
Now let’s understand for whom the use of a photoepilator is really dangerous.
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Photoepilator can be dangerous for people with absolute or relative contraindications.
Absolute contraindications include:
Skin diseases, such as cancer; Presence of multiple atypical moles in the areas to be treated; History of collagen formation disorders; History of vascular diseases such as varicose veins or vascular ectasia in the areas to be treated; Skin sensitivity to light and rapid onset of allergic reactions; Presence of infectious diseases, eczema, burns, inflamed hair follicles, open wounds, herpes, wounds, lesions or hematomas in the areas to be treated; Presence of surgical procedures in the areas to be treated within the past three weeks; Presence of epileptic conditions with sensitivity to flashing light; Presence of conditions such as: Diabetes, tuberculous lupus, pyuria, or congestive heart failure; Presence of any blood clotting disorders; A history of immune-suppressive diseases (including HIV infection or AIDS).
Pregnancy or lactation; Tattoos in the area where hair removal is performed; It is prohibited to use the device on skin with sunburn, on skin that has recently been exposed to sunlight or artificial tan It is not recommended to use photoepilator under 18 years
If you have no contraindications, you can begin with photoepilation procedures, because according to 82% of women it is the most effective method of hair removal.
The evolution of IPL: elo-epilation
At the same time, Dr. Eckhaus was not 100% happy with the results of IPL-epilation. Broadband light beams were not suitable for working on dark skin, which itself actively absorbed some of the energy, or for removing light hairs that lacked melanin. He continued research, and soon the company introduced a brand new electro-optical synergy technology called ELOS (ElectroOpticalSynergy).
- The action of light rays is multiplied by heating of RF waves. This powerful combination allows us to affect even a low concentration of melanin in blond, red and gray hair. the very hairs that are rejected by lasers.
- RF waves penetrate immediately deep into the skin without heating the epidermis. So ELOS technology opened a whole new era in hair removal, making it the most effective and absolutely safe for any skin type
The idea of combining light and radio wave energy was met with great enthusiasm worldwide. It was immediately picked up and adapted by other manufacturers. Today the abbreviation ELOS belongs to Syneron, the company that patented it, but the term ELOS-epilation has become a generic one.
It is impossible to answer unequivocally what is better: laser or elo-epilation, each method has its advantages. But we know for sure that the best photoepilators have been available in “Constellation of Beauty” for a long time!
Testing of photoepilators for home use on the Russian market
It is logical that the uninitiated person has a natural question. how to choose a photoepilator for home use?
To answer this question we have prepared the comparative analysis of the most popular models on the Russian market. RIO IPL Pro Advanced, RIO IPL Evolution Advanced, Philips LUMEA and Silk’n FlashGo. We hope that our test will help you not to make a mistake when choosing the best option for removing unwanted body hair. These models, which our experts have chosen for a comparative analysis, have already proved themselves in Russia, a lot of reviews are written on them, they can be easily bought in online stores and branded stores of the companies-manufacturers.
The main criteria for testing and why it is important?
When we began our test, we tried to consider all of the most important criteria in evaluating the effectiveness of. In compiling the rating we took into account, as officially published technical data devices, as well as numerous reviews of customers about a particular model of photoepilator.
Footprint. The smaller the working area, the longer it will take to treat the problem area;
|Model/Technique. characteristics||RIO IPL PRO Advanced||RIO IPL EVO Advanced||Philips LUMEA||SILK’N FLASHGO|
|Working area size in cm2||4.9 cm²||2 cm²||3 cm²||4 cm²|
As you see, the RIO IPL PRO Advanced photoepilator has the largest surface treatment area. So if you want to treat any surface in the shortest time possible (including your feet) in a quick, painless, and high-quality way, this is the right choice for you. And for treatment of small surfaces such as bikini (including deep bikini) and armpits, the device with a small zone of capture is more suitable, for example, handy and portable photoepilator RIO IPL Evolution, which is ideal for treatment of hard-to-reach surfaces.
Number of flashes of the lamp
|Model/Tech. characteristics||RIO IPL PRO Advanced||RIO IPL EVO Advanced||Philips LUMEA||SILK’N FLASHGO|
|Number of flashes||up to 150000||up to 50000||up to 80000||1000|
|Lamp changing possibility||there is||yes||no||available at|
The Philips Lumea home photoepilator is slightly ahead of the RIO IPL Evo in the number of flashes, but you should consider the fact that when the life of the flashes expires, the Lumea will simply have to be thrown away. Whereas RIO Evo photoepilator just need to replace the lamp, and the unit will work for another 50,000 flashes. In addition, the absence of a replacement lamp in the Lumea device makes it impossible to replace the lamp if it is damaged, such as by impact or other unpleasant surprises.
The Silk’n FlashGo device lamp resource is clearly insufficient for complete treatment of all desired surfaces, and you must constantly buy replacement lamps to still achieve the desired results. If you compare the units with the RIO IPL PRO, it has the maximum life compared to peers. 150,000 flashes are more than enough to treat all desired surfaces, while maintaining a full course of treatments (this is confirmed by numerous customer reviews).
Energy of one flash
Note the significant difference in energy per flash between the RIO IPL PRO Advanced and the Lumea and Silk’n FlashGo units. The RIO IPL PRO Advanced is much more powerful, which means the efficiency of hair removal is higher! What’s more, the higher power greatly reduces the number of treatments required, which means you see a reduction in the number of hairs in just a few treatments with the RIO IPL PRO Advanced.
Power of the photoepilators
|Model/Tech. features||RIO IPL PRO Advanced||RIO IPL EVO Advanced||Philips LUMEA||SILK’N FLASHGO|
|Type of feeding||AC power||Mains power||Battery power||AC power|
|Requires recharging after use||No||No||Yes||No|
|Maximum number of flashes per session||Not limited||Not limited||150 flashes||Not limited|
As you see, Lumea photoepilator is battery powered, which means that it has to be recharged for a long time after each treatment. Besides, the battery use means a limited time of work, that is, during one charging Lumea can make up to 150 flashes, and after that you will have to recharge it by all means. RIO IPL PRO Advanced, RIO IPL Evolution Advanced and Silk’n FlashGo deprived of these disadvantages, because they have a network power supply, as a consequence, they do not have to be constantly charged, and there is no limit of flashes per procedure.
HOW OFTEN YOU CAN USE THE PHOTOEPILATOR?
Lovely women, we know for a fact, each of the fair sex is ready to give everything to be beautiful and to please men. Since ancient times, mankind has argued about a woman’s beauty. There is an opinion that the external beauty. is not the main thing. But after all, the proverb: “A man is called a man by his clothes”. is always true. Beauty on the outside. Beauty is what you see, because it is the outer beauty of a woman. is the inner state of the person.
USING A PHOTO-EPILATOR IS A STEP TOWARDS ATTRACTIVENESS!
Beauty. It’s not chubby lips and big breasts. beauty. is beautiful hair, clean face, neat appearance and light makeup. But if unwanted hair is sticking out from everywhere is the flip side of beauty. Fighting these unpleasant things is not so easy. If you just shave those hairs off, they come out again in a week and are even harder and more noticeable. That’s why the photoepilator was invented. Photoepilator. is a device, which with the help of light rays destroys the hair follicles, and the hair falls out together with the bulb and its growth stops.
HOW OFTEN YOU CAN GET PHOTO HAIR REMOVAL
Photoepilation procedure is still more often performed in beauty parlors. Although it is a very simple procedure that can be easily performed at home with the LESCOLTON photoepilator. In the salons, the beautician puts the gel on the body parts, put on the eyes glasses and photoepilator, which uses high-frequency light flashes, treats the desired areas of the body, removing unwanted hair. To get rid of all the hair need to do from 8 procedures. The number of treatments required depends on the power of the photopilator, hair type, skin type, genetics. So, for example, a more powerful photoepilator will require fewer procedures to remove hair, but it is more dangerous to the skin. Without proper training they can cause serious damage to the skin. That’s why the home photoepilators usually have the capacity limited to 6-7 J/cm.kv., whereas, in the professional ones. from 15 to 25 J/cm.qv. The advantage of photoepilator is that the effect after hair removal lasts from 6 months to 5 years, depending on the type of skin and hair. To maintain smoothness it is possible to undergo repeated correction, the required number of corrective procedures is also strongly related to the equipment used and the type of hair.
The positive and negative sides of photoepilation
Photoepilation allows you to quickly and painlessly get rid of unwanted vegetation in the face, arms, armpits and the bikini zone, it has several advantages:
- lasting effect of smoothness;
- does not cause painful sensations;
- easy to use at home;
- minimal discomfort;
- Non-contact action on the body. the risk of infection is excluded;
- the skin is not traumatized;
- Photoepilation is used on any part of the body;
- flashes destroy the hair follicle completely;
- The hairs do not ingrown or broken;
- quickness of the session. The duration of the process is up to 25 minutes.
On the negative side of the photoflash hair removal procedure are factors such as:
- The high cost of the photoepilation procedure;
- it is not possible to get rid of unwanted hair from the first time;
- If the apparatus is not correctly adjusted, it is possible to get a burn;
- the occurrence of scars if the skin is highly sensitive;
- For people with dark skin the procedure may be useless;
- poorly copes with gray and downy hairs;
- there are contraindications.
Each person decides for himself to choose this method of hair removal or not.к. everybody’s body preferences and peculiarities are different. Therefore, when choosing this procedure it is always necessary to carefully weigh all the pros and cons.
Photoepilation, what is it?
Photoepilation. a method of removing unwanted body hairs, which not only removes them together with the bulbs, but also inhibits their growth for several years to come.
This long-lasting effect is produced by applying high-pulse bursts to the root system. They are absorbed by the melanin pigment contained in the hair follicles and responsible for their growth, which leads to overheating of the follicles and spontaneous hair destruction.
There are four basic types of photoepilation:
All techniques are equally effective in removing hairs on the treated area, preventing skin irritation, but the extent of their effect on sensitive skin is different.
Photoepilation is possible on all areas, even the most sensitive (face, bikini). For the complete removal of vegetation you will have to undergo a course of 5-12 sessions. The amount will depend on the structure and color of the hairs in the treated area.
What not to do after photoepilation
You must not sunbathe in the sun, including going to the solarium, for two weeks after the session. In summer procedures the exposed parts of the body must be additionally protected with agents with SPF. This is to minimize the risk of pigment spots, which are difficult to get rid of.
Do not use the sauna, sauna, swimming pool for three days. If possible, it is necessary to limit contact with water.