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Energist Ltd. manufacturers of the Ultra VPL have led the way in making effective hair removal a mainstay of leading aesthetic practices.

The Ultra VPL treatment regime results in long-lasting IPL hair removal.

IPL technology can:

•  Effectively treat virtually all hair colours and hair textures, from blonde to black, and coarse to fine.

•  Remove hair from all skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I - VI). Even tanned and dark-skinned patients can be treated with confidence

•  Quickly and efficiently eliminate hair from all parts of the body, no matter how deep the follicles reside or how large or small the area. (This includes sensitive areas like the lip, under the arms, and around the bikini line, as well as large areas like a man's back or a pair of woman's legs).

•  Perform successful hair removal with minimal patient discomfort, side effects or interruption of routine activities



How does the system work?

The energy from the light source is taken up by the pigments (melanin and Haemoglobin) in the skin, hairs and blood vessels. Selective filtration makes the energy uptake specific for melanin (600 to 950 nanometres) or haemoglobin (530 to 950 nanometres); thus the system can be used for hair removal, vascular lesions and pigmented lesions.

IPL Hair removal is accomplished by the generation of heat from light in the melanin which is then transferred to the hair follicle (root).

Pulse times of this applied light have been chosen to destroy the hair follicle by heating for at least 1millisecond (one thousandth of a second) to 70 degrees centigrade.

Why is gel used?

It is necessary to apply a thin layer of gel to the skin prior to treatment to assure an optimal optical transmission of light from the applicator to the skin.

How is the treatment carried out?

The Applicator (hand piece) is placed in contact with the skin surface and the light pulsed through it onto the skin. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated.

Who can be treated?

Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of dark melanin in these, which gives maximum absorption and conversion of light energy to heat.

Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced making it slightly less certain of permanent destruction of the hair follicles.

Grey (white) hair has almost no melanin and cannot be efficiently treated.

The upper skin layer, of the epidermis, also contains melanin and the concentration increases when the skin is exposed to UV light. It is therefore necessary to treat dark skinned and tanned individuals with less energy to avoid generation of excess heat and discomfort in the skin. The Ultra VPL computer has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different hair and pigment types.

Does it hurt?

As the light energy is absorbed by the pigments (melanin and hemoglobin), the discomfort depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined. Consequently, the discomfort will be a little more for dark skinned people and those with dense, dark hairs.

No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable (as if a rubber band is snapped against the skin).

Does the patient need to shave prior to treatment?

Hairs should be 1 to 2mm long when the patient comes in for treatment so it is possible to mark out the treatment area. Long hairs take up the energy and prevent all of it reaching the hair follicle, therefore, hair is trimmed just before treatment for maximum transmission of the energy.

If the hair is normally shaved and can be seen when shaven then patients can shave right up to the day of treatment although plucking and bleaching should not be done. By avoiding epilation and waxing 4 weeks before treatment it ensures as many follicles as possible contain a hair and thus can be destroyed by the light.

Why do hairs 'grow' after treatment?

Contrary to other treatments, hairs are not vaporised by IPL treatment. The hair follicles are killed by the heat but the hairs remain in the skin and often become attached to the epidermis. They will fall out after 1 to 3 weeks as the epidermis is renewed. During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing as they are pushed out by the epidermis.

How can you tell if the treatment has worked ?

After treatment the hairs are often loose within the follicle and can easily be pulled out with tweezers. A red ring around each follicle is often seen a few minutes after treatment. These two things are good indications that sufficient heating of the follicles has taken place. However, these indicators are not always evident and we have seen many patients with successful treatment results without the post-treatment signs.

What are the side effects?

The visible light is completely safe so no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness. The skin of some patients becomes quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur. However, most patients experience no side effects at all and the described skin reactions above usually disappear within hours to a few days. Unlike electrolysis, IPL treatment is non-invasive.

How many treatments are necessary?

Only hair in the growth phase can be treated. The number of hairs in this phase varies from 10 to 70% depending on the body site. The lengths of the growth cycles also vary. For most patients, between four to six treatments is enough to remove virtually all hairs. After the first treatment most patients get a significant reduction in hair density also new grown hairs tend to become finer.

It is important to know that the first treatment is believed to synchronise the anagen (growth) phase of the non-anagen hairs. This may cause what seems to be regrowth but which is actually just the sleeping hairs starting to grow at the same time (new growth) . This in turn makes the next treatment(s) more effective.

How do I prepare for treatment?

Patients should avoid tanning 1 month ahead of and during the entire treatment scenario to avoid excessive discomfort from excessive light absorption in the epidermis.

Immediately after the treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days.

How long does treatment take?

The facial treatment usually takes 10 minutes whereas both legs or an entire back will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Is it permanent?

Yes, with current light technology it is possible to permanently remove hair. Histology studies have found destroyed and denatured hair follicle cells post treatment.

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To find out more about our Hair Removal and IPL treatment, please feel free to contact us. Charismetics provide expert advice and consultation on various beauty treatments including; Botox, Tooth Whitening & Skin Rejuvenation.

Pregnancy and age had turned me into a hairy-chin woman. I tried electrolysis and found it to be both slow and painful. I had read about laser treatments and decided that it wasn’t for me.

When I first heard of IPL I thought “how can a couple of light waves get rid of hair.” Well I’m happy to report that despite my misgivings the hair started falling out after my first treatment. After a course of 5 treatments my hair had disappeared completely. After years of shaving I couldn’t quite believe it, but it’s true. I still wake up and run my hand over my chin just to check that I don’t need a shave!

I am now in the process of having my underarms treated so I can stop shaving forever.

Melanie, Lichfield, Staffordshire

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