“IdeaLaser Cosmetic Center of Miami is a Doral, Miami based cosmetic and true laser treatment center specialized in providing high quality and affordable cosmetic treatments.
There are two modalities that are currently used for laser hair removal.
- True Laser
The first thing you should know is that IPL is not Laser, but below we have all the information you need to know before making the decision to do Laser Hair Removal in Miami.
IPL Vs True Laser
Intense pulsed light (IPL)
uses a broad-spectrum light with varying wavelengths that penetrate the skin at different depths. Compared to a laser, which uses a single-spectrum light, IPL gives off light energy that is weaker, more dispersed, and less targeted.
An IPL device emits pulses of light, which are absorbed by the pigment in hair follicles below the skin’s surface. The light turns to heat that is absorbed by the skin, and essentially destroys the follicle—causing hair to fall off and regrowth to slow down significantly, at least for some period.
Broad-spectrum light naturally spreads out, allowing IPL hair removal devices to cover relatively larger areas of skin than laser hair removal devices. So, IPL treatments are generally faster, but more IPL sessions are required to get the same results as laser hair removal procedures.
Standard IPL hair removal devices work best on lighter complexions with dark hairs. However, there are hairs that may be light on the surface but have dark follicles underneath. For these types of hair-skin combination, IPL also produces results, especially the more advanced IPL devices.
In a nutshell: IPL is a cosmetic treatment offered in many salons and spas for getting rid of unwanted hair and sold as home-use handheld units. It can remove up to 70% of hair on the target area and prevent or slow-down regrowth for up to 1 year.
One IPL session lasts 10 to 15 minutes, the laser price at upwards of $300 in reputable establishments. Numerous treatments are required to achieve the optimum results, and to avoid exposing the skin to excessive heat stress—risking damage to the surrounding tissue and resulting in burns the skin after laser.
Laser Hair Removal (LHR)
Medical grade lasers work by emitting a single wavelength of light that is specifically focused on the targeted area, resulting in optimum penetration. The light emitted is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, zooming in on the hair shaft and preventing contact with the surrounding skin.
“Laser” traces its origins to the acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” where “light” refers not only to visible light but also electromagnetic radiation of any frequency. The primary laser technologies used by dermatologists today are:
- Alexandrite Laser (755nm) – for fair to mid-toned skin with medium-dark to dark, coarse hair
- ND: YAG Laser (1064 nm) – for darker skin types with coarse hair
- Diode Laser (800-810 nm) – for light- to mid-toned skin with dark, fine hair
The top brands for laser devices such as these are Alma, Candela Laser, and Lumenis—all of which are used at The Aesthetics Centre for various laser procedures. The type of laser used on patients is determined by the doctor-based skin type and hair texture, and other factors best discussed during a consultation.
Laser hair removal is applicable to most body parts where there’s hair—the face, underarms, legs, chest, back, hands, feet, backside, and bikini or groin areas. It works best on darker hair or those that have chromophore, which is what gives molecules color.
However, when combined with other treatments that are not dependent on hair pigment, laser hair removal can also eliminate lighter hair shades. It usually takes 6 to 10 sessions to reduce the hair significantly, with little or no downtime involved.
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People whose hair typically grows faster may need more sessions to get the best results. Follow-up treatments are usually scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks, which is ample time for the skin to recover and heal properly, and for the dead hair shafts to fall out naturally.