Keen to try laser hair removal but not sure if it’s right for you? We chat to hair removal experts at MediLASE to find out all about process and how it differs to waxing and IPL
Summer may be over and cooler weather is on the horizon, but it’s still always nice to not have to think “have I shaved my legs?”, whenever you want to forgo trousers. But if you’re considering ditching your razor for good, it can be difficult to figure out what treatment is best for you.
The three most popular forms of hair removal are waxing, IPL and laser hair removal, and each differs in terms of technology, efficacy, level of painfulness and price point. We all know about waxing, but we were keen to know what the difference is between IPL and laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works by using a single concentrated beam of coherent light at a specific wavelength that heats the hair shaft and damages the hair follicle, inhibiting new hair growth. It has been proven that after four-to-six laser hair removal treatments, hair will be permanently removed, so you’ll be salon free for the long haul!
On the other hand, IPL (or Intense Pulsed Light) does not involve lasers, and instead uses a high-powered beam of incoherent light. Although the two processes of damaging the hair follicle to inhibit growth are similar, IPL is less targeted so may require more treatments and presents a higher risk for burns and a higher chance of hair regrowth.
So that’s how they technically differ, but the thought of lasers zapping our hairs off sounds a little scary! To help you out, we chatted to the hair removal experts at MediLASE to find out all about laser hair removal.
We asked MediLASE how the treatments differ in terms of pain and were told that it’s actually a myth that laser hair removal is the most painful treatment, with the experts stating that “every single person has a different level of pain tolerance, so it’s difficult to draw a clear line. Some people find laser hair removal very painful while, some take it so easily. It all depends on the technology of cooling”. To tackle this and to make its process as pain-free as possible, MediLASE’s procedure incorporates a built-in cooling system that uses cryogen to cool the skin surface down before the laser hits while as the same time, not affecting the temperature of follicle underneath. The newly introduced exclusive EFC system further enhances hair removal and safety because of the cooling agent targets, minimising pain and irritation.
Another main concern is (of course!) cost. And while laser hair removal can be more expensive, it is ultimately more effective in the long term. For a service such as laser hair removal, the price you pay will not only leave you hair-free, but also guarantee quality and service. As the experts at MediLASE specialise in only laser removal, and no other salon treatments, you can be sure that the professionals are solely trained and focused on laser hair removal, promising the best possible experience and results. In fact, MediLASE is the only service provider offering hassle-free after-treatment service through its exclusive Clinical Department, a team of registered doctors and experts to provide 24/7 medical support. Sounds pretty good to us!
So, which method of hair removal is best? Although laser treatment may be more expensive than waxing or IPL, the effects are proven and long-lasting, especially for Asian and fairer skin types. If you’re looking for waxing or IPL, we’ve compiled a handy list of the best hair removal options around Hong Kong. But whilst waxing may be a quick fix for your next beach holiday, laser hair removal is fast becoming the most popular way to obtain a permanent result – and if you are someone who doesn’t settle for less, a high-quality laser hair removal service such as MediLASE could be the best pick for you.
MediLASE, WhatsApp 6876 5901, www.medilase.com.hk
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