IPL Laser Hair Removal

pulsar ipl

The Pulsar IPL revolutionary third generation Intense Pulsed Light system that has been clinically proven to permanently reduce hair growth. The procedure efficiently eliminates hair from all parts of the body and face and is suitable for virtually all hair and skin types, including dark-skinned clients.

Pulsar uses the energy from a light source, which is taken up by the pigments in the skin, hair and blood vessels. The hair is removed by using the light to generate heat in the melanin in the hair, which is transferred to the hair follicle (root) to destroy it. Unlike electrolysis the Pulsar treatment is non-invasive with no down-time or after effects and is relatively pain-free with some clients experiencing only a slight tingly sensation.

Frequently asked Questions

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 pain in the skin. The Pulsar 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 haemoglobin), the pain depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined. Consequently it hurts more in dark skinned people and those with dense, dark hairs.

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

Why do hairs 'grow' after treatment?  Contrary to other treatments, hairs are not vaporised by the Pulsar 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 the epidermis pushes them out.

How can you tell if the treatment has worked when the hairs are not removed immediately?  After treatment the hairs are often loose within the follicle and often 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. Unfortunately they are not always seen and we have seen many patients with successful treatment results without the post-treatment signs.