Verschillen laser en IPL/ELOS
Verschillen laser en IPL/ELOS
Differences between treatment with laser and with IPL/ELOS
In essence, there is no significant difference between the various methods of treatment that we offer. Some equipment is more powerful while other equipment is more precise in its settings. All methods are effective and found safe by government approved institutions. Our goal in testing is to determine which method best suits your individual needs.
Unfortunately, experience has taught us that modern hair removal techniques are less suitable for people with naturally darker skin, e.g. from African, Asian, Arabic or South American descent. These people are at higher risk of skin damage resulting in light or dark spots. Therefore, we will take extra precautions and conduct multiple tests. In the event that we are unwilling to risk treatment we can, if you wish, refer you to other clinics that might be willing to treat you. When treating lighter skin tones the risk of spotting is minimal, unless the skin is tanned, either by the sun or solarium.
Pros and Cons of Laser hair removal
The advantage of the Laser is the accuracy. The pulse penetrates the hair root providing the best result. If the hair is dark and thick less treatments will be necessary using this techniques. The disadvantage of using the Laser is that it is more painful than IPL or ELOS. However, the pain can be significantly reduced by using ice packs to numb the area before each pulse. Whenever possible, we recommend to perservere with Laser treatment right from the start, since it can treat many hairs in the most vulnerable state. The pain won’t last long, only a tenth of a second. It feels roughtly the same as pulling out a hair.
Pros and Cons of IPL
The biggest advantage of IPL is that it is less painful than the Laser. It can be convenient to use IPL several times when the hairs are still very thick before moving on to Laser treatment, since removing thick hairs will generate the most painful sensation. The disadvantage of IPL is that the light does not penetrate very deeply into the skin, so not all light will reach the root of the hair. You may need more treatments to reach the desired results. Moreover, there is a posibility that the hairs will only be damaged rather than permenantly destroyed. In this case, the Laser may also not be able to finish the job because the hair is then too thin.
Pros and Cons of ELOS (combinition of Laser/IPL & an alternating current)
The pros and cons above also apply to ELOS, since this treatment contains both Laser and IPL. The advantage of ELOS is that the light is only used to guide the electrical pulse that follows. Thus, the laser light is not as critical for the effect and so a lower setting can be used. ELOS uses a small-spectrum IPL that has no effect on veins, couperose and pigment. This also results in less pain, a milder effect on the skin and is more suitable for treating very thin and light hairs (even ashblond hair when treated repetitively). The alternating current that is causing the hair to fall out has been used in electrical hair removal for decades, therefore we know with certainty that it works. A disadvantage of ELOS is that the applicator is not very large, and so the treatment takes more time. For example, even if one has a small frame it is impossible to treat both legs completly in just one treatment session, since this would require over two hours of time.
Clinical studies about the ELOS system can be found here.