GLB- IPL Permanent Hair Removal
(Good Looking Beauty Intense Pulsed Light)
What is GLB-IPL?
Using patented 'Gold Wave' technology, the GLB-IPL (Good Looking Beauty- Intense Pulsed Light) wand is placed gently on the skin, where it produces a pulse of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This is transmitted through a specific filter which alters the lights wavelength range allowing it to be optimised for different applications and skin types. The pulses of light produced by the GLB-IPL are very short in duration so that discomfort is very minimal. The light that emanates from the GLB-IPL wand is filtered to remove any Ultra Violet components, eliminating the possibility of UV skin damage.
How do 'LASERS' and 'PULSED LIGHT' machines work?
Intense Pulse Light and Laser modalities rely upon 'light' to create heat within the body tissue. After all 'heat' is all that is required to target the tissue. The heat can be directly applied by means of a needle (e.g. Electrolysis) or indirectly by means of using the chemical within the body to generate heat. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light rely on the light (i.e. Optical) energy. Intense Pulsed Lights delivery device can be directly applied to the skin at a lower level (under 25 joules, to avoid potential burning) and transmitted directly by means of conductivity to the selected and targeted tissue.
The concept behind the use of light to treat the skin tissue is that the light that is absorbed by tissues generate heat. By using specific colours (or wave lengths) of light to treat specific parts of the skin we can target and therefore treat a distinct part of the skin and spare surrounding tissue. Light can pass completely through non-absorbing tissue and affect susequent underlying tissue that absorbs its energy and thereby produces heat.
How does GLB-IPL work?
Cooling gel is applied to the area being treated. Darken googles will by used by both the Aesthetician and the client to protect all eyes from the bright light being emitted. The smooth glass Crystal surface of the IPL hand piece is gently placed on the skin. Pulses of light generated are spaced a second apart.
How does the treatment feel on the skin?
There is generally NO pain. However, you may feel a slight sting, like a snapping of a small rubber band when the treatment is a high level. All treatments are individually generated to meet each clients skin type and pain threshold. The machine has an inbuilt cooling device, which reduces and minimises pain or discomfort through cooling the heat being generated.
Possible side affects.
Initially after the treatment there may be a very slight redness as heat is applied to the area. The flushing and redness will last from a few minutes to several hours after treatment. If your skin is quite loose you may experience some swelling. The brown age spots and uneven pigmentation may turn slightly darker after treatment or may scab and fall off.
How long do the affects last?
Treatments are generally advised and administered in a series of 7-9 treatments that provide exceptional long term results, minimal adverse affects and high fulfilment. Each treatment varies depending on the area being treated.
How does IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) differ from Laser?
Laser light starts with pulsed light but eliminates all but one wavelength (or colour) of light. Laser can deliver only one colour (or wavelength) of light at a time. Intense Pulsed Light can deliver hundreds or thousands of colours of light at one time. Intense Pulsed Light machines use 'cut off' filters to selectively deliver the desired wavelengths. These wavelengths can be customised to reach the specific hair, blood vessels, or skin component being treated and can be modified with each pulse.
Intense Pulsed Light begins with all wavelengths of light from 500 to 1200 nanometers (nm)- including green, yellow, orange and red inferred light. Various lower range cut off filters (ranging from 515 - 755) block light shorter than the wavelength of the cut off filter.
For Example: A 530 nm cut off filter blocks light from 500-530nm, and only allows wavelengths from 530-1200nm to reach the target.
Lasers have produced pigmentary changes of the remaining hair, or simply burnt the hair without adequately damaging the 'follicle' that continues to produce new hairs, as opposed to Intense Pulsed Light damaging the follicle entirely.
Can Intense Pulsed Light treatments be customised for each individual client?
Yes. The experienced clinical aesthetician of the Intense Pulsed Light device can customise settings to select the wavelengths, number of pulses, duration of pulses, delay between pulses and power delivered to best match the relative depth, size and abruption characteristics of the intended target and avoid the setting that would cause damage to the areas that need to be preserved.
This flexibility and variability allows the knowledgeable physician to maximise results and minimise side affects. The wide range of possible settings and spectrum of light delivered by Intense Pulsed Light enable the operator a much broader range of possible settings than available in any single or even in many combinations of Lasers.
The Human Hair Response.
Hairs usually fall out 1-2 weeks after treatment. A second course of treatment can usually be preformed 3-4 weeks after treatment. We have reported approximately 60% of hair reduction after the first two treatments.
Hair of all colours (except for grey/white) responds to treatment. Hair density is the best predictor of response. Greater pre-treatment hair density usually has a higher average hair reduction after Intense Pulsed Light treatments.
Hair treated can be completely removed, but in some cases it appears that the standard size 'Terminal' hairs are replaced by baby-type 'Vellus' hairs. These Vellus hairs are barely visible and are usually present as a 'hairless' appearance. After Intense Pulsed Light treatment, remaining terminal hairs are frequently noted to be lighter in colour, finer in diameter and have a much slower growing rate.
The Human Hair Growth Cycle.
Each individual hair is formed inside a hair bulb deep inside a hair follicle. The follicle is a tiny but powerful factor. From a babies birth for many decades, as much as a century in some people, the follicle continues to produce hairs. Each hair grows for many years; during this time it will be shampooed, conditioned, cut, blown dry, exposed to sun and wind, coloured, bleached or permed. None of these treatments affects the growth of the hair in the hair bulb, even though some may seriously damage the hair shaft. The follicle rests for a little while, and then starts to produce yet another new hair.
Virtually Paineless with NO Anaesthesia needed!
Intense Pulsed Light treatments should be virtually not requiring the use of any form of oral or topical pain medication or anaesthetic. All our clients have reported to us that the Intense Pulsed Light is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis and all 4 of the current types of Lasers: Roby, Alexandrite, Diode and Neodymium machines.
Immediately after treatment.
Immediately after treatment you should not feel pain or burning. Any discomfort can be relieved by cool water compresses or a hydrating masque applied to the symptomatic area. Persistent symptoms are very rare.
Patients usually return immediately to their normal activities. However, we advise them to avoid irritation to the treated area with acne medications, abrasive cleansers or sun exposure- especially during the 48 hours after treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light 's overall summary.
In terms of safety, comfort, experience, effectiveness and speed the Intense Pulsed Light in the hands of an experienced Clinical Aesthetician has the clear lead in hair removal. Lasers however, appear to be trying to catch up with the GLB-IPL technology, but they require years of clinical experience to evaluate their recent modifications.
As the past has shown, theory and reality frequently do not agree. Practical results are what count. Marketing of cosmetic products such as hair removal Lasers or Intense Pulsed Light sources can not replace clinical results that satisfy patients/clients needs.
Please remember that equipment and marketers do not produce hair removal. The skill of the operator determines the ultimate success or failure for each individual. As is usually the case in medicine, medical equipment is probably secondary to the skill of the operator in determining overall satisfaction.
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