The DermaLase IPL machine is Health Canada approved and CSA certified. The DermaLase IPL Laser Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation (PhotoFacial) effectively treats all skin tones.
The science behind the DermaLase IPL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology that combines a power source with a contact cooling system for comfort. The handpiece contains a xenon lamp and an optical guide with a filter which projects intense light. This technology is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis (selective =targeted, photo = light, thermal= heat, lysis = destruction). The radiating energy that results is a high intensity flash of light that covers a spectrum of wavelengths from visible light to near infrared (spectral range 420nm to 1200nm). Polychromatic light is absorbed by the chromophores (melanin, oxyhaemoglobin, porphyrin and water), resulting in a photothermal effect which causes either cell destruction or changes to the cell. Because of a water cooling system built into the lamp, heat is not transmitted to the skin and only the chromophore is targeted, minimizing the risk of burns.
Hair Growth Cycle
It can take six to twelve weeks for a hair to grow from the papilla to the surface of the skin. Every hair in our body goes through the three phases of the hair growth cycle: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. At any given time about 85%-90% of your hair is in the Anagen phase (active stage), 1-2% is in the Catagen phase (transitional stage), and 10-14% is in the Telogen phase (resting stage). The Anagen phase is the best time to target as the hair is well situated in the follicle for the IPL to seek and destroy. Due to the different cycles, 6-8 treatments are recommended on average, spaced out according to the growth cycle. The time it takes to complete a full program varies from person to person and the location of the hair on the body, but is typically 12-24 months.