What is Intense Pulsed Light Hair
light hair removal is a new and
advanced, long-term hair removal
method. A client sits or lies in a
comfortable position, and then a
technician glides a wand-like tool,
or handpiece, over his or her skin.
The handpiece emits a beam of
specially filtered light, which is
absorbed by the hair and converted
to heat. This heat disintegrates the
hair and disables the hair follicle.
New hair growth will be delayed, and
a percentage of hair may not grow
back at all.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, it is
very safe. Some people may
experience mild reddening of the
treatment area for a day or so after
treatment, but other complications
are rare. The Intense Pulsed Light
system delivers energy to the skin
very gently. Plus, the handpiece
extracts heat from the skin during
each pulse of light for maximum
How long does it take?
extremely fast, over twice as fast
as waxing. A pair of legs or a man’s
back can be treated in less than ten
to twenty minutes. Smaller areas,
such as the face or back of the
neck, can be done in less than a
Does it hurt?
No. The light
is selectively absorbed by the hair
and hair follicles. The skin itself
is exposed to little heat. Plus, no
irritating chemicals are used, and
the hairs aren’t pulled on in any
How long does the hair stay gone?
long lasting. Nearly all hair can be
removed from a pair of legs for up
to three months, or from the face
for up to one to two months. Some
hair may never return at all. The
exact amount of time that the hair
stays gone depends on the area being
treated, the settings selected by
the technician, and individual hair
and skin factors.
What body areas can be treated?
area of the body can be treated: the
legs, back, upper lip, chin,
underarms, back of the neck, bikini
Do I have to let may hair grow
out to a certain length before I can
Not at all!
With intense pulsed light treatments
there’s no need to let hair grow out
before you remove it. Light
penetrates beneath the skin to reach
the hair follicles. If you wish, you
can get treated at regular intervals
so that you skin remains virtually
hair free all the time.
How does Intense Pulsed Light
Hair Removal compare with waxing?
light hair removal is faster, more
comfortable, produces longer-lasting
results, and can treat hair before
it becomes visible. Additionally,
hair grows back more slowly after
intense pulsed light treatments and
is thinner and lighter in color.
How does it compare with Laser
removal has many of the same
benefits as intense pulsed light
hair removal. Operating a laser,
however, often requires more
expertise than operating an intense
pulsed light system.
||Who is the
Palomar, and why did they develop
1991, Palomar Medical Technologies,
Inc. produces the world’s most
advanced pulsed light and
laser systems for cosmetic
applications such as permanent hair
reduction, leg veins, acne,
pigmented lesion removal, wrinkle
reduction, and vascular treatments.
Used worldwide, Palomar’s systems
offer exceptional versatility,
efficacy, ease of use, and patient
comfort and safety. Bringing
Light-Based Aesthetic Treatments to
the Mass Market
In 1996, Palomar initiated a drive to bring light-based treatments to a
larger market. It was a risky
proposition back then. Lasers at
that time were very large,
expensive, inefficient, and
difficult to operate. As a result,
only the most experienced and
specialized physician offices could
afford or operate these complex
early lasers. This left a vast,
untapped market of physicians and
spa and salon owners, which Palomar
was determined to reach with
light-based cosmetic procedures.
To that end, Palomar aligned themselves with the best clinical research
facilities in the world and their
research soon paid off with a number
of innovative achievements. Among
them, the first FDA clearances for:
Light-based "permanent hair reduction".
Diode laser application.
Long pulse application.
This period of research and
development culminated with the
introduction of the EsteLux® Pulsed
Light System in 2001.
thick coarse hair on my chin that I
want to get rid off….How?
more embarrassing than facial hair,
but unfortunately it is a very
common problem. The quickest and
most effective method to get rid of
hair is to use Intense Pulsed Light.
This involves a handpiece placed on
the skin and a bright flash of
broad-spectrum light is emitted. The
wavelengths chosen are easily
absorbed by melanin, which is the
color in the hair. The light is
transmitted through skin tissue, and
is absorbed by the root of the hair
within the skin. Heat is produced
which radiates out into the follicle
wall destroying the cells so hair
regrowth is impeded. Only a few
treatments, at monthly intervals
usually are needed to obtain
stunning results. Unlike other
methods of hair removal, you don’t
have to have hair showing before
having treatment. It is very quick,
virtually painless and no redness or
skin reaction to worry about.
I have some
unsightly sunspots on my hands. What
can I do about them?
This is where
Intense Pulsed Light systems are
superior to lasers, as they can
offer more than one type of
treatment. Intense Pulsed Light
utilizes a range of wave lengths
[laser has only a single
wavelength], which enables it to
respond to hair color, small red
blood vessels and pigmentation
irregularities in the skin due to
sun damage. The hand piece is placed
on the skin over the sunspots or
other pigmentation and a bright
flash of light is released. This
light is absorbed by the pigmented
area, which will go even darker over
the next few hours. The area will
look a bit “dirty” or dark for about
a week, then it will slough off
leaving clear fresh new skin. Often
only one treatment is necessary to
create a stunning difference. This
treatment is not only very effective
for those aging, unsightly-looking
sunspots on hands, but is excellent
for irregular pigmentation on face,
neck and décolletage.
I have been
shaving my underarms every few days
for years. The hairs are thick,
coarse and constantly growing back.
What other alternatives do I have?
various other temporary
alternatives, like waxing, plucking
and depilatory creams, but they are
not the answer if you want some sort
of permanency. The modern answer for
hair removal is Intense Pulsed
Light. Precise doses of light within
specific wavelengths are emitted
from a hand piece placed on the skin
and moved along after every pulse.
The light travels through skin and
is absorbed by melanin, which is the
color or pigment in hair. When the
light is absorbed, heat is produced
which destroys the hair follicles.
Usually only 4 – 6 treatments are
required. Underarms respond
particularly well so there is no
need in this day and age for anybody
to be wasting their time regularly
shaving or waxing.
confused, what is the difference
between Laser and Intense Pulsed
Laser is a
single color of light, which means
all the rays are the same
wavelength. There are a number of
different lasers used for hair
removal. Their effectiveness varies
with what the wavelength is. Some
lasers are very effective, others
are not so good, which is why one
hears a lot of variation in results.
Intense Pulsed Light is broad
spectrum light, made up of a range
of wavelengths and colors. This
range means one can treat more hair
types effectively, with more
consistent results. Besides removing
hair from face and all body areas,
Intense Pulsed Light has other uses.
It can treat sun damage,
pigmentation on face, hands and
chests, small blood vessels and
diffuse redness found on the face
Smooth as Silk, Inc. we
pride ourselves on having the latest
technology with proven success.
continually get ingrown hairs on my
bikini line from waxing. What can I
do about them?
feel you need to remove hair from
the bikini area or you would not
have put up with painful and
unsightly ingrown hairs, but why
continue with waxing if it is
causing such problems, especially as
it is only a temporary method of
hair removal? Ingrown hairs are a
very common problem but they can be
eradicated if you remove the hair by
other means. Intense Pulsed Light is
the answer. This is a beam of light
emitted from a hand piece moved
across the skin. It is attracted to
the melanin in the hair and as the
hair absorbs the light, heat is
produced which destroys the
surrounding cells that cause growth.
This treatment causes no skin
reactions minimal discomfort,
maximum results within 4 to 6
treatments, and no ingrown hair!
People get so excited by the results
that they tend to want more and more
removed…not a problem, as we can
remove virtually all the pubic area,
whatever amount you want.