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Can you Achieve Permanent Hair Reduction?

Now that summer is here hair removal is an issue that interests a lot of women. Today’s guest post may give you some ideas…

Can you Achieve Permanent Hair Reduction?

Laser hair removal has been around for twenty or so years now and is an increasingly common ‘cosmetic procedure’. Until recently it has only been available in salons or clinics, but recently a number of home laser devices have come onto the market. Initially available in the US, they are now available here in the UK. However, there is a lot of confusion around what constitutes laser treatment and how effective it is. In addition the term ‘laser’ and ‘IPL’ treatments are often confused so what’s what and which should you choose?

Laser or IPL?

Laser and IPL treatments both used light. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light; IPL uses light to attack hair as it grows and, without getting technical, burn it away. It’s not as painful or horrible as it sounds, but IPL is, in effect, just another way of removing hair. Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams all remove, but don’t destroy, hair. Each different method of removal has its own merits; shaving can be completed relatively quickly, waxing and creams don’t normally require much time either, nor do they involve skin irritation – in most cases. The downsides are that they tend to need frequent treatment and in the case of shaving, irritation can be caused (on so many levels). IPL, unlike these other methods does remove hair and it’s relatively long lasting. However, once removed the hair follicle, or root, begins to develop and gradually hair reappears.

Long term reductions

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