Pros and Cons of the different hair removal methods. Part 2
Electro … Photo … Laser … Elos …
What else would you like?
Well, for now, let’s talk about the most modern, most effective hair removal procedures. All of them, of course, relate to hair removal – that is, they remove hair by destroying the follicles. All these methods have one thing in common: yes, they can really get rid of hair forever. But not immediately!
This is explained by the fact that epilation allows you to remove only those hairs that have grown a few millimetres and are visible on the surface, that is, are in the phase of active growth. But there are always “spare” or “dormant” hair follicles that enter the growth phase after the procedures, therefore, to completely remove unwanted hair, several sessions are required. The effect of one procedure lasts from a couple of weeks to one and a half months, depending on many factors – mainly on the individual characteristics of the patient, and, of course, on the method itself.
We note right away that all these procedures cannot be called cheap – in this case, beauty requires significant financial sacrifices.
The oldest and therefore the most famous method of hair removal of the hardware methods is electrolysis. We will not delve into the essence of the technique, we will only say that it is carried out in two ways: at the heart of thermolysis is the action of alternating current, and this is the most painful path. In galvanic electrolysis, direct current is used. Electrolysis is not accompanied by sharp pain, but it has a low rate.
By choosing the right electrolysis method, you can remove hair of any colour and structure on the skin of any shade. But after the first procedure, the hair appears in two to three weeks. The procedure itself takes a very long time (its amount depends on the size of the treated area). Other disadvantages of electrolysis include uneven hair growth, the possibility of skin damage and the risk of infection.
Photoepilation is the best procedure for dark-skinned women with dark hair. As the procedures are carried out, the hair becomes less and less long and thin, and then stops growing altogether. But not everything is perfect here either: this method will not work for you if you have light or grey hair on fair skin; improper adjustment of the equipment can lead to burns or peeling of the skin; and even after the procedure, you should not be in the sun for at least two, and preferably three weeks. In addition, photoepilation is a deep hair removal, where a powerful light flux is used – that is, this procedure is quite painful, although not the same as electrolysis.
Laser hair removal is perhaps the fastest and most effective of all the existing methods of getting rid of unnecessary hair forever. The duration of the procedure depends on where exactly you want to destroy the hair. So, for example, the “antennae” area is processed for only 10-12 minutes, the bikini area – 10-15 minutes, and so on. The maximum processing time for the thighs is about an hour.
The principle of operation of laser hair removal devices is as follows: they generate a monochrome beam, the structure of which is formed by waves of the same length. The equipment is adjusted in such a way that the beam penetrates the skin to the required depth – sufficient to destroy the hair follicle.
Until recently, the main disadvantage of laser hair removal was the mandatory contrast of hair and skin, so that the melanin contained in the hair, and not in the skin, absorbed the laser radiation. But today it is possible to solve these problems too: you just need to select the required type of laser action. But it should still be borne in mind that the effectiveness of the laser on people with light hair is much lower, and it will be more difficult to achieve a high-quality result here, so sometimes it is better to use other methods.
If suddenly there are swelling or bruising, traces of burns or blisters are visible, then look for one of two reasons: First – the unprofessionalism of the cosmetologist. The second is a recent and intense tan. Remember: the procedure cannot be carried out directly after tanning! The skin has already received a large dose of ultraviolet radiation, and the next stream of light can damage it.
Unlike “classical” laser hair removal, during Qool-hair removal, the laser is directed only to the hair follicles, the skin is not involved in this process at all. That is, in this case, it does not matter whether you are a black-haired gypsy or a pale-faced blonde – the high quality of cool hair removal is guaranteed. In this procedure, you are provided with absolute painlessness: the laser burns only the hair follicle, without heating the skin. Cool laser hair removal does not have side effects such as the formation of areas of depigmentation or hyperpigmentation, burns or scars.
Another type of laser hair removal is AFT (Advanced Fluorescence Technology or advanced fluorescence technology). It resembles photoepilation, and in terms of efficiency and safety, it can be placed somewhere between laser and photoepilation. The essence of the method is to use a unique filter that converts the unused part of the spectrum into additional radiation. With this method of hair removal, you can remove unwanted vegetation from any part of the body, and hair colour and hair thickness are not of fundamental importance. Many experts believe that this method rightfully combines all the advantages of laser and photoepilation, excluding their disadvantages: painlessness; no side effects; the ability to carry out the procedure in motion, without exerting a long-term effect on one part of the body, which allows the nozzle to capture the entire area and not to miss invisible and small hairs; fewer sessions for complete hair removal than with laser or photoepilation; the ability to epilate all types of hair and skin; and even vascular disease (varicose veins) is not a contraindication for AFT hair removal.
Elos hair removal uses a device that emits broadband pulsed light and radio wave bipolar current. During this radiation, the following processes take place: the energy directed to the hair shaft heats and destroys its follicle; the point technique allows you not to touch the skin around the hair, so that the occurrence of burns and age spots is excluded; the skin cooling system works, which eliminates severe pain even at high temperature conditions of follicle processing. But still – due to the use of current – the procedure is somewhat painful.
Ultrasonic hair removal stands apart from modern methods. Its advantages: painless; suitable for all skin types, hair colour and structure; after the completed course, up to 90% of the hair is removed; can be carried out after sunburn, unlike other methods. Disadvantages: individual intolerance; the need for multiple repetitions, which may not have the best effect on well-being; destruction of neighbouring cells; in some cases, ingrown hairs. Effectiveness after the first application – two to four weeks.