dr. J. VANDEPUTTE

Plastic Surgery

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permanent hair removal

You can have permanent hair removal carried out with intense pulsed light (IPL) for aesthetic reasons or for comfort (e.g. sportsmen/women, irritation through in-growing hairs). This treatment can be carried just as much for men as for women.

method
While a cooling system protects the outer skin layers a laser beam or intense pulsed light (IPL) destroys the hair roots. Hair roots switch between an active state and a resting state. The treatment only works on the hairs in an active state. In one successful treatment 10 to 30% of the hair roots are destroyed, depending on the body region. The remaining hairs also become thinner and softer.
A treatment with more energy will remove more hair but will also carry a higher risk of damaging the skin’s pigment. A test treatment on a small surface is therefore recommended, especially for those who tan easily. The equipment is adjusted to have a softer effect for darker skin types. In that case, more treatments are necessary.
The darker and thicker the hairs, the more sensitive they are to laser and IPL. Darker hairs in the armpits and groin can also be treated very effectively in this way. Hair removal is possible for nearly every body-part. The method does not work on white, grey, light blond or light red hairs.

preparation
It is best not to shave for a few days before coming to a preparatory consultation. This allows the doctor to get a good idea of your build, your desires and the treatment possibilities. For the treatment itself, you should come with smoothly shaven skin. This prevents visible hairs from absorbing the energy which is meant for the hair roots. For groin or bikini-line treatment you may, if you wish, wear underwear which covers only the area from which you do not want hair to be removed.
With hair removal it is also very important not to tan for several weeks before and up to two months after the treatment.

result
Success depends on hair type, the hair cycle, skin type and the pain treshold. Dark, stiff hairs in the pubic area in fair skinned individuals can be treated very well. However, each flash of light may sting considerably for a fraction of a second. Sometimes the patient's sensitivity does not allow deliverance of the best dose of light energy.
On the back only 10-15% of the hair follicles are in the growth phase. Therefore, many treatments will be necessary, even in fair haired individuals with dark hair who support the treatment very well.
If your hair and skin type suit the treatment, you can assume that you will obtain permanent reduction of hair growth. The remaining hairs are fairer, finer and softer. This may make the difference between frequent shaving with a lot of irritation and an easy, weekly shave.
It will be explained to you if there is a reasonable chance or not that eventually all hair will be completely gone from that particular area. It doesn't help to request a guarantee on this. At the current state of science, nobody can make that promise.

duration
After three treatments with an interval of four to eight weeks, I suggest to wait a bit longer, e.g. for three months. Hair growth will almost certainly increase, and we shall get to know what the permanent effect is. Then another course of two, three or four sessions can be planned. All treated areas are photographed in order to appreciate the result objectively. Spreading the treatments over a long treatment period helps to spend the considerable budget as efficiently as possible.