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Plasmalite® IPL Hair Removal

Removing unwanted and superfluous hair is always a problem. Conventional methods of hair removal such as shaving and creams are time consuming and short lived. Waxing and electrolysis can be painful and may cause further discomfort such as ingrown hairs.

There is an alternative …… Plasmalite®

Plasmalite® IPL machine

What is Plasmalite?

Plasmalite® is the third generation of Light Based Hair Removal Systems. Incorporating all of the benefits of both Laser and Intense Pulse Light in a single system and using unique fluorescence technology. Plasmalite® offers non-invasive, safe and effective hair removal for all skin types and colours.

How does Plasmalite® work?

Plasmalite® uses the power of light to target the melanin found naturally in the hair shaft and hair follicle. Clinical trials have shown that red light is preferentially absorbed by the melanin. Each pulse of red light causes the temperature within the hair shaft and hair follicle to rise. Once the temperature reaches about 70C, the proteins in the cells denature and each active hair follicle dies, its ability to regrow destroyed.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments required varies, depending on the density and location of the hair growth. Approximately 30% of the body hair is in the growing phase at any one time. The remainder is dormant and unable to absorb light. Plasmalite® will remove about 75% of the growing hair at each treatment. Most people need between 3 and 5 treatments. However, extremely coarse, dense hair e.g. a man’s beard may take longer.

How does it feel?

Most people experience minimal discomfort, feeling no more than a slight tingling sensation. A topical gel is applied prior to treatment to minimise the sensation.

What about skin colour?

Black hair in white skin is the easiest to treat. However, trials show that people of Hispanic, Middle Eastern or Pakistan/Indian origin usually have a sufficient difference in pigmentation between the hairshaft/follicle and surrounding skin tissue for treatment to be successful.

Is hair colour important?

In general, the darker the hair, the more effective the treatment. However, blonde hair often responds well to treatment even when an early prognosis was less optimistic.

What does the treatment involve?

When you come for Plasmalite® treatment a trained operator will discuss how Plasmalite® works and assess if it is suitable for you. A test patch will be carried out to observe its effect on you. A thin layer of the cooling gel will be spread over the area to be treated. The Wave-Guide is then drawn over the area and you may notice a series of short light flashes as it passes over. You may not see an immediate difference, but within 2-3 weeks of your second treatment, there will be significant hair loss.

Are there any side effects?

Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others and may redden or swell slightly, however this should settle down after a few hours. In extreme cases slight blistering may occur, this normally heals within a few days. A temporary increase or decrease in skin colour may also occur, but again this is rare and always disappears after a few months.

Which areas can be treated?

Plasmalite® can be used to treat any area of the body and any skin type. It is, however important for your consultant to perform a test patch before proceeding to a full treatment.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Some people are more sensitive to light than others, so please help your consultant by being completely honest when filling out the assessment form.


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