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®
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
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.