Unwanted hair growth can be found and be removed everywhere on the body and face. The Ellipse IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) offers by far the best and most long-term results in the field of hair removal.
Today we have over 20 years of experience with this technique and are using the latest Ellipse IPL, the Ellipse Nordlys.
Unwanted hair growth
From childhood onwards the body is almost entirely covered with vellus hair. These hairs are hardly visible - they are short, thin and do not contain any pigmentation. During puberty vellus hair develops into so-called terminal hair because of androgen hormones. Terminal hairs are thick, long and coloured. At some locations on the body this can be experienced as unwanted hair growth.
Depending on genetics unwanted hair growth can develop everywhere on the body, such as the face, armpits, back, arms, legs, and bikini area. The type of hair growth can differ greatly from person to person in terms of colour, thickness, and density.
Because hair growth can be considerably different per person every treatment requires a tailored approach.
Hair growth can be distinguished into three phases: the anagen phase (the growth phase), the catagen phase (transitional phase), and the telogen phase (resting phase). The body continuously has hairs in all three phases. The hairs in the growth phase are visible. When they pass on to the catagen phase they are preparing to shed. When they fall out the remaining hair follicles have passed to the resting phase. As such the hairs are not visible when in resting phase. After some months the cycle starts again. Since the three phases of the hair life-cycle are continuously present on the body there will generally always be visible hairs.
Unwanted hair growth can be removed with our Ellipse IPL. Multiple treatments are necessary in order to effectively eliminate the hair follicles in the different phases of the cycle. It is the most optimal and long-term type of hair removal.
Multiple treatments are necessary for optimal results.
The first step is always an intake with our laser specialist. During this consultation our exact method, your wishes and the realistic possibilities are discussed.
During the consultation the specialist inspects your skin and the unwanted hair growth. Because every type of skin and hair growth is different we need to customize each treatment for optimal results. The exact price and the number of treatments required therefore also differ for each person.
For an intake we charge € 35,-. In most cases we can plan an intake with a treatment directly after, if so desired and requested in advance.
In case you have decided to undergo a treatment with the IPL the following practical matters apply:
- No waxing or epilation before the treatment. The hairs may not be pulled out of the skin.
- For body hair please avoid waxing and epilation during the 4 weeks before the first treatment.
- For facial hair please avoid waxing and epilation during the 2 weeks before the first treatment.
- To achieve optimal results, the hairs may not be pulled out of the skin during the entire treatment trajectory
- The skin needs to be as light as possible. Avoid sun tanning, tanning beds, and tanning cream during the 3 to 4 weeks before the treatment.
- Please shave the areas that are to be treated a few days before, such that there are short stubbles.
The Ellipse IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) sends out bursts of intense light, which are directed onto the skin. The energy of the light is absorbed by the pigmentation of the hairs and directed to the hair follicle, causing the follicle to be terminated for good.
The IPL achieves by far the best and most long-term results in the field of hair removal.
Unwanted hair growth can be treated everywhere on the body, such as the face, armpits, back, arms, legs, and bikini area. We can treat almost any skin tone, although a light skin tone with dark hairs is ideal. Blond and red hairs hardly have any pigmentation and are therefore almost impossible to eliminate.
The length of a treatment depends on the area that needs to be treated. For example, a treatment of the bikini area takes about 20 minutes. The heat generated in the skin is comparable to the sensation of a sunburn. Most people can endure this treatment easily without the use of anesthetic cream.
Number of treatments
The Ellipse IPL only affects the hairs that are in the growth phase of the hair life-cycle. These hairs are removed permanently. However, the skin also has many hairs in the transitional and resting phase. These hairs can only be affected by a treatment after a few weeks, when they transition to the growth phase. As such the hair life-cycle prohibits us from eliminating all hair follicles in one treatment. Therefore on average between 8 to 10 treatments are necessary for optimal hair removal. Our experience has shown that for facial hair more treatments are needed, on average between 10 to 12.
We currently have over 20 years of experience with the most effective method for the removal of unwanted hair growth.
A new treatment can take place once new hairs are growing again - only then are they in the growth phase and susceptible to the energy of the IPL treatment. For hairs on the body this process takes about 8 weeks, for facial hair this takes 6 weeks.
Over 20 years of experience
It is important that unwanted hair growth is treated by a skilled specialist in order to safely achieve optimal results. We have over 20 years of experience with this treatment and thus have treated a wide variety of skin and hair growth. As such our laser specialists are more than qualified to customize and perform the most effective treatment.
After a treatment against unwanted hair growth with the IPL the following practical matters apply:
- The skin may be red and feel irritated, as though it is sunburned. You may use an aftersun cream (without perfume if possible).
- No sun or tanning beds for the first 2 weeks. The skin may be extra sensitive for UV radiation.
- Please use a proper sunscreen at all times (factor 30 or higher).
- In order to not disturb the hair life-cycle please do not epilate or wax the hairs. Shaving is no problem.
- The hair follicles have been terminated and the hairs remain in the skin until they fall out with the renewal of the skin. As such the stubbles can be visible for some time, as if nothing has happened. After 1 to 4 weeks the treated hairs will fall out.
By treating the skin with the Ellipse IPL multiple times we see a significant reduction in hair growth, causing practically no hairs to return. For optimal results multiple treatments are always necessary. Generally the hair growth will visibly soften and reduce after 3 to 4 treatments. On average we see a reduction of hairs by 70%, which means that an occasional maintenance treatment may be desired.
Improved skin quality
The positive side effect of the treatment of unwanted hair growth with the IPL is that the skin quality improves. The production of collagen is stimulated, the pores refine, the skin strengthens and becomes more elastic, and the local blood stream is stimulated. As a result the skin appears fresher and smoother.
Starting at € 75,-
The exact price and treatment are customized during the intake with the laser specialist. For a consultation we charge € 35,-. In most cases we can plan an intake with a treatment directly after, if so desired and requested in advance.