Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser are popular and effective methods of long-term hair reduction. Mackay has a variety of clinics that offer these and other beauty services for men and women. Shaving and plucking can irritate the skin and cause redness, irritation, rashes, bleeding, ingrown hairs and even infection. These newer methods are less abrasive, bathing hair in light energy to damage the follicle directly, stunting regrowth. While there are many models of machines available for use in the home, it’s best to see a qualified dermatologist for the best results. Mackay clinics will usually specialise in either Laser or IPL. They work on the same principle of short bursts of light from a flash-lamp directly to the desired area. This prevents dark, coarse hair from growing back as thickly, if at all. The light is absorbed by the pigmentation in the hair and then the
hair follicle, which damages the roots enough to significantly impede growth. The main difference between the 2 is the wavelengths used. IPL devices produce hundreds of different wavelengths in a single flash and is both faster and cheaper than laser but is generally best used on dark hair with fairer skin. Laser uses only one wavelength, which targets hair better but costs more to have done. Generally, for both kinds of treatments, it can take between 3 and 6 treatments or more, 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve the desired result. This is because both methods affect hair that is in the ‘growing’ phase, and not all hair will be in this phase at the time of treatment. If you live in Mackay and are fed up with shaving or waxing, have a look below at the range of Laser and IPL clinics near you.