Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 61 May 2015 Contents MEDI CLINIC
Youcould be missing out on a great
investment if price tag solely dictates
your choice of dev ice.
While a seemingly big dollar amount
might be forbidding at f irst mention, when
you do the numbers based on how effectively
and efficiently it can perform popular
treatments - meaning happier customers
and higher client turnover - you could be
pleasantly surprised. And of course there
are often trial periods and rental options
available so you can test the water.
According to leading suppliers, IPL dev ices
with Super Hair Removal (SHR)/In-Motion
technology fall firmly into this category.
The new systems make hair removal
faster than waxing, they say, and the
experience more pleasant than with
conventional lasers and IPLs. Moreover,
they facilitate much faster treatment times.
“Imagine doing a whole back in three
to five minutes and underarms in two,” says
Paul McLachlan of Laser and Cosmetic,
distributors of SpeedGlide SHR-IPL . “And
the cost of consumables is below $5.”
Paul adds that SpeedGlide is serviced by
engineers in Australia and handpieces can
Such turnaround times will enable you
to treat more clients in a day.
Ben Skeggs, managing director at
Spectrum Science and Beauty (distributors
of Lumiere IPL/SHR, Esteem IPL/SHR and
Giovane Duo IPL/SHR) explains that SHR
is offered as a new mode on IPL equipment.
“ The system combines laser technology
and the benefits of the pulsating light
method, achiev ing practically painless
results,” he says.
The theory behind permanent hair
reduction is that hair follicles, being more
pigmented than surrounding skin, will
absorb more light or laser energy than the
surrounding skin. Heat therefore builds up
faster at the hair follicles and so unwanted
hair is“selectively” destroyed.
Ben explains that IPLs traditionally
employ short impulses of approximately
2-300 milliseconds, thus applying a vast
amount of energy on a tiny treatment area
area to reach the root of the hair follicle
solely through melanin.
“Skin and red blood cells have a similar
absorption coefficient as melanin and
therefore also absorb this energy,” he says.
" This can lead discomfort or pain, swelling
and redness lasting several days or even to
“SHR utilises the melanin path only
partially (50 percent). It gently transports
the energy through the skin and the
melanin to the follicles.
“Research has shown that a slower, but
longer heating process is considerably
more effective for permanent hair removal
than high and short levels of energy. The
IPL-SHR handpiece is passed over the
tissue multiple times (In-Motion) using low
energ y but a high rate of repetition (up to
10Hz, i.e. 10 times per second).
“So the hair melanin, as well as the tissue
of the stem cells, is heated with low energy
at a slow pace over a longer period (90
seconds) to a comfortable 45° C [and thus
Ben adds that the top-of-the-
range Spectrum Esteem also has
protocols for acne, vascular conditions,
photorejuvenation and pigmentation,
making it a versatile revenue generator.
Dav id Hammer, director of Karpati,
distributors of Allegro Motion IPL, says
the method has another huge advantage
over conventional technologies in that
it can achieve good results on hair types
once difficult, if not impossible to treat –
blonde, white/grey and red - given that hair
pigment is only secondary in the process.
“The Allegro delivers three shots per
second, with Fluence Emitted Equally
technology enabling the energy of ever y
pulse to have uniform density across the
entire output face. This ensures repeatable
results and remarkable safety.
“Substantial clinical documentation
exists online, but in short the prime
difference between IPL in-motion over laser
hair removal is that safety factor.
“ We recommend that the Allegro is used
as a marketing tool because of the speed (a
salon, spa or clinic could do a back in three
minutes) and the almost-free shot cost of
consumables. It will surely encourage repeat
business and more referrals, allowing smaller
businesses to compete with big chains.”
Permanent hair reduction is arguably one of the most profitable ways to generate
revenue from laser devices. The ante has been upped by the introduction of SHR -
Super Hair Removal technology.
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