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What Are the Best Options for Laser Hair Removal?

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Published November 23rd 2014
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What are the Best Options for Laser Hair Removal? Is laser hair removal safe? Have you had any good (or bad) experiences with laser hair removal? The range of options is staggering, and makes the decision a tough one to settle on.

The main difference must be between Intense Pulsated Light (IPL), and laser light.

IPL describes the use of intense pulses of light distributed over a range of wavelengths from 500 nm to 1200 nm, for removal of hair and other purposes. Laser hair removal uses laser-generated coherent and monochromatic light.

Regulations governing IPL and laser hair removal vary by jurisdiction.

The two techniques are often confused. There are many names used for intense pulsed light treatments. IPL and equivalent treatments are referred to as I2PL, UPL, VPL, SPL, SPFT, SPTF, SIPL, PTF, CPL, AFT, E-Light, ELOS, M-Light, and other names. The name "Intense Pulse Light" is not known to be a registered trademark.
laser hair removal, IPL, renu medispa

A distinction is sometimes made between beauty-grade and medical-grade machines. This distinction is mainly to get around regulations.

Renu Medispa's experienced dermal therapists and nurses work in conjunction with their plastic surgeons in the treatment of a range of skin conditions. They use advanced medical grade equipment, and work in association with the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

I was invited by Renu to review their laser hair removal process on my legs. I have completed three sessions, and will likely require two or three more. My experience was nothing short of amazing, and has already been very effective at reducing hair growth. I do need to add that I am a prime candidate for hair removal, with fair skin and very dark hair. Since the laser targets the colour pigment in the hair, it is important that you get a consultation before proceeding with treatment, as it may not be effective for some candidates.
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Have you had IPL or laser hair removal? Was it painful? Effective? Are there any locations that you would recommend or advice that you would give readers on how to proceed?

I am definitely looking forward to a lower-maintenance summer, thanks to my permanent-hair-reduction treatments from Renu. Contact them for a free consultation today on 8554 0444.
Compiled from the following sources:, Wikipedia, Renu Medispa
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I had laser hair removal under my arms when I was 18. It took several more treatments than was initially suggested, but it was well worth it in the end, because I have never had to shave since. It has a slight burning sensation when undergoing the treatment, but it doesn't last long.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2054 days ago

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