Getting rid of unwanted hair is much like the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Bill Murray was a jaded weatherman who was assigned to cover the Groundhog Day celebration at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Until he changed his selfish ways, Murray’s character awoke every morning to relive the previous day over and over again.
That’s how it is with unwanted hair. You shave, pluck, wax, and apply napalm-esque depilatory creams to your skin to get rid of the hair. And for about two weeks your legs or bikini line are smooth. But then back comes the hair, and you start all over again.
Ugh. It’s especially a pain here in Hawaii where we spend much of our time in bathing suits, shorts, and skirts!
But you can get “intense” with your unwanted hair at Matsuda Dermatology and bid it goodbye permanently. The team at Matsuda uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to get rid of your unwanted hair.
How does IPL hair removal work?
The key is melanin; it’s what gives your hair its color. When highly concentrated light beams are directed onto the target area, the wavelengths are set so that your hair shafts absorb the light energy. Once absorbed, that energy converts to heat and travels down the shaft into the hair follicle, damaging or destroying the follicle and precluding it from growing future hair. Not only does the hair fall out, but also the follicle won’t make anymore.
It depends on the growth cycle
The success of hair removal depends on to a large degree on the phase of the growth cycle the hair is in. There are three phases: anagen is the growth cycle, catagen is the transitional phase from growth to resting, and Telogen is the resting phase. A fourth phase is sometimes coined and is called the exogen phase, where the body sheds the hair.
IPL hair removal works best on the anagen/growth phase of the hair, so it needs to catch the targeted hair in this phase to fully damage or destroy the follicle. Hairs that are in the catagen phase are less susceptible to light damage, with those in telogen immune to damage, as the hair is already being prepared to shed.
That’s why IPL hair removal requires more than a single treatment — because not all of your targeted hair will be in the growth or catagen phase.
Interested in getting rid of unwanted hair permanently? Call us at Matsuda, 808-949-7568 and ask about IPL hair removal.