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The photoepilation has won many women and also some men. With lasting result, it has gained more and more space in modern hair removal institutes.

Despite this popularity, the method still raises some doubts. Not many people know, for example, what are the differences between photoepilation and laser hair removal. Others have some concern about the procedure because they think the sessions are to be painful. There are still doubts regarding the time that the results are slow to appear, among others.

What is photoepilation?

Janet Cook, master franchise network No + Hair in Rio de Janeiro, explains that the photoepilation is a procedure of hair removal through intense pulsed light (IPL). "The method is painless, noninvasive and highly effective when it comes to long-term elimination of unwanted hair," he says.

Some people believe that the photoepilation sessions are painful, but this is just a myth, explains physiotherapist dermatofuncional Danielle Caetano, non + Hair. "The IPL equipment have light intensity and varied configurations, and having the frozen tip of the device, the nuisance of pulsed light is reduced," he says.

In most cases, photodepilation results are perceived from the first session. But, noted Danielle, it depends on each person. "The IPL technique can cause the decrease of the growth is noticeable from the first session. That depends on how much by each person, "he explains.

Key questions about photodepilation

Below you can see the explanation for the key issues around the subject:

1. You can not remove the photodepilation between sessions?

Danielle explains that with wax (hot or cold), no. "But it is indicated that the removed with razor, depilatory cream, or whatever method trim, like a machine," he says.

"But on the day of the waxing hair can not be too large, otherwise it will not be removed by the device," says the dermatofuncional physiotherapist.

2. The photoepilation is a permanent treatment?

No. "Despite being a longer lasting treatment and make it grow weaker and weaker, the method does not promise the end of the. No treatment just once with all the "says Danielle.

3. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) works only on people with light skin and dark hair?

Danielle explains that the method works by removing the bulb stimulated by melanin. "Because of this, the low melanin are harder to put out, but it is not impossible. For those who have dark skin, there are up to 6 phototypes that this form of hair removal reaches "he says.

Photodepilation X laser hair removal

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But, after all, what are the differences between photoepilation and laser hair removal?

Janet explains that both based on light for the destruction of, in addition to being durable methods, which is an advantage over procedure with wax.

"The ILP technology (Intense Pulsed Light) also treats the skin, stimulating collagen layer and improving folliculitis frame," adds Janet.

The main differences between the procedures, according to professional, are: the contact area of ​​light skin and the length of the waves. "The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) covers a larger area, making the application more quickly. Moreover, unlike the laser, which has only one wavelength, it emits a mixed light with different wavelengths, which can range from 590 to 1200 nanometers, allowing you to customize the treatment according to the characteristics of each customer, " says.

Also according to Janet, one of the main advantages of photodepilation pulsed light is the fact that it is a painless treatment, because it uses an integrated cooling system "intense subzero" which minimizes the feeling of warmth in the area being treated.

The cost of a session photoepilation is also lower compared to laser hair removal.

However, compared to the photoepilation, laser hair removal usually has better results with fewer sessions.

Both methods are suitable for cases of folliculitis and for people who suffer from unwanted hair on any area of ​​the body.

How many sessions are needed?

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How many sessions are needed photodepilation (on average) to ensure good results? This is a common question among most people who are thinking of joining the method.

Janet points out, however, that it is not possible to set in advance the number of sessions required. "This is because several factors influence the response, such as skin characteristics and hormonal factors," he says.

Professional highlights that photoepilation can be treated in almost all body areas except the mucous membranes, scrotum, or those where the trigger can directly reach the eyes, eyebrows and nose. "In the case of the mammary areola, the procedure can be done around the area," he adds.

The cost of the session is around R $ 60 to R $ 70, but varies greatly according to the location and the city where it will be treatment. There may be price change also according to the body area to be treated.

"A No + Hair network works with the single price per area / session. The value is R $ 69.00, "adds Janet.

Check how is the photodepilation

In the videos below you can check how is the photodepilation:

Testimonials from those who have done

Cristina Ramalho, 32, manicure, has already made some sessions photoepilation armpits. "I really liked the results. My encravavam by much in this region, with photoepilation, this improved as well. Of course we still grow hair, but in smaller quantities and they do not jamming longer, "he says.

Sabrina Lima, 28, a teacher, also reports that approved the results of photoepilation. "I made about 8 sessions in the groin and I've had better. As for the pain, I felt almost nothing, is very quiet. Worth it, because the amount of the declined as well, "he says.

photodepilation home: safe?

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Currently on the market are available photodepilation equipment for home use. "However, they have less power than the equipment used in photoepilation centers," said Janet.

Moreover, adds the professional, the stakes are higher performing the procedure at home, because there is no qualified professional operating the equipment.

The main risk, according to Janet, consist of light burns and stains on the skin, feeling of dryness, hyperpigmentation and crusting, or eye damage if the goggles are not used appropriately.

Now you probably explained its main doubts about the photoepilation. If you decide to bet on the method, look for an institute of hair removal in your city and make an assessment.