10 things to know about permanent hair removal

Is your skin irritated by constant epilating, waxing or shaving, or do you feel disturbed by your hair growth in the bikini line, on your back or underarms? Permanent hair removal with laser or IPL can provide a remedy. The BBL procedure used in Dr. Bernard’s practice is an advanced version of IPL technology that sets higher standards for hair follicle removal and provides a gentle long-term solution for permanent hair removal. Learn everything you need to know about the treatment procedure here.

1. what are the costs of hair removal?

The cost point depends on the body zone to be treated. A treatment is always tailored to the customer and his wishes. Thus, the pricing is subject to numerous factors such as the number of sessions needed and the extent of the treatment.

2. what is the difference between IPL/BBL and laser?

Both IPL and laser are among the common methods for permanent hair removal, but they are often mistakenly confused with each other. Both concepts are based on the use of light energy that penetrates the skin and permanently destroys the hair root. The difference lies in the spectrum of the light. While IPL is a broadband pulsed light source, a laser relies on a monochromatic coherent light source.

In both cases, heat conduction occurs through melanin stored in the skin. However, with the IPL procedure, larger areas can be treated at once. Permanent hair removal with IPL or the BBL method based on it therefore scores points for gentler, faster and more painless hair removal.

3. when is treatment not possible?

In some cases, treatment for permanent hair removal is not advisable. After intensive tanning, the use of the BBL system leads to further skin irritation and can cause pigment spots. Permanent hair removal should also be avoided in cases of pathological skin changes such as skin cancer, herpes, sunburn or severe scarring.

4. how many sessions are necessary for a lasting result?

The number of sessions to achieve optimal results depends on various factors such as the area of the body being treated. On average, between three and six treatments are required at intervals of three to six weeks, depending on the treated area, for a lasting destruction of the hair roots.

5. who is permanent hair removal suitable for?

In principle, permanent hair removal works for most hair colors due to the possibility of customization to the characteristics of the skin and hair. However, the treatment promises greater success for light skin types and dark hair. Light or gray hair cannot be removed. For thin hair, a few extra sessions usually need to be scheduled for an appealing result.

6. how does the treatment work?

During the consultation, Dr. Bernard or Dr. Schreyer assesses the body area and estimates the necessary extent for treatment. The treatment of the body area is done step by step. The individual flashes of light from the device result in a slight pricking and warm sensation. The duration of hair removal on the face, bikini area or armpits lasts about 45 minutes. Larger areas such as the chest, back, abdomen or legs require one to two hours. Aftercare consists of care with a skin cream, usually aloe vera-based.

7. what side effects may occur?

Treatment may be accompanied by local swelling or slight redness around the treated skin area. Such skin irritations will resolve on their own within a few hours. Rarely, blotch or vesicle formation and pigmentary shifts occur, but these also subside on their own after a few days.

What preparations should be made before treatment?

In the course of permanent hair removal, it is important to refrain from skin tanning in the sun or solarium four weeks before the actual session. Wax depilation or epilation should also be avoided until at least four weeks before the treatment. Medications should be discontinued two days before the treatment. Drinking plenty of fluids supports the success of the treatment: hydrated skin promotes the transmission of light pulses and thus the removal of unwanted hair roots.

9. how permanent is hair removal with IPL really?

Even after an initially successful treatment, there is a possibility that once inactive hair follicles produce new hair. This is conceivable, for example, as a result of hormonal surges during menopause or pregnancy.

10. how painful is permanent hair removal?

Permanent removal with BBL has numerous advantages. Unlike laser treatment, patients do not feel any pain besides a slight pricking sensation and a low heat sensation.