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Technological advancements have taken down a variety of industries as our society has grown accustomed to having everything less than a touch away. From cabs to phone books to print media, there are various services that are almost obsolete due to innovations that have transformed consumer needs. There are some industries falling at the hand of technological progression, but there are some bigger and better than ever as they were able to adapt in this electronic age. The beauty industry is one of these that seem to be thriving as technology becomes a bigger part of our lives.

Technology has made way for revolutionary wellness equipment and gadgets that help people live better and massage chairs, handheld skin de-clogger and LED light therapy devices are redefining skincare routine to deliver an instant beauty boost. Many manufacturers the world over are embracing these technologies such as Australian Aesthetic Devices to manufacture devices with the exceptional know-how of engineering and design to provide low-cost and pain-free treatments.

A few years back beauty and cosmetic treatments were defined by liposuction, face or eye lifts, rhinoplasty and Botox, those were the days when laser seemed absolutely sci-fi. However, with the advancement in technology and new techniques going under the knife is passé. Non-invasive beauty treatments are here and not only they help in painless treatments but offer therapeutic benefits as well. There is an increased use of lasers for tattoo removal and IPL machines for hair removal, face, and body contouring.

Here are some technologies rapidly changing tattoo and hair removal.

Tattoo Removal

Earlier getting a tattoo removed was a big pain as the methods used were dermabrasion, acid treatments, cryosurgery and skin grafting. All of these methods removed the top layer of the skin which was not only painful but had side effects and didn’t provide optimum results. With the advent of technology came in laser tattoo removal products which considerably improved the tattoo removal process and even introduced new methods.

  • Q-Switched Lasers

Q-switched lasers transmit pulses of light in nanosecond onto the tattoo which penetrates the layers of skin where they reach the ink pigment and break it up. Over the next several weeks the body’s immune system expels the ink from the body. After a few treatment sessions depending on the size of the tattoo and type of laser used, the tattoos fade or are completely removed. Today, laser tattoo removal specialists use 3 different types of Q-switched lasers.

Q-Switched Ruby Laser – the light wavelength of 694 nm makes this useful in removing blue and black pigments.

Q-Switched Nd-YAG Laser – this laser can operate at a wavelength of 1064 nm which is effective in removal of grey, black and dark blue pigments or with frequency doubling crystal to shorten the wavelength to 532 nm which can remove red, yellow and orange inks.

Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser – this laser operates at a wavelength of 755 nm which is excellent for removal of every color pigment.

  • Picosecond Lasers

These lasers are high-powered which deliver short, rapid bursts of energy in a trillionth of a second allowing tattoo removal with fewer treatment sessions. Photothermal and photochemical effects caused by the ultrashort pulses break up and destroy the colored pigment. Picosecond lasers are a new form of laser tattoo removal providing significantly faster process from start to finish. This advancement in technology has made picosecond lasers the best tattoo removal lasers. There are two different picosecond lasers in use.

PicoSure – it has the ability to heat up ink pigment and successfully removes orange and red pigments.

PicoWay – it uses a photoacoustic effect that reaches under the top layer of the skin and can treat a broad range of tattoo colors and across a broad range of skin types and colors.

Hair Removal

Women have been using different treatment methods to get smooth and hair free skin such as waxing, epilators, shaving and tweezing. These all treatment methods are temporary, messy, time consuming and painful. Dissatisfaction with traditional hair removal methods has propelled the intervention of IPL laser hair removal machines. The technology used in these machines has made way for non-invasive procedures that provide curative benefits without pain.

  • IPL Machines

These generate a broad spectrum of intense light that targets the melanin in the hair to effectively remove them. The light, when targeted onto the treatment area with a handheld device, gets absorbed by the melanin and converts into heat energy thus destroying the hair follicles. The IPL hair removal machine works on Fitzpatrick scale which classifies skin into type I-VI with their response to UV light. Type I is a light colored skin which burns easily while Type VI is very dark brown to black which tans easily. So, the hair removal with IPL technology is best for people who fall in the range of skin type I-IV. However, with the advancement in technology new machines are available making it possible for people with dark skin tone to effectively get rid of unwanted hair without any complications.

  • SHR IPL Machines

 

These machines offer the benefits of both IPL and laser technology. In comparison to slightly dated back laser and IPL machines, SHR provides faster, safer and pain-free hair reduction treatment. Hair removal with SHR is effective on all hair and skin types. SHR uses lower energy levels and more pulses where 50% of the energy targets hair melanin, while the other 50% targets the stem cells responsible for hair production. The SHR IPL machines provide an extensive range of benefits and are being manufactured by Universal Medical Aesthetics which enables salons to expand their treatment range.   

All these minimally invasive beauty treatments not only give quicker results but are also cost-effective than their surgical counterparts with a much lower risk factor. The advancement in technology has revolutionized the beauty industry thereby making it much easier to implement these aesthetic procedures.

Imagine this – you are heading to an all-important meeting and you are dressed in your best formal skirt attire when suddenly you realize that you have completely forgotten to shave your legs. Imagine this – you are on a holiday with your friends and at the beach, you come to the horrid realization that your underarms are completely hairy! These are all situations that could very well happen because unwanted hair is never a happy scenario.

Till recently, there were only a handful of methods by which you could remove unwanted hair from your body – these included shaving, waxing and hair removal creams. Then certain electric hair epilators emerged on the scene, but the fact of the matter was that no matter which of these methods you were using, the hair would eventually grow back. A study once showed that in a matter of just 10 years, a woman would end up spending about 400 hours in shaving and close to 200 hours waxing. Similarly, in the same time period, she would spend large amounts of money to shave or wax too. Laser

However, with the introduction of laser hair removal, things have started to look up for women and even the metrosexual men! This is perhaps one of the easiest ways of removing unwanted hair from any part of the body, and the results are almost permanent – when the procedure is done properly and the sessions are timed well, you should be able to see a drastic reduction in unwanted hair. The basic tenet of laser hair removal is that the laser destroys the root of the follicle, ensuring that no hair is ever able to grow back from there.

While all this might sound quite a hunky dory, the fact is that getting a laser hair removal procedure done is not a decision you take lightly. There are plenty of questions that you need to ask before you sign any dotted lines. Some of the most important questions include:

  • Am I an ideal candidate?

This is perhaps one of the first questions that you need to ask because the laser is not meant for everyone – the most ideal candidate is someone who has fair skin with hair that is dark and slightly coarse. Laser targets the color of the hair, which is why the color of the skin needs to be lighter. So, if you have light hair and light skin, this procedure will not work for you. Similarly, if you have dark hair on dark skin, the chances of the procedure being successful are less. This is why it is absolutely important that you first get yourself checked out and tested; make sure that you are a good enough candidate for the procedure, before making any commitments.

  • What kind of technologies are used for the procedure?

Because there are different technologies in the market for laser hair removal, it is important that you ask this question right at the beginning. Not only can the technology affect the result of the procedure, it could also determine how many more sessions you will need. Make sure that you are getting the procedure done through a clinic which has all the latest technologies and they offer you the best option for your skin and hair type. Newer technologies are better in most cases because they can remove hair without damaging the skin and be causing the least amount of pain or discomfort. Newer equipment also means that the procedure will be over faster and will be more effective. However, it is up to you to ensure that you inquire about the technology and the same be approved by the appropriate authorities, such as the FDA.

  • Who will be performing the procedure?

While most people would spend time choosing the clinic where they will get the procedure done, who will be doing the procedure is just as important. You need to make sure that you choose a clinic which has all the infrastructure that is required for the procedure and also has trained and experienced technicians. The technician or the doctor who is going to be performing the procedure needs to be not only properly educated about the equipment, but also have sufficient experience doing the actual procedure. It is just as important that the staff be equally experienced and seasoned because many times, the lead technician needs to be assisted by the support staff and if they are not good at what they do, the chances of things going south are high. You should ask questions about the level of hygiene that is maintained at the clinic and whether the entire staff also abides by those.

How much will the procedure cost me?

This is perhaps the most important question that you need to ask because you need to understand right from the beginning that it will not be cheap. Where you are getting the procedure done will also make a difference – for instance, laser hair removal cost in India might cost a little lesser than it might in the United States. In addition, the technology that is being used will also affect the cost – the more modern the equipment, the more expensive it might get. However, you also need to look at the bigger picture – a few sessions of laser hair removal could mean goodbye to razors, hair removal creams and waxing forever!

  • Are there any risks involved?

At the end of the day, laser hair removal is a medical procedure, which means that there could be some side effects; but the risks involved are minimal. In most cases, there can be a little swelling, redness or itching, which should disappear on its own within a few hours. In the worst of cases, there could be discoloration, scarring or even infections.

  • How many sessions will be needed?

This is actually a subjective question because the number of sessions needed will vary from person to person. The amount of hair growth, the quality of the hair and the areas that you want to be treated will all have a role to play in the number of sessions. A proper examination done by the doctor should give you a fair idea of how many sessions will be needed.

When you start considering laser hair removal, make sure you do your research and ask all these questions.