We live in an era of advanced technology where it has encompassed us in every aspect of our lives. Technology intervention is not just restricted to smartphones, smart watches or GPS locators, there is a lot more to it. Technology has pervaded not only in terms of making our lives easier but also transforming our well-being. It has made way for revolutionary wellness gadgets and equipment to help people live better. LED light therapy devices, IPL equipment, laser machines and massage chairs are redefining the cosmetic treatments.
Long time back beauty and cosmetic treatments were defined by Botox, liposuction, face or eye lifts and nose jobs to name a few. Those were the day when laser seemed absolutely sci-fi. With the introduction of new technology and techniques, all these are taking a back seat to make way for non-invasive beauty treatments that can bring therapeutic benefits without pain. There is an increased use of lasers for tattoo removal and minimally invasive IPL equipment for face, hair and body contouring.
Here are some new technologies transforming the tattoo and hair removal
Before the introduction of laser tattoo removal in the late 80’s, the methods used to remove unwanted ink were painful and didn’t provide optimum results. The treatments utilised were dermabrasion, acid treatments, cryosurgery and skin grafting. Ever since the introduction of laser tattoo removal equipment, technology has changed considerably to improve the process and even introduced new tattoo removal methods.
Q-switched laser transmits pulses of light onto the tattoo breaking up the pigment. Over the next several weeks the body’s immune system removes the ink from the skin. Q-switched laser tattoo removal machine can effectively treat dark black, green and blue pigments. Patients should expect to come back for several treatments to achieve expected results. Q-switched lasers are of two types, Q-switched ruby and Q-switched Nd-YAG. These both lasers are equally good in removing tattoos, with a difference only in the wavelength.
High-powered Picosecond lasers are a new form of laser tattoo removal providing a significantly faster process from start to finish. Picosecond lasers differ from Q-switched lasers as they release 1000 times more energy. It delivers short pulses of lasers directly into the skin in just trillionths of a second, allowing the tattoo to be removed with fewer treatment sessions. This advancement in technology has quickly garnered the Picosecond the title of the best tattoo removal laser and is considered the gold standard in the industry. Picosecond lasers are also of two types, PicoSure and PicoWay. Both are equally good at tattoo removal.
Hair removal has been a point of discussion for decades. Women have been utilising different treatment methods to get rid of unwanted hair such as shaving, waxing and tweezing. However, these treatment methods provided temporary results and are messy, painful and time-consuming.
Dissatisfaction with traditional hair removal methods for new solutions has propelled the intervention of IPL technology in the beauty and cosmetic industry. The introduction of IPL technology has made way for non-invasive hair removal procedure that provides curative benefits without pain. Further, innovations in the technology have made unwanted hair removal simple and safe.
IPL hair removal machine generates a broad spectrum of intense light which targets the melanin present in the hair. The light is converted into heat thus destroying the hair follicles. It works on a principle of Fitzpatrick scale which classifies skin type I-VI and their response to UV light. Skin type I is light and burns while skin type VI is very dark brown to black which tans easily. So, IPL hair removal treatment is best for people who fall in the range of skin types I-IV. However, with advancement in IPL technology, new machines are available in the market making it possible for people with dark skin tone to effectively get rid of unwanted hair without any risk for complications.
The new machine on the market is SHR IPL machine, this machine offers the benefits of both IPL and laser technology. It is a revolutionary new method for permanent hair removal that is virtually pain and side-effect free. In comparison to other slightly dated laser and IPL methods, SHR provides faster, safer and pain-free hair reduction treatments. This new method gently heats the hair follicles producing a warm tingling sensation and technology is utilised by moving the handpiece over the treated skin which contributes to the overall comfort. The unique technology used in SHR IPL for hair removal makes it suitable for all hair and skin types. SHR IPL is also a hair removal solution for those who don’t want to shy away from the sun, meaning hair reduction treatments can be had all year round.
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 growing technology has revolutionised the beauty industry thereby making it much easier to implement these aesthetic procedures.