Here are a few statements from the Anthelia IPL sites:
“The temperature reached at the base of the hair is such that a coagulation of the papilla and sheath will occur, resulting in the final death of the hairs in the anagen phase (eliminated at 100%).”
“It should be noted that the use of lamps flash of bad quality can have an opposite effect that [sic] required. Indeed certain machines can cause paradoxical hair stimulation, i.e. to transform the sleeping follicles into hairs!”
“Dermscan Laboratory, approved by the French Ministry for Health, thus realized a clinical study concerning the treatment of long-lasting depilation on a targeted population, and this for 6 months the study was realized in accordance with the Statement of Helsinki (1964) and its successive modifications.”
“The FDA defines Permanent Hair Reduction as the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime.”
“The number of hairs re-growing must be stable over a time greater than the duration of the complete growth cycle of hair follicles, which varies from 4-12 months according to body location. Permanent hair reduction does not necessarily imply the elimination of all hairs in the treatment area.”
The REALLY nice thing about hair removal, unlike, say, wrinkle improvement, is that it’s NOT a matter of opinion: you can COUNT the hairs remaining. You either get permanent results, or you do not … you can objectively see results.
People want FAST results and continually get suckered into the quick fix that can oftentimes end up being a waste of time and money: lots of time and lots of (wasted) money.
BEFORE you get your new “wing-wang” IPL treatment, take BEFORE treatment photos and get the clinic to write something down about the results they are promising you. Find out what happens if (when) it does not meet your expectations … that is if they are still in business 5-years out.
Good luck and (maybe) see you in a few years? Maybe start reading the words of “David Hannum” talking about P. T. Barnum?
… and, they just keep coming!