FAQs

 

Elos IPL/Laser Hair Removal

IPL Laser Hair RemovalWhat is IPL?
What is the difference between IPL and Laser?
What is better, IPL or Laser?
What is ELOS Laser Hair Removal?
Does Elos Laser Hair Removal hurt?
Is Elos Laser Hair Removal safe?
Are there any side effects?
How long are Elos Laser Hair Removal sessions?
Why do I need about 8-12 treatments for Laser Hair reduction to be permanent?
I have gone through more than 6 Laser / IPL Hair Removal treatments and I don’t see any results. Why is that?
How do I know if Elos Laser Hair Removal is suitable for me?
Can blonde, grey, red or white hair be treated with Elos Laser Hair Removal?
Does Elos Laser Hair Removal work on dark skin?

 

Pigmentation Treatments

Can Elos IPL get rid of my age spots?
What about hormonal pigmentation/Melasma?
Can Elos IPL remove my birthmark?
What are the side effects of Elos IPL for Pigmentation?
What can I do at home to prevent/decrease pigmentation?

 

Elos IPL Spider Veins and Rosacea Treatments

Can Elos IPL treat my spider veins?
How does the treatment work?
I have Rosacea, can IPL Treatments cure it?

 

Elos IPL Rejuvenation

How does Elos IPL rejuvenate my skin?
How many treatments would I need?
Does it hurt?
Are there any side effects?

 

IPL Acne Treatments

How can Acne be treated by IPL?
Why is Acne IPL treatment better than a doctor’s prescription?
Can I do IPL if I’m using Roaccutane or Retinol?

 

Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening

What is RF Skin Tightening?
What should I expect during an RF Treatment?
What are the benefits of RF Skin Tightening?
Are there any side effects?

 

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

What is CIT?
Is it painful?
What are the benefits of CIT?
Are there any side effects?

 

Body Sugaring Hair Removal

What is Body Sugaring?
What is the difference between Sugaring and Waxing?

 

Elos IPL Hair Removal

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology that uses specific wavelengths of light to target hair follicles and various chromophores in the skin. In the case of hair removal, the light is attracted by the pigment of the hair, travels through the hair shaft, and gets converted in heat energy destroying the hair producing papilla.

Using different filters IPL treatments can target specific skin conditions.

IPL is great for reversing the signs of aging and skin rejuvenation. The specific filter targets the deep layers of the skin stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. It removes pigmentation such as freckles, brown and red spots and uneven skin tones. It reduces fine lines and tightens the skin.

IPL treatments can also solve acne problems. The treatment destroys the acne bacteria and reduces inflammation. It will also reduce acne scarring. Acne treatments with IPL or Laser are safer than other treatments such as Roaccutane or Antibiotics.

Spider veins, broken capillaries and Rosacea can also be treated with IPL.

What is the difference between IPL and Laser?

The primary difference between IPL and Laser is that laser treatments use laser-generated coherent and monochromatic light while IPL uses a broad spectrum light. Although, technically IPL is not a proper laser, in the beauty industry, it still refer to it as a Laser.

What is better IPL or Laser?

There are both equally effective and safe in the hands of a trained and experience therapist. The Laser uses a high intensity concentrated beam which tends to be more painful and dangerous than IPL.

IPL also has the advantage that because it uses a broad wavelength it also improves the general health of the surrounding skin, increasing circulation and collagen production as well as helping decrease pore size, pigmentation and skin blemishes.

We use e-Light machines with Elos technology that combine IPL with Radio Frequency to obtain more effective results.

If you are still undecided why not read an independent review such as the analysis by Choice Magazine.

What is ELOS Laser Hair Removal?

In 1995, Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, PhD., invented Intense Pulsed Light. IPL was pretty effective reducing unwanted hair when the skin was fair and the hairs were dark. However lighter colour hairs and darker skin were not able to be treated.

To overcome these difficulties Dr Eckhouse together with Dr. Michael Kreindel developed Elos Technology combining optical energy with bi-polar radio frequency (RF).

The optical energy preheats the unwanted hair lowering the resistance and creating a path for radio frequency to follow directly to the hair follicle. This dual approach destroys hair follicles more effectively, the optical energy can be lowered by up to 60% for safer, more comfortable treatments and enhanced clinical efficacy.

Because Radio Frequency is not limited by the pigment of the hair, people with light hair can also benefit from permanent hair reduction. At the same time, people with dark skin can also be treated with less risk of affecting the surrounding skin.

How many Elos laser hair removal sessions do I need to achieve permanent hair reduction?

The majority of people achieve good results after 6-8 treatments. Treatments are performed every 4-6 weeks for greater efficacy.

Does Elos Laser Hair Removal hurt?

For the most part the treatment is almost painless, just some discomfort. A light flick or pin-prick can be felt specially on sensitive areas close to the bones. It is easily tolerated by everyone. Much less painful than waxing or electrolysis.

Is Elos Laser Hair Removal safe?

Elos laser hair removal is one of the safest permanent hair reduction systems available. The optical and thermal energies are specifically targeted and do not affect surrounding skin. The energy only penetrates skin level so it does not affect other organs or tissue.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are minimal. There can be a bit or redness of the skin or swelling which will disappear in a day or two.

How long are Elos Laser Hair Removal sessions?

Elos laser hair removal sessions are very fast from a few minutes to 1 hour depending on the area to be treated.

Why do I need about 8-12 treatments for Laser Hair reduction to be permanent?

The hair growth cycle have 3 stages, and it is only in the Anagen stage (growth phase) that Laser or IPL can effectively destroy the hair follicle. In most parts of our body only between 10% and 30% of our hairs are in the Anagen stage at any one time.

Also because of the duration of the hair cycle it is important to have the treatments spaced between 4-6 weeks.

For more details about the hair growth cycle click here.

I have gone through more than 6 Laser / IPL Hair Removal treatments and I don’t see any results. Why is that?

There are many reasons why IPL or Laser treatments may not be working out for you.

Some medical conditions such as Cushing disease, Hyperplasia, Polycystic Ovary disease, Hirsutism, Dermatomyositis, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, and tumors, cause abnormal hair growth. If you are sure this is not your case the reason may have been the quality of the treatment you received.

IPL hair removal machines are very expensive and it is not only the cost of the equipment and overheads that you have to factor in each treatment but also the cost of the ‘IPL Handpiece or Head’. This is the part of the machine that touches your skin and emits a light pulse and it is also very expensive.

These handpieces are consumables and have a limited life (limited number of light flashes). Think of them as the tonner on a printer, where after a certain number of copies you need to replace the tonner. Some printers let you keep printing even if the tonner is low, in which cases you get very light or bad copies. The same happens with an IPL machine’s handpiece. Some cheap machines let you keep using them even though they have gone over their effective number of flashes. If you receive treatment with a handpiece that has expired, the energy going through your hairs will not be enough to destroy the follicle, and you will not get permanent results.

Places that offer cheap IPL treatments also cut costs by employing junior staff that has little or no training. To avoid the risk of inexperienced employees burning you or causing harm, the machines are set at very low energy levels. Once again you will not be getting permanent results. An experienced therapist will know which settings to use based on your skin and hair colour. She will also ask you many times if you feel any pain and adjust the settings accordingly. We are all different and have different levels of sensitivity. If you feel slight pinpricks you know the treatment is being effective. If you feel nothing, believe me, it is not working.

After 3 treatments you should really see patches of hair that have not grown back. In most cases you will see results after the first treatment, however sometimes it is difficult to clearly remember the hair concentration you had. Usually before and after photos of every treatment, will help you determine the level of success. However, just remember that some hairs do not fall right away but take a few days during which time they may even appear as still growing. So, it is best to wait 2-3 weeks before taking the after photo.

How do I know if Elos Laser Hair Removal is suitable for me?

On your first consultation our qualified therapists will do a test patch and based on the test results, your medical history and skin condition will assess your suitability for the treatments.

Can blonde, grey, red or white hair be treated with Elos Laser Hair Removal?

Elos Laser Hair Removal can treat blonde, grey and red hair. To-date the only permanent hair reduction treatment that can get rid of white hairs is Electrolysis.

Does Elos Laser Hair Removal work on dark skin?

Yes. Because Elos laser hair removal combines photo energy with radio frequency it is possible to treat most skin colours. A test patch will determine your suitability.

 

Elos IPL Pigmentation

Can Elos IPL get rid of my age spots?

Yes, Elos technology is ideal to treat freckles, brown and red spots and other types of pigmentation.

What about hormonal pigmentation/Melasma?

Hormonal Pigmentation or Melasma appears as irregular dark patches on the face. It is more common in women specially those with darker complexions.

Melasma is caused by hormonal fluctuation which lead to an increase in the production of melanin. Melasma usually appears during pregnancy, or are triggered by oral contraceptives and hormonal replacement therapy. Sometimes the pigmentation goes away after the disappearance of the trigger, however in many cases it remains.

Melasma is very difficult to treat. IPL can improve the appearance by lightening the patches and totally removing them in some cases, however it may require multiple treatments.

It may take more treatments for people with darker complexions because lower settings need to be used to prevent damage to surrounding skin.

Elos IPL treatment cannot prevent the pigmentation to reappear.

Can Elos IPL remove my birthmark?

Yes, Elos IPL can treat birthmarks. Depending on the extent and depth of the birthmark it may take several treatments to eliminate it.

What are the side effects of Elos IPL for Pigmentation?


After an IPL Pigmentation Treatment your skin may appear flushed and slightly swollen, this will disappear in a few hours.

The treatment burns the top layer of the pigment without affected the surrounding skin. Pigmented areas will get darker and will slightly scab over the next couple of days, this is a good sign. The scab will fall off during in 1 or 2 weeks. Deeper pigmented layers will rise to the surface and will need to be treated once more.

Superficial freckles can disappear with one treatment. Deeper pigments may need 3-6 treatments.

What can I do at home to prevent/decrease pigmentation?

The most important single thing is to protect your skin from the sun. Freckles, sun spots, age spots, they are all skin damage caused by the sun. When the skin is exposed to UV it protects itself by producing excess melanin (pigment). You may not see the pigmentation right away, specially when you are young, the pigment will be created in the deep layers of your skin. As you get older and continue being exposed to the sun, the pigment raises to the surface.

A good sunscreen is paramount. Choose one with zinc in it. Purely organic sunscreens can sometimes be worse than no sunscreen at all. When organic sunscreens get exposed to the UV rays they release free radicals that attack our skin and can do as much damage as UV.

You can find zinc sunscreens that do not leave a white residue. They use a very fine molecule of zinc and can be spread clear. They tend to be more expensive but it is really worth it.

You can also decrease pigmentation with some skin care products. Just be aware that some of these pigmentation products leave the skin even more sensitive to UV. Make sure you wear sunscreen every day, even if it is cloudy.

 

Elos IPL Spider Veins and Rosacea Treatments

Can Elos IPL treat my spider veins?

Elos IPL is very effective in eliminating spider veins and broken capillaries.

How does the treatment work?

The machine will deliver flashes of light, of the appropriate wavelength, together with radio frequency. The light and RF energy will convert to heat energy when they come into contact with the targeted capillaries and veins. The blood in them will be heated to 60°C and will coagulated. The dried up blood is then broken down and disposed of by the natural processes of the body.

I have Rosacea, can IPL Treatments cure it?

Unfortunately there is no cure for Rosacea. IPL treatments are very effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of the condition.

If Rosacea is left untreated the symptoms worsen over time with increased erithema, broken capillaries, pimples and in some cases even extra flesh in the nose area. IPL controls and reduces these ailments helping the sufferer increase his confidence and carry on a normal life.

Initially a set of 3-6 treatments every two weeks are scheduled to remove most of the visible effects of the condition. Afterwards, a touch up treatment every 6 months is usually sufficient to keep it under control.

Elos IPL Rejuvenation

How does Elos Laser Hair Removal rejuvenate my skin?

Elos IPL uses gentle pulses of light and radio frequency to tighten the skin, remove freckles and pigmentation and reverse sun damage.

It stimulates the production of collagen diminishing fine lines and temporarily reversing the signs of aging. It is a safe, non-invasive, non-ablative, treatment with no downtime.

How many treatments would I need?

The number of treatments depends in the condition of your skin. We normally recommend 6 initial treatments spaced every 2-4 weeks. There after, a maintenance treatment once every 2-6 months.

As the collagen in your skin starts to rebuild you can see small improvements that continue over a period of 6 months and get compound with any additional treatment.

For more impressive results we may advise you to combine them with Collagen Induction Therapy.

Does it hurt?

For the majority of the treatment, Elos IPL Rejuvenation is painless. You may experience a slight discomfort or a sensation like a pinprick or a slight rubber band flick in areas where the skin is very close to the bone.

Are there any side effects?

Usual side effects include:

  • redness of the skin – will subside in 1 or 2 days
  • a mild swelling – will subside in a few hours
  • and darkening and scabbing of any pigmented areas – this is a desirable effect, the skin in these areas will flake in the following week and the pigment will lighten.

 

IPL Acne Treatments

How can Acne be treated by IPL?

IPL can target problematic skin by destroying the acne bacteria: P. Acnes. Because IPL uses a broad wavelength it also treats inflammation, acne scars and evens skin texture.

Why is Acne IPL treatment better than a doctor’s prescription?

Doctors usually prescribe powerful antibiotics. These antibiotics will kill the bacteria, unfortunately they also weaken the immune system affecting the overall natural balance of your body, leaving you open to other infections or viruses.

Can I do IPL if I’m using Roaccutane, Retin-A or Retinol?

Roaccutane, Retin A and Retinol leave your skin more sensitive to the light, because IPL uses an Intense pulse of light you cannot do IPL treatment while using these products. You need to stop using Roaccutane 6 months before treatment. For prescription Retin A or Retinol do not use for two weeks before treatment.

Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening

What is RF Skin Tightening?

RF or Radio Frequency is a form of energy that can be used to heat up the deep layers of the skin with great rejuvenation benefits.

What should I expect during an RF Treatment?

The therapist will thoroughly clean your skin to remove any oils and debris. Then, she will apply a gel to facilitate the contact of the machine’s hand-held device (headpiece) with your skin.

The therapist will cover all the area to be treated with circular movements. RF energy will flow between one pole of the headpiece and the other forming an arc in the deep layers of your skin. This energy will get converted into heat stimulating the skin cells’ functions.

For most or all of the treatment all you will feel is a pleasant sensation of warmth. In some areas, specially those in which the skin is closest to the bone, you may experience a quick pin prick or a sensation akin with a static electricity shock. Some clients even fall asleep during treatment.

At the end of the treatment, the therapist will remove all the gel of your skin and apply moisturiser and sunscreen.

What are the benefits of RF Skin Tightening?

RF heats up the skin inducing collagen and elastin production. The collagen matrix contracts and as a result the skin tightens, reducing laxity, fine lines and wrinkles. RF also increases circulation and lymphatic drainage improving the overall health of the skin.

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects are redness and a slight swelling. These symptoms will subside in a couple of hours.

 

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

What is CIT?

CIT is also called skin needling or mesotherapy. It uses a pen-like device with disposable micro needles at one end. The micro needles penetrate the upper layer of the skin causing micro bruises. CIT stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism which will react by discarding old, damaged collagen fibres and creating new ones.

A serum containing growth factors is also applied to the skin before or after the treatment because it can be absorbed more readily increasing its effectivity.

Is it painful?

There is slight pain around sensitive areas and some discomfort, however the treatment is easily tolerated by everybody.

What are the benefits of CIT?

  • Increases new collagen production restoring elastin fibres and reducing skin laxity.
  • It evens skin texture
  • increases circulation
  • diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
  • diminishes scars

Are there any side effects?

After treatment the skin will be red like a mild sunburn and you may experience a slight burning sensation, this is expected and will disappear in 1-2 days. Mineral makeup can be used right away.

Over the following week your skin will feel dry and you will experience a light flaking while the healing process takes its course.

 

Body Sugaring Hair Removal

What is Body Sugaring?

Body Sugaring is an ancient epilation technique that uses a natural paste made of sugar to remove unwanted hair.

What is the difference between Sugaring and Waxing?

Sugaring

Waxing

Hair is removed in the direction of growth Hair is removed against the direction of growth
Gentle on the skin Can traumatize skin and follicles
Ingrowns are virtually eliminated Lots of ingrowns
Hair is removed whole with root and sheath Many hairs are broken at skin level
100% eco friendly (can even be eaten) Made with chemical resins
Applied at body temperature Applied hot it can burn the skin
Safe on psoriasis and eczema skin Not safe for sensitive skin
Safe on varicose and spider veins Cannot be applied over varicose veins
Goes inside the mouth of the follicle lubricating the hair and removing dead cells and unclogging pores Sticks to the hair and skin like glue
Hair grows back in unison in its anagen stage Hair grows back at different times
Hair can be removed from 1.5mm long Hair must be 6mm long
Dissolves in water and can be easily removed from garments and skin Needs special solvents to remove
100% bacteria free, large sugar concentrations inhibit bacterial growth Prone to cross-contamination