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Permanent Hair Reduction

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser Hair Removal

IPL and Laser Hair Removal Simplified for Practitioners and Clients Alike.

The demand for intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal and laser hair removal treatments are at an all-time high. This is not surprising, considering that traditional hair removal via electrolysis and waxing is painful and expensive.  Light-based hair removal permanently reduces unwanted facial and body hair, in fewer treatments and with more comfort than is possible with traditional procedures.

In the 1990s, Palomar® pioneered permanent hair reduction after receiving the first FDA clearance for this procedure.  Since then, Palomar lasers have been the industry standard that all others have been compared to, and validated by Palomar's strong patent position.  Lasers, although clinically effective, have skin limitations regarding skin color, hair color and hair thickness.  Subsequent new technology developments from Palomar led to new, groundbreaking pulsed light technology that improved clinical outcomes over a broader client base.

Our IPL technology delivers specific wavelengths, with large spot sizes, superior contact cooling and smooth pulse technology for clients of all skin types, hair colors and finer hair.  Palomar's pioneering, patented technologies have established the StarLux platform for hair removal treatments as the most versitile, effective and profitable device available.

We put our industry-leading research and development efforts behind the perfection of the procedure. Palomar's pulsed light handpieces are clinically proven to produce results as good as or better than those of gold-standard lasers in removing unwanted hair from all areas of the body including the face, back, chest, leg, bikini line and underarm areas - with greater comfort and less down time.

Our IPL and laser hair removal equipment make it easy for you to offer IPL and laser hair removal treatments for any skin type - including dark skin - in comfortable, cost-effective treatments with minimal risk and downtime.

The Palomar Solution Before & After Photos Clinical Studies

How IPL and Laser Hair Removal Treatments Work

Highly targeted pulsed-light or laser technology destroys the structures that grow new hair, while our Advanced Contact Cooling technology promotes client comfort.

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Specifically-filtered pulsed light destroys cells that grow new hair, while contact cooling ensures client comfort.

Benefits for Clients:

  • Excellent aesthetic outcomes
  • Long-term, lasting results
  • Fast treatment sessions
  • Advanced Contact Cooling technology to minimize discomfort


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IPL and Laser Hair Removal

Clinical Comparision of Four Hair Removal Lasers and Light Sources

Amin S., Goldberg D. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 8: 65-68, 2006. "Although hair removal with commonly used [laser] systems is, as expected, highly effective, treatment with light-based devices can cause less pain, yet show efficacy similar to laser systems." 

Effects of Fluence and Pulse Duration for Flashlamp Exposure on Hair Follicles

Manstein D., Pourshagh M., Anderson R., Erofeev A., Yaroslavsky, I., Altshuler G., Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2001.

"Efficiency of energy delivery from a flash (arc) lamp to the hair follicle increases when the spotsize is larger than 15 mm in its minimal dimension."

Effects of Diode Laser Versus Flashlamp Exposure on Hair Follicles

Manstein D., Pourshagh M., Erofeev A., Altshuler G., Anderson R. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2004.

Efficacy and Safety of a Suction-Enhanced Filtered IPL System for Hair Management

Dierickx C., Altshuler G. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2006.

Ruby Laser Hair Removal: Evaluation of Long-Term Efficacy and Side Effects

Campos V., Dierickx C., Farinelli W., Lin T., Manuskiatti W., Anderson R. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 26:177-185, 2000.

"The normal-mode ruby laser is an efficient and safe method for long-term hair reduction, especially in fair-skinned individuals with dark hair. Higher fluences produce greater long-term efficacy. Adverse effects are minimal and transient."  

Low Fluence 1064nm Laser Hair Reduction for Pseudofolliculitis Barbae in Skin Types IV, V, and VI

Schulze R., Ross E.V. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2007.

Embrace the freedom and confidence that comes with permanent hair reduction

Liberate yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair in order to feel and look your best. With light-based permanent hair reduction, just a few simple treatments is all it takes to permanently minimize hair growth, revealing clear, silky skin that's ready to bare every day—and all year long.

Unlike shaving that lasts days, waxing that needs to be repeated every few weeks indefinitely, or electrolysis that's tedious, permanent hair reduction is a lasting solution that takes away the everyday hassle of dealing with unwanted facial and body hair.

The secret lies in the light-based technology that targets and destroys hair cells responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding skin.

The advantages of light-based permanent hair reduction are clear:

  • Excellent long-term results
  • Fast treatment sessions that can take only minutes
  • Great for reducing hair from larger areas
  • Comfortable treatments with no Downtime

Frequently Asked Questions:

What areas can be treated?

Light-based permanent hair reduction can remove hair from faces (except around eyes), backs, chests, arms, underarms, bikini lines and legs.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Permanent hair reduction is available for all skin types, including very light and very dark skin, and most hair colors. Your provider will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.

How does it work?

Light is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding tissue, so there's minimal risk.

How long does it take?

Permanent hair reduction treatments take just minutes for small areas and about a half hour for larger areas.

Does it hurt?

Most people feel minimal discomfort during the laser procedure. Your provider may discuss pain management options with you.

How many treatments will I need?

Several treatment sessions are recommended for the best aesthetic outcome. Permanent hair reduction technology can only affect hair in active phases of growth so several treatments are needed to affect all your unwanted hair. You do not need to let hair grow out between treatment sessions.

What will the treatment feel like?

Most people feel only a slight, momentary "snap" at the treatment site during the procedure.

How quickly will I recover?

You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling, immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts two to 24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.

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