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What is photoepilation?

Photoepilation

Photoepilation is a hair removal procedure by using intense pulsed light (IPL).

How is laser hair removal different from photoepilation?

Laser is a medical device emitting a single wavelength of light and working selectively, i.e. accurately destroying the hair follicle and the surrounding cells where the hair grows from, thus achieving permanent hair removal.

Lasers are a lot more powerful devices than photepilation, IPL (intense pulsed light) devices, allowing to achieve very effective results.

Lasers, emitting a single wavelength of light, specialise in fixing a particular issue, i.e. hair removal, and are safe devices but are only available to DOCTORS in medical clinics.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) devices emit multiple wavelengths of light, thus working non-selectively (exactly to its target – the hair), whereas the melanin contained in hair does not absorb the light as much. Because of a photoepilation device’s low power, the hair follicle is not destroyed. Moreover, a wide range of IPL rays increases the risk of side effects.

The efficiency of hair removal procedures depends on the power of the device. Usually, pulsed light (photoepilation) devices have a power output of 10-15-50 J/cm2 (for comparison, Alexandrite laser has a power output of up to 150 J/cm2). IPL light only works superficially and cannot destroy hair follicles, meaning that even after 7-10 procedures the hair quickly grows back. It should be noted that cosmetologists are only allowed to work with low-power intense pulsed light IPL devices.

Due to their wide range of light intense pulsed light-photoepilation devices are not specialised in hair removal and can be used to treat a wide variety of issues: flushing of the skin, hair removal, etc.; however, because of their low power output, their efficiency is very low.

The key difference is that lasers emit a single wavelength of light, whereas photoepilation devices emit a beam of different wavelengths which disperse and are not as effective in reaching hair follicles as lasers due to their low power. Lasers are very specialised and expensive devices and can only be used to perform one type of procedure, such as hair removal. Meanwhile, photoepilation devices are many times cheaper than lasers and can be used to perform a variety of procedures: hair removal, flushing removal, rejuvenation of capillaries and skin.

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Are all hair removal lasers equal?

Just like cars, lasers have different uses, wavelengths, power outputs as well as efficiency.

Alexandrite laser wave is best absorbed by the melanin contained in hair, making it the most effective hair removal laser for dark hair and light type I-III skin; less effective is the diode laser suitable for darker type I-IV skin; yet less absorbed is the Nd:Yag laser suitable for dark-skinned people with type I-IV skin. It is important to keep in mind that a longer laser beam is less effective in being absorbed by melanin and is safer for tanned skin, making diode and Nd:Yag lasers safer to work with tanned skin. An exception is the new Soprano Ice laser which uses a completely different technology and is designed for lighter hair and tan-lovers. More information on hair removal with Soprano Ice laser – Soprano ICE laser hair removal.

For the first time in Lithuania Era Esthetic laser dermatology clinic began to use a very powerful Alexandrite laser made by the leading US company Syneron Candela; the clinic has also acquired the latest generation, improved GentleLase Pro Alexandrite Laser. It is able to reach 17 666 W power output compared to 1,6-2,9 W achieved by other lasers. Thanks to its high power output, the Alexandrite laser is able to reach 150J/cm² energy output, allowing to remove even light and thin hair.

US company Candela has been the leading laser technology manufacturer for the last 30 years and its Alexandrite laser is best recognized by patients, doctors, and medical clinics all around the world. More on hair removal with this Alexandrite laser can be found – Hair removal with Alexandrite laser GentleLase Pro.


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Asta Valentaitė, model
Vilnius

I do not have skin-related problems because I take care of my skin and protect it. If you do not neglect it, then you will not have problems. Sometimes, after long working days or sleepless nights, I feel that I want to pamper myself, so I go to the clinic to have Intraceuticals and HydraFacial procedures. The latter process cleans and moisturises the skin and during the first procedure various serums are used which saturate and moisturise the skin. These procedures are loved by…

I do not have skin-related problems because I take care of my skin and protect it. If you do not neglect it, then you will not have problems. Sometimes, after long working days or sleepless nights, I feel that I want to pamper myself, so I go to the clinic to have Intraceuticals and HydraFacial procedures. The latter process cleans and moisturises the skin and during the first procedure various serums are used which saturate and moisturise the skin. These procedures are loved by Hollywood stars. The skin becomes smooth and clear and the results are visible immediately!

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Viktorija Macijauskienė, jurist
Vilnius

I am not a frequent visitor of beauty and aesthetics clinics but I think carefully about where to go if the need arises.

Their qualified professionals and very pleasant atmosphere is why I always go to Era Esthetic clinic when any problems arise in relation to my body or skin.

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Simona Burbaitė, model, Miss Universe participant, blogger
Vilnius

Our faces are our voiceless business cards. Moreover, every woman seeks a healthy and flawless look of her skin. I’m no exception. In addition, my work requires me to take special care of my face – quite frequent use of decorative cosmetic products requires proper care of the skin. So, in order to achieve the results I wanted, I chose the HydraFacial treatment at ERA ESTHETIC clinic. I think you will be curious to learn more about the process as well as the effects…

Our faces are our voiceless business cards. Moreover, every woman seeks a healthy and flawless look of her skin. I’m no exception. In addition, my work requires me to take special care of my face – quite frequent use of decorative cosmetic products requires proper care of the skin. So, in order to achieve the results I wanted, I chose the HydraFacial treatment at ERA ESTHETIC clinic. I think you will be curious to learn more about the process as well as the effects that this treatment has. Basically, it is a patented non-invasive skin rejuvenation, deep cleansing and moisturising skin care done by modern aesthetic cosmetology technology – otherwise known as an ‘all-inclusive’ treatment. Today, Hydrafacial is included in the list of the most popular cosmetic treatments performed at prestigious medical clinics and spas all around the world. This procedure has three parts. Firstly, the skin is effectively cleansed; it gets exposed to a vacuum; it’s actively moisturised by different active serums. And all this is done simultaneously, which saves us time. Isn’t that great? The treatment was done by a great cosmetologist and beauty therapist, Alina Mockevičienė, and it lasted for about 45 minutes. You know, the face is quite a sensitive, I would even say intimate, part of our body, so it’s important to choose a specialist you trust; that way you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a professional. I would highly recommend Alina because in her chair I felt super safe and comfortable. I’ll tell you what kind of results I experienced after the first treatment: it restored the elasticity of my skin, as it had been looking rather tired lately. My skin was deep-cleansed. This means the reduced enlarged pores – and, believe me, with my job specifics I’m really not lacking them…The texture and tone of my skin have improved! Before the treatment, I had noticed that my face was somewhat greyish. Another good thing that will become even more important as time goes on is that this treatment slows down the ageing of the skin! And, although I am only 23 years old and the ageing process has not started yet (it usually starts at 25 years), preventive measures are always welcome and the sooner we start taking care of the skin, the more beneficial it will be for us. To tell the truth, if seeking maximum results this kind of treatment should be done once a month or as needed. I can confirm that the treatment did not cause any discomfort; in fact, it stimulated the skin in rather a pleasant way and was relaxing. As Alina would say, it is like being given a small kiss on your face by a kitten – somewhat scratchy, but at the same time very pleasant. I hope that the kitten will kiss you as well, leaving you glowing and even more beautiful!!!

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Lina Bušinskaitė, SPF Public Relations Manager
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I discovered laser dermatology clinic Era Esthetic several years ago and since then I have been a regular customer. The service offered by the clinic – laser hair removal – became my salvation.
The quality of services offered by this clinic is really great and the results are obvious. The fact that I visit this clinic less and less often proves that the services which I need have been provided professionally and responsibly, to a high standard. I am very grateful to doctors Rita Buivydaitė…

I discovered laser dermatology clinic Era Esthetic several years ago and since then I have been a regular customer. The service offered by the clinic – laser hair removal – became my salvation.
The quality of services offered by this clinic is really great and the results are obvious. The fact that I visit this clinic less and less often proves that the services which I need have been provided professionally and responsibly, to a high standard. I am very grateful to doctors Rita Buivydaitė and Ieva Laniauskaitė. They are professional in their fields, give a lot of valuable advice and perform their work sincerely.
So I wish the clinic successful development and I am sure that it will keep on delighting its customers with excellent results.

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Vaida Klizaitė-Jasaitienė, winner of beauty contests
Vilnius

I am very satisfied and would like to share my feelings about it with you. I found the clinic randomly while in search of a hair removal procedure using the most advanced laser technology. I discovered that Era Esthetic clinic is the only clinic in the Baltic states which uses the Alexandrito laser. This laser ensures very quick and effective results. I am very satisfied with the procedures and really recommend them to everybody. Over time and due to daily stress our skin loses…

I am very satisfied and would like to share my feelings about it with you. I found the clinic randomly while in search of a hair removal procedure using the most advanced laser technology. I discovered that Era Esthetic clinic is the only clinic in the Baltic states which uses the Alexandrito laser. This laser ensures very quick and effective results. I am very satisfied with the procedures and really recommend them to everybody. Over time and due to daily stress our skin loses its moisture, brightness and firmness, so I had a consultation with doctor Jurgita Stoškienė, who is qualified to the highest level, and who examined the skin very pleasantly and offered especially effective procedures. The results were obvious after the first procedure. The procedure I often have is HydraFacial, performed by Viktorija and Alina, who are masters of the process. I trust in them and give myself completely into their hands. I understand that regardless of what you are searching for,it is always best to come here, as only here can you find everything in one place – the best specialists, and the latest innovative technologies and hardware. All this is proven over time by the results and excellent service you will experience after going through the doors of the amazing clinic Era Esthetic.

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