Light Heat Energy (LHE) vs. Laser Hair Removal: A Full Comparison

Skin Care
Light Heat Energy (LHE) vs. Laser Hair Removal: A Full Comparison

Shaving, waxing, or tweezing to remove unwanted hair can be a hassle in our everyday busy lives. Not only does the hair grow back, it is also time consuming and costly in the long run.

Don't forget those stubborn ingrown hairs! But is there an easier way out? The answer is yes!

In this blog post, we will discuss and compare Laser Hair Removal and Light Heat Energy (LHE) Laser Hair Removal – two alternative options popular in beauty and skin care spas that are safe, efficient, and cost effective.

Most importantly, both options are effective in reducing the reoccurrence of hair growth, meaning they are temporary but will leave your body hairless for a very, very long time.

Option 1: Laser Hair Removal

Sound familiar? Laser Hair Removal is well known and commonly used in most beauty and skin care spas. It uses a laser or high-energy beam of light to transfer energy through the skin of the body.

These beams of light can vary depending on their strength and type of tissue being targeted on the body. For example, pigment contained in the hair shaft and hair follicle or root can be targeted with a beam of light generated by the laser to destroy the hair.

The energy contained in the beam of light heats up the base of the hair follicle to a great extent, destroying the growth of hair.

What Happens During Laser Hair Removal

Before the process begins, the hair is trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin's surface. The laser is then adjusted to your skin type and condition. A cold gel or special cooling device is recommended to protect the outer layers of the skin so the laser can easily penetrate the skin.

A test patch is performed on the treatment area to determine the best settings appropriate for your skin and to watch for bad reactions. You may feel a sharp tingling but you will get used to it in future treatments.

Once the process is completed, you will be given ice packs or anti-inflammatory creams to ease any discomfort. The next treatment can be done 4-6 weeks later until the hair stops growing.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

  • Precision allows the laser to specifically target dark, coarse hairs while not damaging the surrounding skin
  • Speed of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. Small areas such as the upper lip can be done in less than a minute. Large areas such as the back or legs may take up to an hour.
  • Predictability allows the clients to see noticeable results in three to seven sessions.
  • Safe to use for all skin types and conditions. Laser and light technology have drastically improved for the last 20 years and used by many well trained professionals.

Option 2: Light Heat Energy (LHE)

LHE technology combines light and heat energy to transfer energy through the skin of the body, thus the intensity of the both is low in comparison to other technologies. This dual energy of light and heat takes full advantage of the characteristics of skin to work effectively and achieve maximum results.

Because it uses low fluences, LHE’s natural fusion of light and heat increases overall effectiveness while keeping levels at bay. Lowering fluence also eliminates the need to cool the skin and minimizes the risk of harmful side effects, making it safer, easier and more cost effective.

What Happens During LHE Hair Removal

LHE hair removal does not require shaving but 1-3 millimetres of hair would be ideal. Before the process begins, the hair is trimmed if needed. The light and heat energies are then adjusted to your skin type and condition.

Because LHE uses low fluence, there is no need for any skin cooling techniques or devices, making the process faster and less costly. A test patch is performed on the treatment area to determine the best settings appropriate for your skin and to watch for bad reactions.

You may feel a sharp sting but you will get used to it in future treatments. Once the process is completed, the next treatment can be done 4-5 weeks later until the hair stops growing.

Benefits of LHE?

  • Non-invasive, non-abrasive treatments are gentle to the skin and does not damage the surrounding skin or tissue
  • Time efficiency allows for virtually no down time and no need for skin cooling techniques, making the process fast and easy to use. Large areas such as the entire back can be treated in less than 15 minutes with ease and comfort.
  • Clinically proven results are achieved with low fluence of light and heat combined together as opposed to other technologies that only use light.
  • Proven efficiency for all skin types including sensitive skin comes from the combination of heat and light energy that other technologies lack.

The Verdict

Laser Hair Removal and LHE are both very similar hair removal treatments that are fast, effective and safe to use for all skin types.

The main advantage of LHE over Laser Hair Removal is that it uses both heat and light energy, meaning the light fluence can be significantly lowered to a safe and gentle level for the delicate skin yet, the results are exceptional.

Whether you choose Laser Hair Removal or LHE, it is definitely worth the time and money!

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