Kona IPL Laser Treatments
Light in the fast lane
Hair Removal • Skin Rejuvenation • Collagen Renewal • Vascular Lesions • Pigmented Lesions • Wrinkle Reduction
The call for effective and safe hair removal and skin rejuvenation continues to grow. Kona boasts standard (12 cm2) and extra large (18 cm2) spot sizes plus an ultra-fast pulse rate to deliver the fastest hair removal treatment available today.
We can confidently treat all skin types with Kona and Optimal Pulse Train (OPT) technology. OPT takes advantage of the skin’s thermal relaxation time, allowing internal temperatures to reach effective levels while the surrounding skin remains cool and comfortable.
What is LHE?
LHE Technology (Light & Heat Energy) delivers effective and safe skin care using selective photothermolysis. It is more advanced than other methods you may be familiar with like Laser and IPL (Intense Pulse Light). These use a single wavelength of light which converts to excessive heat in order to treat an area which can easily burn a patient if not done properly.
LHE’s unique combination of light and heat energy maintains lower heat levels than any other light-based treatment, allowing for the highest safety margins without skin cooling. No gels are needed.
LHE uses both a broad spectrum of light as well as heat energy and is one of the only methods that can treat light hair on light skin and dark hair on dark skin.
How does it work?
The smooth surface of the LHE handpiece is gently placed directly on your skin and pulses of light are applied. For skin rejuvenation most people feel a warmness to the areas being treated. For hair removal people may feel a slight sting and notice a slight redness similar to having a mild sunburn. Symptoms are usually gone within 48 hours.
How does it benefit you?
LHE causes micro thermal trauma and the bodies natural wound heal response stimulates production of new collagen leading to structural changes that better support the epidermis and make the skin look younger and healthier. This is the reason that the LHE treatments are natural and safer.
- Proven safety and efficacy for all skin types and hair color with no need for cooling agents and gels
- Non-invasive, non-abrasive treatments
- No down time
- Clinically proven results
Skin Rejuvenation Results
Hair Removal Results
Common Treatment Areas:
Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions
It is very important to keep the treatments consistent as it takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks for the body, 5 to 9 weeks for the face and 10 to 14 weeks for legs to develop the next crop of active hair roots and develop the pigment, which is the target. There is no problem having your treatments more frequently but they will be less efficient and you will essentially need more treatments to complete the process.
Your hair grows in cycles and there are three phases of hair growth per cycle. It is only at the Anagen stage or first phase when hair removal works, as this is the only phase where the hair is still attached to the follicle. Because individual hairs are at different stages of growth at any given time, multiple treatments are required. The percentage of hair in the Anagen phase is not the same for every body part.
It is important to have a patch test a minimum of 24 hours prior to your treatment so the technician can then choose and find the correct settings for your skin and hair type. This allows for a safe test before performing the full treatment. A thorough consultation allows your technician to fully explain the process and results.
The level of pain depends on the skin and hair type as well as the pain threshold. There is minimal discomfort that quickly dissipates. Treatments using IPL are much more tolerable and the treatment time tends to be much quicker due to the large size of the hand piece. As with all machines, skin may appear red and mildly swollen immediately after the treatment and can last from 2-24 hours. Aloe or Hydrocortisone can be applied to help soothe and cool the skin.
No, it is not advisable. It will remove the hair from the follicle, leaving no target for your next laser treatment. This may also disrupt the growth cycle of the hair and render your laser hair-removal treatments less effective. However, you may shave or trim hair between treatments, as neither will affect the growth cycle.
It is best to consult with your physician to determine if laser hair removal is right for you. Not everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal, including individuals with:
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator
- Superficial metal or other implants in the treatment area
- Current or history of skin cancer, as well as premalignant moles
- Severe concurrent conditions, such as cardiac disorders
- Pregnancy or nursing
- Impaired immune system as in AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive meds
- Disease stimulated by light-Systemic Lupus, Porphyria, Epilepsy
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders such as diabetes or Poly Cystic Ovary
- Any active condition in the treatment area, infection, sores, eczema, psoriasis
- History of skin disorders or abnormal healing, keloid, or dry fragile skin
- History of bleeding disorders or use of anti-coagulants such as Coumadin
- Photosensitive medications, St. John’s Wort, Tetracyclines Accutane® (or other retinoids) within the last 6 months
- Facial laser resurfacing or deep chemical peeling within last 3 months
- Use of medications which may stimulate hair growth such as Minoxidil
- Tattoo of permanent makeup in treatment area
- Electrolysis, waxing, and plucking within 6 weeks prior to treatment
- Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds, or cream within 3 weeks
Treatments should be postponed for anyone who has had recent or upcoming sun exposure. Skin that has been recently exposed to the sun has more melanin (pigment) in the skin, which can absorb the energy from the light rather than the hair. Sun exposure should be a minimum of 3 weeks before and after a treatment as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun. If skin will be exposed, use adequate sunscreen at all times.
- Shave 48-72 hours before (all treatments).
- Do not tan for 3 to 4 weeks prior.
- Remove all makeup, lotion, and deodorant.
- Do not wax, thread, or tweeze for 2 to 4 weeks prior.
- If you want to use a topical anesthetic please apply 1 to 1 ½ hours prior then cover with plastic or Saran wrap to prevent oxidization or removal.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the treated area to help reduce redness and swelling (can last from 1 hour to 48 hours).
- Apply a minimum SPF-30 sunscreen (UVA/UVB) to protect against sun exposure for a minimum of one week.
- Do not use tanning beds or expose unprotected skin to sun between treatments.
- Apply makeup and deodorant with caution. Spot-test all products for 12-24 hours before full application.
- Be advised that treated hair can take one to two weeks to be excreted from the body, and to fall out.
- Feel free to shave between treatments.
- Do not wax, thread, tweeze, or use depilatory products—this will remove the hair follicles, making it impossible to remove the hair with laser.
- Do not exercise; take hot showers, or use hot tubs or saunas for 12-48 hours.
Ingrown hairs can be caused by almost every hair removal method, except Laser. Waxing and shaving can result in breakage of the hair. The tugging on the hair causes the hair to break half way while the rest of the hair remains attached. The hair then tries to grow but has been disrupted causing the hair to coil. The result is then a large red swollen ingrown hair. Laser can effectively treat and prevent ingrown hairs from happening in the first place. The laser treatment can still target the hair inside the ingrown and the heat helps eliminate any bacteria inside of the follicle.
Hair Removal: Botox injections can be done a week before or a week after the laser hair removal. They are not recommended at the same time.
Skin Rejuvenation: Dermal Fillers like Juvederm, Restylane or Perlane injections are recommended two weeks prior to your skin rejuvenation appointment to better preserve your results.