SHR stands for Super Hair Removal, a new laser combined with VPL technology of permanent hair reduction, which is having a sweeping success and receiving considerable attention from the medical arena. This system combines the newest released technology and the benefits of the pulsating light method achieving practically painless results. Even hairs which, until now have been difficult or even impossible to be removed, can now be treated. “In Motion” represents a breakthrough in permanent hair reduction with light technology. The treatment is more pleasant than with the conventional systems and your skin is better protected.
What is the difference between traditional laser technology and IPL technology?
Traditional laser or IPL technologies employ short impulses of approximately 2-300 milliseconds, applying a vast amount of energy (12-120 Joule on one square centimetre). Energy is transported to the hair root through melanin, where warmth of 65-72° Celsius is produced. Energy reaches the root of the hair follicle solely through melanin. Skin and red blood cells have a similar absorption coefficient as melanin and therefore also absorb the high levels of energy produced by the laser and IPL methods. This can lead to swelling lasting several days or even to third-degree burns.
SHR technology, on the other hand, utilizes the melanin path only partially (50%). Light energy is penetrated down to the follicles which produce hair growth.
Research has shown that a slower, but longer heating process is considerably more effective for permanent hair removal than high and short levels of energy. Therefore, when using SHR, the device is passed over the tissue 6-10 times (in motion) using low energy but a high rate of repetition (up to 10Hz, i.e. 10 times per second) instead of using the traditional method with single, high-energy impulses. Thus, the hair melanin, as well as the tissue of the stem cells, is heated with low energy at a slow pace and over a longer period of time (90 seconds) to a comfortable temperature of 45° Celsius. SHR enables the successful treatment of blonde and, in part even white hair, given that the hair pigment is only secondary.
Conventional devices not using SHR technology merely transport energy along melanin to the follicles. SHR gently transports the energy through the skin and through melanin to the follicles.
What advantages does this have for you?
An optimal intensity can be achieved given that the same area is treated multiple times with low energy impulses. The treatment is more comfortable and the skin is better protected than with conventional methods. The treatment is virtually painless.
How are different skin colours affected?
Light skin with dark hair responds most favourably to the treatments. In addition to targeting the melanin, SHR-technology affects the chromophore, a protein located in the follicle, enabling the successful treatment of dark skin removing achromous, fine hairs.