IPL Hair Removal
Our IPL laser hair removal system offers safe and long term removal of unwanted hair. We use the latest cooling technology leaving the treatment virtually pain free. We treat all skin types for both males and females and can be permanent on most areas of the body or face.
What is IPL?
IPL is a third generation Intense light system used for a permanent hair reduction, skin rejuvenation and Acne, thread vein and wrinkle reduction
How does it work?
The visible light source used in this procedure is attached to melanin, which is found in hair. Because there is more melanin found in darker hair the darker the hair is, the more effective the treatment. During the treatment an optical coupling gel is applied to the skin to aid the treatment. This helps to aid the light into the skin and to protect the skin from burning. The applicator is pressed onto the skin and the light energy is absorbed into the hair causing a heat reaction to destroy the follicle.
Which types of clients can be treated ?
Clients with darker hair will find the treatment most effective due to the large concentration of melanin found in the hair, which will give optimal absorption of light energy and convert into heat.
Clients with fair hair will find treatment less effective as there is little melanin found in the hair. Therefore less heat is produced giving us less certainty of destruction of the hair in the follicle.
Does it hurt?
The treatment sensation varies from area to area and from client to client. As the light energy is absorbed by melanin, the sensation that is felt depends upon the amount of melanin found in the epidermis and the hairs. Therefore it hurts more darker skinned/tanned individuals and those with dense black hairs. Most clients describe the sensation as moderate almost like a snapping of an elastic band.
Do I need to shave before the treatment?
For your consultation we need your hair to be approximately 2mm long, so we can access the area. It is advised to shave the area prior to treatment as this achieves the best results.
Why do hairs appear to grow after treatment ?
The heat from the IPL kills the hairs but the hair remain in the follicle and often become attached to the epidermis. These hairs shed / fall out in a 1-3 week period after the treatment. During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing as the epidermis is pushing them out.
What can I do to encourage the hairs to shed?
Exfoliation with a body brush or mild scrub is recommended approximately two weeks after the treatment to encourage shedding.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect is mild redness of the skin that normally subsides after a few hours
How many treatments would I need?
We would recommend 3-6 treatment for females and 4-8 treatments for males. With a 4-8 week interval between each treatment.
Why do I have to have a patch test and consultation.
A patch test is conducted to make sure you have no reactions, we complete a through consultation and discuss medical conditions. We may ask for a doctors note before we go ahead with treatment.
The number of treatments can range between 3-6 treatments, possibly more with men due to higher levels of testosterone. A 4 week interval between treatments is needed for recovery.
Laser IPL works by killing the hair follicles, hair grows in 3 different stages, please see below. Patch test and advice on this will be given at your consultation.
Hair Growth stages
Anagen – Growing Stage
Catagen- Transition Stage
Telogen- Resting Stage