IPL Laser Hair Removal F.A.Q.
What is IPL Laser Hair Removal ?
Intense Pulsed Light IPL laser hair removal treatments offer a wide spectrum of multiple wavelengths of light energy, and thus are able to target, heat destroy and stimulate a number of different skin structures at the same time. By using a large spectrum multiple wavelength beam (unlike lasers that use just one wavelength) IPL is able to provide superior permanent hair follicle destruction while at the same time treating skin pigmentation, stimulating collagen regeneration and minimizing unsightly blood vessels.
How does IPL work?
When light is absorbed by pigment (melanin) deep in the hair follicles of your skin, it is converted to heat, which loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair. IPL is able to treat thousands of hair follicles at once.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, IPL laser hair removal is extremely safe in the hands of an experienced therapist. The IPL system is able to deliver light energy (or heat) to the skin and hair in a gentle way – unlike laser systems. The IPL hand piece has a refrigerated cooling system built in so that it actually cools the skin during the treatment, allowing for maximum penetrating and protection.
What does hair removal feel like?
Generally, there is a small amount of discomfort associated with hair removal. It feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin associated with the feeling of heat. Any discomfort is reduced by the contact cooling tip of the laser, but will increase with an increase in the size and density of the hair follicle, the darkness of the skin, and the laser energy used.
Can all hair colours and skin types be treated?
IPL is attracted to melanin pigment deeply concentrated in the actively growing bulb of the hair follicle, where it is able to have maximum effect at long-term hair retardation and destruction. Blonde hair and light ginger or red hairs do not respond to IPL treatment due to the lack of melanin present. With our IPL hair removal system all skin types can be treated.
Am I a suitable candidate for hair removal?
Most people are able to have hair removal. Unsuitable candidates include those who are currently pregnant (breast-feeding does not preclude you from treatment), patients prone to skin discoloration, patients who want grey, white, or very fine hairs removed. Patients who have recently taken Roaccutane for acne need to wait at least 6 months after finishing their course of treatment to commence laser hair removal.
How many treatments will be needed?
Laser treatment impairs the growth of hair follicles when they are in the growth (or anagen) cycle at the time of treatment. Unfortunately, not all hair follicles are at this stage at the same time. Therefore, for effective permanent hair removal, most people require anywhere from 4 to 10 sessions at 4 to 6 weekly intervals, depending on the area treated.
Are there are restrictions on treatments?
IPL hair removal cannot be performed during pregnancy. Nor can it be done on recently sun-tanned or sun over-exposed skin. After treatment clients will need to avoid sun exposure and use a sun-blocking agent for several weeks. A full comprehensive consultation should be completed before undergoing any IPL hair removal treatments.