Laser hair removal using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) offers a quick, safe and comfortable way to eliminate unwanted facial and body hair for men and women. Most commonly treated areas are the face, legs, back, arms, chest, bikini and underarms.
What is IPL?
IPL technology is designed to absorb the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle, disabling the hair follicle and impairing their ability to grow, providing smooth hair free skin. IPL’s wide beam treats larger areas rather than treating one hair at a time. The advantage to IPL systems is that downtime is usually very minimal. Patients may experience slight darkening of pigment before they lighten. Besides going after the brown pigment, IPL can also have a subtle effect on fine wrinkles, large pores, rosacea and dilated capillaries. Because IPL uses multiple wavelengths of light, it is not technically a laser—so it works without causing any deep resurfacing, just some minor redness.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle. Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair’s location, thickness and resilience. IPL slows the growing capacity of follicles in the growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, four to eight treatments may be required to deliver optimal results. Sessions are spaced 4 to 10 weeks apart, depending on the area treated.
How does a treatment feel?
With the newer generation of technology no anesthesia is required do to the systems internal cooling. The top layer of the skin is protected and pre-cooled prior to each pulse. Most patients describe the sensation similar to the quick snap of a rubber band making it the preferred choice for hair removal.
What should I do before my next treatment?
In order to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment, we recommend that you make the following preparations prior to your visit: We recommend that you arrive with the treatment area shaven 24 hours prior to treatment. Please do not use depilatory creams, tweeze or wax in between your treatments.