IPL stands for intense pulse light
IPL is transmitted through the skin and is absorbed by melanin. Melanin is a complex polymer derived from the amino acid tyrosine. Melanin is responsible for determining skin and hair colour and is present in the skin. Once the melanin has absorbed the light, heat is created and radiates into the follicle walls and destroys the cells, impeding hair growth.
How is IPL different to other traditional laser hair removal procedures?
- IPL is safer than traditional laser
- IPL is less painful than traditional laser hair removal
- IPL has serveral wave lengths and can treat more hairs at once, traditional laser has only one wave length and cannot target as many hairs
Where can IPL treatment be applied?
If you have hair, you can apply IPL, whether your face or your toes. Some of the most popular uses include areas include:
- upper lip
- under arms
- bikini area
- belly button
- chest and back (in many men)
What to do and not to do before Hair Removal
At least a month before starting the IPL Hair Removal sessions, you should stop plucking your hair and waxing. The ideal would be six weeks before treatment. Why? Because IPL works at the root of the hair, if there is no hair in the follicle it will not work.
It is best to avoid sun exposure, specially for six weeks before treatment. Tanned skin can cause irritation, since the skin has been damaged and is more delicate. But also, the darker your hair is the better IPL will world. Brighter hair (caused by sun exposure) makes IPL less effective and can create several complications after treatment. So also avoid sun right after the treatment.
You should come to your session with clean skin and no lotions or cosmetics.
Trim hair by shaving one or two days before treatment so that it is only a few millimeters long, right above the surface.
ALWAYS wear the appropriate eye protection provided!
Your skin will be protected with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.
Does IPL Hair Removal hurt?
The technician or doctor applying the treatment will be able to adjust the strength of the IPL. Your session will usually start by trying out the intensity and watching for any immediate reactions and our staff will ask you if that was too painful. However if you experience more pain than your are comfortable with at any time of the procedure, tell us, so you get a weaker pulse.
You will be able to feel the light pulses, since your hair is being destroyed. You will be able to experience a light tingle or a moderate burning sensation, but if the sensation gets too intense you should notify the person applying the IPL. The amount of pain or intensity of the sensation will depend on your skin color, the area being treated and the intensity of the light pulse. If your hair is not trimmed to the recommend length the burning sensation could be more intense.
Some skin irritation could follow hours and up to a couple days after the IPL session, so you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions. Cold water alone could help ease any discomfort.
How often are the sessions and how many will I need?
Treatment is usually scheduled every four to six weeks. In the midst you can continue to shave if hair reappears, but not wax or pluck unwanted hair, otherwise the effect of the following session will not be as desired and your treatment might take longer in the long run. The amount of sessions you need will depend on hair regrowth, and in your consultation your will be able to have a better idea once our staff can examine the area of treatment and your hair color and thickness.
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