IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light technology.
IPL hair removal is a highly effective long-term solution to unwanted hair. It is not just limited to your face, legs, underarm or bikini area, hair can be removed from virtually anywhere on your body.
We also look to help people with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and Hirsutism (Excess hair on woman)
It is also very effective for the treatment of ingrowing hairs.
IPL hair removal is a quick and virtually pain free treatment.
The IPL machine emits a high-energy light pulse that travels down the hair shaft into the bulb of the hair, killing the root.
There are 3 stages of hair growth;
Anagen- Growth phase
Catagen – Transiton phase
Telogen – Resting phase
The hair root can only be killed off when the hair is in the Anagen stage as the hair bulb is still sitting in the root.
Barrier gel is placed on the area to prevent burning the skin and a hand piece is used to send the light down to the hair root without damaging the surrounding tissue.
70% of our hair follicles are in the Telogen stage at any one time and this is why a number of treatments are needed.
Most patient will need between 6-8 sessions because not all the hair grows at the same time.
Depending on each area on average 6-8 weeks should be left between in session.
If a patient is suffering from a hormones imbalance such as PCOS they will need to have a continuous top up treatments.
While undergoing the treatment you should keep the skin as pale as possible. No sunbathing or sun beds on the area you are treating.
You cannot wax or pluck the area as this is pulling the hair from its root. You can how ever shave the treatment area.
Once you decide to embark on the road to hair freedom you should keep to every appointment, as you will see better quicker results.
A full consultation and patch test is carried out prior to any treatment for IPL.
Both male and females over the age of 18 are suitable for IPL as long as they have passed the consultation criteria and did not have any adverse reaction from the patch test.
A few examples of contra indications that will prohibit the treatment:
Have a skin condition
Use retinoid cream or have in the last 6 months
Skin cancer or have had skin cancer
If you are sensitive to light
Recently used tanning bed or have sunbathing
Very dark skin
Have severe scarring or keloid scarring