FAQ’s about IPL

How is the Procedure Preformed?

The area to be treated is marked out then the hair is removed to the surface. If the hair was present on the surface of the skin, the light would be attracted to the surface hair which would burn which could in turn burn the skin. A clear aquasonic gel is then applied to the skin. Once the area is prepared, the hand piece is held firmly against the skin and a pulse of light is emitted.

The hand piece is moved across the area treating 1cm x 5cm areas per pulse. The light travels through the skin and is absorbed into the shaft of the hair which contains the pigment melanin. Heat is produced in the hair and then radiates out into the surrounding follicle tissue, disabling the follicle cells. These cells normally produce new hair but are unable to after treatment.

The dead hair shaft will gradually shed out of the follicle; this may take up to 3 weeks.

 

Can I have Intense Pulse Light Hair Removal?

The most ideal person for this treatment has dark hair and fair skin; however we can treat other skin and hair types. It is necessary to stay out of the sun for a few days after treatment. Dark or very tanned skin may run the risk of pigmentation (skin colour) changes following the treatment.

Come in for a consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for the treatment.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The Intense Pulse Light works by disabling hairs that are in their active (anagen) growth cycle at the time of treatment. Since hairs will enter their growth cycles at different times, a series of treatments will be necessary. Generally it will take 6-12 treatments, depending on where the treatment is being performed. Treatments are performed 4 weekly for best results.

 

Are there any side effects?

After the treatment you can possibly expect a little redness in the area. This will usually last a couple of hours. You need to use an SPF30 moisturizer after treatment. After 2-3 weeks you will experience the hair falling out in the area that was treated.

 

Does it hurt?

Some people describe the sensation of the Intense Pulse Light pulses as a ping from a rubber band on the skin’s surface, usually no more painful than plucking a few hairs. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. Most people have no problems with the procedure.

 

Which areas of the body can be treated?

Any part of the body can be treated with the exception of areas in close proximity with the eyes, inner ears, and nose. We can treat between the eyebrows.

 

How much does a consultation and treatment cost?

An IPL Consultation is for Free.