IPL Hair Reduction
Our medical grade IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) delivers cutting edge technology with safe, effective and permanent hair reduction for a hassle free lifestyle.
How does IPL work?
IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which targets pigment. The pigment in the hair absorbs the light and rapidly turns to heat, effectively killing the cells that form the hair.
IPL systems are different to lasers, because they deliver a number of wavelengths in every pulse of light instead of only one wavelength in lasers. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas.
IPL treatments are considered to be a non-ablative resurfacing technique, meaning that it treats the lower layers of the skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers (epidermis). The benefits of IPL hair reduction is that there's no to minimal downtime and a patient can often have the treatment performed and continue with their normal daily routines.
What is involved?
Normally, IPL treatments are very straightforward. Once the technician has assessed the treatment area:
• A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
• Cool gel will be applied to the skin, but our machine also has an integrated cooling system.
• You will be required to wear protective eyewear as the intense pulsed light can be damaging to the naked eye.
• The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated. It is relatively painless although the sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of an elastic band.
• Treatment sessions vary in time - depending of the size of the area, but typically anything from 10 minutes to 30 minutes is expected. A course of 4-8 sessions every 4 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
• Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
Before your treatment
• Avoid sun exposure in the days and weeks before and after treatment.
• Always shave before treatment and never wax or tweeze the area between treatments, as you can affect the work that has been done.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minor and include:
Pink skin and sore immediately after the procedure.
Sensation of a mild sunburn (peeling, redness and/or swelling) that can last up to a few days post treatment.
Pain during treatment
In rare cases, the skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
Sometimes the pigment cells can become damaged leaving lighter or darker patches of skin. White patches or scars aren't permanent in the vast majority of cases.
Bruising is rare, but can occur.