How does IPL hair removal work?
IPL hair removal is a long-term procedure for reducing hair growth. It can be very effective. In addition to preventing hairs from re-growing, this treatment method can significantly reduce the growth speed of remaining hairs, as well as hair thickness.
Many patients and clients of both IPL hair removal achieve very successful results, but to attain the best results, it is important to decide if it is suitable for you. To help you decide, here is some information on how this technology work:
How IPL Hair Removal Works?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and uses a source of broad-spectrum, visible light. This light is specially controlled to remove shorter wavelengths and devised to target specific structures. In hair removal, it is designed to target the melanin pigment in the hairs, while in other uses such as the treatment of spider vein it targets the hemoglobin in the blood. The light energy is absorbed, transferring as heat energy which warms the hair, causing damage to the follicle.
Who can and can’t receive IPL treatment?
This treatment is suitable for most male and females over the age of 18 years. Medical conditions are always discussed during your consultation and therefore any contraindications which may compromise the treatment will be presented.
There are certain conditions which prevent clients being treated with light-based technology. Often, they are related to medications that cause light (photo) sensitivity, or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Top Benefits of IPL hair removal
1. Quick and easy - IPL devices have a relatively large treatment window and are able to cover large areas quickly (in comparison to laser or electrolysis). Typically, it is likely to take around 10 - 15 minutes for a whole leg.
2. No unsightly regrowth - you can shave between treatments and, unlike waxing, epilating or using depilatories, you do not need to allow the hair to grow at all for IPL to be effective.
3. No Ingrown hair - IPL avoids the risk of ingrown hairs experienced with other methods such as waxing and shaving.
4. Permanent results - over time, you should see permanently reduce hair re-growth, if you continue with treatments. The number of treatments required will reduce and the time between treatments increase.
5. Lighter re-growth - hair that does re-grow will become lighter and finer and less easy to see.
Does IPL Hair Removal have Side Effects?
Any kind of treatment has certain side effects. You can expect some skin irritation which may be in the form of redness, swelling, itchiness or feeling tender. However, this is normally short lived and should not last more than a day. Simply treat the skin irritation like you would sunburn and keep it moisturized.
The skin will be more sensitive to sunlight after both methods, so it is important that you use adequate sun protection on the skin both before and after treatment. It is also important that you do not scratch the skin as it may be more delicate and that you keep the skin clean to prevent infection.