How does IPL work?
IPL Handpiece is applied to the skin the handpiece generates an intense pulse of light at high intensity over a very short period of time. The light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area
Who is suitable for IPL treatments?
Most people can have IPL treatments although there are a few things to bear in mind. Those with fair hair may not find IPL hair removal to be effective. As the hair lacks pigment, it's not possible for the lasers to identify the hair follicles and destroy them. If you have been tanning or have darker skin you are more prone to risk of burning meaning the treatment setting needs to be adjusted to suit skin type so number of sessions needed may be greater.
How many session will I need?
Hair reduction: Usually a course of anywhere between 6-12 treatments will be required to achieve optimal results. treatment amount can vary depending on individual characteristics.
Do IPL treatments hurt?
You may feel a slight level of discomfort with each application but this will reduce as the area being treated responds to the therapy.
Are there any side effects?
Some redness in the area being treated can occur this subsides shortly after the treatment.
Is there any downtime after the treatment?
No, generally you can return to normal activities straight after.
When will I start to see results?
After your treatment the hairs in the treated area will start to shed over the next week or two. After the hair falls out, you should have a hair-free period for up to 4 weeks and then it will start to grow back again but there will be less hair and the hair that grows should be noticeably thinner. Some people will notice a difference after there first treatment and others it may take up to 4 to see results.
Does IPL hair reduction get rid of all hair permanently?
Yes and no. IPL treatments destroy hair follicles, but only a certain percentage of hairs are attached to the follicle at any given time as part of the natural growth cycle. Therefore only the hairs in the active phases will not grow back. This means that each treatment will result in a greater percentage of permanent hair reduction, which can be up to 80% reduction after the required number of treatments have been completed. After the course of treatments have been complete only the occasional maintenance treatment is required.
Can I have IPL when I'm pregnant?
No, there are no studies indicating whether it is safe or not in pregnancy so its just not worth the risk. Also during pregnancy hormones fluctuate and there is more risk of hyperpigmentation from the light.