IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal uses a broad-based light of multiple wavelengths. Its goal is to target the melanin (color) of the hair follicle and shaft to disable hair growth. Intense pulsed light systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats up the hair and destroys the cells responsible for hair growth, to achieve long term hair reduction.
How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of ultrasound gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The area will also be cooled by gel to increase comfort during treatment. The light guide is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area of skin and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. The hairs may fall out after 1 -3 weeks as the epidermis renews. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’ as they are pushed out by the new epidermis. After treatment the hairs are loose in the follicle and can easily fall out.
How Laser Treatment Works
Before Treatment: Healthy hair follicles with normal hair growth
Light energy is selectively absorbed in the hair shaft and disables hair growth.
Energy is absorbed by the hair follicles while the surrounding tissue remains at normal temperature and hair removal is achieved.
Pre and Post Treatment Guidelines
After your laser treatment, you will discover smoother, younger-looking skin. In most instances you may return to normal activities immediately after your treatment. Some individuals may experience the following symptoms:
- Mild reddening
- Some swelling
- Dry skin
- Perifollicular edema (swelling around the hair follicle)
- Erythema (redness)
The shedding of treated hair can occur within days or weeks following your visit. To expedite this process, you may adopt one of the following techniques:
- you may shave one day after the treatment
- you should exfoliate daily using either a loofah or a gentle exfoliating cream 24 hours after your treatment
How should I care for my skin for the next 24-48 hours following treatment?
(in addition to these recommendations, your technician may have additional suggestions specific to your skin needs)
- refrain from applying skin care products, fragrances or makeup for at least 12-24 hours
- you may apply a cold compress to soothe treated areas
- after your treatment, avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours and use SPF 30+ on treated areas
- use cool to lukewarm water to cleanse the area
- use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser free of artificial oils, detergents or fragrances
- for facial areas, avoid the use of toners for 48 hours
- moisturize daily with non-comedogenic moisturizer
Your technician will help you develop the skin care regimen thatâ€™s right for you.
What should I do before my next treatment?
In order to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment, we recommend that you make the following preparations prior to your visit: We recommend that you arrive with the treatment area shaven 24 hours prior to treatment. Please do not use delipatory creams, tweeze or wax in between your treatments.