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IPL Hair Reduction

IPL hair removal procedure is a safe, easy, painless and quick solution to unwanted hair and can be successfully used on the body or the face.

There are a number of hair removal methods available depending on skin tone, hair type and length and the desired effect. One of the more modern techniques that is used by many to achieve successful long-term results is Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal.

IPL hair removal is a highly effective treatment method and is applicable to many skin and hair types. The process is fairly simple; an applicator is targeted at a specific area of the skin and delivers energy to the hairs that protrude from it in short bursts or pulses. Enough energy from the light is absorbed by the hairs to damage the hair follicles creating detrimental conditions to hair growth.

The technique differs from laser hair treatment in two ways. Firstly pulsed light is used instead of a continuous beam of energy and secondly a range of light frequencies is used rather than a single frequency. This allows different parts of the hair and surrounding cells to absorb energy in differing amounts.

Although repeated treatments are necessary the risk of side effects or skin damage is minimised due to the selective filtering of harmful light frequencies during application.

IPL hair removal is a great option for long-term and large area removal and recommended by health professionals the world over. You’ll also need a minimum of 6 treatments. This is because each of the hairs on your body goes through three stages in its life-cycle, and you can only neutralise a hair in the active phase. At any one time only a maximum of 20% of the hairs on your body are in that phase, which is why you need at least 6 treatments.

Once you’ve completed the treatment cycle you can look forward to a lifetime of smooth skin with only an occasional maintenance treatment. Compare that to the cost and hassle of a lifetime of waxing.

Who is suitable for IPL hair removal?

Many people will be able to benefit from the IPL system of hair removal, but those who are pregnant, on certain medications, diabetic, or have a history of keloid scarring may not be suitable. IPL treatment is not compatible with concurrent sun exposure. Certain hair or skin colours may result in differing results.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients feel discomfort during treatment. Exposure is limited to an extremely short pulse. The pain of the treatment is often likened to a rubber band snapping onto the skin. A burning sensation may last for up to an hour. Cold packs or ice may be helpful.

Short term side effects such as reddening and mild burning are normal and may last up to three hours.

There is a slight possibility of developing a crust or a blister on the treated region. This is superficial, does not result in scarring if not subject to further trauma, and is treated like sunburn or any other blister.

The treated areas usually heal without any pigment changes, however, there is a slight possibility that there will be darker(hyperpigmented) or lighter(hypopigmented) areas occurring on the skin. These are temporary and will normalise over several months. Sun exposure after the treatment should be avoided as this may intensify hyperpigmentation. It is rare that a change is permanent.

Scarring is very rare, and can generally be avoided by following all the post treatment instructions.

Excessive swelling may occur immediately after treatment, especially if the face has been treated. This is temporary and not harmful. Ice packs may reduce the swelling.

How can the risk of side effects be minimised?

Treatment will start with test patches to see how the patient reacts to treatment. If the tests are satisfactory, treatment will continue.

For darker skins a test patch is recommended and left for a minimum of two weeks before treating the area.

What should I do after the treatment?

The skin that has been treated is fragile and should be treated gently for the next few days.

It should not be rubbed, and when washing or applying make up should be patted gently.

Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment as long as the skin is not broken.

Antibiotic cream or powder may be applied to broken skin.

Is it permanent?

Multiple treatments are required, given over several months, with progressive clearing over time. This is thought to be long-term, rather than permanent.

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