Permanent Hair Reduction with IPL Intense Pulsed Light uses light energy to destroy hair follicles so that the hair doesn’t grow back.
Smooth, hairless legs, arms and bikini. No more ingrowing hairs, no more painful waxing, no more shaving rash. As you will need a course of treatments the less sunny winter months is the best time to start.
Is there an ideal time to have IPL? Winter is one of the best seasons to have laser hair removal, especially if you are treating an area that receives sun exposure. Because the sun stimulates melanin production in your skin, sun exposure is a major contraindication for laser hair removal. This is due to the laser’s affinity for dark color. If you have laser hair removal when your skin is at its lightest, it minimizes the chances of any skin color changes and also allows the physician to treat you at the optimal setting for your skin type and hair characteristics. However it is can still be safe and effective to have IPL anytime of the year as long as you are smart about sun protection and follow your therapists instructions.
How Does It Work? The P.F.T. (photo Flash Therapy) System will deliver I.P.L (an intense pulsed – light) which penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. The absorption heats the hair shaft and the energy is transmitted to the hair follicles. This results in the follicle being heated to a sufficient temperature, which will destroy the hair follicle, by each flash; the hairs then fall out in the next 2 – 3 weeks. The heat works to disable the hair follicle cells that are responsible for the growth of the new hair. The amount of treatments varies with each client, but you will likely need 6 or more treatments.
What Areas Can Be Treated? Any areas of the face, except very close to the eye, and body can be treated with intense pulse light. The darker the hair, the richer the melanin, and the better the result. Light brown and fine hairs are more difficult to eliminate, but they are not impossible.
Does It Hurts? For most people there is virtually no pain. The feeling of the treatment is extremely variable from one person to another; it depends on the concentration of melanin in the skin and the size and density of the hair.
What Should I Expect After The Treatment? In most cases there is no negative visible effects. Therefore the treatment does not interfere with normal activities. in some cases redness may appear, but this should disperse within 24 hours. Hair is detached from its nourishment but it still remains in its sheath, then falls out in the next 2 – 3 weeks. A light exfoliation 10 – 15 days after the session can speed up the rate at which the hair falls out. Shaving, NOT waxing, is recommended between treatments. It is also advisable NOT to have any heat or sun exposure prior or within 48 hours of the treatment; or to excessively sunbathe during the course of treatments.