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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure designed to reduce or eliminate unwanted body and facial hair. Unlike traditional methods like shaving, waxing, or plucking, IPL (or laser hair removal) offers a more long-term solution by targeting the hair follicles directly. IPL technology uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target the melanin (pigment) in hair follicles.

When the intense pulses of light are absorbed by the melanin, they are converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting or delaying future hair growth. The surrounding skin tissue remains unharmed because the IPL system is designed to specifically target the melanin in the hair without affecting the surrounding skin.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does laser hair removal hurt?

A handheld device delivers short pulses of light to the skin during the treatment. Patients might experience a mild stinging sensation, but most people tolerate the procedure well without any anesthesia.

How long does IPL hair removal last?

While results can vary from person to person, many individuals experience a significant reduction in hair growth after a series of IPL sessions. Some people may achieve long-term hair reduction, while others may need occasional maintenance treatments.

To achieve the best results, several IPL sessions are typically required. The number of sessions depends on the area treated, hair colour, and thickness. Sessions are usually spaced a few weeks apart to target hair in different growth phases.

Will IPL hair removal work for me?

IPL systems can be adjusted to target specific hair colours and skin types. This customisation ensures the treatment is precise and effective, even for individuals with different skin tones and hair colours. Unlike methods like shaving or waxing, which can cause ingrown hairs, IPL reduces the likelihood of ingrown hairs because it directly targets the hair’s root.

How do I prepare for my IPL treatment?

Before the procedure, a consultation with a qualified practitioner is essential. They will assess your skin type, hair colour and medical history to determine the most suitable IPL settings for your needs. After the session, you might experience slight redness and swelling in the treated area. These side effects are generally mild and subside within a few hours to a few days.

How does IPL compare to shaving or waxing?

Unlike traditional methods like shaving, waxing, or plucking, IPL offers a more long-term solution by directly targeting hair follicles.

How does IPL work?

IPL technology uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target hair follicles’ melanin (pigment). When the intense pulses of light are absorbed by the melanin, they are converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting or delaying future hair growth.

Will my hair grow back thicker after IPL?

The shedding process can take 10-14 days after treatment. During this time, it may appear as though the hair is growing back thicker and darker. However, this is simply the hair follicle shedding the treated hair.

How many sessions of IPL will I need?

Clinical studies have shown that six to ten treatments are typically needed at intervals four to six weeks apart to gain the maximum benefit of IPL. Results will vary depending on hair colour, skin type, and condition.

Who isn’t a good candidate for IPL?

People with tanned or naturally dark skin are not necessarily good candidates for IPL because there’s a risk that the skin pigment could change after treatment. Anyone taking Accutane should not consider an IPL treatment until at least six months after they stop using the drug. It’s also strongly recommended that pregnant women wait to receive IPL until after they’ve given birth.

What is the aftercare for IPL?

You can apply aloe vera or a cool-pack to reduce discomfort or irritation, but never put ice directly on your skin. Other ways to protect your skin after IPL include:

  • Wear loose clothes to avoid friction on the treated area for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid exposing skin to strong sunlight, sunbeds or self-tan for at least two weeks
  • Avoid excess heat, such as by taking long baths, spas, steam rooms, and saunas for at least 24 hours (more if your skin is still red or recovering in any way)
  • Use a minimum of SPF 30 (preferably SPF 50) sunscreen daily, and reapply throughout the day if in direct sunlight
  • Avoid shaving the treated area for 72 hours
  • Avoid anything that involves chlorine (e.g. swimming) for 48 hours
  • Avoid make-up on the treated area for the rest of the day if possible
  • Avoid using strong, perfumed or bleaching products on the area for 48 hours

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