IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal

Excess hair can be unsightly, difficult or inconvenient to remove, and grows back quickly. Shaving, waxing and depilatory creams are all temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis.

At River Aesthetics we use the M22 Intense Pulsed Light system for long lasting hair removal. Your skin is safe in our hands.

Desirial is a simple, complementary and safe treatment that provides real comfort to patients during their everyday lives and is a simple, complementary and safe treatment that provides real comfort to patients during their everyday lives.

Desirial can be used to rejuvenate the labia majora, conceal the labia minora for a more symmetrical and proportional appearance and improve dryness.

FAQ

How does IPL hair removal work?

A short burst of light is fired at the skin’s surface. Light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, where it heats and destroys the hair. If the hair is in the growth stage (anagen), the heat is transmitted down the hair shaft to the base of the follicle and to the germ cells lining the follicle shaft, causing their destruction.

Hair caught in the growth stage will not grow again. Other follicles, which are not actively growing may produce new hair. These follicles will need to be targeted in the growth stage to effect follicle damage therefore a course of treatment is required.

How many treatments will I need to be hair free?

Everyone is different and it is just not possible to be accurate. Somewhere between 6 and 8 IPL hair remover treatments are usually required. The exact number will vary depending on where the hair is, what has been done to the hair in the past and, of course, your individual response.

What areas can be treated with IPL Hair Removal?

Lip
Chin
Underarm
Bikini
Naval

Can all hair colours be treated?

IPL depilation works best on dark hair because dark hair contains more pigment to absorb light. However, IPL hair removal can work on lighter hair too but will not respond on white, grey and very blonde hair. We always carry out a patch test beforehand.

Is the treatment permanent?

Yes, actively growing hair follicles will be destroyed. However, as with all depilation methods, only actively growing follicles are affected, so dormant or ‘resting’ hair follicles may start to produce hair at a later time. This ‘new growth’ (not re-growth) would need to be treated in the same manner.

Is the treatment painful?

Most people experience no more than a slight tingling sensation. Some people describe IPL hair remover as a flick of an elastic band. In this case more attention is paid to cooling the skin, before, during and after treatment, to minimise skin reactions and discomfort.

Treatment Summary

Procedure Time
30 - 60 Minutes
Recommended No. of Treatments
6 - 8
Anaesthetic
Not Required
Side Effects
Mild redness and swollen follicles
Results
1 - 2 Months
Duration of Results
Permanent
Back to Work
Immediate
Full Recovery
Immediate

Treatment Results

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