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?
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.
Do I need to prepare for laser hair removal?
With all laser treatments a patch test is required 7 days before your treatment. If you are on any medication or using any skin products please bring this with you to your patch test. We cannot treat skin that has had sun exposure or fake tan applied or has been waxed for 4-6 weeks pre-treatment.