Treatment for Unwanted Hair
Imagine not having to shave, tweeze, wax, or go through electrolysis again. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology offers a gentle, non-invasive, long-lasting solution to unwanted hair on the face, back, legs, bikini line, or any other body area. Based on technology used for nearly a decade in the treatment of port- wine stains and other birthmarks, IPL photoepilation has been performed safely for many years, effectively eliminating dozens of hairs with each impulse. It’s great for permanent hair removal!
How does IPL remove hair?
Highly controlled flashes of light are selectively absorbed by hair-filled follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicle. All without damaging the surrounding tissue.
What happens during the treatment?
It begins by trimming away the hair above the skin. You may be asked to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the bright light. Next, a cold gel (similar to ultrasound gel) may be spread over the treatment area. The IPL handpiece is then applied to your skin and pulses of light begin disabling your unwanted hair. When the gel is removed, much of the hair is wiped off with it. The remaining hair in the treatment area falls out over the next week or two.
What does the treatment feel like?
Each pulse of light feels like a slight sting or pinch, similar to a snap of a rubber band. No local anesthesia is required and most people tolerate the treatment well.
Can all the hair be treated?
IPL’s unique design offers you customized treatment according to your hair color, texture, and body location. Any hair with at least slight pigment in it (black, brown, red and even blond) can be treated effectively. However, it does not work on white hair.
What kind of results should I expect?
IPL technology has been FDA approved to create a permanent reduction in the number of regrowing hairs following each treatment in most skin types. The number of treatments required depends on several factors related to your specific kind of hair and skin. A customized treatment program will be designed for you along with an estimate of how many treatments you may need in order to meet your expectations. The hair grows in three different phases – IPL affects only the active phase.