IPL Hair Removal FAQ
Is IPL Suitable for me?
Black hairs are most easily treated due to the large concentration of pigment in these hairs, which gives an optimal absorption and conversion of light energy to heat. Fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced with less certainty of permanent destruction of the hair follicles. Grey (white) hair has almost no melanin and cannot be effectively treated. The ideal patient is fair skinned with dark hair but the computer has pre-programmed treatment suggestions for different hair and skin types.
Does it hurt?
As the light energy is taken up by the skin pigments (melanin and haemoglobin) the follicle will heat, with any discomfort depending upon the combined concentration of melanin in the skin and the hairs. No anaesthesia is required. Most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable, and liken it to a rubber band being fired against the skin.
Why do hairs “grow” after treatment?
Unlike some other systems, the hairs are not evaporated by the treatment. The hair follicles are killed by the heat but the hairs remain in the follicles. They will fall out after 1-3 weeks as the skin is renewed. During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing as they are pushed out by the skin.
What are the side effects?
The visible light is completely safe. The skin of some patients becomes red immediately after treatment. However, most patients experience no side effects and the described skin reactions usually disappear within hours to a few days. Very rarely hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation or blistering may occur.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair in the growth phase can be treated. The number of hairs in this phase varies from 10-70%. The length of the growth cycle also varies. After the first treatment, most patients get significant reduction in hair density. Treatment sessions are recommended every 4-6 weeks. The number of sessions needed varies.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Patients should avoid tanning and must not use any fake tan 6 weeks ahead of and during the entire treatment period to avoid excessive discomfort from light absorption in the skin.
Is permanent hair removal possible?
Most people will get permanent hair reduction and some will get permanent removal.