IPL Hair Removal
IPL Hair Removal (also known as Pulsed Light or Intense Pulsed Light) is a more recent method of removing unwanted hair.
Frequently Asked Questions
IPL hair removal is faster and more cost effective than laser hair removal. Unlike laser epilation, IPL is suitable for all skin types ranging from very pale to dark skin. However, white hair does not respond to IPL.
How does IPL Hair Removal Work?
IPL requires the use of specific lamps (attached to a hand-held wand) which produce high intensity broad-spectrum light. The pulses of light are very short in duration. The practitioner passes the wand over the skin. As the light travels through the skin, it heats up and vaporizes the hair shaft and bulb (hair root). This process also destroys the papilla (which causes the hair to produce) or the entire hair follicle. The treatment can take 20 minutes to an hour depending on which area is being done.
Each treatment destroys only actively growing hair, requiring multiple treatments to target all heirs in their active state. Patients return for treatments after approximately three weeks or longer. Many patients continue IPL Hair Removal treatment for three to four months.
IPL Hair Removal Side Effects
You may experience pain during the treatment, although IPL is generally less painful then laser treatment. The pain can sometimes be compared to waxing in the same area. This is usually the case with treating the face and chest, but also depends on the settings and intensity. Unlike waxing, this pain disappears immediately. Men usually feel more pain since men’s hair is mostly denser than women’s.
After IPL hair removal, your skin will be red and sensitive for up to three days. Usually people experience a slight discomfort which feels something like minor sunburn. There can also be blistering, superficial skin burns, scabbing and swelling. If blisters occur, this can lead to permanent scarring. UV skin damage is not a risk since the light is filtered to remove ultraviolet components.
There is also a risk of hyperpigmentation, which is higher with IPL hair removal than with lasers. The results can be unpredictable, especially if the technology is used by an inexperienced doctor. Also, the light targets darker areas and sometimes pigments can get in the way. Don’t have IPL after getting tanned; your skin should be in its lightest state. It’s safer to perform IPL hair removal on a dark person than on a pale person who’s just had a tan.
IPL Hair Removal Success Rate
One or two treatments can achieve a reduction in hair growth by about fifty per cent. The treatment works best on denser areas and is successful with any hair colour including black, brown, blonde, orange and red.
However, previously damaged hair follicles can become active again and hair might also grow if you experience major hormonal changes. Because of this, IPL can permanently reduce the total amount of hair, but it cannot permanently remove all hair in the treated area.
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