ipl laser hair reduction

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair reduction and removal works by targeting the hair follicle with an intense beam of laser energy light. The energy is absorbed into the hair follicle to damage and destroy it which helps to prevent the unwanted hair from growing back. We use an IPL super hair removal machine, which is the latest technology. The treatment is completely safe and effective.

The treatment is comfortable with the feeling being alike to a camera flash lamp against the skin. The IPL wavelength will target the melanin in the hair absorbing the colour of the hair shaft to give a good result.  The treatment is completely safe and effective and will cause no damage to the skin. 

We treat both men and women for IPL.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take for hair to fall out?

The treated hair should fall out within around 2 – 3 weeks of each treatment. When the hair falls, you will experience a hair free and reduced period for several weeks.  When the hair returns you will be due for your next visit, and carry on with further treatments until the hair stops*.

Is it painful?

Laser hair removal is not an uncomfortable treatment. It can feel slightly warm and similar to a camera flash. This sensation is only whilst the laser light is hitting the skin and is barely noticeable. 

Some areas on the body may be more sensitive, such as the pubic area and the sensation my feel slightly more uncomfortable. In the instance we will adjust the settings to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment

How many sessions will I need?

We advise to have at least 6-10 effective treatments spaced 4-12 weeks apart. Your hair grows in an anagen hair cycle and this will mean you will need several sessions in order to target all hair on any face or body area.

Hair cycle length varies on body part.  The face will usually require more frequent treatments, usually between 4 – 6 weeks week apart.  The body areas such as legs or back will need less frequent visits between 6-10 weeks apart.

We always advise a top up maintenance course each 12 -18 months to keep on top of your hair reduction.  This is because hormones and other factors can create more growth over time.

During your course we would ask that you do not pluck, tweeze, wax or use any hair removal creams.

ipl laser hair reduction summary

*DISCLAIMER – Results will vary from person to person

Treatment care

PRE-TREATMENT CARE

PRE-TREATMENT CARE

  • Avoid UV exposure 7 days prior to your treatment.
  • Clients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage.
  • Avoid sunless tanning products 7 days prior to your treatment. It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual colour.
  • Clients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated. All clients who are treating any part of their face or neck will be required to cleanse their entire face in the clinic.
  • Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior and two weeks after your laser treatment.
  • Avoid all alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoid for 7 days before treatment.
  • Clients with any abnormal lesions, moles or spots on the area to be treated must be cleared by a medical practitioner prior to treatment.
  • If you are prone to cold sores, it is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication prior to your treatment. Clients with active cold sores will not be treated.
  • Clients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.
  • Client should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood pressure within 2 hours before and after treatments.
  • If you have Anti wrinkle treatments or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection to receive treatments.
  • Antibiotics may increase photosensitivity. We recommend that you check with your doctor prior to receiving laser treatments if you are taking a long-term antibiotic. If you become ill and begin taking an antibiotic, you will need to be off the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.
  • Boots may not be worn immediately after leg treatments.
POST-TREATMENT CARE

POST-TREATMENT CARE

  • Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.
  • Over the counter medication is recommended for post treatment discomfort. You may also apply Restorative Gel (highest recommended), cool towels, ice packs or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat.
  • Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post-treatment or until healing has occurred.
  • Using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.
  • If you experience any side effects, such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, call or come in for instructions on treatment.
  • To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician.

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