IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal in a Flash!

Shaving, waxing, tweezing and hair removal creams have been replaced by a fast, effective IPL Hair Removal treatment!

IPL Hair Removal treatment, which is now available in Ipswich, has become the norm rather than a luxury, due to its safety and effectiveness resulting in healthy, smooth skin and outstanding hair reduction. With one session every 4-6 weeks, results will mean no more ingrown hairs, reduced shaving and nourished skin. This means that other painful means of hair removal can totally be avoided.

IPL Hair Removal works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in this case targets the pigment in the hair follicle.  The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair.

Not all hair follicles are ‘active’ at the same time, and only ‘active’ hair follicles can be affected by the treatment. ‘Inactive’ hair follicles can be treated as they become ‘active’ over time. This is part of the hair growth cycle.  For IPL treatments, an average of 6 – 8 treatments are required to remove most visible hair.  This would depend on the client’s skin type.

To achieve long lasting or permanent hair reduction with IPL Hair Removal, it is necessary to destroy all the hair follicles from which individual hairs grow.

Well controlled pulses of light penetrate the upper skin layer and are absorbed by one of the body’s own natural chemicals – melanin – in the hair contained in the follicle.

Melanin converts the light energy into heat. This heat is transferred to the hair follicle, which is destroyed, making it unable to produce a new hair.

IPL Hair Removal treatment is only effective on growing hairs as these are still attached to the follicle. The majority of our hair is in the resting phase which explains why more than one treatment is necessary. This technique is called “Selective Photothermolysis”.

How many treatments will be needed?

Hair grows in three different cycles and IPL can only successfully treat hair during its growth stage. Therefore it is often necessary to undergo a course of 6-8 treatments ensuring that you leave at least 4-6 weeks between each session initially, and then only repeat as and when the hair returns.

Hair growth is cyclical, as hair follicles go through resting and growing phases. Only follicles in the growth phase contain hair and are destroyed by the heat. Resting hair follicles need to enter the growth phase before they can be effectively destroyed. That’s why it is necessary to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been through the growth phase.

The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body area, hair density, thickness, ethnic origin, hormonal status and age. Clinical studies have confirmed that at least 6-8 treatments are needed.

What should I do before my treatment?

  • Do not wax, tweeze, bleach, or use hair removal creams or electrolysis on treatment area 4 weeks before IPL Hair removal. These activities can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure. If unavoidable, use a minimum SPF 30.
  • Discontinue tanning (includes beds, self-tanning creams and sprays) 2 weeks before treatment
  • Shave treatment area 24 hours BEFORE treatment

On the day of treatment

  • Remove any lotions, make-up and deodorants prior to treatment
  • Wear loose fitting clothing that will leave the treatment area exposed and easily accessible for treatment. Tight or rough clothing may cause you to feel uncomfortable if the skin becomes sensitive after treatment.

What am I expected to do after my treatment?

  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and creams until your treatments are completed.
  • Avoid hot showers, saunas, hot tubs, swimming and strenuous sports for 2-3 days following treatment, or until any redness or crusting have resolved.
  • If crusting develops, it should fall off naturally. Please do not pick or scratch.
  • Do not wax, tweeze, bleach, or use hair removal creams or electrolysis on treatment area until all treatments are completed.
  • Do not shave treated area for 1 to 3 days post-treatment if crusting or blistering occurs.
  • Apply a SPF 30 or above broad-spectrum sunscreen.
  • Treated areas may appear red, irritated and swollen (like sunburn). Apply ice packs or cold aloe vera to soothe.
  • You may experience ‘hair shedding’ the first few days after treatment which is sometimes mistaken for hair growth.
  • You can apply makeup and lotion, resume shaving and apply skincare products to treatment area as early as the next day as long as the skin is not broken and there is no extended redness, blistering or scbbing.
  • Thoroughly remove makeup and creams gently with a soft, clean cloth and mild cleanser. Pat to dry. The treated area is very delicate and should be treated with care. Excessive rubbing can open the area and may lead to scarring.
  • If scabbing, blistering or signs of infection occur, please contact us.

Is IPL hair removal painful?

Skin type is a fundamental factor in this treatment due to levels of pigment in the skin. Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person and machine to machine. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.

Can all hair be treated?

We can offer treatment for all skin types and hair types and there is little post-treatment care required. People with sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing gel or aloe vera for a few hours following treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

The glass prism within the AW3 applicator that guides the light to the skin is 15mm by 50mm, so a large area can be targeted in one flash of light. Our system has the largest spot size on the market and is the only system to have auto flashes without delay. For example – a full leg treatment can be completed in 15-30 minutes instead of 90 minutes.

How do I know if the system is safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting AW3 for safety and effectiveness are carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected medical journals. The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.