IPL Permanent Hair Reduction (Removal is the common term)
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an FDA approved method for removing unwanted hair.
How does IPL Permanent Hair Reduction work?
Using a handpiece, light is applied to the surface of the skin, targeting melanin. This light travels through the skin until it strikes the hair shafts or the bulb (root). The bulb is usually where the highest concentration of melanin is located. As the light is absorbed, the bulb and most of the hair shaft are heated, destroying the hair-producing papilla.
At any one time, not all hair follicles are “active”, and only active hair follicles can be affected by the treatment. “Inactive” hair follicles can be treated as they become “active” over time. For IPL Treatments, an average of 6-10 treatments are required to remove most visible hair although reduction occurs with each treatment. Heredity, skin color, hair color, body zone and hormones are just a few factors that would affect how many treatments are needed. This can be discussed further during the free consultation.
How often do I come in for IPL treatments?
Treatments are usually scheduled 4-8 weeks apart.
How can I get my specific questions answered?
We love answering your questions in detail so most new IPL clients come in for a free 15-30 minute consultation prior to your first treatment. During this consultation, ask away! We will also review the IPL process with you and do a sample test patch on your skin to determine the appropriate setting for your treatments.
Who is not a candidate?
Clients with white, gray or red hair may not respond to IPL treatments. Clients who have white and dark hair (salt and pepper) will find that the dark hair will be removed but the white hair will not respond.
Is IPL safe?
Yes. IPL and Lasers use non-ionizing radiation and have been approved by the FDA for safe and effective hair removal treatments. Certain skin conditions, health irregularities, topical creams and medications can impact whether it is safe for a person to receive a light based hair removal treatment. All medications will be evaluated prior to treatment to determine photosensitivity. Photosensitizing medications, creams with retinol, self tanners, or damage to the skin are some contraindications to treatment. (Always notify your IPL Professional if you change medication between treatments or have begun taking antibiotics. You must wait 2 weeks after antibiotics before resuming IPL treatments.) Sun exposure is also a contraindication and, for your safety, we will not treat tan or sunburned skin.
Should I shave prior to my consultation?
We ask that you do not wax or tweeze or use bleaching creams for two weeks prior to your consultation, however, shaving is encouraged. If possible, allow a millimeter or two of hair growth (typically 1-2 days’ growth). This allows us to better evaluate your skin/hair response. Clean shaven is ok. Treatments can be performed on longer hair but the comfort level of the treatment will be much greater when the area has been shaved down.
Will I never have hair again?
It is important to note that the FDA will only allow medical spas to call these treatments “permanent hair reduction” not “permanent hair removal” since there are factors such as a change in hormones that could cause hair to regrow in the treated area(s). IPL is highly effective and most clients experience great satisfaction with a significant and permanent reduction.