IPL Hair Removal
We’re proud to bring in our new IPL machine for long term hair removal. So should you throw away the razor and waxing strips? No not just yet. Suzanne explains why.
Although IPL treatments are effective – they do not work on all skin types. Firstly let me give you the short summary of how it works. IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”. IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment. It works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it.
The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair.
Hair has to be living for it to work, however, in that, we mean it has to be attached to the bulb of growing cells – when you pull out a hair and it has that little jelly bulb around it, it’s one of the 20 to 40 percent of living hair on your body. If you pull it out and it doesn’t, it’s a dead hair which can stay on your skin for up to three weeks. That’s why you need to have up to 6 – 12 treatments of IPL to catch all hairs in their living cycle.
As long as you have relatively pale skin and darker hair pigment – IPL is suitable. If you are not sure – we would be happy to provide you with a quick consultation – book online here. Not every skin type is suitable – we will give you a professional opinion and conduct a spot test prior to any IPL procedure.
Some skin areas are more sensitive than others. We recommend that you always consult with a trained professional to see if your skin is suitable.
Some treatments have little or no sensation at all, but for other treatments, clients may feel a slight sting, similar to the flick of a rubber band against your skin. It is certainly not unbearable, and we can always reduce the intensity if you feel the need. Immediately after some treatments, you may feel a mild heat for a few minutes or a couple of hours, but after most treatments, you will feel next to nothing at all.
In most cases, there is no visible reaction and you would be expected to be able to return to work and resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, IPL causes heat in the target tissues; therefore it is quite acceptable for the area to be slightly reddened immediately after treatment, but this would normally dissipate within half an hour. It is possible for the skin to appear slightly red for a couple of hours and up to 24 hours. For those people concerned about wearing make-up immediately after treatment; provided there is no adverse reaction, (which is very rare), we can apply a mineral foundation to your face after your sun block. After hair removal treatments are also common to see a slight swelling at the mouth of each hair follicle, similar to goose bumps. This appearance should disappear within the same frame time as with reddening.
A course of 6 to 12 treatments is usually required to treat hairs at all stages of the hair growth cycle, at 4 to 8 week intervals; which varies depending on hair type and colour, and the location being treated. Fair hairs will require extra treatments. White hairs can not be treated.
A maintenance session may be necessary from time to time, due to the development of new hair growth appearing, as our hormonal balance continues to change with age, or due to the influence of stress, illness, disease and drugs i.e; steroids or contraceptive pills.
It is hard to give an accurate figure without first talking to you. How valuable is permanent hair removal to you? Some clients want large areas treated which require many IPL pulses – these are typically more expensive. If you are unsure – come in for a consultation – if your skin is not suitable, the consultation is free. We also offer a payment plan where you can spread your treatment out with a small weekly payment. Other finance options are available such as Q card. See our full price list here.
Typically, unsightly dark hairs around the face and neck areas, lip hair and Brazilians.
We make sure you are able to have the treatment, depending on skin type, medications, general health etc. Then we need to look at the area to be treated to make sure the hair can be treated and that the area is not pigmented. It is helpful to have a small amount of hair growth at the initial consultation so we can see the colour and texture of the hair. If after having gone through both these initial processes the client is able to have the treatment we will do a spot test on the area to be treated to see how the skin responds, then we can book their first treatment fairly soon after that. We can recommend a course of treatments, and how often they need to be done for best results. We will also explain how the treatment works which will help the client to understand why we do the treatment the way we do. For example, a lot of clients ask why they must shave the area and not wax it so I explain a bit about the theory of how it works.
With advanced treatments like these, it is important to have the correct treatment for you individual skin type, condition, and your own personal beauty goals. Our local expert Suzanne Bullivant with over 35 years experience would be happy to explain the pros and cons of all your advanced skin care treatment options.
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