IPL hair removal treatment is an ultra-safe application for photo epilation.
The wavelength is adapted to the melanin content of the target hair and nearby tissue. The Intense Pulse Light is selectively delivered to the hair follicle without harming the epidermis. IPL treatment are only effective when the hair follicle is actively growing hair, this is because at the other time the hair shaft is not actually “fully connected” to the follicle.
Melanin is the pigment that colors hair and skin. It is produced cells called melanocytes that are found in the hair bulb as well as in the epidermis. As the developing hair moves upwards in the follicle are rich in melanin it is the target chromophore of choice for hair removal. Melanin is highly sensitive to the absorption of all light spectrums including visible, UV and infrared.
Blond or grey hair has no or very little of melanin so to remove those hair take longer or impossible.
As only in the growing phase the root is “visible” to the IPL, several treatments are carried out according to body region and re-growing intensity in 2 to 12 weeks intervals in order to achieve permanent hair removal. Still IPL cannot succeed in a single session to get a complete depilation. At the time of a treatment about 20 to 30% of hair are in growing phase..
During the treatment, by increasing the temperature and inducing heat into the follicle, part of the energy of the IPL is absorbed by the pigment of the hair but another part of the energy penetrates the dermis and is directly absorbed by the bud. This synergy, specific and exclusive of IPL, helps to irreversibly disable most of the cells responsible for hair growing.
The visit schedule is based on the natural growth cycle of the hair.
- Body areas such as bikini, legs or underarms: 6-8 visits every 4 weeks.
- Facial areas: 6-8 visits, every 10-14 days.
- Chest or back areas: 6-8 visits, every 4-6 weeks.
Discontinue sun tanning and the use of tanning beds and self-tanning creams 4 weeks before and throughout the treatment. Always use a SPF-30 or greater sunscreen on all exposed treatment areas and re-apply every 2 hours throughout the day. Wear protective hats and clothing.
Discontinue using Retinol and other skin exfoliation products 4 days prior and after the treatments.
The treatment area should be shaved 2-3 days before.
Refrain from tweezing, waxing, electrolysis methods for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment and for the duration of treatments. It is best to shave or trim excess hair.
If you have history of herpes outbreaks in the area of treatment you should consult your doctor.
We do not recommend to be treated if you are pregnant, or if you are using photosensitive medications or patients on isotrentinoin (e.g.. Accutane) within the past 6 months.
Immediately after the treatment the area will be pink and/or slightly swollen which may last a few hours. It mainly feels like sunburn and a cold compress will soothe the area. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours.
Use a cold gel packs or cool wet cloths to the treatment areas for 15 minutes every 2-4 hours until symptoms subside. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or baths will offer a relief.
Avoid aggressive scrubbing, or exfoliant, until the treatment area has returned to its pre treatment condition.
Avoid sun exposure to treated areas, as well as the use of sun tanning beds and self-tanning creams. Use a SPF-30 sunscreen.
Appearance of hair growth or stubble will continue for 7-30 days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expunged/purged from the skin.
Hairs that were in the resting phase at the time of treatment may enter the active phase in 1 to 6 months depending on the body area.
Several treatments are needed and follow-up treatments may be performed within 2-6 weeks of new hair growth.
Avoid swimming, hot tubs and excessive exercise immediately after treatment and until redness resolves.
As soon as your skin feels back to normal, continue with your daily routine.