Here they share their information on Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment - Part 2:
How does IPL work on the hair? The melanin in the hair (which gives hair its colour) absorbs the light, which is momentarily converted into heat. This heat is transferred to the growth cells at the root of the hair, permanently disabling them. Most colours of unwanted hair can be removed from all parts of the body, except very sensitive areas such as the inside of the nose and ear.
Does IPL hurt? Not really, although the treatment sensation will vary from client to client. Most of our clients say that it feels like the flicking of an elastic band on their skin. Any discomfort is momentary and there is no lasting sensation.
What are the side effects of IPL treatments? You need a consultation before we can treat you. You should follow our advice before and after your IPL treatment. IPL does not work on all hair colours and all skin types. You may need 6-12 treatments before you can say goodbye to shaving and waxing, although individual results can vary. Improving your skin using IPL may need around 6 treatments and individual results can vary. Immediately after IPL treatment you may notice a slight reddening of the skin around the hair follicles or slight local swelling which may last for up to a few hours (or in very rare cases, a few days). These are positive indications that the IPL treatment was effective and no cause for concern. Following your IPL treatment, areas of pigmentation will darken and rise to the surface of the skin before being exfoliated naturally within 1-2 weeks. This is a positive indication of a successful IPL treatment and no cause for concern.
Is IPL safe? IPL is safe, non-invasive, has minimal side effects and requires no recovery time. IPL is gentle and we believe it is the most advanced hair removal and skin treatment system available. We value the comfort and safety of the client very highly and will take the greatest care to ensure that you feel at ease about every aspect of the treatment.
What is Intense Pulsed Light? IPL systems use hand-held flash lamps to emit micro pulses of light across a broad band of visible wavelengths. By using gentle pulses of light momentarily to create heat, IPL can permanently disable hair follicles, preventing future growth. Similarly, IPL also achieves excellent long term results when treating thread veins, skin pigmentation, acne and other skin complaints. On your first visit, your technician will carry out a detailed consultation and assessment before recommending a treatment plan to suit your individual requirements.
I have polycystic ovary syndrome, can you help me? A large number of PCOS patients are being assisted by us. In fact, we are already linked to a PCOS clinic which is referring patients to us and we offer a price reduction.
How do I prepare for a treatment/consultation? Refrain from any form of depilation for 2 weeks before your appointment, we need to assess the extent of the hair to assess the number of treatments. Please do not remove the hair prior to attending a consultation.
Please avoid the use of:
• Self tan
• Vitamin A and AHA products
• Saunas/steam baths
Will I be suitable for treatment? The majority of patients are, however there are some exceptions:
• Keloid scarring
• Photo sensitivity inducing drugs
• Compromised immune system
Can all areas be treated? Yes, with the exception of the brow bone as this is too close to the eyes.
Is it permanent? The hair follicles which have been destroyed are not capable of producing further hair. However, dormant hair follicles can be activated due to major hormonal disruption.