IPL Hair Removal Treatment
THE PERMANENT SOLUTION
SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
How does IPL hair removal work??
To achieve long lasting or permanent hair reduction, it is necessary to destroy the hair follicle 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. The 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 do i need?
Hair grows in three different cycles and the Permanent Hair Reduction can only successfully treat hair during its growth stage. Therefore it is often necessary to undergo a course of 6-10 treatments ensuring that you leave at least 4-8 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 by the IPL hair removal treatment. 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 site, hair density, thickness, ethnic origin, hormonal status and age. Clinical studies have confirmed that at least 6-10 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 1-3 months
Does it hurt?
Skin type is a fundamental effecting factor in this treatment as due to the high level of pigment in the skin. Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person and machine to machine. At Skins and Needles Cambridgeshire we use the latest IPL crystal freeze technology medical graded machine, so we can set the machine to take away any discomfort. No anesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.
Can all hairs be treated?
We can offer treatment for all skin types and hair types including grey / white hair and with our treatment there is little post-treatment care required. Although people with sensitive skin may benefit from using aloe vera for a few hours following treatment
Do i need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
It is important that before receiving any IPL treatments you follow the recommended pre- treatment guidelines.
Do not wax or thread hair from the treatment area.
Do not have electrolysis on the area.
Do not use depilatory creams on the treatment area.
Do not bleach on the treatment area.
Do not use sun beds.
Do not use tanning creams.
Please shave the area to be treated the day before or on the day of treatment. Inbetween sessions you can shave as much as you like.
After any IPL treatment, it is common for the area to feel slightly warm. It is also common to experience some redness, local swelling and mild tenderness. These symptoms may appear immediately or a few days after treatment.
The use of 100% Aloe vera gel is recommended directly after treatment and for a further few days if necessary.
An ice cold compress can be applied if the area feels hot or uncomfortable.
A high SPF 30+ should be applied when outside for 4 weeks after treatment. Excessive exposure can cause hypo or hyper pigmentation of the skin.
For the next 48 hours (after treatment)
-Avoid all heat treatments such as steam rooms, hot baths, hot showers and excessive exercise,
-Avoid all perfumed creams, soaps and lotions on the treatment area. Only use aloe vera gel.
-Do not use any anti-inflammatory products for 14 days.
How many treatments are needed?
A course of 6-10 treatments is required for full results however clients will see a result after just one session. We advise customers to have a treatment once per month/ with 6 week intervals. Future treatments may be needed as results will depend on the clients life style. Top up treatments may be carried out as and when the customer feels they need it.
Is a Patch test required?
A patch test is required which can be carried out on the side of the face or arm one week prior to the first treatment. A consultation and patch test is £20
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes we do. We now offer payment plans on block book of 6 sessions through klarna for treatments over £300. Drop us a message for more information