IPL Hair Reduction


Utilising heat, light and variable settings, we can effectively treat different types of hair found all over the body, from thicker underarm and bikini hair to finer facial hair.

Price on application. For a complimentary consultation please contact the spa anytime.

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The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal procedure produces a high intensity flash of filtered light from the applicator head, which has been placed in contact with the skin.  The energy from the light source is absorbed by the pigment melanin, which is the chromophore that give hair its colour.  The hair rapidly absorbs this filtered light and transfers it to the surrounding cells that in turn are converted into heat raising them to a temperature of 70 deg Centigrade or more.  The heating denatures the cells making them incapable of producing further hair growth.

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Dark hairs are most easily treated due to the high concentration of melanin that gives maximum absorption and conversion of light energy into heat.  Very fair hair has less melanin and consequently less heat is produced, simply raising the fluence output from the IPL treats such hair. During your initial consultation we will establish your skin and hair type which then allows the IPL software parameters to be adjusted.

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As the light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin, the discomfort depends upon the concentration of melanin in the epidermis and the hairs combined.  Consequently it hurts more in dark skinned people and those with dense dark hairs.  No anaesthesia is required and most people describe the pain as moderate and acceptable.

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Ideally, hairs should be 1 to 2mm long when you come in for your treatment.  Long hairs take up the energy and prevent it from reaching the hair root.  Therefore hair should be trimmed just before your treatment, lightly shaven a day before or clippers are ideal.

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Unlike other light depilation treatments, hairs are not vaporised by the IPL treatment.  The heat kills the hair roots but the hair remains in the skin and often become attached to the epidermis.  They fall out after 1-3 weeks as the epidermis renews itself.  During this period it will seem that the hairs are growing a little faster as the epidermis pushes them out.  Gentle exfoliation after the first week will also encourage the hairs to fall out.

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Various indications such as the colour of hair becoming charcoal black and expanding in size or a red ring around each follicle is often seen a few minutes after treatment.  These are good indications that sufficient heating of the follicles has taken place.  Unfortunately this is not always seen and we have seen many patients with successful treatment results without the post treatment signs.

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The visible light should be completely safe, so no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness generated from the flash lamp.  The skin can sometimes be quite red immediately after treatment and very rarely small blisters as from excessive sun exposure can occur.  However, most people experience no side effects at all and the described skin reactions as above usually disappear within an hour or so to a few days.  Unlike electrolysis the IPL treatment is non-invasive.

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Only hair in the growth phase can be treated.  The number of hairs in this phase varies from 20% to 90% depending on the body site.  The lengths of the growth cycles also vary from 6 to 24 weeks depending on the body site.  For most people three to five treatments are sufficient to clear an area of hair.  After the first treatment most patients get a significant reduction in hair density also new grown hairs tend to become finer.  It is important to know that the first treatment is believed to synchronise the anagen (growth) phase of the non-anagen hairs.  This may cause what seems to be regrowth but actually just sleeping hairs starting to grow at the same time (new growth).  This in turn makes next treatment(s) more effective.

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Patients should avoid tanning 1 month ahead of the treatment and immediately after treatment the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light and strong sunlight should be avoided for 4-5 days.

Note: Always consult qualified practitioners to assess your suitability for treatment.