Permanent Hair Reduction
How does Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) work?
Our Syneron system releases precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair. This heats up the hair and disables the cells responsible for hair growth, to achieve long term hair reduction.
Before your treatment you will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. Your treatment provider will move the handpiece over your skin and a pulse of light is released, targeting many follicles simultaneously. The handpiece is then moved to the next area of skin, overlapped by 25% and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
Am I suitable for treatment?
The ideal patient is fair skinned with dark hair, but there is much evidence to show that through carefully researched settings, results can be achieved for different hair and skin types. The darker the hair, the more easily it is treated, as darker hair contains more melanin, it will heat up more easily. Fairer hair contains less melanin and is harder to treat. Grey/white hair has no melanin so cannot be effectively treated.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Avoid waxing, tweezing and electrolysis for 4 to 6 weeks prior to your first treatment. Shaving, trimming or depilatory creams are options that can be used for hair management during the course of treatment. Avoid tanning, including self tanning products, at least 3 weeks prior to treatment. A sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 should be used at all times on areas to be treated. Shave the area to be treated at least 24 hours prior to your treatment.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary, but most describe it as feeling much like that of an elastic band being snapped on the skin or like a very short hot pin prick, making it the preferred choice for hair removal.
What will I see after the treatment?
The hair follicles are damaged by heat but the hairs remain in the follicles for 7 to 14 days post treatment. During this period the hairs will seem to ‘grow’. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hair as it is being expelled by the follicle.
Are there any side effects?
The skin can become quite red immediately after treatment, however most clients experience no side effects and any skin reaction usually disappears within a few hours.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments can take from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on which area is being treated. Longer treatments can be done over two sessions, if desired by the client.
How many treatments are necessary?
Only hair in the active growth stage of the growth cycle is affected, therefore multiple treatments are needed. Treatment is conducted every 4-6 weeks, depending on the site treated, until a satisfactory result is seen. The number of treatments required varies, but typically 5 or more treatments are required for maximum results.
Prior to any treatment we will provide a full consultation. The consultation identifies your expectations and provides a complete explanation of the treatment. The hair or stubble in the area in which you desire treatment, must be present to be assessed. A medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and if you wish to proceed a written informed consent is obtained and a test patch may be performed to confirm there are no adverse skin reactions to the light.