IPL FAQ

Q. What body areas can I get treated with IPL?

A. IPL Hair Reduction can be used on any area. The underarms, legs, back, bikini-line, face, neck, etc. can all be treated… Fast!

Q. What are the hair reduction sessions like?

A. Hair reduction is quick and easy! After your initial preparation your treatment provider will move a wand-like hand piece over your skin. The IPL hand piece emits the light that disables the hair follicles. Most people perceive the light as a gentle “snapping” sensation. The feeling of pain during hair reduction is extremely variable from one person to another. Hair reduction depends on the concentration of melanin in the skin, the hair size, the hair density, etc.

Q. What should most people expect after hair reduction treatment?

A. Most people experience some mild redness and tenderness in the treated area shortly after the hair reduction. This does not interfere with normal activities and usually subsides within a day. In some cases, the redness after IPL  may last longer but will still be mild and temporary. Your treatment provider will explain other less likely side effects. After a IPL Hair Reduction session, hair is detached from the follicle, but it still remains in its sheath. During the renewal of the epidermis (peeling), exfoliation is necessary, as it will speed up the falling out of the hair.

Q. What is the difference between Lasers and Pulsed Light?

A. Pulsed Light and Laser are very similar and remove hair in basically the same way. However, Pulsed Light uses technology that is several times faster than laser, making Pulsed Light suitable for even the busiest person’s schedule.

Q. Does IPL give permanent results?

A. Intense Pulsed Light systems work by emitting pulses of intense light via a glass prism to the hairy area. Hair containing pigment (melanin) absorbs the light and converts it to heat. This heat destroys the hair follicle. Most hair will not grow back at all, while other hair may grow back thinner and lighter in colour. The darker the hair, the richer in melanin and the better the hair removal results.