How does IPL Hair Removal work?
Like laser, IPL works on the principle of selective photothermolysis, with pulses of filtered light attracted to melanin in hair, which is absorbed and converted to heat in order to destroy the hair follicle and inhibit future growth. The main difference between IPL and laser is that IPL does not emit a single wavelength of light, but rather a scattered array of wavelengths which diverge as they are pulsed from the applicator. The useful wavelengths are absorbed by the target chromophore (melanin) to produce the desired effect. This range of wavelengths is what enables an IPL to treat other conditions and makes it a highly versatile aesthetic system.
Who is IPL Hair Removal suitable for?
Our IPL technology, with its advanced SHR (Super Hair Removal) and light fractioning technology allows men and women of all skin tones to be treated safely.
Which body areas can be treated? (Number of areas)
Face (1 - includes upper lip, chin, forehead, cheeks and sideburns), Full neck (1), Chest (1), Underarms (1 - includes both), Shoulders (1), Upper back (1), Lower back (1), Bikini (1), Buttocks (1), Hands (1), Feet (1), Full arms (2), Upper legs (2), Lower legs (2)
Mini zones (any 3 of the following for flat rate price of £49) - upper lip, chin, nipples, stomach line, fingers, toes, perianal
What does it feel like?
Compared to many IPL and laser hair removal systems, our IPL hair removal system is gentler on the skin and a far more comfortable experience. Most clients report a warm flicking sensation to the skin.
How many treatments are required?
The standard recommendation for any type of hair removal plan is a course of six treatments. Some clients may see results sooner than this however and others may need more treatments to achieve the desired result. Different body areas may also react quicker or slower to treatment than others. After an initial course is completed, maintenance sessions are recommended every 8-12 weeks.
How often are treatments required?
Treatments should be spaced four weeks apart. This allows for the hair to be in the active growth stage before being treated again.
Are there any side effects?
It is normal for there to be some redness around the treated area, swelling around the follicle, tingling or a sensation of warmth for some time after treatment. These effects usually subside quickly however (within 24 hours). There is no downtime associated with IPL treatment, making it possible for you to receive treatments during your lunch break and return to work the same day.
Is there anything else I should know?
It is essential that all body areas being treated are prepared prior to appointments with the application of our recommended aloe-based body lotion, which contains moisturising and hydrating ingredients. We also advise that our recommended soothing gel is applied post treatment to effectively cool the skin. Both products are available for purchase in-store.