IPL and laser hair removal can be used on all skin types from white to black and
we have separate treatment heads optimised to treat white and darker skin.
IPL treatment comprises highly controlled flashes of intense light which are selectively
absorbed by hair follicles lying below the surface of the skin. The absorbed light
heats the hairs which damages or destroys the regrowth potential of the follicles.
Surrounding tissue is unaffected.
The best hairs to treat are dark and coarse. The finer and paler the hair, the less
reliable the treatment and the greater the number of treatment sessions required
to achieve the desired result. Blonde or silver grey hairs do not respond to treatment
as they lack the necessary pigmentation. A number of clinics do claim to effectively
treat blonde and silver hairs, however, the evidence for a long term result in these
clients is poor. We prefer to treat clients in whom the majority of hairs are pigmented.
We sometimes use a product called Meladine which attempts to pigment the fair hairs
and make them susceptible to the IPL treatments.
Most clients need around six treatments to provide a satisfactory long term result.
The number of treatments does, however, vary and fewer or more treatments may be
Treatment starts with trimming away the hair above the skin. Eye pads will be applied
to give protection from the bright light. A cold gel is then applied to the area
to be treated and then the IPL handpiece is used to deliver pulses of intense light
to the unwanted hair follicles. A stinging or sharp snap sensation might be felt
with each pulse of light. As the treatment is non-invasive no recovery time is required
and appointments can be safely made to fit into the working day.
The skin in the treatment area should not be tanned as this superficial pigment will
also absorb the light energy and significantly increases the chance of complications.
Hair removal using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is proven to effectively treat unwanted,
pigmented hair on all areas of the body where such hair may grow. The principle and
mode of action of hair removal lasers and IPL devices is the same.