Intense pulsed light therapy describes the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths from 500 nm to 1200 nm for various body treatments. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved IPL for hair reduction in 1997. The light energy is converted to heat energy to treat skin conditions such as age spots, sun-damaged skin, cutaneous lesions (such as warts, scars, and striae), acne, benign pigmented epidermal lesions (such as freckles and melasma), vascular lesions (such as spider veins) and damaging hair follicles for permanent hair reduction. This heat energy is also used for breast firming, body and face tightening.
How does laser hair removal work?
Controlled flashes of laser or light penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the hair follicles. Heat created through this process damages and destroys the hair follicle. This process is termed as selective photothermolysis.
What are the benefits?
Safe and effective form of permanent hair reduction.
Advances in technology allow for minimal side effects.
Less pain, discomfort and time consumption as compared to other conventional methods.
Large areas can be treated quickly.
Comfortable treatment experience.
How many treatments are required?
Each person and each area of the body is different. The number of treatments for each individual varies. An average of 5-8 treatments are needed for most cases of facial hair, and 4-6 treatments for most cases of body hair.
What are the treatments like?
The treatments are done on freshly shaven, clean skin that has not been exposed to the sun for the last 2 weeks. The hair removing device, either light or laser based is passed over the area being treated. Each pulse feels like a gentle rubber band snapped against the skin.
Are there any possible side effects?
Advances in technology have made side effects rare. Blistering, redness and soft scabbing sometimes occur at the treatment site. These resolve quickly within a day or two. Occasionally skin colour can temporarily be altered becoming either lighter or darker. This condition usually corrects itself. Side effects are often related to sun exposure. Minimize the risk of complications: limit sun exposure for 2 weeks before and after treatments.
Who are candidates for treatment?
Men, women and children may undergo laser/light hair removal. Advances in technology allow clinicians to treat all skin types. The number of treatments and the strength of each treatment vary from person to person and are customized to each client. For more information, please ask your laser hair clinician.