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What to expect from IPL

What to Expect From IPL Hair Removal

SkinBase Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an increasingly popular method of hair removal due to its effectiveness and long-term results. If you are considering IPL hair removal, but want to know more, here is what you can expect.


How Does IPL Hair Removal Work?

During an IPL treatment, your SkinBase therapist uses a combination of a flash handset that emits light pulses, and a unique cryo-cooling handset. The cooling handset is first used on the skin to prep the area for treatment, and ensure maximum comfort. Then, the flash handset is used to target the light energy into the skin. The pulses of light are absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, which converts the light energy into heat. The heat then destroys the hair follicle, preventing future hair growth.

What to Expect During the Treatment?

Before the treatment, you will need to shave the area that is going to be treated. This is to ensure that the light energy is focused on the hair follicle and not on any hair above the skin. During the treatment, you will feel a cold sensation while the cooling handset is being used, and a warmer sensation when the flash handset is used. It should not be painful, and is often described as similar to an elastic band snapping gently onto the skin. However, some people may experience discomfort, especially if the IPL hair removal treatment is done on sensitive areas of the body. The length of the treatment depends on the size of the area being treated, but it usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

What to Expect After IPL Hair Removal?

After the IPL hair removal treatment, you may experience some redness and warmth in the treatment area. This is normal and should subside naturally within 24 hours. If you wish, you can use a cold compress to calm the skin, but avoid using ice. Post-treatment, you may also notice that the hair in the treated area begins to fall out. This is because the heat from the light pulses has damaged the hair follicle, preventing hair growth. It is a sign the treatment is working, and not a concern. For the first 48 hours after treatment, it is important to avoid heat treatments, such as a hot bath, bleaching creams and perfumed products. Limit UV exposure, particularly in the first two weeks, and always ensure you have SPF on for maximum protection. Your SkinBase Therapist will go through all aftercare instructions with you.

How Many IPL Hair Removal Treatments are Required?

The number of IPL Hair removal treatments required depends on your skin type, hair type, and the area being treated. On average, most people require between 6-10 treatments for permanent hair reduction, but this varies between clients. Between treatments, you should expect a 4-6 week interval as the hair grows in different stages. The treatment is most effective during the growth stage, so staggering sessions allows for the best results to be achieved.

Find Your Nearest SkinBase Therapist

IPL hair removal is a safe and effective method that can provide long-lasting results. However, it is important to remember that outcomes may vary from person to person for a host of reasons, and it is essential to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your SkinBase Therapist. If you are considering IPL hair removal, an in-depth consultation is recommended so you can access all the information you need, and ask any questions you may have. Find your nearest SkinBase Therapist here to begin the process.

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