Dramatically reduce unwanted and excess hair with a non-invasive course of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. Suitable for treating hairs on all areas of face and body, IPL hair reduction offers a safe, effective, long-term solution for both men and women.
Hair Reduction or Hair Removal?
We prefer calling the process "hair reduction" rather than "hair removal", although the reductions achieved can be dramatic. Similarly, we prefer saying "IPL hair reduction" rather than "laser hair removal" as we use lasers for other treatments like Tattoo Removal.
How does IPL work for Hair Reduction?
By using gentle pulses of light momentarily to create heat, IPL can permanently disable hair follicles, preventing future growth. The melanin in the hair (which gives it its colour) absorbs the light, which is then converted into heat. This heat is transferred to the growth cells surrounding the root of the hair, disabling them. The successfully treated hair will then fall out 1-4 weeks after treatment.
What does treatment feel like?
Treatment sensation varies from client to client. Most clients say it feels like a hot pinprick or the flicking of an elastic band on their skin, however any discomfort is momentary and there is no lasting sensation.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable, but IPL does not work on all hair colours or all skin types.
Will IPL treatment work on blonde, red, grey or white hair?
Blonde, red, grey or white hairs are not suitable for treatment because they do not contain sufficient melanin to absorb the light. In simple terms the greater the contrast between your hair colour and your skin colour the better the results.
Can I have IPL treatments if I have darker or Afro-Caribbean type skin?
Yes you can but you will need to have a consultation with a clinician to assess how effective this treatment will be for you and how long it may take. In simple terms the greater the contrast between your hair colour and your skin colour the better the results.
I suffer with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Can IPL help me?
Yes. One of the side effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome can be enhanced hair growth, for which IPL is a suitable treatment.
How will my skin look after treatment?
Immediately after treatment you may notice a slight reddening of the skin which may last for up to a few hours (or in very rare cases up to a few days). These are positive indications that the IPL treatment was effective and no cause for concern. In most cases you will see very little difference and can continue your normal daily activities.
Are there any side effects?
There is the possibility of some minor side effects, such as redness, which are discussed in detail during your consultation. Risks are usually specific to you as an individual.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair goes through 3 stages in its growth cycle and IPL treatment is only effective when hair is in the growing stage. As only around 30% of hairs at any given time are in this stage, some hairs will still grow. This is why we recommend a minimum course of at least six treatments, depending on the area being treated.
More specific and detailed information is given during consultation.
On your first visit, your clinician will carry out a detailed consultation and assessment before recommending a treatment plan to suit your individual requirements. Your clinician will also demonstrate the equipment and answer any questions We follow best practice with treatment policies, procedures and protocols, only employing properly, highly trained clinicians and operating under the clinical supervision of our medical director, in order to maintain the highest clinical standards. We value the comfort and safety of our clients very highly and will take the greatest care to ensure that you feel at ease about every aspect of your treatment.
Before your IPL treatment
For 4 weeks before treatment
- Do not wax, (unless advised by your clinician), pluck, or undergo electrolysis to remove hair from the treatment area
- You may cut or shave the treatment area, as advised by your clinician
For 1 week before treatment
To avoid skin sensitivity, do not bleach or use depilatory cream in the week before your treatment
You should avoid sunbathing, sun-beds and self-tanning products, as treatments cannot be performed on tanned skin.
- Avoid swimming and vigorous exercise
- Do not use cosmetics on the treatment area
- If you are having a large area treated (eg legs, back), please shave the area, leaving a small patch as directed by your clinician
- Loose, cotton clothing will be more comfortable once your treatment is complete
After your IPL treatment
For 2 days after treatment
- Avoid sunbathing, sunbeds and self-tanning products
- Avoid saunas and steam rooms
- Baths and showers should be tepid rather than hot
- Avoid vigorous exercise and swimming
- Avoid using perfumed products and make-up on the treated area
- You will find loose, cotton clothing more comfortable
For 1 week after treatment
If your face has been treated, then avoid facials, and any other forms of exfoliation in the treated area.
Important facts to remember while you are undergoing treatment
- Treatments cannot be performed on tanned skin. A fake tan of any kind has the same implications as a natural tan
- You must use a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of SPF30 or higher on the treated area, or as advised by your clinician
- Please arrange your treatment at least one week before a holiday, and allow a minimum of four weeks after your return for any tan to fade. Please advise us if your tan has not faded as we will not be able to treat you and we will happily rearrange your next appointment
- Please allow at least one week after a local anaesthetic and at least one month after a general anaesthetic, before continuing with treatment. Your clinician can advise you accordingly
- Please advise us of any change in medication well in advance of your treatment day