IPL methodologies have now been proven by the Food and Drug Administration to offer permanent hair reduction. This mean that the number of hairs will be reduced but all hair is no permanently removed. Some areas are more effectively treated and some colors of hair are more responsive to laser treatment.
The IPL procedure has been used successfully to treat thousands of patients, permanently reducing unwanted hair on large areas such as legs, arms, back, and chest. Sensitive, areas such as the eyebrow, upper lip. ears and even bikini lines can be easily and effectively treat by IPL.
All patients will require a series of multiple treatments. This is because the first treatment only eliminates the active hair follicles. Everyone has hair that is in an inactive or "sleeping" state. These hairs will generally start growing after the initial active hair is eliminated. Approximately 3 to 5 weeks after the initial treatment additional treatments are required to eliminate the remaining hair shafts. Depending upon hair type and genetic factors, some patients may require several additional treatments beyond these initial treatments. Almost all patients, even those with extremely persistent hair growth, will achieve permanent hair reduction after four or five treatments.
In one pulse, IPL removes all the hair on a patch of skin the size of a Quarter. The pulse, lasting only millionths of a second, is less painful than plucking a single hair.
As an additional design benefit, the IPL combines a pulse of cooling spray that dissipates the small level of heat generated by IPL. This makes IPL the most effective and most pleasant technique available for hair removal.
You will see and feel the real benefits of IPL technique after the treatment. Unlike tweezers, chemicals or needles, no irritation occurs after the treatment. The skin ois left smooth and silky with minimal side effects.
Risks, side effects and possible complications of laser hair removal treatment.
The possibility exists that some side effects or complications can occur, including:
- Itching, during treatment
- Pain, Tingling, or feeling of numbness (cold Spray)
- Crusting/scab formation (on ingrown hairs)
- Purpura (purple coloring of the skin) on tanned areas
- Temporary pigment change (hypo-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation)
Side effects occur infrequently and, as a rule, generally are temporary.