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Make sure to shave the treatment area(s). Shaving is an extra fee. If the hairs extend far above the surface of the skin, part of the IPL energy will go to the superficial portion and may cause burns or intense heat. You're more than welcome to apply numbing cream to the area or you can ice it.
The discomfort level varies on your hair type, area of the body being treated, and your personal threshold. Getting an IPL hair removal treatment is liken to a rubber band snapping against your skin. The first session may be more uncomfortable. If you have very thick, dark hair you may feel slightly more discomfort than those with thin hair, as darker hair absorbs more of the laser light.
Skin tone, hair colour, thickness/coarseness and type of hair contribute to the effectiveness of treatment. Before an IPL treatment, you will have a personal consultation with a certified IPL technician to answer your questions and determine if you are a good candidate. If desired, a complimentary patch test can be done to ensure effectiveness of treatment before committing to the full process. A person with fair skin and coarse, dark hair would be the ideal candidate for IPL hair removal.
A hand-held laser device releases precision-controlled, high-intensity pulses of filtered light on your skin. It seeks out the dark pigment (colour) of hair and impairs the hair follicle. The energy from the light source is absorbed by the pigment melanin, which gives the hair its colour. The hair absorbs the light and transfers it to the surrounding cells that, in turn, are converted into heat, raising them to 70 degrees centigrade or more. This heat makes the cells incapable of producing further hair growth. Hair will begin to fall out 10 to 14 days after treatment.
Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of five to eight sessions.
As hair structure, pigment level, and growth rates vary from person to person, so too will the number of treatments you may require. Your hair grows in varying stages. For IPL to be effective, multiple treatments are needed to get the hair in the growth phase. As a guide, 5 to 12 treatments are generally required.
Side effects are minor and include slight redness of the skin, slight swelling, and a feeling of soreness. Your skin may feel a little like it's sunburnt. However, these side effects should only last a day or two. There is also a chance there may be a slight skin pigment change in the area of the procedure. This can either make your skin slightly lighter or darker in patches. Darker skin tones are more prone to this than lighter ones. If your skins pigment changes, either darker or lighter, it should fade in time.
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