IPL Hair Removal Information
If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light which destroys the hair.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
Benefits of laser hair removal include:
Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Predictability. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
The total procedure takes between 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of treatment area. The head of the laser is cold to the touch which topically numbs the skin prior to light pulse. The sensation has been compared to the "snap" of a rubber band, which is virtually painless. Results can be seen immediatly following treatment.
You should also avoid sun exposure for two weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
Over the next month, your treated hair will fall out. Wear sunscreen for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.
Depending on the results desired, a series of treatments may be needed to maximize results. Appointments will be spaced over a 4-6 week period. Results are permanent!