Treatment Summary Card
DISCLAIMER: Everyone is unique. This does mean that sensitivity periods, treatment plans, treatment results and their longevity will vary from client to client. The information on this page is based on the average treatment experience. For more accurate information, you should make a consultation with one of our experts.
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0 – 48 HOURS
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How does it work?
IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths.
Who is suitable for IPL?
Most people may be treated with IPL, if you have a health concern however, your doctor should determine if your health is suitable for IPL treatments. People with darker skin types are also suitable to utilise IPL at our clinic, however, you should be aware that people with darker skin types often take longer to achieve desired results.
All patients wanting to undertake a course of IPL will need to come in for a consultation, there we will conduct a thorough consultation, taking into consideration past medical history, along with current treatments you may also be having to determine your suitability for treatment and if any preparation may be required PRIOR to treatment commencement.
Does IPL Hurt?
Many patients report that they feel a slight pinch, such as that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin but for most people and most treatments, no pain medication is required. In many cases as treatment continues, the level of discomfort reduces, due to there being fewer target sites (such as hair, pigmentation or vessels) to treat each time.
Are there any side effects from having this treatment?
Generally, no. However, you may experience some short lived effects from the treatment. These may include:
- Slight erythema (redness) of the skin in the area treated
- Slight odema (swelling) of the skin in the area treated
Both these are only short term effects and should resolve within a few hours.
Is there any “down time” or restrictions to my activities after IPL?
Short answer? Yes. Whilst most people can return to work after their treatment, there are some things you need to remember:
No hot steamy showers for the next 24 hours
No gym sessions for the next 24 hours
No strenuous activities (eg: anything that works up a sweat) for the next 24 hours
No pools, spas, saunas for the next 24 hours
No sunscreen on the treated area(s) for the next 24 hours
Other than that, its relatively simple and easy.
Do they get rid of the hair permanently?
IPL destroys the hair follicles, but only a certain percentage of hairs are attached to the follicle at any given time as part of the natural growth cycle. Therefore, only the hairs in the active phases will not grow back. This means that with multiple treatments the results will be greater, which can lead to up to 90% hair reduction.
Which treatment is right for your hair and skin type?
Those with fair hair may not find IPL hair removal to be effective. As the hair lacks pigment, it's not possible for the light-waves to identify the hair follicles and destroy them. Some people with darker skin tones find that they can safely get IPL in some areas, but may need to do waxing, threading or use depilatory products in other areas.
Generally the darker the skin, the less effective IPL will be.
What areas can you treat?
You can treat almost all of the body, with exception to the under part of the eyebrows, due to this being too close to the eye.
When will I see results?
During the IPL treatment all the hairs treated will shrivel. Over the next week or so the hairs will start to shed. Using a shower net, flannel or loofah is recommended to help the process along.
You may require between 6 or more treatments (with between 4 – 8 weeks between each treatment). You should start noticing a difference from the second treatment onwards.
Whilst you cannot use sunscreen for the first 24 hours after the treatment (as the barrier function of the skin is compromised) it is IMPERATIVE that throughout your treatment course that the areas treated are kept protected from the sun. SPF50 or above SUNSCREEN IS MANDATORY.